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Gov. Heineman criticizes NU funding requests frannie sprouls daily nebraskan

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman recently criticized the University of Nebraska’s request for government funds for the Build a Healthier Nebraska initiative. Heineman spoke with the Omaha World-Herald in an interview on Feb. 3, saying the university had to reprioritize its spending or use private donations from the NU Foundation. The Build a Healthier Nebraska initiative would expand

space for the nursi n g schools in Lincoln and Kearney, aid the design work on a veterinary diagnostic heineman lab in Lincoln and build a cancer research tower at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

The initiative is split into four different bills in the legislature and the university is asking for $91 million total for all the projects. “Here’s what the average Nebraskan tells me: ‘The university has over a billion dollars in their foundation, and they can’t afford $400 million to $500 million to afford that (cancer tower) project?’” Heineman told the World-Herald. When it comes to private donations, not all the money can be designated to the initiative.

“It’s important to remember that about 99 percent of gifts made to the foundation are designated toward a specific purpose by donors,” wrote Melissa Lee, the University of NebraskaLincoln’s communications manager, in an email. “The university cannot decide independently that these gifts should be redirected toward other priorities.” Lee wrote that Jerry Deichert, director of the Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, did an economic impact analysis on

the initiative. She wrote that the analysis found that a state investment in Building a Healthier Nebraska would generate significant jobs and economic activity. In a telephone interview, Deichert explained that he focused on the numerical aspect of the initiative and did not look at any of the policy issues associated with it. “I put it through a model to show what the impact would be, as far as total number of jobs and income,” Deichert said.

The total construction cost for all four projects are estimated at $456 million, but the phase will generate a total of more than 6,000 jobs with a total output of $730 million. The total of state sales and income taxes resulting from the labor income should reach $9.4 million. “If there’s so much construction spending, whether it’s on the contraction on the clinic or the tower, if that money is spent

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New pizza restaurant opens as Lincoln residents camp out in cold weather

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Confetti falls on those who waited hours in cold weather to win free pizza for a year at the new Toppers Pizza on Saturday.


At least 50 people camped out overnight in freezing temperatures Friday for a year’s worth of free pizza. As temperatures dropped to 4 degrees with a minus-10-degree windchill, pop-up tents, blankets, chairs and even a grill

lined the streets leading to 1226 P St., the new Toppers Pizza location. At 11:40 p.m., 27 people had joined the team of what would be the first 50 customers, who, as promised, received 52 weeks of a free Toppers menu item. By 4:30 a.m., the line hit 50 people. The rules were simple: The customer checked in at

Toppers’ front desk with someone with the Toppers public relations team. Each person was given a wristband and the tallies of people were kept on paper. The campers were advised not to leave the location after receiving a wristband. This meant no leaving to obtain supplies, food or even to warm up.

While the PR team did do occasional checks on the campers to make sure no one had left. Periodically, the campers would be invited inside the store to play games, such as Catch Phrase and a game

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln released the name of the second of four finalists for the executive founding director position at the Buffett Early Childhood Institute. Susan Landry, founding director of the Children’s Learnlandry ing Institute in Houston, Texas, will be visiting UNL and the University of Nebraska Medical Center from Feb. 14 to Feb. 16. There will be a public forum held at the Van Brunt Visitors Center on Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. for any staff, faculty or members of the community who would like to meet Landry and hear about her vision for the Buffett Institute. Landry said she was “very pleased and very honored” to be selected as a finalist, “I think this (BECI) is a wonderful institute,” she said. “Its potential is just fabulous. It’s going to be the driver for new practices in the state, and I think it will start getting national attention very soon.” The founding director of the BECI will work on coordinating activities across the campuses of UNL, UNMC, the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the University of Nebraska

at Omaha. The director will get to know each of these campuses and the surrounding communities and advocate ways to help disadvantaged children. Landry spent the majority of her career with the University of Texas at Austin and its medical school in Houston. In addition to being director of the Children’s Learning Institute there, Landry is also director of UT’s Center for Improving the Readiness of Children for Learning and Education and the director of the Texas State Center for Early Childhood Development. Landry said she thinks the BECI sounds like a great opportunity to continue her life-long work of helping children and their families. “I have lots of experience carrying out some similar goals and missions as the Buffett Institute,” she said. ”It has always been a passion of mine to find effective programs for children who come from homes that are disadvantaged.” Landry’s continuous research has focused on providing learning environments that help children facing challenges — like poverty or abuse — to reach their full potential. She said she mainly works with other adults, helping them implement new techniques to deal with kids. “Today, I am going in and out of training sessions all day,” she said. “We have 40 teachers here (at the Children’s Learning

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Grad student values Baha’i faith, strives toward unity mary rezac daily nebraskan

Mihdi Vahedi approaches everything in his life with a purpose. “Everyone has careers and goals, but in everything I do, I ask myself, ‘Is it increasing unity or not?’” said Vahedi, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate student studying law. For Vahedi, striving for unity is the main purpose of his life, because it is the main purpose

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of the religion he practices: the Baha’i faith. The Baha’i faith is a world religion founded in the 1800s by Baha’u’llah, meaning “glory of God.” The main focus of the faith is to unite all people with “one cause, one faith.” Followers of the Baha’i faith believe that the leaders or founders of many world religions – such as Muhammad, Jesus and Buddha – are manifestations of God on Earth. “They are like mirrors, they

reflect God’s love and guidance to us,” Vahedi said. Vahedi lived in New Delhi, India, through his high school years. He then moved to Chicago, where his grandmother lived, to pursue an education. New Delhi is home to a Baha’i temple and there is one about 20 miles from Chicago in Wilmette, Ill. There are only six Baha’i temples in the world, with a seventh one under construction. Vahedi said he feels fortunate to have grown up in

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communities where people had at least “a basic understanding of what the Baha’i faith is.” Things weren’t always so easy for Vahedi’s grandparents, who lived in Iran at a time when people of the Baha’i faith were persecuted and killed. “My grandparents had to escape on a day’s notice,” Vahedi said. “They left everything behind and came to the United States.” While Vahedi was impacted by these persecutions indirectly,

Baha’i students in Iran still face persecution. “Because Baha’i abolishes the idea of clergy, it’s a threat to their authority,” Dr. Brian Lepard said, “Baha’i also teaches that men and women are equal, which goes against parts of the Quran.” Lepard is an alumni professor at the UNL College of Law and the adviser for the UNL Baha’i student association, and grew up in the Baha’i faith in California before eventually moving to

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Nebraska 17 years ago for a job offer. Lepard said Baha’i college students in Iran are banned from classes or are expelled if they are found out, and so they hold private classes in homes of Baha’i professors. Recently, however, the Iranian government raided these homes and arrested several professors and



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toppers: from 1 similar to beer pong, but with water. They played for CocaCola merchandise that had been donated to Toppers, including hats, blankets and removable tattoos. When the phone rang, Rachel Bartels gave a caller the store’s opening hours, but made no mention of the free pizza or the line. This event was all word-of-mouth, she said, adding that promotions on Facebook helped spread the buzz. One man camped in his car the night before, although the line didn’t pick up until 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Bartels said. That man was Bill Tangeman, who said his two-day campout was a “bad calculation.” Tangeman had expected people to be camping out much earlier, and at 1 a.m. the previous night, realized he was alone. But, unwilling to go home, he simply pulled his car around and slept in it until the next day. “Early on, I felt like an idiot,” he said. But, as people joined him in the line, he said, “You get a sense of camaraderie,” he said. This wasn’t Tangeman’s first long-line wait. He’s camped out at a Starbucks opening, and for items like the PlayStation 2 and the Wii. Though he had never heard of Toppers, he was intrigued when he saw a sign that

advertised the promotion, he said. After talking to people and researching it online, he decided to “go for it.” Since he was around for the ribbon cutting earlier that day, he was invited to sample some of Toppers’ features. His favorite item was the Berrystix, a berry and cinnamonfilled breadstick. At about 1:30 p.m. Friday, Tangeman was joined by the first to stand in line. “I did the math,” said Frank Monzo, a senior finance major at the University of NebraskaLincoln. Monzo was told that the coupon books for the 52 weeks of free food calculated to $750. If he stood in line for 18 hours, that totaled $42 an hour. “I think $42 an hour is worth it to me,” he said. It didn’t have to be profitable to be worth it for Dan Finkner, a sophomore general studies major at UNL. “I did it a little bit for the challenge,” he said. “Especially when I found out it was going to be cold. I was like, ‘Yes, it’s going to be even harder now.’” Monzo agreed. “It’s definitely fun,” he said. Monzo came with friends from the Sigma Chi fraternity, and Finkner was with four others from the Chi Phi fraternity. The members of Chi Phi decided when one person was

in line, they’d join that person. At around 1:30 p.m. they saw Tangeman, prepared their winter gear, and set out. Kyle McClellen, a junior precoaching and pre-natural science major, had left his wife and young daughter at home, but they stopped by earlier to give him hot chocolate and blankets. The men kept warm around a charcoal grill, with which they also made brats and hamburgers. Others, such as Scott Rayburn, a senior sociology major, huddled up by the building, surrounded by tarp and blankets. “I’m not here for the pizza,” Rayburn said. “I’m here for the experience. How often do you get to say, ‘I stayed up for 16 hours for free pizza?’” Not everyone was thrilled about the line. A van drove by three times yelling obscenities, mistaking the group for Occupy Lincoln, Rayburn said. The crowds aren’t a surprise for Toppers openings, Mac Malchow, field marketing coordinator for Toppers Pizza Inc., said. Malchow said every store within the franchise’s opening brings a crowd. Sometimes it’s for the free pizza, other times, it’s just for Toppers, he said. In fact, the lines often gain more than 50 people. The next people in line will be guaranteed a prize from a drawing,

whether it be one free item or a few. Within that drawing there’s a few more coupon books for 52 weeks of free Toppers menu items, Malchow said. At 1 a.m. Saturday, the line was up to 37. At 4:30 a.m. it hit 50 and at 10 a.m., the line moved inside. As the Toppers tradition goes, the first person in line received the title, “King of the line.” Store owner Jon S. Crowe, as well as Malchow, gave Tangeman a velvet cape and crown, a scepter and a box of party poppers. The family and friends of the store owners gathered inside the store’s lobby, around benches that aligned the windows, couches and big screen TVs. Though there was still work being done throughout the store, the celebration was obvious as S. Crowe tossed a nerf ball around to his family and coworkers. Finally, it was time to open the store, and the line was now at around 60 to 70, said video editor Tom Maschuda. The first customers in line helped S. Crowe, his son and co-owner Jon P. Crowe, their families and coworkers count down from five before letting off the Party Poppers. “California Girls” played as Tangeman ordered his large pizza with green peppers and

onions, and S. Crowe beamed at his very first customer. “Our first ‘Bill’ came from our first ‘bill,’” S. Crowe said, making a pun out of Tangeman’s name. But Tangeman didn’t stay to enjoy his pizza. “I’m taking this to my wife!” he said, after inquiring if he was required to wear the cape in the store each time he came in. The store only let in three to five customers at a time, because the crew was still fairly new and not ready to be swarmed, Bartels said. But each group of people was met with clapping and cheering from the owners’ family, fellow customers, and a personal “Welcome to Toppers!” from S. Crowe himself. His wife, Monica Crowe, said he’d been there since 8 a.m. “(There’s been) long days, long hours, but everything has been really worth it,” she said. S. Crowe proved this as he brought out a sign from the kitchen. “We’re no longer ‘Coming Soon!’” he exclaimed. And, as Michael Jackson played overhead, S. Crowe moon-walked to the front window as nearly everyone echoed the sign out loud without having to read it. “Now open.” TAMMYBAIN@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM

baha’i: from 1 students. But Vahedi’s experience since he came to UNL to study law in 2010 is that people are very accepting. “I think the Baha’i community is accepted here because we value a lot of core Nebraska values,” Vahedi said. “We try to provide an avenue for people to come together and serve the community.” According to Lepard, Lincoln in particular is a special place for the Baha’i faith in the United States. Lepard said the oldest son of Baha’u’llah, Abdu’l-Bahá Abbas, came to Lincoln to visit William Jennings Bryan, who was interested in the Baha’i faith and had visited Abdu’lBahá Abbas in the Holy Land. Abdu’l-Bahá Abbas was left as the sole interpreter of his father’s teachings after his death. “You can imagine he was quite the spectacle, coming off the train in 1912 in Lincoln, Neb., in his turban and robes,” Lepard said. Lepard said the Lincoln

Baha’is — there are about 100 of them— are planning some commemorative events this year for the visits 100th anniversary. Although Lepard grew up in the Baha’i faith, he said he came to accept it as his own because of the many Baha’i teachings that “really touch my heart.” “The idea of the unity of all religions, that they all come from one God that’s revealed to man through these human persons as manifestations of God, that really made sense to me,” Lepard said. “And religion is always evolving. We believe that Baha’u’llah was the most recent manifestation but certainly not the last,” Lepard said, “As humanity progresses, there are new social laws that God wants us to know.” Lepard said his faith also allowed him to feel at ease with friends of all faiths while growing up. “I had a wide variety of friends,” Lepard said. “As a

Baha’i, I believe in Jesus and I love Jesus, I believe in the Bible and in the Quran too, and in a sense I was Jewish as well. I felt comfortable attending church with my Christian friends or going to mosques or temples. I was able to feel a connection with other religions and friends of other religions. I never really felt that different.” With unity of all people regardless of race, religion or background as the main focus of the Baha’i religion, the Baha’i community in Lincoln strives for community services. Vahedi said a recent project with students from the Baha’i Student Association at UNL was to partner with the Kids Against Hunger program in Lincoln. “We helped package food to send to children abroad who could physically do so much better if they just had three meals a day,” Vahedi said. He said that the Baha’i faith takes the approach that rather than meeting as a congregation all the time, they are expected to take their values to serve those

around them. “It’s kind of like, ‘You know what your values are, now go help the community,’” Vahedi said. Lepard said junior youth programs sponsored by Baha’is, called Junior Youth Empowerment groups, teach 11 to 14 year olds how to serve their communities. In his neighborhood, a Junior Youth Empowerment group recently planted a community garden. Lepard said the junior youth programs, as well as children’s classes, study circles and devotional gatherings, are activities Baha’is participate in all over the world. “We’re kind of like candles. If we start to light candles in our own neighborhoods, soon there will be lights all over the world,” Lepard said. Since the only Baha’i temple in the United States is near Chicago, Vahedi said he will often host devotional gatherings at his home, which usually consist of some prayers and spiritual readings.

“People of all religious backgrounds are welcome,” Vahedi said. “I will even invite friends who maybe don’t believe in God and tell them to just bring something inspirational to read.” The UNL Baha’i Student Association also meets in the Union, usually at the beginning of every Baha’i month, which are each 19 days long. While there are only about 15 to 20 practicing Baha’is at UNL, Vahedi said he has found the students and people in Lincoln to be very accepting of the religion. “It’s not tolerance really, because that almost sounds negative,” Vahedi said. “It’s more than that — we need a better word.” Students who want to learn more about the Baha’i faith can look at the UNL Baha’i Student Association Facebook page or visit To sign a petition against the persecution of Baha’i students, visit maryrezac@

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heineman: from 1 in the state, it’s going to create additional jobs,” Deichert said. A similar impact will occur with the building of the cancer center, which will bring in people from outside of the state who will be staying and using hotels, Deichert said. Deichert said he looked at the projects as if NU received all the money it’s asking for from the legislature. “Some of those actions presuppose the construction takes place,” he said. “I didn’t look at those scenarios.” Heineman told the WorldHerald the highest priority in the legislative session is tax relief for middle-class Nebraskans. “I’m willing to look at all of those projects, but the taxpayers of this state deserve tax relief first,” he said On Feb. 24, the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board will issue an updated revenue projection. The fate of Heineman’s $130 million-a-year tax-cut package and the Build a Healthier Nebraska will be determined at that point. franniesprouls@

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402-472-9315 or jkirkland1@ 20th Annual Urban Pest Management Conference when: Tuesday, Feb. 14, 8 a.m. to Wednesday, Feb. 15, 4:30 p.m. where: Downtown Lincoln, the Cornhusker-Marriot Hotel what: Conference for farmers or agricultural businesses to learn about pest management. contact: Shripat Kamble at EDEP (Eating Disorder Education and Prevention) Meeting when: Wednesday, February 15, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. where: Nebraska Union (room to be posted) what: Meeting of the Eating Disorder Education and Prevention. All UNL students who are interested in advocating healthy

habits and positive body image while raising awareness about negative messages and body pressures are invited to attend. Art and Soul’s Third Thursday Live Music — Amy Schmidt when: Thursday, Feb. 16, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. where: Art and Soul in the Village Garden Marketplace what: Event features live music by Amy Schmidt and art in the gallery by Roy Stoner and Heather Hingst Bennett, along with food and drink. “Economy of Love” Study when: Thursday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m. where: Lutheran Student Center what: Discussion on how to be Christians in a world of poverty. It’s part of a five-week study on a video series by author Shane Claiborne.

