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friday, december 13, 2013 volume 113, issue 072
Subway Pizza Express to replace Sbarro
New vendor will be Subway’s first pizza restaurant, will serve as a test for future schools Layla Younis DN Subway Pizza Express will replace Sbarro in the Nebraska Union next semester. Nebraska Union representatives signed the contract Thursday after a semester-long search. Original plans slated a January opening for the restaurant, but it
could open as late as March. “I am just excited that we are at a point now that it is signed,” said Charlie Francis, director of Nebraska Unions. This is the first pizza restaurant of Subway’s corporate business and on a college campus, said Steve Barton, president of Barton Development and owner of the current Subway in the union. This restaurant is a test for future schools and cities that might want to open up a Subway pizza shop, Barton said. “It wouldn’t surprise me if they made more,” Barton said. Subway couldn’t offer pizza in the space it currently leases because of university regulations that require each vendor to sell specific types of food, Barton said. So when Sbarro’s contract
ended, Barton said he looked into leasing the space to sell pizza. The four food types the Nebraska Union can offer are pizza, hamburgers, deli and Asian cuisine. Sbarro had been serving pizza and other Italian fare in the Nebraska Union for almost 10 years, and its’ rental agreement shifted from a yearly renewal to a monthly renewal last year. Five vendors attended a prebid meeting on Aug. 26, but only Subway placed a bid, said Lyle Janicek, chairman of the Nebraska Union Board membership committee and senior landscape architecture major. Francis said he doesn’t know why only Subway placed a bid even after the Nebraska Union reached out to all pizza and Italian restaurants in Nebraska and
It has the potential to be a landmark Nebraska thing.” Marissa Curtiss
nebraska union board member
national chains. Janicek said he helped the Nebraska Union approve Subway after going to bid evaluation meetings. After the bid evaluation meetings, Janicek said he would take discussions back to the rest of the Nebraska Union Board members. The board was able to try samples of the pizza, which were made fresh in front of them, Janicek said.
UNL dining halls create homey feel with holiday decor
Story by Mara Klecker Photos by Tyler Meyer
A group of students fill up a table in the holiday -themed Abel/Sandoz Dining Center. The several trees and other holiday decor that fill up the dining center make the students feel more at home, dining manager Joel Fogerty said.
The decorations used by the dining halls are a combination of old and new. Some are as old as the dining halls themselves, while others were bought just this year. Dining hall employees contribute decorations of their own as well.
miniature village of detailed buildings with snow-covered rooftops sits on a table behind stacks of blue speckled bowls near the entrance of the Abel/Sandoz Dining Center. Past the pizza and the salad bar, the cookies and the coffee, are 10 lit and decorated Christmas trees spread among the tables and booths. Each dining hall has its own decorations that are bought using dining hall funds. Cather-PoundNeihardt Dining Center is the only dining hall that purchased new items for this year. Though CPN spent $800 on trees, a Frosty the Snowman and lighted reindeer, the purchases come after going years without spending any money on decorations, said Joel Fogerty, dining manager at CPN. “We have used some of our
decorations for probably 20 years,” Fogerty said. Those older decorations include handmade wooden crafts made by the father of the former manager. Traditional decorations are a staple at Selleck Dining Hall, too. The Mr. and Mrs. Claus figurines on display have been put out every year since the dining hall opened in 1955. Abel purchased two new Christmas trees last year at an after-holiday sale at Hobby Lobby. The two trees, originally about $400 apiece, were purchased for $200 together, manager Harry Tilley said. Some Abel dining staff members bring in other small decorations as well. “It’s great when the employees get into it and want to share their own favorite things – it gives
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Marissa Curtiss, a junior economics and English major and board member, said she was initially surprised that Subway was going to serve pizza, but she changed her mind when she had the opportunity to see the pizza being freshly made in front of her. “It has the potential to be a landmark Nebraska thing,” Curtiss said. The shop will have a wide variety of pizzas, but there’s no set
number of types offered, and the pricing will be the same as Subway, Barton said. Barton Development and the Nebraska Union are calling the restaurant “Subway Pizza Express,” but that may be changed if Subway’s corporate department decides to change it because of copyright issues. Renovations to the new space will start during winter break along with the rest of the Nebraska Union renovations, said Ryan Lahne, associate director of Nebraska Union. There will be renovations to Sbarro’s former space, but Subway Pizza Express doesn’t know exactly what it will entail, Barton said.
pizza: see page 2
Lincoln ranks high in college destination list Institute names Lincoln No. 6 in the small metro division out of 75 cities across U.S. paige osborne dn For the second year in a row, Lincoln is No. 6 on the American Institute for Economic Research’s College Destinations ranking for top small metros with more than 15,000 college students. University of Nebraska–Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman said he’s not surprised. “Lincoln, especially with the construction of the Pinnacle Bank Arena and Haymarket development, is a vibrant community where the university contributes to but does not dominate city life,” Perlman wrote in an email. “With an adjacent downtown, an extensive array of cultural opportunities, the excitement of Husker athletics and the quality of the educational experience, it’s hard to see how one could ask for more.” The AIER analyzes the top 75 towns and cities for college students as part of its College Destinations Index. For this area, the AIER included Nebraska Wesleyan University and Doane College along with UNL. Boulder, Colo., Ann Arbor, Mich., and Madison, Wis., took the top three spots. But Lincoln wasn’t the only city in Nebraska to garner some attention. The Omaha-Council Bluffs area placed 19th in the same small metro ranking. The AIER also analyzed the top major metros, mid-size metros and top college towns. The rankings are based on factors such as overall economic and academic environment, quality of life and employment opportunities. Among the findings, Lincoln bested the 19 other areas in cost of living and unemployment rate. Lincoln’s cost of living for renting an average twobedroom apartment is $693 and the unemployment rate is 3.4 percent. This ranking could be good news for Lincoln. According to Pat Haverty, vice president of Lincoln’s Partnership for Economic Development, these rankings are used as an important tool for recruiting businesses to expand in Lincoln. “It is always great to get third party validation of the great things that are going on in Lincoln and at UNL,” Haverty wrote in an email. In comparison, OmahaCouncil Bluffs came in second with an unemployment rate of 4 percent and eighth in cost of living. Lincoln also managed to snag third place in entrepreneurial activity with 14.7
LINCOLN IN THE RANKINGS Named No. 6 top small metro area in the American Institute for economic research’s College Destinations Index
Named No. 6 favorite gameday spot in USA Today Travel’s readers’ choice ranking
Named No. 1 happiest and healthiest city in Gallup’s annual wellbeing index
Named No. 4 best place for business and careers in a Forbes ranking
*all rankings posted in 2013
percent. This is based on the net increase in total number of businesses per a population of 100,000. Although Lincoln wasn’t ranked last in anything, the city could move up in the rankings with changes in the quality of life category, which focuses on arts and leisure, city accessibility, creative class and cost of living. Lincoln’s three lowest scores were in creative class, degree attainment and city accessibility. Lincoln has 37 percent of its
ranking: see page 3
friday, december 13, 2013
UNL professor earns early achievement honor from usda
13 On campus what: UNL Fine Art Photo Club Print Sale and Raffle when: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. where: Richards Hall, room 121 more information: Student print prices range from $20 to $80. Raffle tickets are $1 for a single ticket, or $5 for six tickets.
what: The Bathtub Dogs Present: The More You Know when: 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. where: Nebraska Union Ballroom more information: Student tickets are $5, non-student tickets are $10. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.
IN LINCOLN what: “A Cabaret Christmas” when: 7:30 p.m. where: Studio Theatre, 2710 N. 48th St. more information: Tickets are $5, reserved or at the door.
what: “Little Women, the Broadway Musical” when: 7:30 p.m. where: Lincoln Community Playhouse, 2500 S. 56th St. more information: $20 for adults, $10 for students.
pizza: from 1 The new restaurant will basically be offered the empty counter space, Francis said. Abby Emanuel, a sophomore chemistry major, said she didn’t expect Sbarro’s replacement to be Subway because it’s not really known for its pizza. “It’s not a true pizza place,” Emanuel said. Kathleen Thomas, a sophomore advertising and public relations major, said she likes Subway but wasn’t a fan of Sbarro. “I usually get a sandwich, but maybe I’d try (a pizza),” she said. Brittney Blum, a senior psychology major, said Sbarro’s pizza was really greasy, and she would prefer Subway. “I actually like Subway pizza a lot better than Sbarro,” she said. Janicek said he knows students will be skeptical when hearing that Subway is serving pizza. “Don’t knock it until you try it,” Janicek said. news@ dailynebraskan.com
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Connor Southwick, a junior anthropology and Spanish major, works at Sprint at SouthPointe Pavilions Shopping Center Tuesday.
Some students use winter break to earn extra cash gabrielle lazaro dn This winter break, some University of Nebraska–Lincoln students will be replacing homework with work. While some students don’t mind working during break and think it’s a great opportunity to make some extra money, others can’t help but feel the void of missing out on quality time with their loved ones. Connor Southwick, a junior Spanish and anthropology major, will spend his break working, but not by choice. It’s a family tradition of all of Southwick’s extended family – including his mother, brother, her five siblings and all 14 of his cousins – to travel to his grandmother ’s acreage just outside of Vining, Minn., every year. “This will be my third consecutive year of being barred from the Christmas family tradition due to workplace policies,” he said. Southwick is a retail consultant at Sprint, where it’s company policy that employees can’t request time off between the dates of Nov. 20 and Dec. 31. “I missed both Thanksgiving and Christmas with my family this year,” he said. Although Southwick said it makes him upset that he’ll miss out on this holiday tradition, he will get to spend Christmas with his aunt and father just outside of Lincoln. Southwick plans to save the money he’s making to study abroad in the near future, hopefully next semester. For another student, junior English major Devin Koch, working during winter break isn’t as big of a deal. He said his family doesn’t really celebrate the holidays. “I’m a Jehovah’s Witness, so for me personally, I’m not really affected by it,” he said. According to the Jehovah’s Witnesses website, they don’t celebrate Christmas for various reasons, such as believing that Christmas wasn’t approved by God because of its roots in pa-
gan customs and rites . Koch considers winter break a primary time to make money for spring semester. While school is in session, Koch works 15 to 20 hours a week at Old Navy. But during break, he will be extending his hours to 30 or 40 hours a week. “I get benefits for working during the holidays,” he said. “I get holiday pay, which is an encouragement for me to stay and work. I get paid a lot more than I normally get paid.” Koch said living off campus is expensive, and some of the money he’ll make over winter break will go to bills such as rent and utilities. “The main thing is definitely books,” he said. “That is the main thing I worry about every time, and parking of course.” Although Koch takes advantage of his break from school to save up money, his employer, Old Navy, does also require working certain hours during the holidays. “I feel like they should find a new system to accommodate certain people,” he said. “Living in Lincoln, working at Old Navy, it helps them more than it helps people that live outside of Lincoln. They could easily meet their requirements to find people to work at Old Navy. While for me, I have to try to find ways to beat the system.” Because Koch will be working the days before and after Christmas, it wouldn’t make sense for him to drive the four hours to his hometown of Eustis, Neb. “Sometimes it’s nice that my friends try to accommodate me in things because I’m not working Christmas day,” he said. “My roommate invited me to Omaha to celebrate Christmas with him and his family so I’m included.” Junior economics major Benjamin Nordin is another student who isn’t affected much by not being able to travel home to Grand Forks, N.D, because of work. “I chose to work over winter break because there wasn’t much reason for me to go home,” he
said. “My father is overseas, and my mother and sister are working on moving my sister to a new location for work.” Nordin’s family tends to get together during different times of the year other than in December. “Taking time off for vacation around someone’s graduation, birthday or during the summer months is more of the Nordin routine,” he said. Much like Koch, Nordin works in retail and for only a minimal amount of hours when schools in session. Nordin will be using winter break as a time to work extra hours at his job at Dillard’s to save up money for future expenses. Nordin, who’s captain of the Big Red Ski and Snowboard Club, plans to spend his money on skiing and alcohol. “I have several big trips coming up to Colorado and Wyoming next semester, so it would be nice to have some extra cash,” he said. Shaun Erwin, a senior criminal justice major, is another student who will be staying in Lincoln to work over break. Erwin seems to have the best of both worlds. Like Koch and Nordin, he’s taking advantage of his free time to save some extra money but will also get to spend time with his family on Christmas Day in Fort Calhoun, Neb. Erwin, who works at State Farm Insurance as a claim processor for auto claims central, said he’s actually excited to work during break because having extra money is always a good thing. Like Koch and Nordin, Erwin will be working more hours during winter break. He too plans to save his money for future expenses, like a spring break trip next semester, along with Christmas presents and bills. “More hours equals more money,” he said. “Working over break won’t be too bad though. It feels good to save up a little extra spending cash.” news@ dailynebraskan.com
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is recognizing the efforts of University of Nebraska–Lincoln professor Tonia Durden with the 2013 Early Achievement Award. The national awards committee for Cooperative Extension Family Life and Human Development Specialists selected Durden because of her impressive achievements. Durden, who’s also an early childhood UNL Extension specialist, has been developing and coordinating curricula and resources for a 13-state pilot program that will provide training and technical assistance to early childhood educators caring for young children of off-installation military families. The U.S. Department of Defense is funding the research – titled the Childcare Youth Training and Technical Assistance Project – and it’s a collaboration with Penn State University. Durden also leads The Learning Child project in Nebraska. UNL Extension has committed more than $250,000 to help families prepare their children for kindergarten under Durden’s guidance.
capstone exhibit to showcase graduating art students’ work
Art by graduating seniors’ from the art and art history departments will be featured in the “Capstone Exhibition,” which opens Friday in the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery in Richards Hall. The exhibit is open through Dec. 20 with a closing reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the gallery. The exhibition showcases the most recent work of 22 students: Keegan Baker, Eric Brouillette, Erin Butcher, Gabrielle Comte, Karoline Dassie, Brianna Dunbar, Jennifer Evans, Charity Green, Bethany Jauken, Kelsey Ketcham, Briana Kosmicki, Ruben Mejia, Ashley Moore, Rachel Moore, Jane Plagmann, Enoch Pugh, Kyla Rank, Alexander Russell, Megan Scheffler, Rachel Svoboda, Vantha Tep and Lucas Votipka. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Special hours, which are offered in conjunction with the Clay Club and Fine Art Photo Club sales and raffles, are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (402) 472-5522.
section of south 14th to close for rail repair
Beginning Monday, South 14th Street from Highway 2 south to Pioneers Boulevard will close for rail crossing and track repair. The intersections of South 14th with Highway 2 and Pioneers will stay open, and business access will be maintained. The Burlington Northern Sante Fe expects to complete the work by Tuesday afternoon. The detour route is Highway 2, 27th Street and Old Cheney Road. Motorists are advised to plan ahead and consider alternate routes by using the Highway 77 Bypass with intersections at Van Dorn Street, Old Cheney Road and Warlick Boulevard. More information on road and lane closures is available at lincoln.ne.gov.
Sports writing competition seeks entrants
The Dana and Lynn Roper sports writing competition is open for entries. Students should submit original tearsheets of two published sports-related stories from the 2013 calendar year to Scott Winter at 244 Andersen Hall by 5 p.m. Jan. 27, 2014. There should be a cover sheet with contact information and the dates of the publication. The judges will select the winners based on reporting and writing quality of both stories, as well as the enterprising nature of the story ideas themselves. The winners will be announced at JDays in April 2014. First prize will get $1,000, second prize $750, third prize $500 and fourth prize $250. If you have questions, email Scott Winter at swinter2@ unl.edu. —firstname.lastname@example.org
dining halls: from 1 it really a family-like feel,” Tilley said. Fogerty said that sense of family is felt in the CPN dining hall as well. The new decoration items were purchased by five employees who went on a shopping trip on their own time. That same group spent about six to eight hours decorating the two sides of the dining hall as well as the entryway. Janet Prochaska, HarperSchramm-Smith dining manager, didn’t have an estimate on how much time staff spent decorating, but she said it was spread out during a few days before the annual holiday dinner. She estimated that Harper spends about $50 to $250 a year at after-holiday sales on decorations including lighted trees, wreaths, artificial poinsettias, snowmen and other figurines. Though none of the dining halls have restrictions on
We want everyone to be in the holiday spirit. It’s that time of year. It gives the dining hall a warm and cozy feeling.” Suzan Kruce
selleck dining manager
what items they can display, all the managers agreed they try to avoid religious decorations and would be willing to change the décor if they received complaints. “It’s just fun to decorate for the holidays,” Fogerty said. “It kind of brings a bit of home here, and this is (the students’) home.” Suzan Kruce, dining manager at Selleck, said it’s the commitment to making the place feel like home for students that
makes all the effort spent worth it. “We want everyone to be in the holiday spirit,” Kruce said. “It’s that time of year. It gives the dining hall a warm and cozy feeling.” Prochaska said students enjoy the festive atmosphere just as much as the staff does. “We get many compliments every year about the dining hall looking like home.” news@ dailynebraskan.com
Tyler Meyer | DN
Gingerbread cookies and other holiday treats are continually baked fresh throughout the day to give students an extra taste of the holidays at the Abel/Sandoz Dining Center.
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skating in the
yard Jillian Linder, 14, ice skated at the Railyard entertainment district in the West Haymarket on Thursday.
The outdoor ice rink at the Railyard Entertainment District in the West Haymarket is the first of its kind in Lincoln. The rink is scheduled to be open seven days a week until March 2.
photos by tiago zenero cops briefs
Police investigate racial graffiti in Westbrook
Racial graffiti found on the door of a restroom stall in the basement of Westbrook Music Building prompted police assistance on Dec. 4, according to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Department A UNL staff member told police the graffiti had occurred sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. the same morning. The graffiti had what police called “strong racial undertones” directed toward black people. Police wouldn’t say exactly what the graffiti said in case they are able to link it to possible future incidents. Facilities were called soon after the incident to clean the graffiti. Damage to the stall door was estimated at $20. jennifer gotrik | dn
Because of winter weather conditions, Lincoln area residents and students should take extra precautions when driving, as long snowfall periods cause issues when snow compresses and melts.
Wintry roads may impact students’ drives home Jacob Elliott dn With the current weather trends, driving home for winter break could be a challenge. Almost 12,000 University of Nebraska–Lincoln students are from Nebraska but live outside of Lancaster County. And about 3,000 domestic students live outside of Nebraska. Al Dutcher, a climatologist at UNL’s Nebraska State Climate Office, said there has been a lot of arctic air causing cold winter outbreaks with snow. “Any time it blows, it can cause a bit of melting,” Dutcher said. “And at this temperature, a bit of moisture on the roadways can create challenging conditions.” Dutcher said long snowfall periods can cause issues when it compresses and melts. And there’s always the threat of black ice. “It can be difficult to know that this ice exists, and it can be very slippery,” he said. “There may be no evidence of snow, and headlights might not pick up the ice. Typically, if you have a lot of frost, it can layer on intersections in the road.” Out of more than 30,000 car crashes in 2012, 1,859 occurred when Nebraska roads were icy or snowy, according to the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety. But Fred E. Zwonechek, administrator of the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety, said not to worry. “People typically get used to the weather and then begin to drive safer,” Zwonechek said.
winter driving tips • Reduce your speed and proceed with extreme caution. You can be pulled over for going the speed limit if police believe you are a danger to yourself or others. • Increase your following distance, because ice can cause you to slide. • Keep your windows clear. If you can’t see, you can’t drive. • Make speed and directional changes gradually. An object in motions stays in motion, especially if you can’t brake. • Don’t use cruise control. You should be alert and not cruising along nonchalantly. • Keep in mind what type of brakes you have. Without anti-lock brakes, you will need to pump the breaks in order to slow down. If you do have antilock brakes, simply press down firmly on the brake. • Keep in mind it’s unlawful to follow a snowplow, truck or other government snow-removing vehicle closer than 100 feet. However, if conditions and safety allow it, you can pass them. • Drive with your headlights on, especially if conditions are especially cloudy or dark. People need to know where you are. • Check your local weather channel. If you don’t know that the roads will be icy, you’ll be in for a bad surprise. Source: Nebraska Department of Roads, Department of Motor Vehicles Driver’s Manual
“When the first snowfall comes, the first crashes come. Then it lowers as people adjust. It is important to slow down, be alert and
to pay attention to the weather.” news@ dailynebraskan.com
Police respond to belated report of sexual assault
UNLPD received a call on Saturday reporting sexual assault of a non-UNL student. The assault, which was reported to have occurred earlier that morning at the Courtyard Marriott, is still under investigation.
UNL student reports robbery
Police were dispatched to The Village apartments on Dec. 6 after receiving a report of a robbery from
ranking: from 1 Maybe the weather keeps us from being number one.” Harvey perlman unl chancellor
workforce working in a creative field, resulting in a rank of 17 of 20. The degree attainment refers to Lincoln’s brain drain. Thirty-eight percent of 25- to 34-year-olds in Lincoln have a bachelor ’s degree or higher, giving the city a score of 15 of 20. The city accessibility measured the percent of workers 16 and older who commute via public transportation, bike or walk; Lincoln ranked 14 of 20, at 5.6 percent. Perlman did mention why he thinks Lincoln remains at No. 6. “Maybe the weather keeps us from being number one,” Perlman wrote. news@ dailynebraskan.com
a UNL student. The student said her boyfriend had pushed her into furniture in her room in the apartment before he took off with her cell phone. The incident had stemmed from the student not letting her boyfriend use her vehicle, she said. The boyfriend had left the area by the time police arrived and police couldn’t locate him. A broadcast was issued with the boyfriend’s description, and police are still making efforts to contact him.
Lincoln man cited for taking UNLPD bait bike
A Lincoln man was stopped by UNLPD after stealing a UNLPD bait bike. Christopher Spahn, 30, was found on the west side of Richards Hall on campus after police had been alerted by the bike’s GPS system. Before Spahn took the bike, a camera recorded video of Spahn looking at bikes in the area. Spahn told police he found the bike laying on the sidewalk but couldn’t remember where, and said he wanted to get home faster. Police wouldn’t comment on the original location of the bike or camera. Spahn was cited for theft by unlawful taking and was released.
