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NU Regent Hassebrook to run for Senate Frannie Sprouls Daily Nebraskan

University of Nebraska Regent Chuck Hassebrook, a Democrat from Lyons, Neb., announced he is running for U.S. Senate Tuesday, entering a race that could tip the country’s political balance in Congress. Hassebrook, if elected, would take the place of Sen. Ben Nelson, who announced late last year he wouldn’t run for re-election. Hassebrook’s announcement comes a week after former Gov. and Sen. Bob Kerrey announced he would not run for the

seat. “I feel called to run for the U.S. Senate,” Hassebrook said in a telephone interview T u e s day after noon. “ I ’ v e spent my entire life to create a better hassebrook future in Nebraska.” Hassebrook has been with the Center for Rural Affairs

for 35 years and is currently the executive director. For the last 18 years, he has also been on the NU Board of Regents, focusing on the affordability of higher education, he said. “Running for the Senate is an opportunity for me to step it up a notch,” Hassebrook said. “To do more to build a stronger Nebraskan, a stronger American.” Because he is running for the senate position, Hassebrook said he cannot run for re-election on the board. He said he’ll be a very active regent until his term ends in December.

Hassebrook is the only Democrat who’s currently running for the Senate seat in November. Three candidates are vying for the Republican nomination: Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, State Treasurer Don Stenberg and State Sen. Deb Fischer. Hassebrook is a viable, credible candidate, according to Mike Wagner, a political science professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Wagner wrote in an email that Hassebrook, while having shown he can raise money, faces significant challenges when it comes to

name recognition and raising enough of that money to succeed in a largely red state. “He helps give the Democrats credibility in a statewide race, but he is not likely at all to win,” Wagner wrote. “The Democratic Party in Nebraska has made some inroads … but not enough to pose, in general, a serious challenge to Republicans in statewide races.” One of the issues Hassebrook is running on is investing in the future of America, starting with protecting programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, Hassebrook said.

“We need to make sure those programs are fiscally sound,” he said. “I think it is eminently reasonable we ask the highest of income of Americans to give back the Bush tax cuts.” Hassebrook also said if Nebraskans vote him in, he will be very active when it comes to conservation programs that reward farmers for effectively protecting land and water. But in order to achieve these changes, Hassebrook must first convince Nebraska

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Classes to teach outdoor skills Daniel Wheaton Daily Nebraskan

Modern-day camping: air mattresses, 4G network cellphones and portable grills. Not many people have real, getyour-hands-dirty “roughing it” skills anymore. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has paired up with the Nebraska Games and Parks Commission to offer classes on a variety of outdoor skills. The Nebraska Outdoor U! project offers free lessons to people of all skill levels. Nebraska Outdoor U! is modeled after Boy Scouting and 4-H programs that teach how to hunt, fish, camp and shoot properly.

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It started as a joint project between Scott Hygnstrom, a professor in the School of Natural Resources, and Scott Stuhr, the program coordinator for Nebraska Outdoor U!, who has continued to lead the project. Game and Parks received a grant to start the Outdoor U! program, Stuhr said. The project has a number of “pathways” that serve as an outdoorsy syllabus that guides people through the program, which has seven levels of achievement. Those in the fourth level are encouraged to share their knowledge by teaching novices. Stuhr also mentioned that there will be rewards after

each level is completed. The project has launched the hunting, fishing and camping pathways already. The shooting — both rifle and archery — pathway will launch soon. Online, all Nebraskans are welcome to sign up for the project, Stuhr explained. This project has even inspired a number of Iowans to join, he said. The project has already sparked interest within UNL. Connor Chance-Ossowski, a freshman fisheries and wildlife major, said he plans to join the program to further his skills. “I always knew that I wanted to do something related to this,” Chance-Ossowski said.

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He said he’s been fishing and hunting all his life. “The way that the project is set up,” Stuhr said, “(is) that even if you have a ton of experience, you can still learn from it.” After students achieve requirements through the program, Stuhr said he hopes to turn these students into volunteers. Stuhr is certified as an archery instructor and plans to serve as an instructor. The entire program is meant to be both fun and educational. “It’s very different than the classes you’ll take in college,” Stuhr said. “It is more of a study at your

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University of NebraskaLincoln Housing completed the sweep of Sandoz Hall and part of Selleck Quadrangle Tuesday, finding a total of 18 rooms and one lounge with bedbugs. Housing was also able to search the 7000 and 8000 buildings of Selleck, where it found 12 rooms and one lounge with bedbugs present. Six rooms in Sandoz also tested positive for bedbugs. A total of four dogs are going around to all of the residence halls, finishing the sweep of Selleck Wednesday. “I think they’re keeping up fairly well with their schedule,” said Kelly Bartling, UNL news manager. “It’s definitely good to have all of the dogs.” Exterminating trucks were stationed outside of Selleck Tuesday night to heat up some of the rooms. Bartling said she did not know how many rooms in Selleck were being treated Tuesday night. “(Housing is) probably heating as many as they have the treatment units for,” Bartling said. “It might be that they got some treated this morning. I’m not sure how many units they have at their disposal.” Tomorrow, dogs will check the remaining floors of Selleck and begin the sweep of Harper Hall. news@ dailynebraskan.com

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State Sen. Amanda McGill introduced two bills targeting human trafficking in Nebraska.

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For the first time, Nebraska could be taking strides to prevent human sex trafficking. Sen. Amanda McGill of District 26 has introduced two bills to provide funding for the Nebraska Prostitution Intervention and Treatment Act and create a path of rehabilitation for prostitutes, whom McGill said are often forced into a life of terror and abuse. The hearing for LB 1145, which would change laws related to human trafficking, will take place at the capitol Feb. 16 at 1:30 p.m. Daily Nebraskan: Tell us about your efforts to fight human trafficking in Nebraska. Amanda McGill: I’ve got a couple different bills related to human trafficking. One of them (LB 1146) is $20,000 for the (Nebraska Prostitution Intervention and Treatment Act). It was a program put into statute in 2005, but the governor vetoed funding for it two years in a row. Initially the senator asked for several hundred thousand dollars, and then asked for significantly less the next time. And the governor vetoed it both times. The governor still opposes prostitution rehabilitation. He claims that we don’t fund rehabilitation for somebody with a problem that was illegal in the first place. But we help people with substance-abuse problems, and in prison we have rehabilitation programs. DN: Why do prostitutes need rehabilitation? McGill: When it really comes down to it, most prostitutes are victims of abuse and neglect. They were abused as children, or many of them were domestic abuse victims. They were poor, living on the streets, and some man says, “Hey, come with me and I’ll give you a place to stay,” and maybe even says he wants to be in a relationship

with her, but in reality he wants to put her into prostitution and make money off her. And then the woman goes through the fear of, “How do I get away? He’ll find me and he’ll beat me up. Or, even if I do leave this guy, what am I gonna amount to? I don’t have an education. I don’t have a place to stay or a different job.” So fear keeps women in the system, and they need help getting out of it, and direction to go back to school or mental health services for the abuse they’ve undertaken. There are very few women who really choose to be prostitutes. Even the women who claim to want to do it. Sadly, many of them become in charge of prostitution rings just like men are, because they’re brainwashed by the system. There need to be more transitional programs for women who fit into this category. It’s so similar to domestic abuse in my mind. And then you also get women who were human trafficked into Nebraska from other countries. There really was no fault of their own involved in that trafficking. DN: Tell us about your other human trafficking bill, LB 1145. McGill: It deals with six elements of human trafficking. It’s everything from people being trafficked here from other countries or other states, too, that forced or manipulated prostitution that’s kept intact through fear or intimidation. (The bill) includes training for law enforcement. If a cop goes out and arrests a woman for prostitution, he may treat her like a criminal, and that will make her shut down and not want to say who the pimp was because she’s afraid. We need sensitivity training on how to connect with that woman so she will have the feeling of safety necessary to come forward and rat out the people who are in charge of those things.

We want to have posting of the human trafficking hotline in truckstops, for people who are really being trafficked from state to state. There’s a bit about how to get a prostitution charge taken off your record. We’re trying to move from the mindset of “these are hardened criminals” to “these are manipulated, abused women who need services and rehabilitation, not jail time.” I’m trying to go at the problem holistically, and would love in the future to see a more particular (system) … of getting charges wiped from your record. So that a woman can choose to go through rehabilitation and get her life back on track. We also want to set up a task force to do research on the statistics of human trafficking in Nebraska because no one’s really done that. We hear a lot of anecdotal stories, like in Omaha there were some massage parlors shut down for really just being all about sex acts with minors. We know prostitution takes place, but no one’s conducted a state study on where the prime locations are and how we can attack the problem in a focused way. DN: Why is human trafficking such an important issue for you? McGill: I didn’t realize this is the problem that it is until last year. We heard a bill in the judiciary committee that I serve on about human trafficking in escort services. I kind of fell into the trap of thinking that prostitutes do it because they want to. I guess I was a little naive in thinking, “These are places you call for a bachelor party.” As I learned in that hearing, escort services are often a cover for illegal activity. As testifiers came up to talk, I was really struck. It really opened my eyes to this abuse that women are going through. jacymarmaduke@ dailynebraskan.com

outdoors: from 1 own pace kind of thing.” The ultimate goal is to educate Nebraskans of all ages, abilities and knowledge in outdoor recreation, ensuring the future of outdoor recreation in Nebraska, he said. The Nebraska Game and Parks commission’s 20 Year Hunter/Angler Recruitment, Development and Retention

The University of NebraskaLincoln College of Business Administration unveiled its new ethics code Tuesday at the Lied Center. The launch featured speaker and convicted felon Diann Cattani, who has been described as the “face of white-collar crime.” The CBA ethics code was a student-led project that established four areas of ethics for the college from a survey of CBA students: integrity, honesty, professionalism and respect and compassion. Committee member Ryan Pryor, a senior management major, said the code “really helps establish a culture of CBA, one that students can really rally around.” Dean of CBA Donde Plowman, who recently moved from Tennessee, said she thought the CBA code of ethics reflected the values she saw in Nebraskans. “Everywhere I go in the country, people say, ‘I would hire someone from Nebraska because they are hard-working,’” Plowman said. Although many of the students that filled the first level of the Lied Center were there either for extra credit or as a class requirement, Cattani’s presentation was far from a typical lecture. “I’m not here to give an academic ethics presentation by any stretch of the imagination,” Cattani said. Cattani launched into her story. During the course of four years, she embezzled more than $500,000 from the small family-owned firm she worked for in the early 1990s. