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Former student pleads guilty to fraud charges staff report dn The 23-year-old former University of Nebraska-Lincoln student who was indicted in connection to a UNL computer security breach pleaded guilty Tuesday. Daniel Stratman, now an Omaha resident, had faced a dozen counts in the indictment, which was filed this summer. He agreed to plead guilty to a single count of fraud in connection with computers, as well pay restitution for the resulting loss. The U.S. Attorney’s Office agreed to recommend no more than two years incarceration on a charge that can carry up to 10 years in prison. State prosecutors agreed not to file charges. On May 23, 2012, Stratman “knowingly caused the transmission of a program, information, code and command,” which caused at least $5,000 in damage to a protected com-

puter owned by the University of Nebraska and Nebraska State College Systems computer system, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Russell in the Lincoln Journal Star. The UNL senior gained access to student audit reports and records, user account information and password information. According to the university, the Nebraska Student Information System contained the records of more than 650,000 students, alumni, parents, employees and applicants from NU campuses in Lincoln, Omaha and Kearney. The investigation later showed the database included information from Chadron, Perus and Wayne state colleges. University and state college officials said it didn’t appear that any information was transferred. Stratman was identified as a suspect by the IP address used to access the system, officials said. news@

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Ross estate donates $7.7 million to its namesake media arts center

UNL works to implement bike share program The Mary Riempa Ross Media Arts Center recently received $7.7 million in donations from its namesake Mary Riempa Ross’ estate. REECE RISTAU DN Students may be able to check out community bikes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln next year. A bike share program allowing students to check out community bikes is in development stages and if implemented, the program would install stations throughout City and East campuses where students would simply need to swipe their NCard at a scanner, ride the bike where they need it and drop it off at the nearest station. Thien Chau, a sophomore environmental studies and political science major, is leading the program. He said there are numerous benefits to the bike share program, including environmental and traffic benefits. “A lot of people travel from East Campus to City Campus

and travel to the surrounding neighborhoods,” Chau said. “(With the program), there would be less traffic, fewer carbon emissions and it’s a friendlier way for people to bike.” The biggest issue facing the project is where the funding will come from, Chau said. In order to figure out how to best implement the plan and decide how to fund it, Chau and his team are looking to the University of Nebraska at Omaha. UNO has had a bike share program, called the B-cycle program, since June 2011, according to the school’s website. UNL will likely model its plan off the one in place at UNO. Chau said he is also using UNO as a template for funding. “So what they did was get funding from Blue Cross Blue

story by Tyler Williams photo by Stacie Hecker She was really a consignment patron of the arts.” Danny Ladely ross director


t’s the most wonderful time of the year for the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center. Mary Riepma Ross’ estate donated $7.7 million to provide an income to support facilities, equipment, academic and community outreach programs, hosting visiting media artists and more. Ross also donated much of her personal art collection to the Sheldon Museum of Art, which was first announced in 1990. Danny Ladely, director of the Ross, was surprised and shocked when he got the phone call about the endowment. “She was really a consignment patron of the arts – especially movies,” Ladely said. Ross, who died on Feb. 2, attended the University of Nebraska and graduated from Vassar College in 1932. She received her law degree from Memphis State University, and the University of Nebraska awarded her an honorary law degree in 1973. Ross moved to New York in 1946 and opened her own private law practice

in 1961. One of Ross’s good friends, and senior director of special projects for the University of Nebraska foundation, Lucy Comine said that Ross was one of the first people she contacted when she took her position as director in 1989. The two hit it off with their love of film and theater, becoming life-long friends. It was Comine who asked Ross for the initial $3.5 million donation in 1990, which lead to the building of the Mary Riepma Ross Media Center in 2003. Ladely remembers Ross at the grand opening of the center. “She was shocked at seeing her money used in such an amazing way,” Ladely said. Toward the end of her life, Comine and Ross began talking about legacy and what Ross wanted to be remembered for. It was then that Ross agreed to leave $7.7 million to the Ross. Charles O’Connor, dean of the Hixson-Lied College

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Brace Labs set for $8 million renovations Remodel will allow the School of Biological Sciences to expand course offerings next year Kelli Rollin DN An $8 million renovation will increase availability of lab courses for the School of Biological Sciences come fall 2014. The University of NebraskaLincoln is renovating Brace Labs, a 107-year-old building and the second oldest on campus. Once home to physics and astronomy classes, Brace’s renovation will open additional lab and general classroom space. This will be especially useful for the School of Biological Sciences, which had to turn down students at the beginning of the fall semester who signed up for lab courses because of lack of space, said John Osterman, an associate professor in the school of biological sciences. “Right now we’re in a crunch for lab space, so this is now giving us extra capacity for the teaching labs,” Osterman said. Because more lab space will be available, Osterman said the

Brace renovation will allow room for more course offerings to meet the needs of the department and the students. He said this year the school started a new program called “life courses,” which includes two classes involving labs. In order to teach the life courses this year, Osterman said the school of biological sciences had to change courses to make lab space. Construction costs will include security systems and the general contractor, totalling $6,346,000. Non-construction costs, such as artwork and insurance, total $1,654,000 for the $8 million project. Some of the renovations include updated heating and cooling systems, three life sciences labs, a 97-seat computer-based testing center and updated technology for classrooms. Information Services, which is located in the 501 Building and Architecture Hall, will have office, conference and storage space in the new Brace Labs building. The existing auditorium, which has tiered seating, will be updated and used as a classroom for any course that needs the space. Two other general classroom areas will also be available after the renovations. The Nebraska Legislature considered demolishing Brace Labs because it was cheaper than renovation, but Brace was spared be-

This is now giving us extra capacity for the teaching labs.” John Osterman associate professor

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Brace Laboratory of Physics was named in honor of DeWitt Bristol Brace, former chair of the Department of Physics, who died of blood poisoning in October 1905 just as the building was nearing completion. The former physics lab will be used for innovative teaching upon completion. cause of its historic character, according to the project information

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tions states the building is in poor internal condition, and some im-

provements, such as asbestos removal, are required for people to occupy the building. Chad Lea, lead project manager and designer for facilities management and planning, said although Brace Labs is more than a century old, renovations won’t require more work or caution than other renovations would. “I mean, it just involves different steps,” Lea said. “I would say it’s a pretty traditional renovation project.” The historical look of the building will be kept and restored as part of the renovations, one example being the entrance. Because he sat in on planning meetings for the renovations, Osterman said he’s confident the historical aspect of Brace Labs will be kept. “They’re going to embrace everything that was good about it and get rid of the bad stuff,” he said. news@ dailynebraskan.coM


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Professors present Timelapse Project




On campus what: Mind and Body Stress Management when: 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. where: Love Library South, Room 110

what: Komensky Club Movie Night: Shadows of the Deceased when: 6:30 p.m. where: Nebraska Union, Pewter Room

what: Human Dimension Activities to Encourage Sustainable Behavior when: 3:30 p.m. where: Hardin Hall, Room 107


Nicole Rauner DN When you turn on the faucet to brush your teeth, your water is coming from the Platte River Water Basin, said Michael Forsberg, a conservation photographer. Forsberg gave a public presentation of his Platte Basin Timelapse Project in Hardin Hall on Tuesday. Forsberg’s other speaker at the seminar, Mike Farrell, co-founder of the project, said that it’s important for the young generation to understand where their water comes from. “Any student turns on their faucet to brush teeth,” Farrell said. “That water starts here.” Forsberg is an assistant professor of practice at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has dedicated his life to Nebraska and the surrounding areas’ environment. He spent the seminar showing his time lapse photos from parts of Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming to reveal how the water has changed. His 43 cameras over the three states have taken a photo every daylight hour of every day since 2011. Forsberg’s team has half a million photos from his project. “When you put all of theses still images together, it comes alive,” Forsberg said. He showed timelapse photos compiled to look like videos where the audience members could see the water rise and dry up during the course of a few years and see how much the water fluctuates. Some time lapse photos were from local dams, some near the mountains in Colorado and some near

When you put all of these still images together, it comes alive.” Michael forsberg assistant professor

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Mike Farrell and Michael Forsberg, co-founders of the Platte Basin Time-lapse project, answer questions from the audience in the Hardin Hall auditorium on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus. The project documents wetlands throughout the Platte River Basin with cameras that run on solar power and take one picture every daylight hour.



With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 1, the site was having problems supporting the intended volume of users and crashed with several thousand users. As of Dec. 1, the website can handle 50,000 concurrent users and 800,000 users per day. The marketplace website was down about 60 percent of the time in October, but a Department of Health and Human Services report says it’s much more stable. The DN asked students: “What’s your opinion on the Affordable Care Act?”

what: Lancaster County Democratic Party Holiday Party when: 5:30 p.m. where: Doc’s Place, 140 N. 8th St.

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“I’m generally supportive I guess, especially for preexisting conditions. There are a lot of aspects that I’m not a fan of, but in general it needed to happen. I feel like the insurance companies got off a little too well in the whole situation. Personally, I would have supported single fair.” Drew Schendt

junior psychology major

“I think that technical difficulties are not relevant to whether or not the healthcare act is a good thing or not. My overall opinion of the health care is pretty positive.” Arianna Dye

ross: from 1 of Fine and Performing Arts, said the use of the endowment must be a collaborative effort. “The Ross serves three masters, students, the community and independent filmmakers, and the more we can do to bring those groups together the better,” O’Connor said. The media center has many ideas for the latest endowment: remodeling the concession stand, replacing seating in both of the theaters, updating the digital projectors and sound systems, restarting the Movies on the Green program – where projections of classic films for UNL students were shown for free – and also may attempt to take the classics on the road for Nebraskans outside of Lincoln. Ladely also hopes to invite bigger names in the film and theater industry to the center. “I just hope people at the university and Nebraska will appreciate what Mary did,” Comine said. “This is such a amazing gift and will provide amazing opportunities for the university.” news@

senior spanish and psychology major

“It’s good that it allows people to be able to afford healthcare despite how much money they make, but it’s definitely a socialist program, so it goes against American fundamentals.” Eli Stevens

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bike share: from 1 Shield,” Chau said. “$900 of the student government funding also went to the project.” If the program would involve student fees, Chau said the cost would be minimal. Reed Brodersen, a senior environmental studies major and member of the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska’s Environmental Sustainability Committee, said it’s important to promote biking on campus. “It’s important as a symbol to

correction An article in the Monday, Dec. 2 issue of the Daily Nebraskan misstated the title of the new degree the College of Business Administration plans to offer in 2014. The degree is called a Master’s

ness. It never lies.” He believes that this technology can be the bridge between science and the public. A way to inform “anybody that drinks water,” Forsberg said. One of the members of the au-

Forsberg has a large team that has been managing these cameras for years and collecting data to constructively put it together to inform people about how water runs. “This camera is just a box,” Forsberg said, “but it’s also a wit-

Mahoney State Park. Near Colorado he had a video of dried up land being turned into a place for living. “Five years ago you would have seen cattle. In the future you’re going to see suburbia,” he said.

dience asked if humans have done any tampering with equipment. Forsberg said that these are some of the only places where people wouldn’t take expensive camera equipment but read the camera to see what was happening and be supportive. The only time equipment was really tampered with by humans was the camera on the tower at Mahoney State Park. Farrell said they’re finding ways for other fields of science to use their photos for educational purposes. He and Forsberg said they believe photos draw people in and make them care, which can lead to people actively trying to preserve. “We said we weren’t going to do a documentary, but now we’re thinking there’s room for a documentary,” Farrell said. Farrell and Forsberg said they hope to educate people with their photos and take a second look at the river that they might not see from cities so they can appreciate it. Forsberg wants the project to continue for a long time. “I’d like to see it institutionalized and go on forever,” he said. news@

encourage more students to bike on campus and make biking more accessible and more commonplace,” Brodersen said. Brodersen stressed the environmental benefits in a Facebook message. “The bike share project exemplifies the multifaceted nature of sustainability,” the message read. “The program would further environmental sustainability via a reduction in emissions, social sustainability via healthier students and economic sustainabil-

ity by providing students with a free alternative to car or bike ownership.” ASUN unanimously passed a resolution supporting Chau and the bike share program at a senate meeting last month. The resolution’s passage allowed Chau to begin working on the project. Alex Coe, a freshman classics and religious studies and political science major, who bikes from his dorm to class, said he has not had issues but thinks the program is a good idea.

correction of Arts in Business Administration.

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The bike share project exemplifies the multifaceted nature of sustainability.” Thien chau environmental sciences major

“I personally have not had any issues with cars or pedestrians,” Coe said. “But I think it’s a good idea. One of my friends

would love to have a bike here but he’s out-of-state and can’t get it here.” NEWS@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM

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RHA legislation from Dec. 3 meeting

The Residence Hall Association voted to allocate $5,000 to the annual Bull Fry philanthropy at its


Tuesday meeting. The 18th annual event will be held April 12, 2014, from 4 to 8 p.m. on East Campus. All money raised through the event will go toward one of three recipients: Becky Peterson, who was diagnosed with liver cancer and can no longer afford treatment, Penny and Steve Blohm family, whose son was born with a hole in his heart, no kidney and malformed lungs, and Michelle Abernathy, who was diagnosed with lupus and thyroid cancer, both her and husband have lost their jobs. The Burr-Fedde president will make the decision on who receives the money. In the past, the event has raised about $10,000. The Bull Fry will include allyou-can-eat bull fries, hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans and potato chips. There will be entertainment provided such as a bounce house, rock-climbing wall, dunk tank, mechanical bull-riding contest and an ice cream eating competition. The event will also feature a steer stomp dance on the Thursday prior, sponsored by Student Involvement and a bowla-thon in the East Campus bowling alley on Friday. Mariah Keech, a freshman global studies and political science major, proposed an amendment to Senate Bill 16: Any unused funds would go to the family or individual in need. This amendment was approved, for the second year in a row. “This really is a great event, seeing how much this impacts family – it really gives you a great feeling to help others,” Ethan Schwarten, RHA events committee chair and sophomore biology major, said. Senate Bill 17 was also passed, allocating $1,000 to the late night breakfast to be held on Sunday, from 10 p.m. to midnight. The late night breakfast will have catered breakfast food from

1. Senate Bill 16 - Bull Fry 2. Senate Bill 17 – Late night breakfast

information 1. Eighteenth annual philanthropy that includes food, entertainment and prizes with the proceeds donated to local family or individual in need. Total funds asked for: $5,000. 2. Dead week event for Sandoz and Abel residents that will include breakfast food, desserts, a DJ and prizes. Total funds asked for: $1,000.

vote outcome 1. Passed 2. Passed Abel, purchased desserts, a DJ and prizes. Currently, the event is for Sandoz and Abel residents only. “If we get a lot of attendance we can hopefully open it up to campus and make it an annual event for dead week,” Keech said. “It’s a way of relaxing and unwinding.” RHA president Matt Knapp, a junior advertising and public relations major, concluded the meeting with a speech applauding RHA members and addressing the issue of diversity UNL is trying to improve. The executive board fully supports Harvey Perlman’s “Not Here, Not Now, Not Ever!” campaign and plans to start something to make diversity a primary goal next semester, Knapp said. “At least it’s a good start to finally getting a conversation going with the issues on campus,” he said. “Obviously there’s a long way to go. If someone hears something that is offensive to them they shouldn’t be expected to just get over it, or just suck it up.”



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letters to the editor ASUN here to serve, students should voice concerns to senators Students of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I want to thank those of you who attended our senate meeting on Nov. 20, to voice your concerns over the remarks made by (Sen. Cameron Murphy) at our meeting on Nov. 13. I apologize that your concerns have not been reflected by the executive committee’s vote at their disciplinary hearing on Monday night. I must also apologize for the confusion surrounding the situation, and I fear that I will not be able to clear much of the ambiguity surrounding the hearing’s proceedings. As a closed session meeting, all but the final vote must remain confidential and secure. What I can tell you is what is being done, and what can be done. To begin, I can confidently and whole-heartedly say that in no way, shape or fashion, is ASUN supportive of the comments made by Sen. Murphy in today’s Q&A article published in the Daily Nebraskan, and to emphasize, is still, in no means, supportive of the comments of which this continued conversation has stemmed from on Nov. 13. As a representative of the student body, we are here to serve the students of this university, and given the transpired events over the course of the past few weeks, I am thoroughly proud of our members and their reactions to the situation in which we have been placed, but I recognize there is always room to do more. Even before the transpiring of these events, we in ASUN have recognized areas for improvement. ASUN will be participating in social justice and responsibility training, and encouraging each of our senators to attend multicultural meetings. Moreover we have previously been working toward sponsoring a yearly “Diversity Roundtable” in which students, faculty and staff can have an open dialogue about diversity inclusion directly with their constituents in ASUN. These are only a couple solid examples of the ideas being currently worked on by our members. We also have a lot to learn from our partners in the Big Ten, and what other schools are doing to progress diversity inclusion. Ultimately, all of these projects will be used as fuel to begin the long-waited release of our “Creating a Tradition of Care” campaign that ASUN has been working diligently on for some time. We are devoted to creating a more inclusive campus and an environment of education and acceptance. On the basis of what can be done moving forward, we need to focus on the education of student

rights and encourage that these rights are exercised if ever a student feels as though they are being misrepresented. The first and most basic right is that students have the opportunity to let their voice be heard to their representatives in ASUN. We ask that members of the multicultural groups, and any student, attend senate on Wednesdays where their voices will be heard and valued. This is an open forum atmosphere in which we ask all students to come and voice their concerns so that we may take action on your behalf. Formal action outside of the realm of ASUN would include the formal set of rights and procedures outlined in the university’s Student Code of Conduct. As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, Section 2.1, Complaint: “Any member of the university community may file a written misconduct complaint against a student or organization alleging misconduct under the Student Code of Conduct or other published university policy or regulation prescribing a standard of student conduct. Misconduct complaints shall be filed in the Office of Student Judicial Affairs.” And furthermore, as outlined by the Student Court of UNL, any member of the Student Senate or an individual student may formally address the Student Court regarding matters generated by student organizations. “The judicial power of the Student Court shall extend to the following controversies: Matters of the Trial of Impeachment, matters of contested elections, matters concerning organizations when referred to the court by the University of Nebraska administration, the Student Senate or an individual student, and other matters arising under the bylaws, or ordinances of the Student Senate.” As a representative of the student body, we are here to serve the students of this university, and more importantly to educate and ensure that students are voicing their concerns and taking actions listed within their rights as students of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. As we grow closer to beginning preparation for elections next semester, we want to encourage students of all backgrounds to empower their voices by becoming further involved within ASUN. The doors to our office – No, your office – are always open, and we are here to listen, assist, and protect all students. We in ASUN care immensely about all students and will continue to improve and work towards the betterment of the campus as a whole. Please contact us with any ideas and suggestions; we always look forward to meeting and hearing from students.

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Shoppers should respect workers


lack Friday has ended, but the holiday season has only begun. This is the time of year for long lines, stressed shoppers and exhausted sales associates. As a result, it’s also the time for short tempers. If you can, though, resist the urge to yell at the cashier while making your next purchase at Target. Be nice to them; they’re there to help you. The holiday season probably won’t be as terrible as Black Friday because there are more days for the chaos to spread out. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be problems, though. Several shoppers will get angry with the Best Buy associate who takes too long ringing up $300 worth of last-minute gifts. Several other shoppers will snap at the Scheels cashier, not realizing that he’s been working there since before the sun was up. Customers need to appreciate the people that make it possible for them to buy things at ungodly hours of the day. Case in point – Black Friday. Most stores actually opened on Thanksgiving Day, sometime during the evening. Old Navy, as a random example, opened at 7 p.m. and its eight registers went “full tilt” until at least 11:30 p.m. Even Gateway Mall opened at 8 p.m., which is the earliest Thanksgiving opening it has ever done. Then came Black Friday itself. People were standing outside of PetSmart at 6:45 a.m., waiting for the store’s 7 a.m. opening time. Toys”R”Us and Macy’s both had a round of deals that started at 5 a.m. That 5 a.m. start is bad enough without taking the prep time into account, too. To open any store, some of the store’s employees have to show up and get everything ready to go. Best Buy was up and running from Thursday at 6 p.m. to Friday at 10 p.m. So a bunch of employees were working all night and morning so a customer could get an Apple iPad for $299.99. Employees work long hours to make everyone else’s shopping experiences easier. Customers that spend most of their time bitching at the workers seem to forget that the workers are people, too. They’re people that want to go home just as badly as the customers

her payment needs. The cashier printed a receipt early because the customer didn’t speak up, basically. The story was titled, “To Their Credit, Cashiers Are Not Psychic.” You’d think that one would be common knowledge, but some customers have clearly missed the memo. Part of my job at work involves answering the phone for log-on support. In one day, I got to talk to people from both ends of the spectrum. One was angry and impatient, while the other one was cheerful and easygoing. With do, if not more so. the first caller, my main goal changed from The workers can’t fight back, either. Customers practically have free reign because helping her to just getting her off the phone. they are the ones making the purchases. Mean- With the second caller, my motivation was to while, most workers have to try to be polite help him. Note the two different approaches, no matter how they’re treated in return. Dur- all because the first caller treated me like crap. Every industry, from air travel to log-on ing Black Friday, some of the support, encounters customer crowd in Victoria’s Secret almost at some point. And The workers frustration knocked over a display table. yes, the workers aren’t perWhen an employee warned the can’t fight fect. The airplane was late, crowd that they’d be kicked out if the cashier printed a receipt they didn’t stop pushing, only a back, either. before the customer was ready few heads turned to acknowledge Customers and that first caller probably the warning. didn’t find me helpful at all. Some workers vent their frus- practically have Still, when a customer trations anonymously and online because being vocally honest free reign because loses his or her temper, nobody wins. Yelling at a cashier would get them fired. There’s a they are the isn’t going to motivate them to page on Facebook called, “Things help you faster. Getting angry retail workers want all customers ones making on an airplane will only make to know.” An important point on the purchases. everyone around you hosthat website’s “About” page was, tile. Being impatient during a “Yelling at me will not make me Meanwhile, most phone call only wears out the want to help you. Telling me that workers have to person listening to you on the I am wrong will just make you other end. look stupid. And asking for the try to be polite So, be nice to people who manager will only waste every- no matter how are only trying to help. Make body’s time.” If a Bed Bath & Bethat your golden rule. People yond associate said this to a cus- they’re treated in can say, “be nice, it’s Christtomer, that interaction wouldn’t return.” mas,” but honestly, being nice end well. to people should be a yearStill, if the customer was alround tradition. Employees ways right, then Not Always Right wouldn’t work hard and deserve to be treated like huhave enough material to keep up its website. And yet, it does. On Sunday, one of the web- man beings. Emme Grafton is a senior English site’s top stories was about a woman freaking major. Contact her at opinion@ out at a retail employee for “not anticipating”

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Simplify life to keep stress level down this season


life, but I’ve managed to find some ways hoever named this seato get us all through the chaos without goson “the most wondering completely mad. ful time of Slow down. It hapthe year” Getting a pens to the best of us — forgot to solid eight you’re running as fast mention as you can, but you just it is the most stressful, too. hours of sleep will can’t keep up. You’re This sorry excuse for autumn exhausted by mid-afteris coming to an end and the likely stop your noon and can’t make it Nebraska cold spells we all through the day without know and hate are starting burning heart’s a nap (if you even have to erupt. Staying in bed sud- desire for an time for one.) You’ve busdenly sounds a whole lot afternoon nap. ied yourself up so much better than the journey to the job you hate or the class This way, you have that you don’t even enjoy what’s keeping you busy you’re unprepared for. If anymore, so take a deep your brain feels like it could an extra hour or breath and maybe conexplode at any moment two of daylight sider cutting some comand you, too, are subtly gomitments out. ing crazy from these winter to burn as well Get enough sleep. blues, don’t stop reading. as the energy Your entire day will feel You are not alone. off balance without a A dear friend told me that you’ll need to get good night of rest. Getlife’s pretty simple. She said, you through the ting a solid eight hours of “You wake up, go throughsleep will likely stop your out your day and you go to holidays.” burning heart’s desire for bed.” This is an ideal perspective. I thought that if I could apply it an afternoon nap. This way, you have an to my life, it would make things a hell of extra hour or two of daylight to burn as well as the energy you’ll need to get you a lot easier. Everyday complexities don’t through the holidays. contrast well with this idea of a simple

Gabriella Parsons

Don’t make things harder on yourself. I’ve been president of procrastination nation for 18 years now and it’s never once made my life any easier. Waiting until the last minute to deal with something is almost always detrimental. Whether that is a project proposal or a relationship conflict, handle the matter when it first comes up. Too often we push these things to the back of our minds as if we won’t have to deal with them later. Consequentially, priority lists start to get mumble-jumbled and you wonder why you’re up at the crack of dawn writing a paper — you asked for it, that’s why! Surround yourself with people who will bring you up. I have found that sometimes the best medicine for stress is a good laugh and some encouragement from a few of my closest friends. Take a break

and go to an open-mic comedy show at Duffy’s Tavern or The Cask. You’ll leave feeling all giddy on the inside. This positive energy can go a long way. If you’re open to it, you’ll embody it and when you embody it, others will be open to it. It’s a beautiful cycle that we ought to embrace more often. Live in this moment. Educational institutions have done a great job making students feel like what we’re doing today isn’t as important as what we’ll be doing in ten years. This “working toward the future” mentality can be awfully distracting from the present, so distracting that it can become destructive. I’ve experienced this countless times. Planning is exciting and is often an essential part of life, but there’s a balance to be kept. We’ve been taught to think and plan so far ahead that we lose sight of today. When I’m rambling about my six-month and one-year plans, my mom always says to me, “Do you have to have an answer tonight?” Most dreams and aspirations aren’t going to be met overnight, so sit back and enjoy this moment while you have it. Most importantly, make decisions and don’t be sorry about them. So much energy is put into making other people in our lives happy. When you do what you

really want to do for once, don’t apologize. If no harm was done in the making of your decision, there’s no need to stress over what people will think of it. No one knows you better than you know yourself. Be confident in who you are and start making decisions for yourself. It will feel very freeing when you do. I find myself in this seasonal funk almost every year, but reminding myself of some tools to get me out of it has made all the difference. Seasonal Affective Disorder, otherwise known, ironically, as SAD, is a very serious matter. If you feel like you may be experiencing more than the winter blues or you’re down in the dumps repetitively around the same time each year, seek treatment for SAD immediately. It’s that time of year again, everyone. The amount of sleep is low and the stress is high. When we allow ourselves to deal with chaos and complexity in a healthy way, it’s a pleasant surprise to find that life really is this simple after all: wake up, go throughout your day and go to bed. Try it. Gabriella Parsons is a freshman journalism major. Reach her via twitter at @gab___i or at opinion@



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Jessica Hughes, a sophomore Spanish and business management major, studies with her Lambda Theta Nu sister Kiara Solorzano, a junior management major. The Latina-based sorority, Lamba Theta Nu, is one of the smaller multicultural Greek organizations on campus.

Members of Lambda Theta Nu, though small in number, strive to promote their multicutural sorority’s values of academic excellence, service


he women of Lambda Theta Nu Sorority Inc. aren’t like other girls. As members of the Alpha Gamma chapter of the Latina-based sorority, the small multicultural Greek organization has helped serve the local and national community through community service, socials and philanthropies. With 15 members, 13 active, the current members of Lambda are part of the chapter ’s largest group of Lambdas since the sorority appeared on

Lambda Theta Nu sisters Jessica Hughes, a sophomore Spanish and business management, and Kiara Soloranzo, a junior management major, study together in the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center. Because the number of members in the sorority isn’t very big, the girls are all close but are also very involved on campus. campus in 2006. President Shams AlBadry, a political science and global studies major,

said although the sorority is smaller than the nonmulticultural Greek organizations, the chapter is

still able to put on a large number of events and services for the community. This year the soror-

ity cosponsored an event with the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, hosted

Lambda: see page 7

Nonprofit helps revived bar Vanessa daves DN GOLincolnGO is hosting its last function of the 2013 calendar year tonight at Sweep Left, a bar at the intersection of O and 8th streets. This event is Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be free appetizers provided and GO Lincoln GO members will receive their first drink free. Amanda Podwinski, a board member for GOLincolnGO, said that the main purpose of their events is to promote communal involvement and awareness. “We’re trying to bring awareness to Sweep Left, a new bar,” Podwinski said. “It’s kind of a networking event for people who live here.” Sweep Left was opened in 1976 by three former Nebraska football players: Tony Davis, Mark Doak and Dennis Pavelka. It was one of the first sports bars opened in Lincoln, and closed in 1995. Mary Jones reopened it in August to bring back the traditional sports bar to Lincoln. Her brother, Greg Jones, said business has been going well so far.

“They’ve got a great menu and I think they have the best hamburgers in town,” Jones said. “We’ve had a lot of people coming in. The event is an opportunity to try something new, to really sample the atmosphere, check out the cool Nebraska memorabilia she’s starting to collect in there. It’s definitely someplace different.” Sweep Left kitchen manager Toby Bauer said they have been hosting a lot of fundraisers lately, which has drawn the community in. Last weekend they hosted an event to raise money for cystic fibrosis. “We’re looking for more fundraisers for the future,” Bauer said. “Basically, get the (bar’s)name out there to get people to come in to throw parties or fundraisers or to have any kind of sporting event.” GOLincolnGO, created in 1984, is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that hosts events throughout the year to bring the community of Lincoln together. They try to work on “areas of social, cultural and economic vitality in downtown Lincoln and surrounding areas,” Podwinski said.

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Despite age, ‘God of War’ stays relevant miles rothlisberger

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It can be difficult if one wishes to play an absolutely sadomasochistic game when they’re stuck with a low budget or a weird, unexplainable loathing for currentgeneration video games. Thankfully, one just needs to look back in the past and they will discover a multitude of disgustingly challenging games that tortuously expect the best of the best of the best. “God of War” from 2005 is a great example. As a murderous ex-Spartan

known as Kratos, players must use bloody force to kill legions of demons and demigods in order to destroy Ares, the god of war, in revenge for manipulating a stricken deal so that the rampaging warrior killed his own family. But, in the end, the story serves as an interesting, yet light side that mostly justifies the gloriously brutal combat against creatures of Greek mythology. From the get-go, players will realize that “God of War” thrives off its gruesome combat. Players must literally slay armies upon armies of beasts with Kratos’ powerful “Blades of Chaos” as well as his array of magical abilities, which he attains and upgrades throughout the game.

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Road films still shine with age Sean Stewart

Each month the Criterion Collection asks a well-known and respected person in the film or creative industry to compile their ten favorite films in the collection. When I saw that one of my favorite working directors, Christopher Nolan (“Inception”), had contributed a top 10 list I was immediately intrigued to see what kind of films he chose. I was surprised, upon actually looking at the list, to find his No. 1 film was one I’d never heard of, 1984’s “The Hit.” Intrigued by Nolan’s recommendation, the plot summary, its relative obscurity and — I’ll be honest — some really trippy cover art, I decided to watch the film. “The Hit” is the story of Willie Parker, a former gangster who has been hiding out in Spain after testifying against his comrades. When Willie is captured by the gang’s hitman and his crony, the three men begin the journey back to Paris where Willie is to be executed. Along the way a woman is forced to join the group simply because she is a witness to the hitman’s murder of her boyfriend. As Willie, Terrence Stamp is absolutely perfect. His nuanced, almost unreadable performance drives the film’s suspense ever higher. John Hurt is powerful as the inwardly tortured hitman who must bring Willie to his execution.. Hurt etches the guilt and weariness constantly across his face and with his body language. A very young Tim Roth plays the hitman’s companion. Roth complements the quieter nature of the other two men with a perfectly tuned, erratic turn. His outbursts and passions bring to surface the inner turmoil of the entire group. I was instantly dazzled by the film’s visual style. Director Stephen Frears makes full use of the extravagant Spanish countryside as the uncanny group travels cross-country. Sweeping bronze plains and rocky ridges fill the screen. Frears consistently frames the group as little more than specks among the vast landscape, foreshadowing the ultimate fate and insignificance of each of them. Written by Peter Prince, the simple plot of “The Hit” becomes a gorgeous portrait of crime, its inevitable consequences and the innate strength of the human will to live. Throughout the length of the trip each member of the group is constantly vying and pleading with the others for the right to continue farther without being killed. Willie, the focus of the film, is the most inherently doomed, but also the most collected. As a result the film necessarily takes on a darkly and coolly fatalistic tone. Because they’re expected for the entire length of the film, when deaths do come, they take on a savagery rare in film. Lately, I’ve been watching a lot of really dark films. Don’t get me wrong, most of my favorite films deal soberly with themes like loneliness, mortality, violence

Sweep left: from 5 One of their annual, wellknown events is Celebrate Lincoln, which is a two-day concert held every summer. In 2014, it will be on June 6 and 7, featuring a national headliner on the last day of the event. This is the main source of funding for GOLincolnGO. They also apply for grants and receive money from membership fees. “GOLincolnGO is a good opportunity for somebody who is new to Lincoln and wanting to get more involved in the community,” Podwinski said. The employees of Sweep Left hope to get their name out through this event they said. “(What makes us stand out) is that we are keeping tradition of Nebraska sports bars alive and bringing back what is really

if you go what: GOLincolnGO community event where: Sweep Left, 815 O St. when: Wednesday, 5-8 p.m. how much: Varies

deemed the first sports bars in Lincoln,” Bauer said. “Some of the football players really appreciated us bringing it back.” arts@

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“Planes, Trains and Automobiles” pits Steve Martin and John Candy on a Thanksgiving trip across the country that brings out the comedy in life’s more down-to-earth situations. and modern existence. Film is an excellent medium to create an engaging dialogue on these topics. Sometimes, however, I need lighthearted escapism. Contrary to many people’s perceptions of film studies majors, there is not some sacred code forbidding us from enjoying mainstream movies. Because I needed a laugh and because Thanksgiving was coming up, a few weeks ago I decided to watch “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.” The 1987 comedy is the story of a man trying to get home in time for Thanksgiving and the eccentric companion he can’t seem to shake on the way. “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” is all in its cast. Obviously the screenplay gives them the ammunition, but Steve Martin and John Candy are the sharpshooters responsible for really hitting the bull’s eye. Steve Martin, performing in his prime, deftly combines the sensibilities of the everyman with the uptightness of upperclass American suburbia. His polar opposite is embodied in John Candy’s over-eager, easy-going salesman. The brilliance of the film’s comedy is its simplicity. Like the comedy greats, Hughes knows comedy is found at its best not in some outrageous concept, but in the everyday struggles of people just trying to mind their business. Hilarity is abundant in something as mundane as sharing a hotel room or a rental car mix-up. “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” really impressed me by grabbing onto my heartstrings midway through and not letting go. There are certainly exceptions, but by and large comedy in movies seems to be growing increasingly mean-spirited. It was refreshing to grow to care for these two characters despite (or perhaps because of) their faults and conflict. When the film’s conclusion finds the pair happily eating

Road films tap into the dwarfing nature of a journey. “

a Thanksgiving dinner together I was not put off by the sentimentality. “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” unlike so many films, earns its moments of pathos. Though he is better known for teen movies like “The Breakfast Club” and “Ferris Bueller ’s Day Off,” “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” is probably writer/ director John Hughes’ strongest film. Here he taps into the universal relativity of travel delays. It’s that sense of universality that has made the road flick such a popular and potent genre. Regardless of situation or background, everyone can relate to the road. It may be a small world, but on the road it feels sweeping. Road films tap into the dwarfing nature of a journey. Something about being between points A and B can so often cause us to examine where we are on a much larger scale. Is our life heading the direction it should be? Is the destination even in sight? Are we on schedule? Considering the scope of the questions they raise, it’s little wonder road films vary as much as the answers. There are endless reasons for getting on the road and no two trips are the same. Varying just as much as purpose and location are the passengers of any trip. Just as a travel buddy can make or break a road trip, the people we fill our lives with will often come to define them. In “The Hit,” Willie spent his youth in the company of murderers and when he tried to break from them he was pulled back in and eventually killed. The trip he


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The Smashing Pumpkins “Siamese Dream” Zach Fulciniti DN My father insists that he once stood behind The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan at a concert. I don’t remember who he said he was seeing, probably some token ‘80s band like Van Halen or Metallica looking to recapture their glory. And I don’t know if Billy Corgan would have any interest in such a concert, but he is a sort of distinguishable, odd-looking guy, the kind of vague celebrity it would be difficult to confuse with someone else. So rather than ask my dad uncomfortable, potentially corroborative questions like, “what kind of haircut did Corgan have,” and “were you drunk,” I’m gonna choose to believe him. “I swear to God, it looked just like him!” he says. So it goes without saying that The Smashing Pumpkins and I have something of a history. Until recently, I had only listened to their singles, my favorite of which is “Cherub Rock.” But I do have all of their albums on my computer, and so I recently decided to actually listen to one. The 1993 album, unequivocally my jam, is called “Siamese Dream.” I wish I hadn’t waited so long, because “Siamese Dream” is about the most ‘90s-sounding, lost “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” soundtrack-y, sexy-guitar sounding, yelping, angsty-vocals, awesome album I’ve ever heard. Corgan’s lyrics are a mixture of fear, anger and sentimentality, and combined with his and James Iha’s guitar freak outs, The Pumpkins’ sound is about as complicated as the human psyche. Corgan was depressed and suicidal when he wrote most of the songs on “Siamese Dream,” and his bandmates were dealing with problems of their own, namely drummer Jimmy Chamberlin’s heroin addiction. The album reflects everything they were dealing with at the time, the depression, the fear, the pressure that comes with success. It is about as brutally honest as rock ‘n’ roll gets. The best songs, lyrically, on the album are “Dis-

was forced to take would have been pleasantly scenic had it not been for the companions constantly plotting his death. In one particularly haunting scene at the beginning of the film, Willie testifies against his fellow criminals. As his testimony ends, the gangsters sing all together, “We’ll meet again.” Willie will never escape his fate. No matter which route he takes, the destination is unavoidable. Conversely, in “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” Steve Martin and John Candy’s characters are each other ’s salvation. Despite their constant bickering, the pair winds up both where they want to be, a little wiser. Steve Martin’s workaholic learns to slow down a bit and appreciate what he has. John Candy’s whimsical salesman finds the value of something deeper than surface friendship. At each other ’s throats for much of the film, neither would reach Chicago without the other. Both “The Hit” and “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” —different as they are— serve as potent metaphors for the wandering cruise that is life. Both offer magnificent versions of the road movie. There’s something we can each understand about the need to get on the road. Blazing our own trail to our own destination is a universal purpose, but the value in not being alone upon arrival cannot be forgotten. Sean Stewart is sophomore english and film studies major. Reach him at arts@

Courtesy photo | dn Blood flies as players mercilessly slice and dice their way through practically anything that moves. The intensity of the fighting never degrades throughout the game, so players will always feel like a complete badass as Kratos chops down foes and shouts at the gods above. Enemies will put up an honorable challenge, however. From skeleton warriors to wily gorgons to massive cyclops giants, players must stay on their toes and dodge, block, jump and attack at just the right moments in order to survive. The bosses also pose serious challenges, with powerful attacks and quick speeds that crush reckless players. Even with the heavy emphasis of action over tactics, players must always stay on their toes in order to survive the hostile lands of “God of War.” The game consistently challenges players, specifically on the harder difficulties. Enemies hit hard, one cannot simply mash the attack button over and over without combos and expect success, and checkpoints are scattered just far enough away from each other to make death punishing. Then, the epic scope for the game, which is 8 years old by now, separates it from modern-day games. “Epic,” in this case, means fight-

ing a giant hydra at the beginning of the game and things becoming even more outlandish from that point. The only gripe one may find with “God of War,” besides its aged graphics, is its slight lack of originality. By now, many other action games, from “Devil May Cry” to “Bayonetta,” have staked claims as exceptional and challenging. “God of War” does not separate itself much from those games, which arguably hold more complex controls. However, just the grand, yet adult, feel to “God of War,” along with its incredible polish and overall aggressiveness in the combat, makes it one of the greatest action games ever and truly a dark, masochistic game. A masochist trying to find an older, yet still nail-bitingly hard video game will find their unhealthy itches scratched after playing the original “God of War.” While its impact on the game world has lessened, especially nowadays after being spoiled and saturated by numerous other action games, the Playstation 2 classic proves its worth with bloody success. Miles Rothlisberger slices and dices a lot of things other than greek gods. Reach him at arts@

Long-overdue greeting card messages

“Condolences on Your Loss of an Admittedly Flawed Loved One” She’s really gone. God, Aunt Martha sure was a character. Don’t get me wrong— she had her demons, though. Remember when she ruined the grandparents’ condo? Yes, Martha will be missed, but let’s not gloss over the complexities of a life. And, hey, maybe now we can mention Obama at family dinners.

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“Get Better Soon” Just a friendly reminder that there’s always room for improvement. In particular, you really seem to have been phoning it in lately, and it’s time to step it up. Maybe it’s time you consider being a little better. No day like today!

“Intervention” Hey, buddy. Sit down. Haha, no, everything’s fine, just sit down. We were going to do this in person, but work’s been crazy lately, and Eric and Ashley didn’t want to make the drive with gas prices what they are. But just imagine all your loved ones looking you in the eye, and telling you that you’ve become a total stranger.

COURTESY PHOTO | dn arm” and “Today.” The former is an intense, acoustic ballad that details Corgan’s complicated, abusive relationship with his parents and the ways it affects him still today, summed up by the line “the killer in me is the killer in you.” The latter alternates between upbeat verses and a heavy chorus, giving us a peek into Corgan’s mind on one of the many days where he felt like ending it all. Sonically, the best songs are — well, they’re all the best. The guitar solos on “Cherub Rock,” “Quiet” and “Soma” are excellent, as well as the delicate picking and chord progressions on “Today” and “Mayonaise” and the acoustic strumming on “Disarm” and “Spaceboy.” “Siamese Dream” is a brilliant combination of sonic and lyrical storytelling, and it’s as forthcoming as any guitar music I’ve ever heard. arts@

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“Happy Overdue Retirement” Throwing in the towel, eh, you old dog? Well, it’s time. Past time really. Your work just isn’t what it used to be, and in the past few years it’s been heartbreaking to watch your mind start to go. Don’t get too down about being obsolete to the workforce though. Hey, have you seen that movie “Old Dogs”?

“Congratulations on Your Premature Engagement” Kudos, you two! It’s an incredible thing to see a couple so young and in love. So… young. Just take a moment to remember that you both have a lot of life ahead of you, and there’s no reason to rush into anything. It’s just an engagement, so nothing is set in stone, and there’s no shame in backing out now, you lovebirds. compiled BY Grace solem-pfeifer | ART BY sean flattery

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a common goal with common beliefs. “We do focus on diversity as an organization,” Al-Badry said. “Honestly, I get asked a lot, ‘What sets you guys apart from other sororities?’ I’m a believer that all Greek organizations, we all share the same values when it comes down to community service, academics and brotherhood or sisterhood. It’s just finding the right fit for you. With me, personally, and a lot of sisters, what drew them to Lambda versus other organizations is the professionalism and the unity between sisters.” Still, Herndon said joining a sorority with people of similar backgrounds can form a bond unique from other non-multicultural organizations. “With all the stuff going on right now with diversity, racism and stereotypes, I think it’s a really good way for people to find people like them,” Herndon said. “There’s not much diversity on the UNL campus and it’s nice to get to know people like me who have gone through things like me,” she said. “It’s a way for us to grow together as a community and individually.” arts@

als very seriously and we want to follow through with them. We are Lambda Theta Nu Sorority Inc. so we do act as a business but we also have a sisterhood factor in it as well.” Erandi Herndon, a junior psychology and Spanish major and academic chair for the sorority, said joining the sorority was a nobrainer for her. “I knew the girls beforehand, so it’s a very close, tight-knit community,” Herndon said. “We focus a lot on professionalism, academics and community service, which is a lot of the things I wanted to try before. I figured it was a really good fit for me.” Since joining the organization last spring, Herndon said her college experience has changed for the better. “I think I’m a lot more involved than I was before,” Herndon said. “I think it’s also nice having that support system. You have friends, but these people are more than friends. They’re my sisters.” Though there are differences between multicultural Greek organizations and non-multicultural sororities and fraternities, AlBadry said they all strive toward

a “Day of the Dead” event and participated in a walk for autism among other acts of community service. The organization’s final event of the year will be a social, “Warm Up With the Lambdas,” on Dec. 11, in the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center. “For the size that we are, I am proud to say that we do a lot,” AlBadry said. “We would love to see it grow, but we do focus on quality and not quantity.” Joining the Latina-based sorority is a different process than most Greek organizations. In order to join, applicants must be at least a second-semester freshman with a 2.6 GPA. Interested students must attend an informational meeting and then continue with an interview and academic process in order to see if Lambda Theta Nu is the right fit for them. Women interested in joining the sorority are also encouraged to conduct research first before beginning the application process. “Our sorority, we are smaller, so our sisters are held more accountable for anything that does come up,” Al-Badry said. “We want people to know that coming in, joining the sorority, it’s a lot of work and we take our ide-

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First-year wrestler gets off to dominant start 184-pounder TJ Dudley is 5-0 this season, including 3 pins and 1 major decision Austin Pistulka DN The Nebraska wrestling team steps on the mat at the Devaney Center Sports Center for the first dual of the year against Northwestern. The Huskers are up 19-7 with three matches remaining. The crowd cheers after junior Robert Kokesh walks off with a forfeit victory. Then the announcer says over the speakers, “Wrestling for Nebraska at 184 pounds, freshman TJ Dudley.” Dudley steps on the mat and coolly shakes his opponent’s hand, and the match begins. The first period goes by and Dudley is in the lead 4-3. What happens in the second period gave Dudley a memory he will never forget. Dudley reverses his opponent straight to his back, and the ref slaps the mat to signal the pin, the first in the wrestling team’s new venue. The crowd erupts as Dudley gets his hand raised. Dudley started the dual season off with a pin and has continued with a hot streak. In five duals this year, Dudley is undefeated and has three pins. With explosive quickness and an incredible feel for the sport, the coaches believe that Dudley’s style is just unorthodox to give him an edge. “He’s confident on the mat and he’s a really good competitor,” coach Mark Manning said. “He’s got a style that’s a little bit different. What I mean by that is that he’s dan-

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Nebraska freshman TJ Dudley wrestles Northwestern’s Jacob Berkowitz in the Huskers’ first dual of the season. Dudley won the match by fall, recording the first pin in Nebraska wrestling’s new home at the Devaney Center. gerous in some positions. He really knows how to scramble well and he just has a good feel for the sport.” Assistant coach Tony Ersland agrees that Dudley is “not a conventional hand fight” kind of wrestler who is “definitely a pinner.” Dudley himself had a difficult time describing his style of wrestling. “One of my teammates probably put it in the best words,” Dudley

said. “(Junior) James Green said, ‘I don’t really know how you wrestle. It just happens.’ And he was right. It just kind of happens, but I always feel like I’m in control.” Many conventional wrestlers are those who grew up with the sport. From the time they could step on the mat, they were wrestling. Dudley came to wrestling in a different way. “It’s a funny story actually,”

Dudley said, chuckling to himself. “I was playing volleyball in eighth grade for gym class. I was throwing the ball up and catching it and then I’d hit it and run across the gym as fast as I can and hit it. I was just kind of doing my own thing, and this guy comes up to me and says, ‘You look like you would be a great athlete; come try out for wrestling.’ I had never wrestled before and I was thinking, ‘What even is that?’ But I

came out on Nov. 5 and I fell in love with it.” After a 63-0 senior year, during which he finished with 50 pins and a state championship, he became one of the highest-recruited prospects in the country. Intermat had him as the 17th best wrestler in the country and No. 2 in the 195 weight class. He traveled all over the country trying to find the right college for him.

“The recruiting process was exciting and terrifying all at the same time,” Dudley said. “It was great having so many choices and flying around the country, visiting so many colleges, but then there was so much pressure. Choosing where you are going to spend your next five years and potentially determine the rest of your life at.” With so many colleges wanting him, he finally decided on Nebraska. “I came on a visit and I just fell in love with the college. I love the campus, I love the coaches, I love everything about it.” Dudley said. After all of his success early in the year, Dudley finds himself feeling like all of his experiences have been special. “One of the major things is I always call my mom and dad because family is huge,” Dudley said with a wide smile on his face. “They always want to know how I’m doing. If you ask around I’m a bit of a showboat and I like putting on a show for the fans and signing stuff for the kids after the matches. I want everybody to have a good time.” Ersland has noticed how well Dudley performs in front of a crowd. “He’s better when he’s out in front of a crowd,” Ersland said. “He gets more excited for that situation, which is great because some kids don’t like that sort of thing. I think having that spotlight on him makes TJ better.” Dudley still has another three years of eligibility after this year, and he wants to prove himself as a great wrestler as his career moves along. “I don’t have any goals too low,” Dudley said. “I’ve been told a lot that the sky’s the limit and I believe it 100 percent.” sports@


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Freshman transitions to college competition

Miles has program well on way to turnaround

Thomas Beckmann DN Athleticism. Academic Success. Work ethic. These pillars of character are what it takes to be a successful student athlete at Nebraska, and freshman swimmer Erin Oeltjen has all of them. A three-time state champion in the 100-yard backstroke, Oeltjen also boasts a successful academic career in high school, which features four years on the honor roll and membership in the National Honor Society. She was a three-time recipient of the Outstanding Female Student award. It’s this unwavering work ethic that has led Oeltjen to success in the past, and will be what drives her in the future. Oeltjen was born in Naples, Italy, and was raised in Omaha. She attended Millard West High School, where she was a three-time state champion in the 100-yard backstroke and earned the school’s swimmer of the year honors in her junior and senior year. Although she had a lot of schools recruiting her during high school, Oeltjen had known from the start that she was destined to be a Husker. “I looked a little bit at Iowa State, but I canceled that visit immediately after I visited here,” Oeltjen said. “I

also looked at a smaller school in North Carolina, but when I came on my trip to Nebraska, I knew this was definitely the right place for me,” Coach Pablo Morales was also confident in Nebraska being a perfect fit for her. “I know being a Nebraska girl, we had a feeling that she wanted to stay close to home,” he said. Despite competing for championships in high school, Erin has learned that collegiate-level competition is a whole different animal. “It’s definitely been very humbling. College has been very competitive, and high school in Nebraska isn’t really competitive on a national level yet,” Oeltjen said. “It’s been really tough here, but I love it. It’s good. It’s definitely a lot harder than high school, though.” Despite the initial difficulties in adjusting to collegiate competition, her coaches couldn’t be more excited about how she’s been developing. “Her transition has been very smooth,” Morales said. “She’s really been great and positive for us, and she’s very coachable.” Oeltjen is also grateful for her coaching staff being able to focus purely on coaching swimming.

“In high school, my coach was also a teacher and in our Fellowship of Christian Athlete program, so he was really busy,” she said. “I feel like here in college, the coaches just coach, which definitely helps.” She is also benefitting from the advanced facilities of a Division I school. “We have so many more resources here that we didn’t have at the high school level, because you don’t have funding,” Oeltjen said. “So we have equipment, and video equipment, stuff that I’ve never got to use, so it’s very exciting.” She has still managed to compete in her debut season during the transition to college. Erin posted a career best in the 200-yard backstroke in the SDSU/ Iowa meet, which earned her second place for the meet, and she’s coming off a sixth-place performance in the Kansas Classic on Nov. 22-24. She is exceeding her own expectations. “It’s definitely going a lot better than I thought it would, but it’s been a tough season,” Oeltjen said about her expectations going into the season. “I’m excited to see how it ends up toward the end with conference meets and midseason meets.” sports@

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pete in and present to potential have to get there sooner than recruits. With the help of all of later because it’s a huge week. this, his personable style and Miami of Florida, Jim Larrañaga Bailey the connections of assistant is a great coach. He is a Hall of Spiers coach Craig Smith, Miles has Fame-type guy and he’s already reeled in one of Nebraska’s best made adjustments with his team recruiting classes in years. and he’s playing a different way The 2013 recruiting class than he’s started off the year.” On top of all of this, NeThe Nebraska men’s basket- features four-star recruit Tai braska is in the Big Ten, which is ball team is off to a fairly pre- Webster, junior transfer Leslee Smith, guard Nathan Hawkins currently the premier basketball dictable start. The Huskers are and forward Nick conference in 5-2, with both losses coming the nation. The from the Charleston Classic to Fuller. Everywhere This class has alBig Ten curtournament champion Massahe has gone rently consists chusetts 90-96, and UAB 74-87. ready added a lot of depth to the team. of five Top 25 The Huskers have met, but not Miles has put teams, three of exceeded expectations by any Smith, who leads the Huskers in re- together winning which are in means. bounds per game the Top 10 and This is primarily because (6.7) and Webster teams and turned the No. 1 team Nebraska is such a young and are already contrib- programs around.” in the nation inexperienced team. in Michigan The Huskers have only two uting for the HuskState. returning starters from last ers and are often Everywhere he has gone year ’s squad in sophomore starters. Miles also utilizes a strateMiles has put together winning Shavon Shields and senior Ray teams and turned programs Gallegos. The rest of the start- gic nonconference scheduling strategy to prepare for conferaround. At North Dakota State ing roster has changed through ence play and build Miles went 99-71 and finished the season, but conNebraska’s RPI. This with a 20-8 record in his final sists of either freshyear ’s nonconference season as head coach there. men or players who schedule included Miles then took Colorado State have never started a an invitation to the from being one of the worst game for the HuskCharleston Clasteam in the Mountain West Coners. sic where Nebraska ference in his first season to a Despite all of competed against 4th place finish in the conferthis inexperience, UMASS, UAB and ence and a first round win in the coach Tim Miles the Georgia Bulldogs. NCAA tournament, something has a way of getAlso featured this Nebraska has never seen. ting his players to season is the annual That’s right. The Huskers capture their full rivalry game with the have never won a game in the potential. Last seaCreighton Bluejays NCAA tournament; something son, in his first year Tim Miles who just dropped out that Miles has done and plans at Nebraska, Miles of the Top 25. on continuing. coached his team to “Greg McDerWith tougher scheduling, the second round of the Big Ten an exhilarated fan base, new Conference tournament and fin- mott is doing a great job over complexes and better recruitished 10 out of 12 in the Big Ten at Creighton and they have ing Miles has put Nebraska basstandings after being predicted the team of a lifetime,” Miles said. “That team is as good ketball on the rise. Only time to finish last. Miles is attemptwill tell whether Miles can turn ing to build Nebraska basketball of a Creighton team and I’ve around the Huskers’ basketball into a consistent tournament watched Creighton forever and I’m not an expert but that looks program. team, which takes time. One thing is for sure. He will However, Miles, surrounded like a great, great team.” Add Cincinnati and Miami, show up with his players ready by a positive and supportive community, has been aided with a No. 2 seed in last year ’s NCAA to play every night because that’s what Tim Miles does best. the addition of Nebraska bas- tournament, and the Huskers ketball’s newest venue: the Pin- have a tough nonconference bailey spiers is a nacle Bank Arena. This, on top schedule.. freshman journalism “We just got to get everyof the new Hendrick’s Training major. reach him at Complex, gives the Huskers body on the same page and sports@ we’re not,” Miles said. “We elite facilities to train and

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If you watch what they were doing at the beginning of the year to now, they have kind of fine-tuned what they are doing. They have more of an identity.”

Senior forward Jordan Hooper leads Nebraska in scoring with 20.4 points per game, and she will lead the Huskers against their first ranked opponent of the season on Wednesday night.

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sistant coach Andrew Calder now leads the team along with former National Player of the Year Ivory Latta, who spent the past six seasons in the WNBA. The game against Nebraska will be the Tar Heels’ second top-20 matchup this season. North Carolina’s first was against No. 4 Tennessee, which handed North Carolina its first loss with a final score of 81-65. North Carolina’s second loss was against Arizona State, 94-81 in overtime. The Tar Heels currently have a young team running the floor. Freshman guard Diamond DeShields currently leads the team

with 16.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-3 freshman forward Stephanie Mavunga also leads the Tar Heels’ front line with an average of 2.9 blocks per game. “They have the No. 1 recruiting class in the country that are freshmen,” Nebraska coach Connie Yori said. “I’m familiar with some of those kids because they play at a high level. I haven’t looked at them very much, but I know they are super athletic, and they play some young kids.” As the daughter of former NBA player Xavier McDaniel, North Carolina sophomore forward Xylina McDaniel leads the Tar Heels in 3-point

shots, going six for 10 through eight straight games this season. Last season she averaged 11.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Leading the Huskers in points and rebounds per game is Hooper with 20.4 points and 10.6 rebounds. For the 75th game in a row, Hooper will be joined by junior forwards Hailie Sample and Emily Cady to start the game. Combined, the three players average 40.9 points and 26.3 rebounds per game. After facing off against the Tar Heels, the Huskers will return home to take on Utah State on Dec. 8. sports@

Miami is led by Rion Brown, who averages 12.4 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game. Miles said that Miami’s length inside and on the perimeter reminded him a little of Georgia, which the Huskers beat 73-65 on Nov. 24. “When I watch Miami, their length and athleticism is really impressive,” Miles said. “They’ll find ways to hurt you.” Miami has already played in two overtime games this season, while five of its eight games have been decided by five points

or less. “It’s going to be a really even game,” Miles said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt.” If it’s close, Nebraska may hold an advantage, as the Huskers are 8-0 in games decided by five points or less in the past two seasons. This is Nebraska’s third time playing in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Nebraska beat Wake Forest on the road last year with a 79-63 victory. Miles will be coaching against Jim Larrañaga, who

Miles calls a “professor of coaching.” Larrañaga led George Mason on a spectacular run to the Final Four in 2006 and is 524-357 in his 30 years of coaching. This will be Miles’ first time coaching against Larrañaga and it will be Nebraska’s fifth time playing against Miami. Tip-off in Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 8:30 p.m., and the game will be broadcasted on ESPNU. sports@

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Junior running back Ameer Abdullah was given first-team All-Big Ten honors on Monday after rushing for 1,568 yards this season. Abdullah is the first Husker to run for 1,500 yards in a season since Ahman Green in 1997; Abdullah’s season ranks fifth in Nebraska history behind Green, Lawrence Phillips in 1994 and Mike Rozier in 1982 and 1983. Abdullah is ninth in school history with 2,933 career rushing yards.




From the 12:38 mark in the second half to the 0:09 mark, Northern Illinois went on a 23-11 run to cut Nebraska’s 13-point lead to one. Northern Illinois’ Dontel Highsmith hit a 3-pointer with less than 10 seconds remaining to get the Huskies within a point of the Huskers, who held on for a 63-58 win behind late free throws from junior guard Deverell Biggs.

In the No. 10 Nebraska wrestling team’s sweep of three duals in Stanford, Calif., the Huskers won 14 matches (not including injury defaults) by major decision, technical fall or pin. Nebraska beat Utah Valley, No. 18 Stanford and CSU-Bakersfield by a combined score of 106-18 with the help of the bonus-point victories, including three from junior Jake Sueflohn.



Saturday’s loss to No. 2 Penn State was Nebraska’s third loss to the Nittany Lions since joining the Big Ten Conference. Since 2011, the Huskers are 2-3 against the Nittany Lions, with both victories coming in five sets and all three defeats coming in four sets.


WOMEN’S BASKETBALL In No. 15 Nebraska’s first loss of the season, 76-72 against Washington State on Saturday, the Cougars made the same number of 3-pointers (12) as they made free throws.


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Senior outside hitter Kelsey Robinson hits in Nebraska’s victory against Michigan earlier this year. Robinson was named the Big Ten Player of the Year on Tuesday.

Two Huskers make Big Ten team

Senior outside hitter Kelsey Robinson was named Big Ten Conference volleyball’s Player of the Year on Tuesday. Robinson was also one of eight unanimous selections to the 14-player All-Big Ten team, which also includes Nebraska freshman outside hitter Kadie Rolfzen. Rolfzen was one of only two unanimous selections to the conference’s All-Freshman team, which consists of seven players. Nebraska junior setter Mary Pollmiller was an honorable mention for the All-Big Ten team. Robinson led the Big Ten with 352 kills during conference play while finishing sixth in the league with a hitting percentage of .349. Robinson also ranked No. 5 in league competition with 21 service aces, and she accounted for more points – 405.5, about 5 per set – than any other player in the Big Ten. Rolfzen was seventh in the conference in that statistic, accounting for about 4 points per set. She ranked sixth in kills with 267 in league play, first among freshman in the Big Ten. Pollmiller averaged 11.09 assists per set, ranking third in Big Ten competition.

Soccer coach given award

Nebraska soccer coach John Walker was named the Great Lakes Region’s Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America on Tuesday. Walker led the Huskers to

not only their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2005, but a No. 2 seed in the championship. Though Nebraska was eliminated by Boston College in the first round, it won both the regular-season and tournament conference championship. Under Walker ’s guidance, the Huskers went through a stretch of 17 wins in 18 games, finishing the year with a record of 19-4-1, the most wins for Nebraska since 2000.

Men’s gymnastics team signs recruits

The Nebraska men’s gymnastics squad announced on Tuesday that it signed four recruits for the 2015 season. Josh Everitt of Tucson, Ariz., placed third on the rings at the 2013 JO National Championships. Daniel Leal, from Columbia, Mo., will be able to help the team in all six events, Nebraska coach Chuck Chmelka said. Another Arizona native, Alex Magsam, was fifth on the vault at the 2012 JO National Championships. And Omaha native Andrew Zymball, who finished 12th in the all-around at the 2013 JO National Championships, is expected to contribute in every event, but Chmelka said his best event is parallel bars. “We are excited to have these four guys become Huskers,” Chmelka said. “They will all add something to this team and become very important depth for us.” sports@

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A player bats during a cricket match on the final weekend of the UNL cricket club tournament in October. The tournament hosts many clubs from Omaha and Lincoln, one of which was the inspiration to start the club at UNL. we play street cricket,” Pitcha said. “After school, we come back and play in the street.” In Lincoln, they play on a field with a taped tennis ball – they can’t use a real ball and risk breaking any windows – but they still feel close to home. “When we play here, I don’t feel like I’m far away,” Pitcha said. “In India, we play this cricket. Hardcore cricket. Every weekend. When I first come in here, it was hard for me to connect with a lot of people. But now I can connect with a lot of people. “We know right now that a Pakistan student and Sri Lankan student and different country’s student,” Pitcha said, “that brings everybody together like, ‘Hey, we are friends here, and we play cricket and we enjoy our time.’” Saichand Palusa, a graduate student working in computer science, came to Lincoln from Hyderabad, India. When he got admitted to UNL, he immediately found out about the cricket club. “Back in India, all we do is on weekends play cricket,” Palusa said. “So when I come over here and there’s no cricket, all I end up doing on the weekends here is doing my homework, just laying back, crashing down on the bed.” When students come to UNL from cricket-crazed corners of the globe, they are excited to learn about the club. Playing cricket,

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Cricketers play in the Nebraska club tournament. The SPC Tigers, a club from Omaha, won the tournament in the final against the Omaha Royals. though, is just one way of trying to make a connection to their homes. “Apart from cricket, you miss food and movies and all those culture things,” Pitcha said. A dish Pitcha misses is biryani, a rice-based meal typical of southern India. Here, Pitcha can make it with spices and ingredients found at Indian grocery stores, cooking to instructions found on the Internet. In the four years he has been in Lincoln, he said he has improved

at preparing the food he grew up with. The night of the Red team’s win over the Black team, the veteran squad also plays the Panthers, a club from Lincoln. The cricket club hosts tournaments in the fall and spring, creating an opportunity to play with clubs in Lincoln and Omaha. Late in the match, Kolli, playing in the outfield while someone else handles the stat-keeping du-

ties, catches a long hit leaning over the barrier of pylons, preventing 6 runs for the other team. The Reds go on to defeat the Panthers after setting a target of 150 runs in 12 overs (one over consists of six bowls). The Panthers couldn’t equal the number during their time batting at Mabel Lee Fields under the lights. “The feel is different,” Kolli said. “Most of the games are under the lights, which never happens anywhere.” The next weekend, the Red team lost to a club from Omaha – the Royals, who went on to lose the final to Omaha’s SPC Tigers. “Second consecutive year they are winning the trophy,” Pitcha said. “We lost in the final over. We scored 96 in 12 overs, and then they scored in 11.3 overs. They chased 96.” Despite the loss, the UNL cricket club goes on, spreading the word of a sport whose most passionate fans are half a world away. “Playing that game, we are not far away from home. Ultimately everyone feels that,” Pitcha said. “At the end of the week, everybody wanted to play a game because that’s what keeps us going apart from the school and all the homework and the exams.” sports@



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hurricane Nebraska hosts miami in big ten/acc challenge


ebraska will play host Wednesday to the ACC-Big Ten Challenge presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods, as the Huskers will play the Miami Hurricanes, a team that won 29 games last season and is the reigning ACC champion. The Huskers go into the game 5-2 and fresh off of a 63-58 home victory over Northern Illinois last Saturday. Miles said he was displeased with the finish as Nebraska let up a 13-point lead, which was cut down to 1 point. Because of the inconsistent play, Miles said Monday that he intends on changing up the starting lineup again. “It’ll be a different starting lineup just to get the blend right,” Miles said. In the win over NIU Nebraska started forward David Rivers, forward Shavon Shields, center Walter Pitchford, guard Benny Parker and guard Terran Petteway. Nebraska’s bench, though, has been productive in the past few games. Junior guard Deverell Biggs had 18 points in the NIU win and senior forward Ray Gallegos has been chipping in 8 points per game, giving the bench an average of 36.4 points per game. As a team, Nebraska is scoring nearly 75 points per game with three players averaging more than 10 points per game. “Me and coach Miles had a meeting before we took the trip to Charleston,” junior forward Leslee Smith said. “I told him I really like coming off the bench. We don’t really have a lot of bigs that can come in and have an impact on the game.” Miami comes in after losing all five starters from last year ’s NCAA tournament No. 2 seeded team. The Hurricanes struggled early in the season with a homeopening loss to St. Francis (NY) in overtime and then losing two straight games against UCF and George Washington in November. But the Hurricanes, as Miles said, are in “discovery mode” and trying to find their mold as a team, and they seem to be figuring things out. The Hurricanes beat Arizona State 60-57 on Dec. 1, outscoring the Sun Devils 36-27 in the second half and making 6 3-pointers in the game. “They’re going to pose a lot of challenges of us,” Miles said. “There’s no doubt about it. If you watch what they were doing at the beginning of the year to now, they have kind of fine-tuned what they are doing. They have more of an identity.”

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Nebraska junior forward Leslee Smith tries a layup in the Huskers’ Nov. 12 game against Western Illinois. Smith helped the Huskers off the bench in their last game, and coach Tim Miles said he might change the starting lineup Wednesday against Miami.

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Huskers face Tar Heels in top-20 game points and 14 rebounds in the game. “This will definitely help us. We’ll get a lot out of this. They were a No. 15 Nebraska really good team with really good looks to rebound players, so this will really help us for the next team.” from loss against No. At the time, Nebraska was No. 18 North Carolina in 10 in the nation, while Washington State was unranked. Now the trip to Chapel Hill Huskers must face their first ranked opponent of the season. The Tar Heels and Huskers have Natasha Rausch only had one previous matchup. In the 1995-96 season Nebraska took dn the 81-75 victory at the Carolinas In the second away game of the sea- Beach Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The 6-2 Tar Heels are led by son, the No. 15 Nebraska women’s Hall of Fame coach Sylvia Hatchbasketball team will face the No. 18 ell. So far in the seaNorth Carolina Tar son, however, North Heels Wednesday I know they Carolina has had to at 5 p.m. in Chapel face its opponents Hill, N.C. are super without Hatchell as In this top-20 she receives treatmatchup, senior athletic, and they ment for leukemia. forward Jordan play some young Owning more than Hooper is look900 career wins and ing to improve kids.” in her 39th season as upon the last game connie yori head coach, Hatchell against Washingwomen’s basketball coach will be away from ton State where the the team indefinitely, Huskers suffered she said in a release their first loss of the earlier in the season. Tar Heel asseason, 76-72. “We’ll just keep building on this,” said Hooper, who had 24 women’s: see page 8

Cricket connects players to home Zach Tegler DN Yashwin Mudireddy stutter-steps across the artificial turf of Mabel Lee Fields. Gathering speed, he swings his arm around the fulcrum of his shoulder, catapulting a tapecovered tennis ball toward Anshuman Das, a batsman ready to hit it with a paddle. Das’ swing misses the ball, and he accidently kneels outside the crease – a box around the wicket. Krishnamoorthy Pitcha, the president of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln cricket club, plays wicket keeper. Standing behind Das, the batsman, Pitcha collects the ball and hits the top of the wicket with a swift sweep. Pitcha looks over to an official, who raises his hand. Pitcha pumps his fist as Das stabs the turf with his bat. Sitting cross-legged on the ground in the shade of the dugout on the field’s sideline, Venkata Kolli keeps the official score of the game. “Out?” he asks. Das has been stumped; while he was outside the crease, Pitcha knocked a bail – one of two small, wooden blocks wedged between the three stakes (stumps) forming the wicket – out of place with the ball in his hand. Das leaves the field as Mudireddy, the spin-bowler whose pitch led to the dismissal, swings his arm in celebration. The cricket club, split into two teams – a Red team of veterans and a Black team of newcomers – is playing a tournament game on a circular pitch bordered by knocked-over football pylons. The Red team wins to move on in the tournament.

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Cricket players participate in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln cricket club’s fall tournament in October. The tournament was played at Mabel Lee Fields over the course of two weeks. Pitchai, a graduate student in food science, didn’t start the UNL cricket club, but he was there from the beginning. He came to Lincoln from Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu – a state in the southern part of India – in 2008. During his third year at UNL, the Lincoln Cricket Club suggested that students start a club. “More and more students were interested in participating in cricket,” said Vivek Sharma, a past presi-

dent of the club from India’s Punjab state. “Why not we form a different club at UNL?” Kolli, who kept the score sheet during the club’s intrasquad tournament meeting, said the formation of the club enabled the university’s cricket players a chance to play clubs at other schools. After the people directly involved in founding the club left, it fell into Kolli’s hands. “Me, Vivek, Krish – we took care of it after that,” Kolli said. “They were for first semester, and the sec-

ond semester, we started it.” Pitcha, now the club’s president, said in three years, the membership has grown from 13 members to almost 35. Most of them come from places like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, where people grow up playing cricket and where Pitcha said there’s a “cricket fever” among kids. “I grew up in a village where

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