—Compiled by Colleen Fell, news@ dailynebraskan.com
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Sbarro’s Union replacement is not impressive Subway Pizza Express is coming to the Nebraska Union, and the Daily Nebraskan Editorial Board is kind of grossed out. We can all agree that pizza rocks. But from what we’ve heard of it, Subway pizza doesn’t. One staff member achieved momentary Internet fame when he called the chain out earlier this year for its sub-par pizza offerings. He, and a few editorial board members, described the pizza as having a frozen, pre-made crust that is covered with sauce, cheese and toppings and then nuked in the Subway toaster for about a minute. It’s unclear if Subway plans to change the formula for its union restaurant. If not, we call BS on the claims of Nebraska Union Board members in today’s news article that the pizza is “freshly made.” Our general experience indicates that anything with a cook time as short as a minute is far from fresh. It’s just pizza. We’re not going to start a revolt – and if we were, it would have happened during Sbarro’s 10 years of greasy offerings. Still, though, the selection of Subway Pizza Express is disappointing. The restaurant was the only vendor to make a bid on the space, although Nebraska Unions Director Charlie Francis said he reached out to pizza and Italian restaurants across the state and several potential vendors attended an informational meeting earlier this semester. The lack of competition leads to an important question: Why did no one else bid? Francis said he doesn’t know. We won’t speculate, but we wish Nebraska Union leaders would. For now, we’ll dream of the pizza places that could have been: Valentino’s, Pizza Hut, Toppers. Mmmm.
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Close Netflix, break is for family
inter break is approaching quickly. We have one more week of finals, and then it’s goodbye to fall semester. You may find yourself conflicted with exactly how you intend to spend your winter break. Some may vacation somewhere, others may veg out and watch Netflix and some may go home for the holidays. What I usually do during winter break is spend half of it here, in Nebraska, and the other half on the East Coast with my dad. For me, winter break isn’t a time to just forget school exists, but more of a time to spend with the people I care about. It’s no secret traveling home during the holidays is a huge pain in the ass. You constantly have to deal with annoying people at the airport. Some wear every piece of jewelry he or she owns, forcing you to wait in security for an extra 35 minutes. Then, the angry people who are pissed off because their flights are delayed run you over as you’re trying to switch terminals. Not to mention the weather, which causes flights to be delayed or canceled. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to stay the night inside Chicago O’Hare because of bad weather. Once you’re on the damn plane, you’re stuck on the runway for an hour because apparently there’s too much air traffic, so you’re trapped, ready to burst like a can of aerosol. Or if you decide to drive home, you have to deal with the idiot drivers who have an IQ of about 12 — those people who speed past you on the icy highway going 90 mph. Then, you’re on the road for hours, and the roads are bad. The dark of night makes it even harder to see. Then, you run into black ice, which decides to wreak havoc on your car. It’s just a mess. It’s understandable why people refuse to travel during the holiday season, but you also need to look at the alternative options. It’s easy to stay home and get sucked into the deep hole that is Netflix. You don’t have any other responsibilities, so it’s easy to get lost. I know, I’ve been there. Last time we had a break, I ended up watching three seasons of “Supernatural” in like two days. By the time I
I’ll be with my dad. Sometimes you don’t have to go far away to spend valuable time with family. My mom lives right here in Nebraska. We always bake cookies and then resent doing it because it’s a lot of work. We open up gifts on Christmas Eve, and my stepdad plays Santa even though my brothers and I are all in our 20s. It gives them joy, so, in turn, it brings us joy as well. My friends and I always have some sort of sleepover or gift giving day. Usually this coincides with my birthday because they finished season three, I woke up and thought, fall around the same time. My friend who’s “Where the hell did the time go?” You enter training to be a chef makes my birthday cake, this time warp when you don’t have anything and we all try to show how awful we are at else to do. It’s fine to get lost for a day or two, cake decorating. We spend the rest of the time but sometimes you have to wake up from the watching re-runs of “Doctor Who” and arguNetflix coma. Why not spend this time with ing about if Rose or Donna is the better comthe people you care about? You have week- panion. ends and days off throughout the year that Traditions such as these make the travelyou can spend toiling with Neting and all that other stuff flix, but how many chances durworth it. Netflix is awesome, Netflix is ing the year do you have to spend there’s no denying that, but time with family? awesome, it’s always going to be there. As much as I hate airports There’s much more you can be there’s no denying and driving on the interstate, it’s doing with that time. Spend worth the effort; I know someone that, but it’s time with the people you I really care about is going to be care about, not just because there when I land. I only see my always going to of some holiday obligation dad about twice a year because be there. There’s but because you want to. For he lives on the other side of the me, spending time with famcountry, so when I see him, it’s fa- much more you ily and friends and having miliar. We always have our tradi- can be doing with to go through hell at airports tions, and it’s something I always isn’t work; It’s something I enthat time. Spend look forward to. joy, and it’s a break from life. One of the things we do on These traditions with friends time with the New Year ’s Eve is drink sparand family are good memokling apple cider and watch the people you care ries I’m going to carry with ball drop in New York City. We me forever. It’s also going to also spend a day in Peddler ’s Vil- about.” strengthen our relationships lage, which is a small village with because it reinforces that bond Christmas shops and trinkets. We usually get a we all have with one another. You have the latte from a small coffee shop close by and talk rest of your life to lounge out and vegetate, for an hour or so. Even though these are little but you have a real chance to make these trathings, they are things that I look forward to. ditions last a lifetime. It makes everything I have to go through durChristianna Friedman is a senior ing the year worth it — all the papers I have secondary education major. Follow to write or the insane work hours get pushed her on Twitter @ChristiFriedman. aside. I know every year on New Year ’s Eve, reach her at opinion@ dailynebraskan.com.
Fine arts education should recieve more attention
y the time we get to college, we my interests and listen to people tear educaseem to instantly be identified tion issues apart. Yes, I know standardized testing sucks. Yes, I know No Child Left by the field of study and future career we’ve chosen. At the start Behind has issues. Yes, I know no one fully of next semester, the first things enjoys sitting through eight hours of class a day. I have been through all of these comour new professors will ask us plaints myself. Regardless, though, educais to share are our names, years and majors. tion is an integral part While this can sometimes start of our society. Chances interesting conversations and When are no college student identify common interests, it’s would be where he or not an accurate representation schools are she is today without of who we are and all we’re infaced with budget some aspect of primary terested in. or secondary education. Most often, I’m surprised cuts, fine arts are Instead of tearing apart when people tell me they were involved in an arts area such often the first area every annoying teacher and policy, we should as band or choir in high school, to fall. This should look at what education but have since had to drop it. really has to offer. In high school, when teachers not be the case. Different schools ofasked students to share about Fine arts offer fer different areas of fine their personal lives, they could arts. Painting, sculpting, list off a half dozen clubs. In col- invaluable skills designing, singing, playlege, we don’t have the time, and community ing an instrument, actand fine arts don’t carry enough ing, directing and more importance to stay involved to the students may be included in a in them. The older we get and class or in extracurricuthe more education budgets are involved in them.” lar activities. A variety threatened, the more fine arts inof students are involved in these, yet they volvement and education seem to be forgotdon’t seem to carry the prestige of sports ten. While the pressures of adult life can’t be forgotten, fine arts education in schools or academics. When schools are faced with budget cuts, fine arts are often the first area shouldn’t be either. to fall. This should not be the case. Fine arts As an English and theatre secondary edoffer invaluable skills and community to the ucation major, I constantly have to explain
Amy kenyon students involved in them. Artsy kids are often stereotyped as conforming to one type or are dismissed as straight-up odd. For this reason, some districts, like Omaha Public Schools, have tried to attract these students with specialized magnet schools. Students interested in visual or performing arts would attend a particular school or community program. But in my experience, some of the most interesting and unexpected people are drawn to the arts. In my high school theater class, we had a football player, the class valedictorian and a future pre-med student. I met people whom I never otherwise would have been friends. These people likely wouldn’t have pursued arts programs offered outside school. Because these classes and clubs were included in their public school, however, they discovered an amazing supplement to their educational experience. The value of arts goes beyond mere enjoyment. As the Nebraska Department
of Education (NDE) has recognized, fine arts has goals like any other field of study. The NDE is developing its first set of standards for music, dance, theatre, visual arts and media arts. The field is currently taking feedback from community members and school personnel with the goal of having standards complete for the 2014-2015 school year. At first, I was wary of standards like these. Fine and performing arts don’t teach many testable subjects. The success or failure of various projects is often highly subjective. However, from the language of these standards, it’s clear their purpose is to provide instructors with a basis of goals for supporting their students. They would not take away the ability of individual teachers or students to shape their learning experience. These goals may provide structure and respect to fine arts areas. This would be a great asset, as the issues often aren’t with the departments themselves, but with how they’re perceived. Fine and performing arts teach students to express themselves in multiple ways. The traditional classroom model doesn’t work for all students. They get bored or fail to see the purpose behind what they’re listening to. In contrast, arts offer variety and individualism that would appeal to students with alternative learning types. Arts subjects also teach skills that are applicable to other areas of education and life. Theater taught me
to be comfortable speaking to groups, to be organized, to creatively express myself and to work with diverse groups of people. I’ve helped put together shows when people were sick, when props went missing and when the director was screaming. At the end, I learned to stick to it and to be proud of what I created. Keeping formal arts classes and standards strengthens experiences like these by giving them organization and credibility. When I take time to get to know my classmates, I discover they have a variety of interest areas beyond their major. For me, English and theater are the areas that sparked my passion in and outside of the classroom. In the middle of a hellish show my senior year of high school, I realized I should be exhausted. Instead, I was having the time of my life. Right then, I knew I wouldn’t trade the arts for anything. Not everyone has had this experience. Maybe you found passion in other areas, but are still able to appreciate the time you had in the fine arts. If so, remember to lend the arts a little respect. Don’t question why I still study them. Consider your support if a public vote is required to fund them. Remember everything they can do for a variety of students. Amy Kenyon is a junior English and theater secondary education major. Follow her on Twitter @AmyKenyawn. Reach her at email@example.com.
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aRTS & LIFE
The Jai Paul leak
“Yeezus” by Kanye West
Tyler Keown Really, I’m not sure this counts as an album. Back in April, an entire album from esoteric artist Jai Paul showed up on the internet. There had been no hype at all for the album, but fans didn’t question it because this an artist known for living a very secret life. The album is fantastic. Jai Paul is known for creating electronic music with a sense of mystique behind it, and the album didn’t disappoint in that regard. The whole thing is just different from anything else I’ve ever heard. His choice and use of audio samples sets him apart as well; the second track, “Str8 Outta Mumbai” includes a sample from a Bollywood soundtrack. In another track, he samples a “Harry Potter” sound bite. The thing is, Jai Paul didn’t release the album. Apparently his laptop was stolen and the tracks were just put online haphazardly. His record label, XL, released a statement asking people to not purchase the album, and since then, we haven’t heard anything else from the artist. Here’s hoping that changes in 2014.
Keith Finn Kanye West knows exactly what he is doing. “Yeezus” is a minimally produced hip hop album with boisterous industrial instrumentals and exuberant lyrics sputtered out by the self-proclaimed god. “Yeezus” starts out with a colossal eclectic noise (brought to you by Daft Punk) that shocks your ears into surrender on the track “On Sight.” The first phrase of the album is, “Yeezy season approaching, fuck whatever ya’ll been hearing,” meaning that once you hear the rest of the album, you’ll never want to hear anything else again. Kanye’s knowledge of production is clear on “Black Skinhead” and “New Slaves” with overpowering and primal instrumentals as he talks about African American suppression. “Yeezus” is good for the rap game and popular music in general. It brings out a type of music that would not be popular if someone other than Kanye put it out. Kanye West has a plan for his life: to be the best. The awesome part is that the world gets to watch him try.
Runner up: “Obsidian” by Baths
Runner up: “Days Are Gone” by Haim
“Pure Heroine” by Lorde
“Orange is the “Breaking Bad” New Black” Zach Fulciniti “Orange is the New Black” is similar to Jenji Kohan’s first show, “Weeds,” because it’s about characters we normally wouldn’t see as protagonists. The main character is Piper (Taylor Schilling), a mostly harmless pseudo-intellectual who, in the first episode, is thrown in prison for transporting drug money, one time, ten years prior to the start of the show. Where’s that statute of limitations when you need it? With this set-up in mind, Kohan spends the remaining 12 episodes of the show’s first season demolishing every stereotype we buy into regarding convicts. As she provides a backstory for each female prisoner, we’re reminded that everyone is a victim of circumstance, and just being a convict alone doesn’t make you a bad person. She does this with incredible skill; there’s no preaching and the show’s message doesn’t feel forced. The characters are forthcoming about their mistakes, and Kohan shows us that, like anyone else, they deserve forgiveness. With a killer ensemble cast of amazingly well-developed characters, Kohan’s poignant, funny prison drama was easily the best TV show of 2013.
Tyler Keown This isn’t the best show of 2013. It’s the best show I’ve ever seen. “Breaking Bad” is just so, so good. It’s been so good since its humble beginnings in 2008, when AMC took a chance on Vince Gilligan and the story of a high school teacher turned meth lord. This past fall, we finally saw how the story ends. And god, did it end well. I don’t want to give away spoilers, but it’s been a universal agreement that it couldn’t have been much better. The final season had a big task in fitting the entire story into just a handful of episodes, but it did somehow, just adding another impressive element to the show. “Breaking Bad” is genuinely one of the best shows to ever air. Hopefully the new spin-off, “Better Call Saul,” isn’t a disservice to this masterful show.
Runner up: ”Orange is the New Black”
Runner up: “Derek”
“Game of Thrones”
Gabriella Martinez-Garro This year’s pop queen title goes to a 17-year-old newcomer from New Zealand. Lorde, born Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor, hit the U.S. airwaves with her chart-topping first single, “Royals” and followed up with her debut album, “Pure Heroine” in September. Though Lorde’s catchy hit is certainly something to be recognized, her best work can be found in the synthy-depths of “Pure Heroine.” From the soft beats of “Buzzcut Season” to the dark and catchy “Tennis Court,” every song carries themes of self-awareness. Lorde’s deep, smoky voice sings about the disparities of youth culture and gaps between social classes; themes that might make sense for someone twice her age. Yet “Pure Heroin,” like the singer herself, never feels less than genuine. Aside from her lyrics, “Pure Heroine” is a blend of genres; something both the hip art kids and Top 40 fiends could agree on. There’s no denying both the artistry and catchiness of Lorde’s music, an amazing feat for someone who just became old enough to drive a year ago. “Pure Heroine” is this year’s definitive album both for introducing a brand of genre-crossing pop and for officially introducing Lorde. Not that she cares, anyway.
Amanda Stoffel Making its third premiere in March, the junior season of “Game of Thrones” kept audiences captivated and committed to watching every week. The fandom for the show has continued to grow each year, but season three offered up more drama, characters and killings than the first two, providing deeper attachment to the continuously growing cast. What makes “Game of Thrones” the series of the year, however, is its commitment to building the audiences’ connection to the stories. People watch television series because they want to know the lives of the characters. However, many series have fallen victim to monotonous scenarios and predictable characterization. This show time and again turns the tables for viewers, leaving them wanting more (Lest we forget “The Red Wedding.”). For the sake of readers who are not avid watchers of the show, nothing more will be said about it. However, it must be noted that the episode caused viewers to yell, cry, scream and ultimately lose their ability to understand life for a time. If that’s not good television, I don’t know what is. While the Starks may chant the constant refrain of “Winter is Coming,” “Game of Thrones” shows no signs of cooling off anytime soon.
Runner up: “Happy Endings”
Runner up: “Acid Rap” by Chance the Rapper
“The Last of Us”
Vince Moran Nothing stuck with me this year like Noah Baumbach’s romantic and joyful black and white comedy “Frances Ha.” Baumbach’s film is a love letter to the films of the French New Wave, which celebrates life and the little moments of happiness that are derived from simple, daily activities on the streets of a city that is alive. The plot of the film focuses not on Frances’(Greta Gerwig) quest to find sexual love in the city, but on her relationship with her best friend Sophie (Mickey Sumner), who Frances constantly describes as the “same person with different hair.” When Sophie moves out of their apartment and begins a more adult life, Frances is forced to deal with the loss of her best friend and confront the fact that she is leading a somewhat stagnant life. While this sounds like a cliché movie about a young woman finding herself, it is anything but. Baumbach’s playful montages, nostalgic cinematography and incorporation of music, along with Gerwig’s total embodiment of her character and the two’s combined talents on the script’s witty and hilarious dialogue make “Frances Ha” one of the most enjoyable films of the year — and my personal favorite.
Runner up: “The Hunt”
“Blue is the Warmest Color” Sean Stewart With “Blue is the Warmest Color,” French director/writer Abdellatif Kechiche has crafted an incredibly dense and beautiful chronicle of the origins and passions of love. Stark, riveting and ultimately devastating, “Blue is the Warmest Color” is easily the finest film of 2013. The film is written so naturally and efficiently that every moment of its three-hour length feels absolutely essential. A decade-long relationship blurs so gently into a series of moments that are at once intimate and universal. The film manages to explore virtually every facet of love and its complications, without compromising the effectiveness of any of them. “Blue is the Warmest Color” invites its audience immediately into the life of its lovers. Through Adele and Emma’s hungers, unions, mistakes and desires, the film manages to explore the nature of love in every person. It’s an aggressively honest artistic accomplishment — quietly harrowing and enduring. “Blue is the Warmest Color” is the most visceral and real portrait of love in many years.
Runner up: “12 Years a Slave”
2013 art by alex bridgman
“Spring Breakers” Jack Forey Harmony Korine’s film explodes onto the screen with feverish energy, set to a pulsing score by Cliff Martinez and shot with neon-drenched fervor by Benoît Debie. It gets a lot of hate for its vapid characters and dense, hallucinatory style, but the brilliance of the whole thing is that Korine managed to sneak an art film right beneath the noses of millions of casual moviegoers. Those who expected a glorification of hedonistic party culture got a little of that, but were also confronted with the ugliness of materialism. Korine has it both ways; he satirizes the culture of festive excess and celebrates it at the same time. The opening sequence, set to Skrillex, is simultaneously mocking and praising the party people it depicts. Alien, a religiously shallow gangsta electrically portrayed by James Franco, truly believes in the lifestyle he lives. So does Harmony Korine, who has made a career out of sympathizing with uncouth and trashy characters. The film gets a lot of harsh criticism, but that’s the way it should be. A film as unusual and dual-minded as “Spring Breakers” won’t make everybody happy. Actually, the point may be to piss people off.
Runner up: “12 Years a Slave”
Nate Sindelar Developer Naughty Dog’s “The Last of Us” is my game of the year. It is a 15 hour experience about the ways people manage conflict and sorrow and the things people are capable of when their loves and purposes are at stake. The post apocalyptic trek may not start and stop with horror and discomfort, but it instills the sensations and integrates them into a story and cast that adhere to the world’s pristine blend of zombie-realism. The game is true to itself and succeeds marvelously.
Runner up: “Gone Home”
“BioShock Infinite” Miles Rothlisberger “BioShock Infinite,” I believe, deserves a 2013 Game Of The Year title and then some for its wonderfully crafted story and characters, along with its impressively-detailed city of Columbia - a sunny yet troubling and xenophobic setting. The game play will surely entertain players as well, even if it will not blow their minds as much as its story and powerful ending. For all that the game accomplishes in terms of its powerful, affecting and long-lasting experience, it deserves credit as Game Of The Year.
Runner Up: “Batman: Arkham Origins”
“Animal Crossing: New Leaf” Tyler Keown I had huge expectations for this game. It not only delivered, it made me question what I could reasonably expect from a game. For the uninitiated, the “Animal Crossing” series is essentially Nintendo’s version of “The Sims.” Your character moves into a small town, and promptly becomes the mayor. From there, you can do whatever you want. You can go fishing, or design clothes, or catch bugs, or go to the comedy club, or visit the museum or whatever. What’s so great about the game, though, is that it’ll give back whatever you put into it. There are so many things to do and people to meet, you can play for dozens of hours (which I did) and not get bored. And because it was released on the Nintendo 3DS, you can take your town with you anywhere you go, which only adds to the addictive “Animal Crossing: New Leaf” formula.
Runner up: “The Last of Us”
friday, december 13, 2013
Lonely Biscuits embrace home roots Young musicians
take stage at Play-A-Thon
Yuliya Petrova dn The Lonely Biscuits’ members are full-time college students and fulltime musicians. The Lonely Biscuits will be at the Bourbon Theatre to perform songs from its latest album, “Things Sure Have Changed” on Friday. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the show starts an hour later. Tickets are $15 for those above the age of 18 and $17 for minors. Things sure have changed for the band since it formed in 2011: a new name, a 2013 College Artist of the Year award, growing recognition and a growing fan base. Despite the band’s growing fame, it has not forgotten its roots. The first two members to form the band, formerly known as Gravy and the Biscuits when the band began in 2011, got their musical start early in life. Sam Gidley, the drummer for the band, started playing drums in the 5th grade and continued to play at Millard North High School in Omaha, Neb. Gidley, is now an audio engineering technology major at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. Grady “Gravy” Wenrich was Gidley’s roommate freshmen year in 2011 when they met and started playing together. Originally from Point Pleaseant, N.J., Wenrich took piano lessons as a child but then transformed into a guitar player in high school. Wenrich,the rapper and guitar player for the band, is an entertainment industry studies major at Belmont. Belmont is where all the band members met. “Grady and I were roommates when we started the band, then we asked John Paterini, who lived next door, to join the band, and after he said yes, then eventually our fourth band mate Nick Byrd who lived down our hall, joined,” Gidley said. With a large support team, the band was able to record songs at the Belmont studios. “We built a small team of friends together, and they all helped us out a lot,” Gidley said. Gidley explained how the band’s fans categorize the musical style. “Our sound is hard to describe; we all come from different musical backgrounds,” Gidley said. “A lot of people might say our sound is a weird blend of funk, hip hop, pop and rock. A little bit of everything.” Being located in Nashville, the group is emerged in the music scene of the city famous for producing many musical artists. “Nashville in itself has a big effect on our music,” Gidley said. Not only does the city inspire the band members, they inspire each other. “We all live together and have
With Nebraska roots, the Lonely Biscuits has been making a splash in the music scene, picking up a “college band of the year” award this year. The band will perform at the Bourbon Theatre Friday. a practice writing space in our house,” Gidley said. “Usually someone will come up with bass then a drum beat, building off of each other: we jam together, then it turns into a song, finish formatting the musical part. Then we write lyrics when we’re done with the music.” Gidley said the members don’t write songs about specific things that happen to them. “We want our music to be relatable to everyone,” Gidley said. “Our fans, people we meet on the road, friends, family inspire us to keep writing.” The common theme in all the songs is not giving up. “Overall our main goal is to send out a good energy and put people in a good mood,” Gidley said. Videographer for the band, Dylan Adams, a junior theater and film major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, first shot the band’s song, “Sauced,” and has been filming all of The Lonely Biscuits music videos ever since. Adams also filmed the live show when the band opened up for The Fray. Adams and the members of the group have built close relationships. “We have a working relationship, but at the end of the day, we are still friends no matter what,” Adams said. Adams recalled a moment that brought them even closer together when shooting a video in Normandy Beach, N.J. in summer of 2012.
“If I had a soft spot for any video it would be the one we released after Hurricane Sandy.” Adams said. “All the proceeds they got off the song went to the Hurricane Sandy Relief fund.” Gidley explained that the video they shot during that summer on the Jersey Shore was put on hold, but then the band decided to release it as soon as they knew what type of devastation was caused by the hurricane. “The lyrics of the song and where we filmed it was completely destroyed, so we decided to put it out for our New Jersey fans and help them cope with the devastation,” Gidley said. “We donated 100 percent of proceeds to the relief effort.” Wenrich grew up on the Jersey Shore and still has family there. His grandparents and uncle’s homes were wiped out from the hurricane. “The song and video was uplifting and was appropriate to release during the difficult times,” Wenrich said. Creating music videos to complement the music and lyrics has been an important part of The Lonely Biscuits recent success. “It’s cool how you can take somebody’s else song and create a visual aid to go with it and you get an interpretation of how that song made you feel,” Adams said. The band’s creativity was recognized by MTVU in March this year. They won the MTVU College Woodie, MTV’s College Artist of the Year Award and got the chance
if you go The Lonely Biscuits
Friday, doors open at 9 p.m., show at 10 p.m. how much: $15 (18+), $17 (under 18)
to perform at South by Southwest Woodie Awards. “It’s been our biggest accomplishment so far,” Wenrich said. Along with winning the award, the band members have achieved the ability to balance their music work with their schoolwork. “The hardest part is balancing school with practicing and touring,” Gidley said. “We play on the weekend, then we get back Sunday night and catch up on homework.” Once they all graduate, the band members hope to continue making music and to establish it as a full-time career. “We want to reach as big as an audience we possibly can,” Gidley said. “We want to spread the music and the love as far as we can.” arts@ dailynebraskan.com
Play-A-Thon after its one-year hiatus. Both instruments and instrucThe concert, held at tors cost money, and although both private donors and companies like the Gateway Mall, Dietze help to sponsor them, funraises money to help draising is still important. Music students were given benefit the Music the opportunity to ask sponsors to Outreach Program pledge money for the event. Kids will earn money from their donors by performing 15-30 minute sets, and drop boxes will be located Mac Wall near the concert area as well. Malldn goers are encouraged to donate to the outreach program and to stop If you’re out holiday shopping and by and enjoy the concert. By hostcome across first-graders banging ing the Play-A-Thon, LMTA hopes on piano keys, they’re probably to receive more instruments and not lost. donations and provide kids with This weekend, customers an opportunity to perform. might be hearing something other LMTA’s public relations officer than Christmas carols if they go Jo Riecker-Karl hopes this year’s shopping at the mall. They could Play-A-Thon will be as big of a be hearing guitar riffs, flute sec- success as it was in the past. tions and piano solos as they shuf“The first year I did Play-Afle past clothing stores and mall Thon we grossed about $2,500,” Santas. said Riecker-Karl. The Lincoln Music Teachers Now, through the help of the Association (LMTA) is hosting a organization’s somewhat recent Play-A-Thon, a fundraising event M.U.S.I.C. (Music for Underheld at Lincoln’s Gateway Mall Served Interested Childeren) Enon Dec. 14. It will take place near dowment, Outreach has been able the food court and feature instru- to continue its education. Rieckerments provided by Dietze Music Karl was there when the first grant House. It will feawas signed, alture pre-kindergarlowing LMTA to The first ten through high compensate its 16 school students in year I did independent inan all-day concert. structors. She is an Play-A-Thon, we The show kicks off instructor herself, at 9:30 a.m. and grossed about teaching guitar, continues until 5:30 piano and voice $2,500.” p.m. from her studio. The Play-AThe program Jo Riecker-Karl Thon is designed to has now grown lmta public relations officer raise money for the and serves upnon-profit LMTA wards of 40 LinMusic Outreach coln Public Schools students, Program, which works to provide many of whom would not have at risk and low income students the resources to continue their with the equipment and skills nec- passion without the program’s essary to pursue a career in music. help. By supporting these youth, It also provides them with positive Riecker-Karl said she hopes menrole models and mentors in the torship will lead these students process. LMTA’s outreach works to become good citizens and even with other local organizations to philanthropists. give low income students disEncouraging students to folcounted lessons, free instruments low the path of good citizenship is and sheet music so that they can only part of the goal. Play-A-Thon continue to study something they is a showcase of some of Lincoln’s would otherwise be unable to. The up-and-coming musicians. The program is supported by Lincoln concert allows students to show and Nebraska Art Councils, as off their skills and put them to a well as local businesses. productive use. All proceeds go to “It gives them something to giving low-income student’s mudo, and sometimes they don’t sical education and showcasing have that opportunity,” said Wanthe talents of independent Lincoln da Mandigo, who has chaired the teachers and the children they Music Outreach committee for mentor. about five years. Now, she’s part arts@ of the committee organizing the dailynebraskan.com
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Fanfiction allows enthusiasts to control story
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remained a fairly underground community until the digital age. Now, websites such as www.fanfiction.net have established searchable archives and many users who have uploaded millions of stories in dozens of languages. Fans self-publish, comment and get feedback on their work with the site’s free-for-all framework.
When Rachel Busskohl fell in love with the Japanese anime “Soul Eater” in high school, she fell hard. So much, in fact, that she couldn’t quite accept it when two of her favorite characters, Soul and Maka, didn’t end up a couple at the end of the series. One day, bored out of her mind in class, Busskohl picked up a pen and began to ask the question, “What if?” It didn’t take long for her to find the world of fanfiction, where thousands of other fans were asking the same question about their favorite books, anime and movies. The word fanfiction brings to mind an onslaught of bad press, copyright infringement and general scorn from mainstream society. However, within the subculture exists a community where young writers find their voice, creativity is king and everything gets published.
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Busskohl, a 20-year-old student at the University of South Dakota, waits tables and goes by the name AmberLehcar online. She has written 41 stories under this alias, most of them from the “Soul Eater” fandom, but a few others from other Japanese anime such as “Fullmetal Alchemist” and “School Rumble,” as well as the role-playing video game “Final Fantasy X-2.” “I’ve had someone say I have the best next-generation ‘Soul Eater’ fanfic they’ve ever read,” Busskohl said. “That’s a good feeling. Or when someone says, ‘What you wrote is my headcannon now.’ Just being able to entertain someone for a short amount of time is a good thing, I think.” “Headcannon” is fanfic slang for an aspect of the story that is not mentioned in the actual plot line, but is accepted as cannon to the fandom. For instance, the hidden love between Kirk and Spock. Busskohl, however, likes to write her own original content, as well. So why spend so much time writing about another author’s characters and plot line? “I like writing fanfiction because then I get to pretend that things I really want to happen in the original actually happened — such as Soul and Maka being a couple,” Busskohl said. “Part of the work is already done for you too, I guess. You already have established characters — you know how they act and speak and what they like. Now you just have to write what they do. The process doesn’t take as much time as developing interesting characters and histories for those characters, and then writing what they do.” To Busskohl, writing fanfiction is somewhat like role-playing. “Sometimes I just want to explore what a character would do if put in a situation they didn’t have to deal with in the original,” she said. Nickie Bonar, a 40-year-old small business owner from Omaha, has been writing fanfiction with her 15-year-old daughter, Ari, for years. “(Fanfiction) is a great way to
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Fanfiction is a term used to describe fan-produced stories based on already existing characters or plot lines. These amateur narratives usually embrace the bizarre, putting beloved characters in off-the-wall, alternate universe situations and pushing the boundaries of canon personality and sexuality. Although fanfiction culture has thrived with the dawn of the Internet, the practice of fan-written narrative has existed well before dial-up. According to Bournemouth University professor Bronwen Thomas, who researches fictional dialogue, new media narratives, fanfiction and adaptation, fanfiction’s origins first trace back to science fiction magazines from the 1920s and 1930s. Links have also been drawn with oral and mythic traditions of collective interpretation, such as Jewish midrash, and with “profics” such as Jean Rhys’s “Wide Sargasso Sea”, a sort of prequel for Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre.” The structure of modern fanfiction, however, is usually attributed to the Star Trek fandom explosion of the 1960s. Fans published their own “fanzines” completely dedicated to the Trekkie universe that contained stories where Captain Kirk and Spock explored more than just neighboring galaxies. However, the world of fanfiction
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Madeline Christensen DN Two words: Jimmy Neutron. Jim, Jimmy, James, Jimbo, Son. The boy genius was born post-golden age of Nickelodeon cartoons, but damn, his feature length movie lives on. After the 2001 animated adventure came out on VHS, I watched it over and over until the cassette was worn out. Now it’s on Netflix, and you can bet your bottom dollar I watch it every night before bed. The plot centers around Jimmy, an eight-year-old boy who sends a message to outer space. To his surprise, the message is intercepted by some aliens looking for a human sacrifice. Not surprisingly, the aliens decide Jimmy’s mom and dad look the tastiest and abduct all of the parents from Retroville, his hometown. The kids think this is cool and party hard. After a while, though, they realize something bad probably happened and set out on a mission to find their parents. Good thing Jimmy is a genius, because the kids
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develop as a writer before going out into the world,” said Ari, a student at Omaha North High School. “The ‘plot bunnies’ don’t leave you alone until you write. It’s the feeling of people wanting to read your stories. The fans make or break the writer.” Although she hasn’t finished any yet, Ari is currently working on two fanfics based on the online comics “Hetalia” and “Homestuck.” Nickie said she has written too many stories to keep track of under many different pseudonyms. She said the fan response is what keeps her going. “We can get people hooked and they will keep us going, even giving us help when we get writers block,” Nickie said. “It’s fun to live or bring to life a character that many already know. Of course you will have to stay in character — that is unless you aren’t and have a disclaimer. Fans love their characters and will call you on things that they don’t think are right.” Because fanfiction sites like fanfiction.net work on a completely automated, user-run basis, the community supports itself. “We will read each others works and give critiques, along with volunteering to be a ‘beta reader,’” Nickie said. “Everyone is usually very supportive of each other, even across country and language barriers. I have even translated works into other languages for some.” “My friends are really supportive of my fanfiction and help with proofreading a lot,” Busskohl said. “I was nervous to put my work on fanfiction.net, but once I did, there were so many supportive people.” However, user-run sites don’t come without a few trolls. “I almost took down all my stories because I had one person writing nasty comments on all my stories for really no reason,” Busskohl said. “But eventually they stopped, and I still get positive feedback from others, so I’m glad I kept the stories up.”
TROLLS AND TRIBULATIONS
Being involved with the fanfiction community does not come without its negative stereotypes and scorn from the general public, even within the fandoms themselves. Negative associations from those outside of the community causes many writers to remain anonymous or not share their work with people they know. However, more and more writ-
ers are beginning to challenge the stereotype, and the literary world is noticing. “I think fanfiction is still perceived as belonging to popular culture rather than the literary, although I think more and more teachers of literature are becoming interested in the phenomenon and keen to explore ways of harnessing this kind of creativity in their teaching,” Bournemouth professor Thomas said. “For me, fanfiction shows that narratives in the digital age are something we think of as being infinitely extendable. There is always going to be more out there if you know where to look, and we now have multiple points of entry for engaging with story worlds, whether that is via a game, a website, a twitter account or a Youtube video.” For writers, changing the stereotype is an everyday challenge. “There will always be those who challenge the norm and those who will assign stereotypes without even knowing what they are talking about,” Nickie said. “That is one of my biggest pet peeves, those who have a lot to say but don’t have the first clue as to what they are talking about. There are writers that challenge what people believe everyday. Some are hailed as heroes while others are criticized. I say, if you don’t like something, maybe try to learn about it first before criticizing it.” Busskohl is also involved with cosplay, another fan-based activity where participants recreate characters’ costumes. She said she approaches people outside the fanfiction community just like she does with those outside the cosplay community: by answering questions politely and accepting that not everyone has the same hobbies as she does. “If people are going to be rude about it, I speak up,” she said. “If not, they are entitled to think whatever they like about my fanfiction.” Because of the self-publishing model on which fanfiction is based, there is no standard for the quality of writing that exists within the subculture, therefore perpetuating the idea that all fanfiction can’t be considered legitimate narrative. “A lot of fanfic is poorly written, if we judge it by literary standards, and the writing isn’t really aiming for the same kind of market or audience,” Thomas said. “But I suppose many theorists would argue that it is prescriptive notions of what constitutes great literature that need to be challenged.”
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Amid negative stereotypes and the occasional troll, the future is looking brighter for the world of fanfiction. With the success of “50 Shades of Grey,” which originated in the fanfiction world, there is also a sense that the hobby may be on its way to being taken more seriously. “Apparently, publishers and media producers are trawling through fansites looking for the next big hit, and of course for some writers of fanfic there may be a hope that a fan base of their own may lead to publishing contracts and the like,” Thomas said. “If so, this could be a threat to the current ethos of fan cultures, where it is written not to make a profit, but to share the fans’ sheer joy and enthusiasm for the stories they love. It might be a shame if that were to change.” Fanfic writers do it for themselves — whether it be the thrill of publishing, the love of a character or simply be a part of something bigger. “Fanfiction gives me a means to explore my writing style and the culture gives me a broadened perspective on what is acceptable for social cultures,” Ari said. “Intolerance is not tolerated. If you are tolerant of differences of opinion, you’re welcomed; if you are intolerant, you are ostracized.” Nickie also embraces the bonding experience fandom culture has given her family. “I, along with the rest of my family, am a cosplayer, a gamer and an all around nerd,” she said. “We are more open to new ideas and don’t jump to criticizing at the drop of a hat. We help others that ask and generally try to be good human beings. What do you get out of (fanfiction)? More friends and acceptance for being myself.” Busskohl said had she not joined the fanfiction community, she would have missed an opportunity to meet some of her closest friends and become more comfortable with herself. “I think it’s great that we nerds can feel part of a group,” she said. “At home, I’m kinda the outcast, but through cosplay, fanfiction and fandoms, I’m part of a huge group. I’m a lot more confident than I used to be, and I think that’s because being part of a fandom made me realize it’s okay to like the stuff I do. I’m not the only one out there who does.” arts@ dailynebraskan.com
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NU prepares for winter season ity, Englund said. “I wouldn’t say it changes a Nebraska track and whole lot. You kind of start where you ended last year so that you field team members don’t ever get behind. You can will compete in build on last year and keep progressing into the new year,” Enintrasquad meet to glund said. A good work ethic also goes evaluate talent further than the track. Taking care of your body and establishing yourself academically are also david stover part of the process of being a sucdn cessful athlete. “I guess that kind of separates As the fall season winds down for younger kids from older kids. most teams, the men’s and wom- You’ve got to take care of your en’s track and field teams are pre- body, you’ve got to make sure paring themselves for the winter you’re eating healthy, you’ve got season and looking to improve to make sure you’re planning out on their performances from last your time accordingly so you’re season. The Nebraska Intrasquad getting enough sleep and you meet on Saturday will provide the won’t have to pull all nighters,” teams their first opportunity to Englund said. work toward their goals for this The Huskers have enjoyed a year. The meet will also allow the lot of success recently. The men’s coaches to evaluate their talent in team has been in the top 25 in their first glimpse the last 12 indoor of competitive championships and I expect competition. finished in the top With high as20in 12 national everyone to pirations for this meets. The women season, coaches give their whole have also enjoyed are calling on sesuccess finishing in effort. It’s kind of niors to provide the top 20 five times guidance for the like a final exam over the course of 11 younger athletes. years in the Indoor for this semester. Senior jumper national meet and Travis Englund is If you don’t give it five top 10 finishes one of the leadover the past 11 ers on the team your all for a final years in the outdoor that has always exam, that could sect of competition. tried to help his “I want to be potentially mess younger teaman All- American,” mates prepare for up your grade.” senior sprinter Tim the season Thompson said. “On “Actually the conference level, I tim thompson way it’s kind of want to be a consenior sprinter worked out for ference champion. I me, when I came want to do more for here there was the team as far as kind of a bigger gap between the conference goes; that’s one of me and the older kids,” Englund the big goals. Overall I want to be said. “And so a lot of them left, so an All American individually as I’ve kind of been the oldest high well as in relays. But I want to be jumper at least the last two years. one of the top sprinters in the Big It’s been kind of fun trying to help Ten as well.” out the younger guys with college Track is a physically taxing athletics and college life.” sport and it is essential to get into Leadership is often an overa good routine to prepare for the looked quality, but teaching one’s long season, team members say. teammates how to develop a good “I expect everyone to give work ethic is an important qualtheir whole effort. It’s kind of like
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Junior has high hopes for Big Ten title Last year, Hawk finished seventh in the 600 meters at the 2013 Middle distance Big Ten Indoor Championships, recording a personal-best time of runner balances 1:17.85. athletics with other “My personal goals this season are battling in the Big Ten extracurricular Championships again and makactivities on campus ing it to Nationals,” he said. “I am going to work hard and get my 800 to a really good time.” Hawk and the rest of the track Sydny Boyd and field team will have their first DN opportunity of the season to start accomplishing those goals this As a middle distance runner for Saturday with the annual Nethe Nebraska track braska Intrasquad meet and field team and a at the Devaney Center New Student EnrollIndoor Track. ment leader, junior During the indoor London Hawk has season last year, Hawk a lot on his plate this competed in eight year. meets and set a personBut even with al-best time of 49.13 in his busy extrathe 400 meters at the curricular schedNebraska Tune-Up. He ule, Hawk finds no also recorded a time of problem excelling in 1:18.68 in the 600 methe classroom and in ters at the Frank Sevihis personal endeavgne Husker Invite. hawk ors. Last year, he Hawk posted a time was given the HERO of 1:54.13 in the 800 meLeadership Award ters at the Adidas Clasfor exceptional leadership, con- sic as well as recording a personsistent and dedicated community al-best time of 1:51.19 in the 800 service and positive influence on meters at the Iowa State Qualifier. the NU team. “I really want beat my person“It was really nice,” Hawk al-best time,” Hawk said. “We all said. “I love doing community push each other. It’s great workservice, and it was really cool being with my teammates. I just cause I didn’t need to get recog- need to push and train and pracnized for it. I didn’t do it for that; tice hard.” I just love community service and For him, being a Husker athhelping others.” lete is an honor and means a lot. Because he is a New Student “It means to have morals and Enrollment leader being a good stuand a Husker athdent. It means to Well, it’s a lete, Hawk has have pride. I love lot to think many incoming Nebraska, and I students who look am so happy that about, but I just up to him. I chose it,” Hawk “Well, it’s a try to do my best said. “It’s an honlot to think about, or to be a part of for myself and for but I just try to do such a great promy best for my- the school.” gram with the athself and for the letes and coaching LONDON HAWK school,” Hawk staff that we have. junior middle distance runner said. “I try my best I like that they care to show students about us, and they how much there care how we’re is on campus, and when you’re doing with schoolwork and activinvolved it’s important to have a ities. It’s great to be a part of that.” good work ethic and time manLooking forward toward the agement skills.” fast-approaching season, Hawk is Though Hawk is involved in excited and ready to compete. many other activities on campus, “It’s going to be a good seatrack is his true passion. This sea- son,” he said. “I’m looking forson, he has high hopes of another ward to competing and representBig Ten title for the team. ing Nebraska the best that I can.” “I hope that we can have a resports@ ally good showing in the national dailynebraskan.com meet,” Hawk said.
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Senior jumper Travis Englund said he has always tried to help his younger teammates prepare for the season. The track and field team will compete in the Nebraska Intrasquad meet Saturday. a final exam for this semester. If you don’t give it your all for a final exam, that could potentially mess up your grade. So I expect everyone to treat this as a track
and field final exam and go out and do their best,” Thompson said. sports@ dailynebraskan.com
arkansas: from 10 per game (3.9). Despite the intimidating numbers the Red Wolves’ guard has put up, Nebraska has the luxury of having multiple playmakers in its offense. Although senior guard Ray Gallegos was held to just 3 points last Sunday, he knows that he can count on Nebraska’s other two captains, Petteway and Shavon Shields, to lead the offense. “It’s just about bouncing back and finding different ways of scoring,” Gallegos said. “This year, we have other guys that can
But they also know that their next opponents coming into Lincoln this weekend won’t be an easy challenge by any stretch.” tim miles
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score.” Sophomore guards Petteway
and Shields both lead the Huskers in scoring, averaging 16.3 and
13.1 points per game. Miles said it’s vital that Nebraska prevents Johnson and his teammates from generating any offensive rhythm and that they finish 3-0 before their first conference game against Iowa on New Year ’s Eve. According to the coach, there’s no other option. “We got to get those wins,” Miles said. “We got to get this thing up to 9-3 going into league play.” sports@ dailynebraska.com
volleyball: from 10 It was just point-by-point, and let’s go. I think our team is doing a great job of that too.
No. 1 Texas 25-2 (16-0 Big 12) Best win: 25-27, 25-17, 13-25, 25-21, 15-10 vs. No. 1 Penn State
Worse loss: 18-25, 23-25, 21-25 vs. Arizona State
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Kill leader: Haley Eckerman (405)
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Assist leader: Hannah Allison (677)
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Sophomore middle blocker Cecilia Hall earned 9 block assists and 1 solo block in the first two matches of the NCAA tournament. The volleyball team will face San Diego Friday. or Holy Cross, it’s still about us as a team.” Texas come into the match as the defending champs and the No. 1 seed in the tournament. The Longhorns bring an experienced and balanced team to the competition. “We’ve been through this, and we know what are routines are, and we will use that to our advantage,” Texas coach Jerritt Elliott said. Junior outside hitter Haley Eckerman has lead the high-octane attack through the first two rounds with 34 kills and digs. She has also notched 3 service aces in the last two matches. Eckerman said her improvements in her game do not come from
just repetitions. “The biggest thing is to be smart,” Eckerman said. “That is what I have been focusing a lot more on is making better decisions.” The high-profile offense of Texas is paced by senior setter Hannah Allison, who has dished out 73 assists in the tournament. The blocking game has played a big role for the Longhorns, as they have 26.5 blocks in the last two games. Elliott said this weekend’s games will provide great competitions. “We expect to see some highlevel volleyball,” Elliott said. The Nebraska volleyball team will take to the court in the second match on Friday against the San Di-
ego Toreros. This will be the fifth meeting between the two squads, and the Huskers are 4-0 in the all-time series. Freshman Kadie Rolfzen led the charge against Oregon in the second round of the tournament with 15 kills, 17 digs and 2 block assists. She also notched a hitting clip of .333 percent in the match. Nebraska coach John Cook said his team is playing in the moment, just like they did against Oregon. “It was just point-by-point, and let’s go,” Cook said. “I think our team is doing a great job of that too.” The Huskers have piled up more than 10 total team blocks in the first two matches of the tournament, with sophomore Cecilia Hall earning the
Worst loss: 21-25, 25-23, 25-18, 16-25, 11-15 vs. Saint Mary’s
Kill leader: Kristyna Lindovska (405) Assist leader: Monika Smidova (1,174) Dig leader: Megan Rosburg (437) Block leader: Morgan Hendrix (120)
Kill leader: Chloe Ferrari (325) Assist leader: Jianna Bonomi (782) Dig leader: C’era Oliveira (503) Block leader: Chloe Ferrari (98)
most with 9 block assists and 1 solo block. The No. 9 seed Toreros bring a balanced offense to the court, with senior middle hitter Chloe Ferrari leading the way with 26 kills in the tournament. In the past two matches, the Toreros had three players in double-digit attacking numbers. San Diego coach Jennifer Petrie said her team is ready to play in the Devaney Center against the home team. “We’re determined to maintain
focus within each other and on our side of the court,” Petrie said. “ Junior Sandra Lozic has put up 5 of the team’s 12 services aces in the tournament. The squad has only 10 service errors in the last two matches. The Toreros also are difficult to get kills on because of their floor defense. They have 116 digs in the tournament, with senior libero C’era Oliveira tallying 32. Ferrari said the Toreros view themselves as the dark horse in the match.
“We are always the smaller team,” Ferrari said. “We are always the underdog. We just love playing like that. We thrive under it.” If Texas advances, the team has defeated both San Diego and Nebraska in five sets earlier in the regular season. But the squad that can win two matches this weekend keeps its season going in the Final Four. sports@ dailynebraskan.com
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Former NU player finds happiness playing abroad
Team finishes season with Northern Iowa, UNO duals
can’t see myself leaving, except for my opinion.” maybe the last couple years of my While teammates such as AuAfter time in the bry and Page were there for her at career for bigger contracts,” she Nebraska, it’s a different relation- said. WNBA and Hungary, Finally, after traveling across ship within a WNBA locker room, Kelsey Griffin decides she said. the state and across seas, Griffin found comfort out of college. “My time spent at Nebraska on basketball in Not that playing in Europe or was not always easy, but I always Australia knew my teammates had my the WNBA was all bad. In fact, it took her to some premiere sites back,” Griffin said. “The WNBA is far more cutthroat, and this prob- across the globe. Because of that, though, she ably came as the biggest surprise.” Staff Report only sees family for about three After recording the most caDN weeks a year. But she hopes her reer double-doubles experience motivates her famin Nebraska women’s Kelsey Griffin left Neily members to take an adventure basketball history and braska as a 2010 Firstfinishing with the sec- themselves. Team All-American, a After all, her list is enough to ond-most rebounds in three-time First-Team make even the biggest homebodies program history, GrifAll-Big 12 selection, jealous. fin said she feels more the 2010 Big 12 Player “Seeing the Opera House in alone in the WNBA. of the Year and the No. Sydney,” Griffin said. “The Eiffel In fact, she’s still 3 player on Nebraska’s Tower, the Arc de Triomphe. Seefiguring out how excareer scoring list with actly she needs to net- ing a wild kangaroo and koala 2,033 points. bear, swimming in the Dead Sea, work, she said. She Yet somehow, when riding a camel in Jerusalem, seeknows networking is griffin she entered the WNBA ing Jesus’s tomb, visiting Istanbul, critical in playing proafter being drafted as driving the Great Ocean Road, fessional women’s basthe No. 3 overall pick meeting amazing people, giving ketball. But it’s tough. by the Minnesota Lynx and subseShe’s held her own in her first my parents a reason to travel the quently traded to the Connecticut four seasons, though. world and learning so much about Sun, she felt as if she was on her myself and life through the proAfter her first season with Conown. cess.” necticut, she made Sure, she had WNBA players She has a few her way across the The WNBA such as Chelsea Aubry and Dani- Atlantic Ocean to more trips in the elle Page, also former Huskers and works too. play in Hungary for is far more former Nebraska teammates of Vanuatu is her a little extra money, Griffin, to look to. cutthroat, and this first booked vacashe said. But this was a whole new ball tion. Then snowBut playing in probably came game. boarding in New Europe proved to be Griffin no longer had team- much of the same. as the biggest Zealand. But that mates she could dream of securing Because she was will have to wait surprise.” Final Four berth with. And no lon- signed on as a prountil she’s done ger were players vying to play in playing basketball. fessional, she felt a March. For now, she ton of pressure to KELSEY GRIFFIN No, things were different now. has other aspiraexcel. former nu basketball player Now, it’s much more about the tions. Ultimately, it money. “My goal in the was a job for her, In turn, it’s much more impornext three years would be to beshe said. tant to have good statistics, Griffin A couple of off seasons later, come a go-to player in the four posaid. she signed on to play in Australia, sition and prove it’s not the size of “Your stat line is so important the dog in the fight, it’s the size of again for financial reasons. because it increases your worth This time, it was different. This the fight in the dog,” Griffin said, sports@ and ability to find a job overseas,” time, Griffin fell in love with the dailynebraskan.com Griffin said. “This leads to a far country. more one-on-one-based game, in “I absolutely love it here and
individual meets, the Panthers a team in the UNO invitational, will be looking to give the Husk- and before they confront the Swimmers, divers ers some serious competition. Huskers on Sunday, they have to biggest key to deal with the South will have to maintain The the Panthers’ squad Dakota Coyotes at focus after only one is their youth. home. “I think they got Last weekend in week to prepare, some solid competithe invitational, the coach says tors on their team,” Mavericks excelled Nebraska assistant in the 200-yard IM, as coach Pat Rowan they claimed the top said. “They’re very four positions, with thomas beckmann young. They got a lot freshman Morgan dn of girls that are goStepp winning the ing to be looking for event with a time of The Husker swimming and divthis to be a big step 2:06:99. Sophomore Rowan ing team has a busy weekend towards their conferNatalie Renshaw ahead as it heads to Cedar Falls, ence meet and gainheads the sprinters Iowa, to take on the Northern ing some experience as she dominated the Iowa Panthers. The next day, the against big time competition.” 100-yard freestyle with a time of Huskers will turn around and One of the major points the 50.61, while second place posted head to Omaha for a dual with Husker coaches have emphaa time of 52.10. the University of Nebraska at sized is to stay focused. The Despite the record of the Omaha Mavericks. Huskers are coming off of a competition, coach Rowan The Panthers are 0-5 in indithird-place finish in the Hawk- knows these coming meets are vidual meets, including losses to eye Invitational on Sunday, and crucial for the end goal he has in Iowa and Michigan State. Howwith only a week to prepare, mind for his team. ever, Northern Iowa impressed they’ll have to work to maintain “The big goal is the end of the with its first-place finish in the focus. year — Big Tens and NCAAS,” UNO invitational, led by fresh“I think Cedar Falls is go- Rowan said. “Every single meet man Aftin Phyfe, who finished ing to be one of those meets is more about those individual second in both the 100-yard where we have to kind of swim process goals. Getting better backstroke and the 100-yard through tired,” Rowan said. “We about the way we race, shaving freestyle. Phyfe broke the school have to try and stay focused on those seconds off the time and record in the 100-yard freestyle the detailed stuff, make sure we really making sure that we’re with a time of get the touches at getting ourselves prepared for 52.10. UNO is also the end of races, the end of the year. Any time having its share make sure we’re “We’re never going to look of difficulties, as you come really attacking past a competitor no matter the Mavericks are our walls and what their record is, but the end into another 2-8 in duals. turns and breakgoal is always in mind. It’s alThe Panthers opponent’s house, outs. This is one ways our focus for Big Tens and also feature seof those meets NCAAs. These meets are defithey’re going to nior Natalie Johnwhere it’s going nitely a step towards that in our son, who posted want to take a to be a mentally process. a gold-medal challenging meet “Any time you come into anperformance in shot at you.” because we’re other opponent’s house, they’re the 100-yard going to be tired, going to want to take a shot at patrick rowan backstroke, and a and we’re goassistant coach you,” Rowan continued. “We’ve 500-yard freestyle ing to be broken got some really strong girls on team that took down.” this team. They’re going to come home five of the top six posiThen once the final event is out there and hopefully want to tions, winning the event with a completed, the team is on the test us and push us and see what time of 5:11:93 with the help of road again for a dual with the we got for them.” freshman Stephanie Jackson. sports@ UNO Mavericks on Saturday. So despite their 0-5 record in dailynebraskan.co The Mavericks placed second as
Sophomore diver fills leadership role on team mance in the 2012 Nebraska state diving championships and earned After an injury ended a letter in all four years of high her gymnastics career, school. Not only was Schwery a stuNicole Schwery found dent who excelled on the platform, but in academics and right new athletic passion: alongside the football field as diving well. She received two letters in cheerleading, as she cheered the Silver Hawks to victory. So with the athletic prowess thomas beckmann and academic success going hand dn in hand, she was a highly sought after recruit. She passed up WyoA second chance. Everyone de- ming and Wisconsin when she deserves a second chance. That’s cided to be a Husker. She is findwhat sophomore diver Nicole ing success in training at the Bob Schwery pleaded for after an in- Devaney Sports Center. jury forced a sudden end to her Her debut year as a Husker gymnastics career. Then, one of was highlighted by placing secher closest friends offered her a ond in both the one-meter and chance to continue her love of three-meter dives in the meet at athletics by inviting her to join in Illinois. She placed in the top five a diving practice. 10 times, and she recorded a sea“I was a gymnast, and I got son high 260.05 at last year ’s Big hurt so when I was out of gym- Ten Conference championship. nastics I still wanted to do someSchwery is surprised at how thing with flipping,” Schwery far along she is at such an early said. “My friend took me to a div- point in her collegiate career. ing practice, and I During the meet, just stuck with it.” she was shocked to My friend It was exactly discover that her the break she needefforts notched her took me to ed, and she hasn’t a silver medal in looked back since. a diving practice a meet with high Schwery is comlevel competition and I just stuck ing off of a secondincluding No. 18 place performance with it.” Notre Dame and at the Hawkeye Iowa. NICOLE SCHWERY Invitational last “I knew that I sophomore diver weekend as she wanted to be comhas developed into petitive,” Schwery a team leader from said. “I wanted the platform diving event. to compete with all the other Schwery attended Lincoln schools, and I knew I wanted to Southwest High School, where make it in the finals, but I honshe dominated the Nebraska high estly had no idea that I could get school ranks in diving. Schwery second at this big of an invite, and boasts a championship perforit’s such a great accomplishment
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Sophomore diver Nicole Schwery started diving after she had a gymnastics injury. Schwery is learning to step into a leadership role, coach Patrick Rowan said.
for me, and I’m so happy with it.” Her coaches have also been excited for how well she’s been doing, and despite her success in her freshmen campaign, her coaches knew she would be constantly improving. “After her freshman year, she felt she had a lot of room to improve,” assistant coach Pat Rowan said. “Coming up with a
second place finish at a major invite like that is a pretty big step forward for a sophomore. I know she’s pretty excited for that.” In the week leading up to a meet, Schwery focuses on perfecting her technique. She favors positions that feature the pike position and flips that go forward. “In competition we have six dives, so I think that I really focus
on the ones that I need to focus on during that meet,” Schwery said. ”Otherwise I focus on the ones I’m really good at so that I know I’ll be able to nail that during the competition.” Then comes the competition. Right before a dive, Schwery goes through her drills a bit, but the biggest thing for her preparation is to visualize herself performing
the dive. “I like go through the dive at least five times in my head and make sure I feel myself doing the dive,” Schwery said. “I also do drills on the ground which is visualizing your dive and doing the body motions with it.” The most difficult aspect about full speed competition in Schwery’s mind isn’t the opposing chants of the crowd, not the intimidation of the other divers and not the scoreboard. The most difficult part of competing, in her mind, is the pressure she places on herself to perform, she said. “I think the pressure is what gets to me, because I want to do so well in competition just like I do in practice,” Schwery said. However, Schwery has achieved success so far this season, and she only expects herself to keep improving. These in season meets continue to build and build until the year reaches the meet that she feels she performs the best at: conference. “I know that I’ll be ready to compete a lot during conference, because for me I like it better towards the end of the season,” Schwery said. “I get more comfortable with things, and last year conference was my best meet so I’m planning on it being my best meet this year” She’s quickly developing into one of the team’s leaders. “She’s a sophomore, and kind of an underclassmen she’s learning to step into that leadership role,” Rowan said. “I think the girls see it in her more than she sees it in herself right now, but she definitely has a lot of potential to fill that role.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com
creighton: from 10 Creighton’s really good. They have a really good basketball team. They play really good competition. We lost to them for the first time last year in eight years, and I think that gets the players’ attention, not that we didn’t have it before.” connie yori
women’s basketball coach
to Nebraska, and her assistant at Creighton, Jim Flanery, became the head coach. Since then, Yori has had a 222-137 record, while Flanery has had a 219-141 record. Now the two must face each other again. Nebraska and Creighton will go head-to-head Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in the annual rival game. In the 2012-13 game against Creighton, the Huskers picked up their third loss of the season against the Bluejays with a final score of 5766. Junior forward Hailie Sample led the Huskers in scoring with a career high 20 points during the game. The Bluejays, however, outscored Nebraska from the arc, making 9 of 22 3-pointers. So far in the season, Creighton has a 4-4 record, with losses against Kansas, Oklahoma, BYU and Drake. In the game against Kansas, Creighton made 66 points, but still lost to the back-to-back NCAA Sweet 16
team. Nebraska currently has a 7-2 record, with losses to Washington State and North Carolina. North Carolina is currently No. 15 in the NCAA and took the win against Nebraska on its home court on Dec. 4. “It’s always a tough one to play,” Yori said. “Creighton’s really good. They have a really good basketball team. They play really good competition. We lost to them for the first time last year in eight years, and I think that gets the players’ attention, not that we didn’t have it before.” Although Creighton hasn’t been able to hit more than 70 points in a game so far this season, sophomore guard Marissa Janning is leading the team in scoring with an average of 17.4 points per game. Janning, along with senior guard McKenzie Fujan and senior forward Sarah Nelson, have combined so far this season to make 65 percent of Creighton’s game points. Coming off the bench for Creigh-
ton is redshirt freshman Brianna Rollerson, who has averaged 4.4 rebounds per game in her first season on the team. Even with her contributions on the boards, the Bluejays have still been outrebounded by about three each game this year. According to Nebraska senior forward Jordan Hooper, the Bluejays work hard at doing the “little things” well in their games, and that’s what the Huskers must watch out for. “I think it will be a fun game,” said Hooper, who made 33 points in Sunday’s game against Utah State. “We’re going to be preparing throughout the whole week. It’ll be fun and exciting. Last year definitely wasn’t fun at all. But it’s the game that everybody looks forward to. They look forward to it, we look forward to it, our coaches definitely look forward to it. We’re going to bring that into the game.” Hooper has led Nebraska in rebounds and scoring so far this
season with 21.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. As of the Utah State game, she reached 1,800 points and 900 rebounds in her career — the third player in Nebraska history to do so. Junior forward Emily Cady is second in scoring and rebounding behind Hooper. Cady has a .614 field goal percentage, which ranks second in the Big Ten. Sophomore point guard Rachel Theriot is leading Nebraska in assists with 5.9 per game. According to Yori, the bench production at the beginning of the season was a concern. She was pleased after the Utah State matchup, however, because it was able to produce 21 points for the game. After the Nebraska-Creighton rivalry, Nebraska will stay at home for the third game in a row as they prepare for the game against South Dakota Dec. 21. sports@ dailynebraskan.com
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Junior forward Emily Cady and the Nebraska basketball team will face Creighton Saturday at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.
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Freshman outside hitter Kadie Rolfzen celebrates during a recent volleyball match. Rolfzen led the charge against Oregon last week in the second round of the NCAA tournament with 15 kills, 17 digs and 2 block assists. The team will face San Diego Friday.
POINT BY POINT NU volleyball team to take on San Diego in regional semifinal
Story by Eric Bertrand File photo by Morgan Spiehs
he Final Four for the NCAA Volleyball Championship will be set by this weekend’s
end. The first regional semifinal match at the Bob Devaney Sports Center pits the No. 1 seed Texas Longhorns against the Cinderella team, American. The Eagles swept through the first two rounds of the tournament against Georgia and Duke. With the American team, defense is the name of the game. In just two matches in the tournament, the squad has totaled 127 digs, with junior setter Monika Smidova racking up 29 in the two competitions. Senior Juliana Crum also added 28 digs, 21 of which came against Duke.
“Our back row did a really good job last weekend just digging balls and being patient,” Crum said. “Being able to dig up balls and just keep waiting for an opportunity to put one away has been a lot of the reason we’ve had success.” With 19.5 blocks in the two matches, the Eagles are a threat at the net, with junior middle blocker Kelly McCaddin stuffing 10 total blocks. For American coach Barry Goldberg, no matter who his team goes up against, the focus stays the same. “I’m more concerned with just ourselves,” Goldberg said. “Just continue to improve on things we are doing. Whether it’s Texas
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Nebraska to host Arkansas State Team has beat all 5 teams when playing at arena, hopes to continue at-home winning streak nedu izu dn Eighty-two points. Forty-nine percent shooting percentage. Eleven three-pointers. Six steals. These are the numbers the Nebraska men’s basketball team allowed opponents to rack up in its last outing. They’re also figures Tim Miles and his players wish they could forget. On Saturday, the team will have the opportunity to make last week’s 82-67 loss to Creighton a fluke when it hosts Arkansas State (5-2) at home. Nebraska coach Tim Miles said it’s vital the Huskers (6-3) learn from their mistakes in order to finish the rest of their nonconference schedule on a high note. “We’re just going to come out, regroup and get better and make sure Arkansas State’s a team we go out, execute and win,” Mile said. Luckily for Miles, playing at Pinnacle Bank Arena may just be the spark his team needs. So far this season, the phrase “no place like home” has rung true for his squad. While the Huskers have played below average ball away from Lincoln (1-3), they’ve pleased themselves and their fans at home by winning their first five games this season at the new arena. “We want to keep winning,” Miles said. “We want to go 6-0.”
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Nebraksa women’s basketball coach Connie Yori graduated from Creighton in 1986 and coached the Bluejays from 1992-2002 before coming to Nebraska. The two teams go head-to-head Saturday. file photo by allison hess | dn
The Nebraska men’s basketbal team looks up at the new Pinnacle Bank Arena at the beginning of the open scrimmage in September. The team has won all of its first five home games. And they’re not just beating their opponents — they’re crushing them. Other than a 5-point victory against Northern Illinois that redshirt sophomore guard Terran Petteway described as “an ugly win,” Nebraska has averaged a 16.6-point margin victory when playing on their home turf. Although Nebraska’s offense isn’t quite where he wants them to be, Miles said playing in front of the Sea of Red in the new arena has undeniably benefited his team’s success at home. “Just the fan experience and
playing experience in Pinnacle Bank Arena is awesome,” Miles said. “We want a dominant home court. There’s an energy level about it. It carries noise well. “But they also know that their next opponents coming into Lincoln this weekend won’t be an easy challenge by any stretch. It’s really got electricity in there, which is completely different than the Devaney Center.” The Red Wolves will be traveling to Lincoln off a three-game winning streak that includes a 25-point victory in their last game against Niagara on Dec. 2.
One of their offensive threats is senior guard Melvin Johnson III, who is coming off one of his best performances of his career. On Nov. 30, the 6-foot-6 shooter from Dallas, Texas, nailed eight 3-pointers to record a seasonhigh 26 points against Lamar and helped earn him his first SBC Player of the Week award. Johnson, who leads the Red Wolves with 17.9 points per game, is currently second in the conference in both 3-point percentage (.643) and average makes
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Husker coach has long history with NU-Creighton rivalry natasha rausch dn The Creighton and Nebraska women’s basketball teams have a lot of history, most of which stems from Nebraska coach Connie Yori, who has a 30-year history with the rival team. “We’re kind of hoping they’d
cancel the game,” Yori said. “I know the fans don’t want that. I’m kidding, of course.” Yori graduated from Creighton in 1986 as the third all-time scorer with 2,010 points in her college career. After coaching the Bluejays from 1992-2002, Yori switched
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