Spoken Soiree when: Friday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. where: Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, Unity Room what: Poetry Showcase that features The Strivers Row Poets contact: Karen Wills at 402472-9749 or kfwills@unlnotes. Graduate Audition Day when: Saturday, Feb. 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. where: Westbrook Music Building, Room 107 what: Auditions for graduate students. contact: Mike Edholm at 402472-6865 or medholm2@unl. edu Beginning Beekeeping Workshop when: Saturday, Feb. 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. where: Kimmel Education

and Research Center, near Nebraska City what: Workshop on how to be successful in apiculture. Pre-registration is required. Registration includes lunch, refreshments, workbook and a field day session on April 21. cost: $25 per person plus $6 each for additional family members contact: Jeri Cunningham at 402-472-8678 or Quilts for Community when: Saturday, Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. where: International Quilt Study Center and Museum what: Interact with the Lincoln Quilters Guild as they work on a Cuddle Quilts project. contact: The International Quilt Study Center and Museum at 402-472-6549 or info@

Sunday with a Scientist: Snakes – Past and Present when: Sunday, Feb. 19, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. where: Morrill Hall what: Jason Head, museum curator of vertebrate paleontology, will talk about fossil snakes and their relationship to climate change. contact: Dana Ludvik at 402472-3779 or — Compiled by Kim Buckley community@

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Dinosaurs and Disasters Day focuses on floods and droughts daniel wheaton daily nebraskan

People both young and young at heart flooded Morrill Hall on Saturday for the eighth annual Dinosaurs and Disasters Day. The event, originally scheduled for Feb. 4, was postponed because of the snow. The theme was “floods and droughts,” which was inspired by the flooding of the Missouri River during the summer and the extreme drought in Texas. Kathy French, education coordinator for the University of Nebraska State Museum, planned the event. “We combine the museum and the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences to host the event,” French said. French then coordinates student volunteers to make booths entertaining for both children and adults. “I always say (the age range) should be zero to 100,” French said. The first Dinosaurs and Disasters was inspired by graduate students who wanted to educate people about natural disasters following the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, French explained. “I love working with the kids,” said Jack Schueth, a freshman geology major. “They just get so excited.” Schueth manned the velociraptor booth, where children had to identify types of dinosaur teeth. The reward for correct, or incorrect, identification was a sticker. When children first entered, they were given a

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Alyssa McFeely, 14, looks for bone fragments and fossils in a ground sample at Morrill Hall on Feb. 11 during the annual Dinosaurs and Disasters family fun day. “passport” to fill out as they went through the museum. French said the children were supposed to tell the students what they learned at each booth, and then they received some kind of prize. The event drew in a number of families in surrounding communities. “I love dinosaurs,” said Alyssa Gilliland, a fourth grader from Geneva, Neb. “I want to be a paleontologist.” Alyssa and her mother Brooke were afraid they might miss the event because of the snow that caused the postponement. “I just love to see my daughter excited about learning,” Gilliand said. David Hanau of Cortland, Neb., brought his pack of Webelos Scouts to the event. The scouts from Hickman, Neb., used the opportunity to work on their belt loops and pins. “My son is really into rocks and stuff,” Hanau said. “We’ll get 10, maybe 15 things done today.” Focusing on the theme, “Elephant Hall” had stream tables, which explained the

environmental impact of flooding to children. More academically, the National Drought Mitigation Center explained its research to intrigued adults and students. Lisa Pytlik Zillig, a researcher at the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, also conducted a survey measuring knowledge of droughts and climate change. The booths weren’t just limited to the overall theme. UNL students also had information about microbiology, geology and even the Antarctic Drilling Program’s Andrill Project. Allison Joy, a senior geology major, has helped out with the event for the past two years. Her booth explained the function of whale teeth and the insulating power of blubber. “Last year, I did a booth showing the differences between birds and dinosaurs,” Joy said, “but this was something that would be more fun for the kids.” The event attracted more than 1,000 people to Morrill Hall. “We’re already planning for next year,” French said. danielwheaton@

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buffett: from 1 Institute) who work with 3- to 4-year-olds and we are showing them different techniques about how to treat kids in a classroom. That’s the kind of work I do a lot of.” Carla Peterson, the first finalist announced for the BECI founding director position, visited UNL’s campus Feb. 1 and 2. Peterson is an early childh o o d education professor at Iowa S t a t e University. She played peterson a role in developing the university’s early childhood education curriculum. Peterson’s main research goals focus on helping young children and children with disabilities. She has been involved with early childhood programs for more than 35 years, according to a Buffett Early Childhood Institute press release. The BECI’s search for a founding director began last fall when the institute began accepting applications from all over the country. After going through the applications and conducting several rounds of interviews, the search committee for the BECI decided on four finalists. “We are very excited about these candidates,” said Marjorie Kostelnik, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences and also chair of the Founding Director Search Committee. “These are people of the highest integrity who have been active in their communities and are nationally known for their research backgrounds.”

The BECI decided to do a national search for a founding director to have the opportunity to bring in fresh faces, although people from Nebraska were welcome to apply, Kostelnik said Mainly, the BECI is just looking to expand its

capacity to help children, Kostelnik explained. “Nebraska will become a model,” she said. “Nebraska will help people around the country understand solutions to some difficult problems.”


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ASUN’s addition of “she” is step in the right direction Last Wednesday, the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska passed Bill No. 8, an amendment to remove gendered language from its constitution. “He” would be changed to “S/he.” Students also will vote on the change in March’s ASUN election. According to the Daily Nebraskan’s coverage of ASUN’s meeting on Feb. 9, ASUN has used the terms “he” and “his” referring to senators since 1993. The removal of this language is a good addition. The DN applauds ASUN for voting to change such archaic rhetoric. “He” and “his” shouldn’t be the default terms one uses when referring to a person. All genders should be equally recognized and valued. Our language must accurately reflect society now that political office is no longer exclusively the domain of men. The DN also hopes the student body will recognize this important change and vote in favor of it. Adding the “S/” isn’t ideal. The phrase “he or she” would be better because it recognizes women are a distinct entity from men. We do understand the need to save trees, but using that space to demonstrate women aren’t simply an “S/” would be appropriate. We encourage ASUN to also make sure the rights of transgendered individuals are recognized in the new language. People of all genders deserve to be acknowledged in ASUN’s constitution. The approval of Bill No. 8 is a wise and kind step toward equality on campus.

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Knowledge isn’t always power


he old saying “Knowledge is power” is a popular one. But is it time to change this to “knowledge was power”? There was a time where knowledge did lead to power. In order to advance and obtain positions of higher power, one had to be intelligent and possess a high level of knowledge. More than anything, confident action is power. You must believe in yourself and have the initiative and motivation to start something. If you do nothing, you will remain powerless. For the purposes of this column, let’s think of power in terms of authority positions, like bosses, organization presidents and company CEOs. Our skill levels have been assessed and ranked in comparison to others since the day we were born. There is constant encouragement from society to fill our brains with knowledge because this will take us where we want to go in life. Smart people succeed and will ultimately have the most power later in life. The “nerds” were encouraged to pursue knowledge even though they were the laughing stock of the school. They were told that they would rise above the popular students. Power would change hands and brains would rule over brawn. This was true as most did end up in better careers where they made more money and had more power than the ones who made fun of them back in the day. Think of Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet or Bill Gates. So people in America invested time in their studies. They trived to obtain the highest GPA possible and receive an excellent score on the ACT or SAT. Then they continued to college where they also strive to make the grade. Education is more important

You must believe in yourself and have the initiative and motivation to start something. If you do nothing, you will remain powerless. TIFFANY MEWES-DUNN than ever in today’s society. Or is it? Employers are now looking for more than brains. What do they want? Here is the list of top skills employers are seeking in the job market today (from Job Choices 2012): 1. Communication skills (verbal) 2. Strong work ethic 3. Teamwork skills 4. Analytical skills 5. Initiative Where’s GPA on the list? It isn’t. Employers are looking for these skills in potential employees because that’s what benefits organizations most in today’s economy. Now, you can argue that in a sense, these skills are knowledge. Knowing the information about each of these is having the knowledge. However, having the knowledge of these skills still won’t get you hired. It doesn’t give you the power. I have learned that knowledge isn’t power. Power is the ability to use your knowledge. Knowledge is a key to success, but keys won’t open doors to opportunity without a hand to use it. Action is required. Employers are more concerned with what you’ve done rather than what you know. You need to take initiative and have the experience that shows you have the ability to perform each of these tasks. You have to prove you are what you say you are.

The world isn’t black and white. Gray areas exist. In addition, colors also add to the scheme. The key isn’t knowing what to do in certain situations — it’s knowing how to do it. The important part is to assess every situation for what it is. Analyze the setting and characters, for each will alter the outcome even if the situation and given solution are the same. Also, it isn’t what you know, but who you know that gives you the advantage and opportunity to rise to power. Networking is the most prominent way to get to where you want to be. You have to develop personal relationships. Positive recommendations have a greater impact on an employer’s hiring decision over the basic application and resume. Is it fair that those who are better qualified for the job are pushed aside to allow for the prospects the employers have connections with? No, it isn’t. It seems like we’re back in high school, where voting for homecoming royalty is just a popularity contest. Therefore, it isn’t through knowledge that one gains power. Knowledge isn’t power. Power is power. To gain power in the workforce today, you have to have the skills employers are looking for.

Tiffany Mewes-Dunn is an International Business and Psychology major. She can be reached at tiffanymewes-dunn@

Defense of Marriage Act lacks merit, legality


t 11:30 a.m. today, Western Standard Time, Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire is slated to sign the newly passed law that legalizes samesex marriage. Washington will be the seventh state to fully legalize and recognize same-sex marriage as equal to opposite-sex marriage. The funny thing is, these laws shouldn’t be necessary in the first place. In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act. Among other things, DOMA basically allows states to choose whether they recognize same-sex unions from other states. Yet this isn’t a power that can be delegated by the federal government to the states because there are special provisions protecting the rights of citizens. Section 1 of Article IV of the United States Constitution is known as the Full Faith and Credit Clause. It states “Full faith

and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records and judicial proceedings of every other state.” This means anything deemed legal in one state is just as legal in another state. Full Faith and Credit is the reason moving state to state is so easy for married couples. They don’t need to get remarried if they relocate into a new state, as their legally binding contract is recognized in every other state. The same goes for driver’s licenses in that every state must recognize a license from every other state. Without Full Faith and Credit, we would have to retake driver’s tests in every state we drive in. Insurance bought and used in one state would no longer be valid in another state. So we’d also have to buy insurance through multiple agencies if we ever plan on traveling. Thanks to Full Faith and Credit, my identification card allowed me to gain access to bars in Oklahoma and it’s also the reason I

NEIL ORIANS was able to get an appendectomy while I lived in Milwaukee. As a direct result of Full Faith and Credit, DOMA is inherently unconstitutional. And yet it is still enforced as law. DOMA is the only reason there is still a stateby-state struggle for equal rights in regards to same-sex unions. Nebraska Initiative Measure 416 of 2000 amended the constitution of Nebraska to ban same-sex marriage. Gay couples may get married in Iowa but aren’t legally recognized as a couple in Nebraska. These couples may share everything heterosexual couples share:

a house, children, in-laws and so on. On every facet, they are two committed adults engaged in a long-term relationship. Yet the state refuses to acknowledge that these relationships are equal. These actions send a strong message to the gay community — Nebraska is a place where being gay makes you a second-class citizen. Legally speaking, we are. We can be fired for being gay. We are unable to adopt children. We can’t get married. We are refused the same rights as everyone else. The name “DOMA” itself is offensive. It implies there’s a war against marriage. In reality, there is a war against equality. DOMA is an assault against the gay population. It makes note that marriage is something that needs defense. While I can’t speak for the entire gay community, I can say that same-sex marriage isn’t the reason my parents are divorced. I can also say that my potential future union isn’t a threat to my brother and his

wife, but rather an addition to the family. In the same way my brother gave me a sister, I will someday give my brothers another brother to share the ridiculousness of the Orians family with. Washington’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage isn’t only a step in the right direction, but a sign that the times are changing. Progressive folk in states are fighting harder than ever to ensure equality is guaranteed under the law — like it should be. Eventually this fight will end and equality will be, at the very least, the legal precedent. Naturally, the passage of the Civil Rights Act didn’t end racism. The repeal of DOMA won’t inherently create across the board equality for all citizens. It will, however, be the first step to a truly equal, inclusive society, something generations to come will forever be grateful for.

Neil Orians is a senior fine arts major. Reach him at neilorians@



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Local writer, artist create inspirational partnership after art gallery meeting


lex Borovski doesn’t remember her parents’ flight from Russia in 1991; she was 2 years old at the time. Her parents didn’t talk a lot about their home country. Instead of focusing on the past, they were more concerned about adjusting to life in Omaha. Borovski’s parents were architects and draftsmen and as a result, she grew up drawing and painting. She remembers “drawing back and forth” with her dad on paper tablecloths in restaurants. But through years of assimilation, her culture has kept up with her. Borovski grew up speaking both Russian and English. As an artist, she finds herself trying to escape both. Clara Kucera has spent her entire life in Nebraska, save for some time she lived in Prague. She grew up on a farm and now resides in Lincoln, along with Borovski. She constantly finds herself caught between rural and urban settings. The former sparked her love for written word; the latter nurtures it. Kucera first began writing when she was 11 years old. She recalls sitting on a hill, listening to her surroundings, then going home and writing the experience down. “It was just the sun and the sound of a stream ... all of these things were so mystical,” she said. Language has been central in her work ever since. During the interview, Borovski and Kucera sit facing each other in their space in Parrish Studios above Duffy’s Tavern. They couldn’t be more different. Kucera’s curly, strawberry-blonde hair is pulled away from her face into a ponytail. Borovski’s short, dark hair is neatly fixed on her head. Kucera wears cowboy boots and a hoodie. Borovski wears a sweater and leggings. Borovski sits in front of the largest painting in the room. The studio is filled with her past work. Paint colors stain the desktops. Kucera sits crosslegged on the floor. Her workstation consists of a small desk and typewriter in one corner.

The women met only seven months ago. Kucera saw Borovski’s work at a First Friday event and immediately contacted her. “I don’t know how I got your number,” she admitted to Borovski, who laughs. “It was almost like the work brought us together and the friendship and the conversations were reverberations,” Borovski said. The women held their first show together, “Passages,” and that was when they realized the similarities in their work. Kucera had developed several different works about the passing of ages, while Borovski just completed “First Highway,” a painting about the accomplishment of her undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “Our spheres of working and our con- TOP: Clara Kucera spends time in her workspace at Parrish Studios in downtown Lincoln on Thursday, Feb. 9. sciousness are very much intertwined,” BOTTOM: Alex Borovski poses for a photograph in front of one of her paintings at the studio she shares with Clara Kucera Borovski said. in downtown Lincoln on Thursday, Feb. 9. They have found they rely heavily on an extension of herself. feeling that I am lacking.” But they don’t always agree. each other in their creative processBut sometimes feelings, experiencBorovski has trouble categorizing She writes as a reflection of a place es. It isn’t a case of “one cannot exist her work but after several minutes of es and ideas can get lost during their she’s been or an experience she’s without the other,” as both have been thinking and debating and bouncing translation into painted symbols on had. Kucera closes herself off and alcreating within their separate media ideas off Kucera, she comes up with canvas. Borovski destroys as much as lows every writing experience to be for years, but Kucera and Borovski “expressionism.” She uses her work she creates, often painting over entire “singular and personal.” agree that each of their work is more as a lens through which she can see works. She is currently working on seven complete with the addition of the the world. She begins to paint pureShe walks to a series of panels and different pieces, including a script, other’s. ly driven by instinct and stops only turns one around, noting the more poetry and a novella. Sometimes she “It’s like having another arm to cre- when she has nothing left to learn than 20 layers of paint on the corner likes her work, but often, Kucera ate,” Kucera said. she’s holding. from the piece. will hide her writings in a drawer for In fact, the two artists rarely work Kucera cuts in, saying how disap- months. Occasionally it’s necessary to Borovski paints to work through on projects together. They spend life’s problems, but they aren’t always pointed she is when Borovski paints destroy them all together. most of their time in the studio doing negative. She also creates to feel and over her favorite parts of the paint“I’ve thought of how romantic exactly this: talking. They talk about develop different emotions. ings. However, while Kucera is con- it would be to have these burning their lives. Borovski said they usu“The paintings will talk back to me,” stantly surrounded by the work of her ally compare and contrast ideas and Borovksi said. “They will tell me what counterpart, Borovski doesn’t see her artists: discoveries they have made in their is happening in my life. Sometimes fellow artist’s work until it is finished. work. Like Borovski, Kucera’s medium is it’s just me wanting to experience a see page 7

English professor to release debut thriller novel Cameron Mount Daily Nebraskan

This year is certain to be a busy one for Joy Castro, an associate professor of English and ethnic studies at the University of NebraskaLincoln. Her debut novel, “Hell or High Water,” will be published in July and she’s already finished a draft of its sequel. Her second memoir will be published in September along with a paperback edition of its award-winning predecessor (with an introduction by Dorothy Allison). Castro is also finishing a collection of short stories, editing a collection of essays about family and revising a scholarly book on American Jazz-Age writer Margery Latimer. Her work ethic and

keen sense of style combined with compelling subject matters lend support to Castro’s rapid rise in the literary world. “I get bored easily, so I like being able to move among different kinds of work,” said Castro of her upcoming projects. “If I get stuck, I can turn to a different project for a while. I don’t beat my head against a wall when something’s not working. I don’t get writer’s block.” “Hell or High Water,” Castro’s first novel, is a psychological thriller set in post-Katrina New Orleans, following a reporter sucked into a mystery of missing sex offenders and a world of poverty. Castro, whose husband is from New Orleans, said she was drawn to the city’s history

and culture, emphasizing the importance of location in her writing. “Place is huge,” she said. “Place shapes us. Place forms character. It’s there for writers whether we want it or not. I happen to want it and I suspect I’ll go on wanting it.” Castro pointed out how the different aspects of a community, natural and otherwise, come together to create a profound sense of place. “The human-built world — a particular place’s customs and norms, as well as its architecture, roads, and so on — determines so much of how we live our lives and what we can imagine for ourselves,” she said. “The natural surroundings — the

climate, the water, the kinds of trees and plants, the wild animals — are where we find our own deep humanness, our home, our animal selves: those scents, that humid breeze, the way our bodies move in space, those tree-shapes that are so familiar and beloved to our eyes.” Castro has published and taught poetry and spoken of the importance of rhythm and sound to her writing. The music of New Orleans would seem to be a perfect fit, but she said recreating the city’s signature musical styles in her writing wasn’t one of her goals. “I’m not really a very musical person,” she said. “I have no technical proficiency on an instrument. I have always loved being around

musicians. My husband is a guitar player, our son is in a band and when I had a sabbatical, I took cello lessons, because I love the cello’s sweet and sorrowful sound. But to recreate in prose the effect of the music of New Orleans is far beyond me.” With a sequel to “Hell and High Water” already underway, Castro spoke of the specific differences between writing the two books. “The first book took much longer,” she said. “I really didn’t know how to write a novel, much less a thriller. I couldn’t have cared less, initially, about things like suspense and cause-and-effect. My outline was probably the worst outline in the history of novel-writing.” She said an initial focus on

If I get stuck, I can turn to a different project for a while. I don’t beat my head against a wall when something’s not working. I don’t get writer’s block.”

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language, character development and epiphanies in “Hell and High Water” made for a slow process leading to many realizations. “I kept having to go back in and make things happen, make the characters

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Local comedian Stephanie Hillier delivers a punchline to a Monday night crowd at Duffy’s Tavern in Lincoln on Jan. 23

Rising comedian hopes to highlight community

Teaching and national competition provide a platform for Hillier’s career kelsey haugen daily nebraskan

Although the comedy scene is small in Nebraska, local comic Stephanie Hillier has managed to work her way to the top, all the while hoping it will create awareness of the community she’s a part of. A couple years ago, Hillier moved from Detroit, where there are hundreds of comedians, to Omaha, where there are less than 30 in her estimation. “Nebraska doesn’t have a real strong comedy presence, but it’s getting stronger and I’m hoping to help out in a big way,” Hillier said. As long as the weather is decent, she comes to Lincoln every Monday to perform at Duffy’s Open Mic Night. Hillier has worked as an emcee there, as well. In Omaha there are more places for comedians to do stand-up. “There is a community, though, and it’s a tight community,” Hillier said. “Everyone seems to know everybody, which is really cool.” Since she moved, Hillier has also put on benefit shows, joined some improvisation groups and booked many of her own private events. On Jan. 28, she performed in the Great American Comedy Festival, which consists of four preliminary shows. During the first one

at the West Point Community Theater, she became one of two finalists out of eight performers. “I really liked the diversity of the comics because they had people coming in from everywhere. They also had local people,” Hillier said. One of her favorite aspects of the contest was that the audience chose the finalists. About 250 people attended and each person had three votes. “I got really good responses from the audience,” Hillier said. “Everyone sounded like they were having a really good time.” What set her apart from the other comics was her spontaneity, she said. “When I’m performing, I like creating a rapport with people,” Hillier said. “I work off the crowd.” At the Omaha Community Playhouse, Hillier teaches comedy and improvisation workshops for students ages 10 to 17. She also leads similar classes for adults, though she finds it much easier to get kids to participate. “It’s a lot of fun because the kids have moved past the hyper stage but still want to interact with each other and do something,” Hillier said. Currently, she is competing in the “Up Yours” online contest hosted by Improv, a nationwide comedy club franchise. Since she entered, two other Omaha comics have also joined. “I’d like this contest to draw some attention to the efforts being made in Omaha’s comedy scene,” Hillier




Nebraska doesn’t have a real strong comedy presence, but it’s getting stronger and I’m hoping to help out in a big way.” stephanie hillier local comic

said. At the end of the competition on March 1, the three most-voted-for comics will go to Las Vegas to perform at the Improv in Harrah’s. The final winner will receive paid gigs and will meet with an agent from APA Talent Agency. Hillier is currently in fourth place, though she is determined to make it to the top three by March. “I really want a chance to perform in Vegas,” Hillier said. “Meeting people, getting a chance to perform in a completely different element — I would love that.” Whether she makes the top three, Hillier said the contest has already done a lot for her. Her material has been viewed more than 10,000 times and she was named the most voted comic for the month of January. She said she is thrilled with these results, as are her family and friends, who have been very supportive. “My parents have been telling everyone,” Hillier said. Her parents vote for her daily and they tell others to also check out her material. Her video can be seen at www. videos/view?id=90. Hillier is determined to win over supporters, one joke at a time. kelseyhaugen@

When Professor Julia Schleck received the news she had been selected as a Franklin Research Grant recipient, her first thought was, “WOO HOO!” The Franklin Grant, sponsored by the American Philosophical Society, is an annual grant designed specifically to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes. It’s the perfect fit for Schleck, who made the decision to apply when she realized she would need the support of a grant to begin research on her next book project. The grant board awards a few scholars with funds of up to $6,000 for the purpose of document procurement and travel and living expenses over the course of a month or two, which can be spent in both domestic and foreign libraries. Being chosen for this grant is considered a major success, according to Schleck. “There’s nothing better than having someone support you financially as you attempt to pursue your academic goals,” said Schleck. “It is not just a sum of money that someone’s given you, it’s outside validation,” added Professor Stephen Burnett, chairman of the Department of Classics and Religious Studies. Validation is even more difficult to come by now. Gaining access to documents and other research materials has become much easier with the influx of the Internet. “The standards for scholarship are much more rigorous than they used to be,” he said. “Every time something like this (research) becomes easy, the

do things instead of just sit around and think things,” Castro said. “I thought this was pretty heavy-handed and I felt awkward and unnatural doing it, like a bossy puppeteer.” Her second novel, by contrast, went more smoothly because of the mistakes and, ultimately, the lessons she gained from the first. “By the time I began the second book, I got it,” she said. “I got plot. I got the need for cause-and-effect, for dramatic structure, for turning points. I cared more about the reader’s experience of the story. Drafting was a much swifter process.” In addition to writing, Castro is an award-winning teacher, who has published

articles on innovative classroom strategies. As in her writing, Castro considers justice an important part of the classroom, but said she wants the texts she teaches to speak for themselves and

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you think you will find,” she said. “Actually finding those things is a complicated task, and you don’t always find what you are looking for.” Sometimes research leads to unexpected information. “The advantage of being on the spot to study is you’re more flexible,” Burnett said. This proved especially true for Schleck, whose entire dissertation project, on which she based her first book, changed when she found new documents that she wasn’t expecting. “I’m open to surprises,” she said. rachelstaats@

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bar of expectations is higher.” The project Schleck intends to research with her grant, “The Genres of Early Capitalism: English Trading Companies and the Management of Narrative, 1580-1640,” will focus on the role of English trading companies in the evolution of travel writing in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Her book will be about the ways in which trading companies tried to influence what their employees wrote while traveling and how that changed writing at the time, according to her project statement. “We don’t tend to think about how ‘non-fiction’ genres, like news articles or company memos, are crafted but they have their own histories and traditions, just like novels or short stories,” Schleck said. “The difference is that news or company reports come to be thought of as presenting ‘true’ accounts of foreign lands, and arguably influence how people think about cultures different from their own just as much or more than (for example) a play like ‘Othello.” This summer, Schleck will use her grant money to study at the British Library and the British National Archives at Kew, both in London. “I will stay in London for as long as my funds hold out,” she said. “I’m hoping to be there for two months, and then escape right before the flood of people arrive for the Summer Olympics.” Despite her excitement about beginning her research, Schleck is also nervous. She said she’s not sure she’ll be able to find the sources she needs. “Part of researching is taking a calculated risk about what

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for students to think for themselves. “Maybe it sounds kind of weird for a teacher to say, ‘I don’t want to be didactic,’ but I don’t,” she said. “That would be boring. My best professors never told us what to think or even how to think. They shared great, important, complicated material with us, modeled various approaches to it and let us tear into it. They trusted us to be smart. That’s how I like to teach.” Susan Belasco, Chair of the Department of English at UNL, holds Castro in high esteem. “Her work as a creative writer, teacher and as a colleague is outstanding and all of us are delighted by the success with her memoir, ‘The Truth Book,’ and for her forthcoming novel,” Belasco said. “In addition to her increasing national prominence in creative writing, Professor Castro is a fine scholar and students and colleagues alike appreciate her courses in literature. Best of all, she is very good company: smart, savvy and very funny.” The variety of genres, subjects and talents in her upcoming projects demonstrates a wide range, but Castro’s approach evidences the unique and purposeful perspective she brings to her work. “The variety keeps things lively,” Castro said. “Thematically, they all seem linked to me — all part of one larger project — but I’ll leave that to readers to decide.” cameronmount@

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Don’t let persona override text chance solem-pfeifer It goes without saying that writing reviews and criticism demands objectivity. But, look, I’ve said it anyway. What a great lede. In the context of writing this column, that’s been easy. I say this, not because I’m a particularly objective patron of the arts. I think Jude Law is a bit of a slimeball and therefore, he’s a bad action/adventure sidekick. When your focus is anchored so strongly to debut novelists, it’s not challenging to approach a text with an open mind. And, in turn, it’s easy to be confident that your opinion isn’t colored by public perception of the author. But there’s a double standard. With books of a bygone age, this is something we do all the time. “Hemingway wrote that way because he was a sad, drunken coot. Next case!” “‘Frankenstein’ is about Mary Shelley wishing her husband wasn’t such an old bastard. Like a walking corpse. Like the monster. You get it.” It works with poetry too. “Plath’s dad was a Nazi. I’m like 90 percent sure,” said that one moron in

every English class you’ve ever taken. But back to the column. Things have been different this go around. In the twilight of No Column for Old Books, I’m expanding the definition of newness (this is a big deal; try not to pass out) to encompass the canon of 21st century fiction. There’s a selfish motivation here. I wanted to catch up on what everyone else has read and talk with them about it. But now enter the challenge of seeing a novel for what it is when the New York Times is in the way. It’s funny what artists say when they’ve been asked that one question too many times. Things get provocative. Perceptions of the author’s character start to form. The Grammys were on last night and, while I’m infuriated that Pink wasn’t nominated in every category, it’s Justin Vernon’s adamant and profranity-laced recollection of Bon Iver’s refusal to play that cast an interesting shadow on the national audience that may have been exposed to their music for the first time tonight. Should it? Is that fair? People will think that Justin Vernon, like Jonathan Franzen when he noted his lack of gratitude and interest in sponsorship from Oprah’s Book Club, perhaps feels he was above allowing his work to mingle with the low art represented at the Grammy Awards. My concern here, as it is with Franzen, as it is with writers who develop public

personas, is that the art itself suffers. It’s inflected, and one could argue naturally so, by the way people perceive the artists. Who represents the vocal and potent minority that thinks “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” is pretentious garbage and that “Everything is Illuminated” is great, but overrated? When you’re first thoughts about a novel is that it’s overrated, doesn’t that indicate a fascination with grading and rating and not with the content of the work itself? Is this also the crowd who assumes the same slice of a person’s psyche that fields endless interview questions is the same that writes? They argue that the writer believes his own press more than literary integrity. But be wary of the mirror on the wall. We’re an arts-consuming society at large that believes press over product. It makes sense. Columns are 800 words long. A novel is of course more, I’m told. Never danced that dance. These are the conundrums we have to sift through as consumers of popular art. We have to stop asking Adele who that guy she’s so at mad is or Foer if he really loves his grandparents. We have to stop asking if Justin Vernon lies boldly in “Holocene”? Does he think he’s “magnificent?” Is your “skinny love” even real, Justin? Have you ever felt anything at all?! In the fertile idiocy soil of YouTube comment chains, a frequent guest is the “Just enjoy the music” guy. He


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Her “unexpected heritage” with Borovski gave her writing symbols. In turn, it gave Borovski’s paintings words, something Borovski fights every time she creates. “It’s an avoidance of language,” Borovski said. “I feel, like in my mind, there’s a space between the languages that I know ... I feel like there’s some things that can’t be expressed with words, so I choose not to.” As of right now, Borovski doesn’t mind when Kucera’s words provide an unintentional narrative for her paints. In fact, she said she’s grateful to have someone around who can use words for expression. How long the partnership and collaboration will last between the women is in the air. But for now, the future has no limits. “I see myself just floating down the river,” Kucera said. Borovski laughs. “I will float behind you.

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Women continue hot Team sweeps weekend start to season, now 5-1 men’s tennis

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The Nebraska men’s tennis team closed out its home opening weekend a perfect 3-0 record with wins against Denver, Creighton and East Tennessee State. The Huskers defeated Denver Friday by one point before taking down both Creighton and ETSU in back-to-back Sunday matches. All three opponents came to Lincoln unranked, but coach Kerry McDermott said he expected them at full strength. “We knew it was going to be a battle,” McDermott said. Big contributors in the three victories were senior Benedikt Lindheim, junior Eric Sock and freshman Stefan Gollner. Lindheim entered the weekend a perfect 10-0 on the season and won 2 of 3 singles matches on Friday and Sunday. Lindheim said this season he’s playing at a higher level than he has in his career. “I play more aggressive and I trust myself more,” Lindheim said. “Right now everything fits together.” Lindheim’s winning streak

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The Nebraska women’s tennis team solidified its fourth-straight win of the season on Saturday with an imposing victory against Northern Iowa at the Nebraska Tennis Center, while Air Force also fell victim to the Huskers earlier in the day. NU swept both teams 7-0. NU improved its record to 5-1 after this weekend’s double-header, and since the team’s Jan. 29 loss to No. 12 Northwestern, NU has gone on to win four straight matches. In the last four matches, Nebraska has defeated its opponents by a total of 271. “For the team, it means that we are in good shape and that we’ve had a great start to the season,” senior Madeleine Geibert said. “With every match, we get better and better and more comfortable on the court. Everyone is very confident right now.” NU’s resume includes a top-25 win, an extremely close loss to the nation’s No. 12 team, a four-game winning streak, and a 27-1 total margin of victory over the last four games. Nebraska’s numbers do look stellar, but some could make the argument that the necessary context is needed to explain their four dominant performances. NU’s opponents during its streak — Wyoming, Eastern Michigan, Air Force and Northern Iowa — have a combined record of 14-11. However, NU’s Jennifer Holmberg said the Huskers don’t buy into this rhetoric. “The first two games (Arkansas and Northwestern) were among the best teams in the nation,” Holmberg said. “At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who’s on the other side of the court. If we’re playing good, it doesn’t matter who we’re playing.” One example includes freshman Izabella Zgierska, the only Husker to lose a set during Nebraska’s 27-1 dominant run. She was left out of NU’s singles matches against Eastern Michigan and Northern Iowa, but when the team faced Air Force on Saturday, she was awarded with her first victory of the season. “She has been super nervous, but now it’s a bit of a breakthrough,” said Geibert.

and we’re going to win more matches like this.” Part of that team resolve, McDermott said, comes from an unlikely team member; the freshman Gollner. Only having lived in the United States for about six weeks, Gollner has already found his way into the doubles and singles lineup. “He’s already teaching the rest of the team,” McDermott said. “He never complains, he never says a word. He just keeps his mouth shut and he competes. He’s showing the rest of the guys that if they do that they’re probably going to have that success.” Sock clinched the Sunday evening match for Nebraska overcoming a set deficit winning the point on the No. 6 singles court. “(Sock) has been in and out of the lineup for two years and this year we feel like he’s playing at the level we thought he’d play at last year,” McDermott said. “Seeing him tonight basically win the match for us, he had an unbelievable service game.” GrantMuessel@

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Freshman Izabella Zgierska recorded her first singles win this weekend against Air Force. Nebraska started things off on Saturday against Air Force with three-straight doubles victories. The duo’s of Zgierska/Maike Zeppernick, Patricia Veresova/Mary Weatherholt and Geibert/Stefanie Weinstein were all awarded victories. Nebraska went on to win all six singles matches against the Falcons, leading the Huskers to a 7-0 total victory. After a small break, the Huskers squared off against Northern Iowa. Like NU’s previous match, all doubles matches went in favor of the Huskers. Coach Scott Jacobson mixed up the doubles teams a bit for the second match. The teams of Geibert/Weinstein, Holmberg/Janine Weinreich and Weatherholt/Zgierska all recorded victories. The Huskers kept up their dominance on the singles courts, beginning with No. 84 Weinreich’s win in No. 4 singles, 6-1, 6-0. She was followed closely by

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Weatherholt, who cruised in her No. 1 singles match, 6-1, 6-1. Geibert posted her fourth win of the day after her singles victory, while Weinstein completed the sweep for Nebraska. “It’s always good to have a good mix in the schedule,” Geibert said. “We play some easier teams, but we also play some harder teams down the road. These early games help everyone gain confidence, and it allows us to try out some different things.”

today,” Sadler said. “I’ve never had a team that’s had to play so much zone to try to stop someone and we just didn’t have a good basketball game and we didn’t defend the way we’ve got to defend on the road.” When the two teams met in Lincoln, the Huskers allowed PSU point guard Tim Frazier to put up 30 points, four assists and grab six rebounds. But this time around Sadler felt like his squad was able to contain the junior. “We did a nice job on Frazier — we didn’t let him in the lane,” Sadler said. However, the stat sheet disagrees with the sixthyear head coach. Nebraska might have kept Frazier out of the lane to Sadler’s content, but he still was just an assist away from the first triple-double by a Penn State player since 1998. Frazier put up 23 points, grabbed 10 boards and had nine assists for PSU. And PSU coach Patrick Chambers praised Frazier for his efforts against NU. “He’s done it all year in ways that, you know, unfortunately, we can’t even talk about — in the locker room, his work ethic,” Chambers said. “I know he can give

Although it may seem impossible to think about golfing with snow still covering the ground, the Nebraska women’s golf team is back in competition mode. The team traveled far away from the frigid temperatures of Nebraska in February to begin its spring season in Puerto Rico on Sunday. After not playing a match since the end of October, the Huskers have been preparing for three months to contend against a strong 15-team field at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The invitational includes many powerhouse teams from conferences across the country, including former Big 12 and new Big Ten competitors. The invitational is hosted by last season’s Big Ten runnerup Purdue and is played at the River Course at the Rio Mar Country Club. The course, designed by the world’s former No. 1 ranked golfer Greg Norman, will test the Huskers’ skills and show

them how much they have improved in their offseason. The tough par-72 is 6,191 yards filled of bunkers and wetlands, and includes water on over half of the holes. The Huskers started their first round of the tournament Sunday with an 8 a.m. local time shotgun start. After the first round, the Huskers were in 11th place with a team score of 309. The Huskers managed to place ahead of Big Ten members Michigan, Purdue and Penn State. Even though the Huskers were at the bottom of the pack, they are still only nine shots out of finishing among the top five teams. Leading the team standings were SEC members LSU and Georgia, who were tied with a team score of 294. Nebraska took advantage of its veteran leadership with senior Madeline Sheils posting the top score for the Huskers with an even-par 72. Sheils’ 72 was good enough to tie for sixth place with Northwestern’s Alex Lederhausen. Among the 84 individual

competitors, Georgia’s Emilie Burger took the lead after the first round with a 66, holding a five-stroke lead over the rest of the field. Sophomore Steffi Neisen posted the second lowest score for the Huskers with a 78, finishing in a tie for 44th place. Senior Kayla Knopik wasn’t far behind with a 79 and sophomore Katelyn Wright rounded out the rest of the Huskers’ scoring roster with an 80. Nebraska’s youngest member, freshman Shelby Martinek, shot an 81 to finish tied for 67th place, but her score didn’t count toward the overall team score. Katie Keiser competed as an individual, with her score of 84 also not counting toward the team score. The Huskers have a chance to improve in the tournament standings with two more rounds in the invite to give a 54-hole score for the women. Tee time for Monday is at 8 a.m. and the final round concludes on Tuesday with a 7:30 a.m. local time start. sports@


Penn State: from 10 Huskers were both looking for a moral victory for two fan bases that have felt a lot of pain this season. And it was the home crowd that felt the elation of a rare conference victory as PSU won the game 67-51. Nebraska and Penn State are two of the worst offensive teams in the Big Ten. The two cellar dwellers are the only teams that average a negative point differential in the Big Ten this season. Opponents outscore the Huskers by 2.8 points per game and the Nittany Lions by 3.7 points per game. In fact, the Nittany Lions are 328 out of 338 Division I basketball teams in field goal percentage, shooting 38.3 percent from the field. Coming into the game, Nebraska coach Doc Sadler expected Penn State’s shooting struggles to continue. After all, the Nittany Lions shot 33.3 percent earlier in the season when they came to Lincoln and NU earned its first Big Ten victory. But Sadler didn’t get the poor shooting he was expecting from his opponents. The Nittany Lions shot 52.3 percent against the Huskers this time around. “You’ve gotta give Penn State credit — they came out and they made shots

ended Sunday night when he lost playing No. 1 singles for the first time this season. Fortunately for Lindheim and the Huskers, both Sock and Gollner rallied from behind in their third sets to win their singles matches. Sock’s captivating finish sealed the deal lindheim for Nebraska earning them a 4-3 win over ETSU. McDermott called Sunday night’s win an important win that proved the resolve of the Huskers. After slow starts against Denver and East Tennessee State, McDermott said the team refused to quit. “This was a signature win for us,” McDermott said. “It kind of gives us an identity. All you can control is how you compete. Our guys are going to battle until the end

us more. I know how much better he can get, which is scary. He’s only going to continue to get better, because he’s humble and he’s hungry. “His mom has done a great job with him.” But praises for Frazier aside, Nebraska’s current four-game skid has Sadler worried about his squad. Sadler feels like his team has lost its sense of purpose and will need the week of practice and next week’s game in the Bob Devaney Sports Center against Illinois to find what NU needs to potentially save its reputation as well as Sadler’s job. “You’ve got to get back to playing with a purpose,” Sadler said. “Right now this team doesn’t have a purpose and that’s my responsibility to help them get one. Right now we’re just out there playing. We’ve got to figure out the purpose of what we’re trying to do and understand you’ve got some guys out there who can help you if you let them. That’s about being teammates. “We’ve got a week now before we play again. Hopefully we’ll see a different basketball team next Saturday.” robbykorth@

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Thrower Tyler Hitchler recorded an automatic NCAA qualifying score this weekend.

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Ashley Miller had a good weekend. Through five events this season, Miller is undefeated. At Friday and Saturday’s Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa, Miller won the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:26.26. Miller and teammates Mara Weekes, Brooke Dinsdale and Jessica Furlan broke Nebraska’s school record in the distance medley relay, posting a time of 11:15.38, outdoing the previous record-setting run of 11:25.08, which had stood since 2004. Luke Pinkelman, who, like Miller, is undefeated in 2012, claimed another win in the shot put and earned his third NCAA-automatic qualifying mark with a season-high throw of 19.52 meters — crushing the NCAA-automatic qualifying mark of 17.20 meters. “They have to elevate their competitiveness to another level,” coach Kris Grimes said. “For them, their aspirations are quite high.” Fellow-Husker Tyler Hitchler also earned a bid to the NCAA Championships with a throw of 17.61 meters while competing alongside Pinkelman at Friday and Saturday’s Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. Outside of Pinkelman, though, Nebraska won only one other individual title in Arkansas, when pole vaulter Breanna Bussel won the college division pole vault championship. While Grimes said “nothing spectacular happened” in Fayetteville, the meet was packed with elite competition. “It was a great meet,” Grimes said. “Some of the best teams in the country were there.” During Fayetteville’s Tyson Invitational, five athletes jumped to the top of the NCAA charts. Arkansas’ Stephanie Brown’s performance in the 1,500 meter run placed her first nationally. She was joined by the men’s 4x400meter relay team from Arkansas. LSU produced the top time in the country in the women’s 4x400-meter dash, while fellow-Tiger Damar Forbes jumped to the top in the long jump with a distance of 8.12 meters. Louisiana Tech’s Chelsea Hayes rounded out the top-spot winners with a jump of 6.60 meters in the women’s long

The Huskers, though, are a pretty strong road team. NU is 8-2 on the road this season with wins against Purdue and Penn State, who are both significantly better than the 12-14 Gophers. A win would give NU a conference-best sixth road victory despite the team having just one senior currently playing.

“We have really good leadership with the upperclassmen that we have ... the coaches are really good about it too,” Sample said. “Even though we are a young team, we show the tendencies of older teams and more mature teams and I think that’s part of why we do so well on the road.”

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Sophomore Tatum Edwards suffered the first loss of her career Sunday, as Georgia Tech need four runs in the final two innings to defeat Nebraska 6-5 in Arizona.

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Errors cost the Nebraska softball team this weekend as the No. 23 Huskers lost Sunday, 6-5, to No. 23 Georgia Tech to finish 3-3 at the 2012 Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. In their sixth game of the 2012 season, the Huskers struck first for the first time all tournament, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. NU then scored again in the top of the third inning to give starting pitcher Ashley Hagemann a 3-2 lead heading into the fourth,

where she was replaced by sophomore Tatum Edwards. Hagemann allowed one earned run on one hit, five walks and two strikeouts in three innings of work. The Huskers then added insurance runs in the fourth and fifth inning to give Edwards some breathing room with a 5-2 lead. The sophomore helped her cause as she helped Nebraska score in their third straight inning when she doubled and scored on a one-out single from senior Kirby Wright. Edwards pitched two scoreless innings to begin

her outing, but the Yellow Jackets eventually started to push some runs across. In the bottom of the sixth, Georgia Tech started the inning with an infield single that bounced off an NU glove. The defense continued to falter as a ground ball hit to Taylor Edwards was then thrown wildly to second allowing a run in, cutting the lead down to 5-3. An RBI single by the next batter then trimmed the lead down to 5-4. The Huskers were silenced in the top of the seventh and the Yellow Jackets carried some of that momentum into the final frame.

Georgia Tech began the inning with two hard-hit balls that deflected off Husker gloves. Tatum Edwards was then able to prevail by retiring the next two batters, but a throwing error by shortstop Gabby Banda allowed Georgia Tech to push across two runners to pick up the win. Edwards picked up her first career loss as a Husker, after going 7-0 her freshman year. Nebraska returns to action in Las Cruces, N.M., to play five games beginning Friday, Feb. 17. sports@

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The Nebraska men’s golf team opened its spring season with an upset victory over the fifth-seeded Michigan State Spartans Friday at the Big Ten Match Play tournament. The Huskers, the 12th seed in the tournament, won their morning match 3-3-0, on the most-holeswon tiebreaker, to advance to the quarterfinal round of the tournament where they lost to fourth-seeded Purdue 1-5-0. The tournament was the first for the Huskers in a little more than three months and has the team fired up to get into the season. “We got to play some good teams, rankings wise, and it was a good experience to play in some warm weather,” senior golfer Scott Willman said. “We played two good teams, top-30 teams in the nation,

and nothing but positives can be taken from it.” The morning match with the Spartans got off to a good start for the Huskers as the team won its first two matchups of the day. Junior Jordan Reinertson came up with the win in his match against the Spart a n ’ s Dave Ellis on the last hole, a n d sophom o r e R y a n Grassel willman won the opening match for the Huskers 6 and 5 against his opponent, Will Morris. Grassel’s victory came in his first match as a Husker. The team struggled to follow the early wins, though, losing its next three matchups, but was able to earn a

tie with the Spartans on Willman’s 2-and-1 victory in the last pairing. “We just went out and played,” Willman said. “We know nothing about these Big Ten teams. We don’t know any of these guys, and nobody was really intimidated by them. That’s how we pulled out the win in the morning.” Fatigue may have played a role in the Huskers loss to Purdue in the next round. “We were ready to play against those guys in the morning, but we were a little tired mentally and physically in the afternoon,” sophomore Manuel Lavin said. “We had a long morning playing 18 holes while Purdue didn’t play, so maybe we were a little tired.” The quarterfinal match got away from the team in the early going as the Huskers lost their first four matchups before Lavin was able to win the only pairing of the match for the Huskers.

“In match play, you can fall behind two or three holes real fast,” Willman said. “You can get in a hole, and that can bite you in the butt.” Willman, the Husker’s top returning golfer from the fall season, was no exception to the team’s struggles against the Boilermakers, losing 4 and 3. “I played against a good player and made a couple mistakes here and there, and all of a sudden I was two (holes) down and started pressing a bit,” he said. “For me, when I press it is not good. I was probably a little mentally drained in the second match.” The Huskers lost 0-6-0, in a consolation match, to topseeded Illinois on Saturday. Next up for the golfers is the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate tournament in Palm Desert, Calif, on Feb. 25-26.

jump. “There are some places where people tend to kind of gravitate to,” Grimes said. “Arkansas is one of those.” Back in Ames, Nebraska’s distance runners continued to dominate. The men’s distance medley relay team came close to rounding out a first-first performance for Nebraska’s distance relays. The team of Tommy Brinn, London Hawk, Alney Tobias and Jarren Heng claimed second place with a season-best time of 9:51.66. Both of Nebraska’s men’s relay teams took second place, with the 4x400-meter relay team’s seasonbest time of 3:08.88 falling short of Mississippi State’s 3:07.75. Furlan claimed an individual title in the women’s mile with a time of 4:45.76, topping the field of 20. Despite a jam-packed group of 42 competitors, Nebraska sophomore Ellie Grooters emerged as the winner in the 800-meter run with a personal-best time of 2:11.24. Freshman Ricco Hall continued his hot streak, as he took first place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.40. Hall currently leads Nebraska in the 200and 400-meter dash in his first year in Lincoln. While Nebraska was excelling in distance events, there were a few athletes from other schools that were busy making their own headlines in 600-yard run. Iowa State’s Kianna Elahi placed first in the event with a time of 1:20.14, good for first in the NCAA this season. Minnesota’s Harun Abda also took the top spot in the country in the same event on the men’s side with a time of 1:07.66. Between the weekend’s two meets, 14 Nebraska athletes claimed personal bests. “Unlike a lot of other sports, track and field is about preparation,” Grimes said. “It certainly is about win-loss record ... but what it really comes down to is ‘I’ve got to be ready for that meet at the end of the season.’” That meet at the end of the season is the Big Ten Championships, which take place in less than two weeks, Feb. 24 and 25 in Lincoln. This weekend’s competition in Ames and Fayetteville are the last competition many of Nebraska’s athletes will see before resting before the Big Ten meet. sports@ dailynebraskan

Minnesota: from 10 time NU struggled — they lost back-to-back games to Penn State and Ohio State in mid-January — the team bounced back by beating Minnesota. While NU handled the Gophers on Jan. 22, leading by as many as 24 before surrendering 12 garbage time points in a 64-49 victory, the

team isn’t taking a repeat for granted. “I think they’re just going to learn like we did from the last game,” Sample said. “I think they’re going to come ready to try and get revenge.” Minnesota is a decidedly tougher team at home than on the road. The team sports a 3-3 home record (1-5 on

road) in conference games, which includes victories over MSU and OSU and narrow losses to Wisconsin and PSU. This difference comes from a 12-point increase in scoring at home versus road games, which Yori noted by saying, “It’s a great shooting environment (in Minnesota) from what I hear.”

Yori will have cause for thanks if the Huskers can do well on the road again. “(Minnesota is) physical. They like to drive; they have a good inside game,” Yori said. “We’ll be challenged. It (isn’t) going to be easy, that’s for sure, up there.” SeaNWhalen@


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BUILDER Nebraska’s comeback falls short in National Duals loss to Big Ten Conference foe Ohio State 21-18 victory, Manning was pleased with NU’s fortitude. daily Nebraskan “Our guys never gave Because wrestling is a sin- up,” he said. “This team is gular sport, pitting individu- a bunch of fighters. We’re al competitors against each going to keep fighting hard. other, the prospect of com- This team has a lot of charing back from a deficit may acter.” Following triumphs by not be as daunting as it is in NU’s James Green, Robother sports. That shouldn’t take away ert Kokesh, Tyler Koehn from the rally the Nebras- and Josh Ihnen, NU senior ka wrestling team went on heavyweight Tucker Lane Sunday in its National Duals thought he might have a contest versus Ohio State, chance to win the dual for the Huskers in though. the final match. Caught “That’s what in an 18-0 You darn right we it was looking hole after like,” Lane said. did. We thought the first four matches of we’d win the next “It looked like it was going the dual, six matches, and to come down the Huskto the heavywe almost did. ers faced a weight match, challengbut that ended ing climb not being back into mark manning up the case.” the contest. nebraska wrestling coach Nebraska NU coach freshman SpenMark Manning said his team thought it cer Johnson fell 4-3 at the could pull off the comeback. 197 weight class, putting the “You darn right we did. victory out of reach for the We thought we’d win the Huskers, but Lane wrapped next six matches, and we al- up the competition on a most did,” he said. “We won high note. “It was great. I don’t really 57, 65, 74, 84 and we got a get a lot of falls, but I was pin at heavyweight, and we able to go out there ... and almost won 97.” Down by 18, Nebraska make it happen,” Lane said. won the next four matches “I wanted to go out there and five of the last six match- and get a pin.” Manning said Lane’s exes overall. Even though the Buckeyes came out with a tra-point win set a good

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Senior heavyweight Tucker Lane recorded a pin against Ohio State’s Peter Capone Sunday at the National Duals in Stillwater, Okla. The Buckeyes defeated NU 21-18 after jumping out to an early 18-0 lead. example for his teammates moving forward. “He did a good job. Bonus points going into Big Ten and the individual matches and major decisions ... They’re all going to add up, and that’s going to determine where we end up as a team,” Manning said. “We work on it and Tucker did a great job today wrestling out of the situation, putting the guy on his back.” The dual was a re-match of a Nebraska 18-16 victory at the NU Coliseum in January. Although the Buckeyes jumped to an early advantage in the dual in Stillwater Sunday, Manning didn’t place any blame on the first wrestlers to compete. “I think it’s everyone,” he

said. “We just needed to win a couple close matches. We lost a couple of close ones at 97 and 41 — both highly ranked guys, but we’re ranked high at 41, too. We beat that kid before, so it was a close dual the first time and a close dual this time.” Lane said he and his teammates’ run will give them momentum as one more dual and the conference tournament approach. “It’s just wrestling. There’s 10 weights and as long as you get out there and fight in every weight class, you have a chance to come back. Unfortunately it just came up a little bit short,” Lane said. “We got on a good run there toward the end. Hopefully it

will give us some momentum going into our last dual next Saturday.” For Manning, there were some benefits stemming from the loss. “We just didn’t come out on the good end of it,” he said. “Tyler Koehn got a big win today. He flipped a match that we lost. There was a lot of positives. We have some things that we can make big adjustments on going into Big Ten.” After splitting duals in the regular season, NU and OSU might be bound for another re-match in the conference tournament — an opportunity the Huskers would relish. “We’d wrestle them at 7 here, on our bus,” Manning

said following the dual Sunday. “We have to be ready for some of those individual matches come Big Ten.” To Lane, the contest was closer than the scoreboard may have indicated throughout the dual. The Huskers and Buckeyes split the 10 matches, another positive Nebraska can look at despite the defeat. “We didn’t start off great, but some guys were able to turn the momentum around a little bit. But it was just a little too late at that point,” Lane said. “And we’ve just got to remember come Big Ten time we have to have every guy ready to go at the beginning.” zachtegler@

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Hailie Sample and the Huskers will face Minnesota Monday night in Minneapolis.

After loss to Michigan, Huskers begin busy Nebraska falls into Big Ten week with Gophers cellar with loss to Penn St. File Photo by Bethany Schmidt | daily nebraskan

Penn State guard Tim Frazier (23) was an assist shy of a triple-double on Saturday, helping the Nittany Lions defeat Nebraska 67-51.

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It looked like casual Friday for Nebraska and Penn State’s coaching staffs Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa. Both squads’ staffs were without ties and wearing sneakers for a Coaches vs. Cancer promotion. But the game was anything but casual for the 11th and 12th placed teams in the Big Ten Conference

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26 36 NU

FG percentage 3-point shooting Free throws Rebounds (Off) Assists Turnovers

39.6 6 for 20 7 for 11 21 (4) 11 11

NEBRASKA 51 25 51 31 67 PSU 52.3 9 for 23 12 for 14 30 (4) 13 13

GAME LEADERS Tim Frazier (PSU): 23 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists Dylan Talley (NU): 12 points, 3 rebounds SOURCE: HUSKERS.COM

standings. The Nittany Lions and

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For Nebraska, the home stretch starts on the road. The Nebraska women’s basketball team faces Minnesota in Minneapolis Monday night in the first of three games in seven days — three games that could decide NU’s fate for the season. After facing the Gophers in a game broadcasted nationally on the Big Ten Network at 6:30 p.m., the Huskers head home for a Thursday matchup against Northwestern before Wisconsin comes to town on Sunday. Combined conference record of NU’s three foes this week: 11-25. If the Huskers can win

all three games, they will sit at 11-3 in conference play, good enough for a first round bye in the Big Ten Tournament, and will have essentially locked up an NCAA Tournament bid. If NU loses all three, they will be in dire straits, as its final two games are tough: at Michigan State and at home against No. 10 Ohio State. This pressure comes just a few days after Nebraska’s worst offensive performance all season, as they missed 21 of 22 shots too close the first half in a 6352 loss to Michigan Thursday. Still, because of some fortuitous — for NU — results, the Huskers didn’t hurt their Big Ten positioning that much. Heading

into Monday’s game, Nebraska is one of four conference teams (Penn State, OSU and Purdue are the others) with three conference losses. All of this leads to what may be the biggest week of the season for Nebraska. “It’ll be pretty tough, but we’re mentally tough enough to get through it and get done what we need to get done.” Hailie Sample said. Coach Connie Yori is not the type to look ahead on the schedule. She has made it plain that her team thinks only of its immediate opponent, in this case Minnesota. Oddly, the last

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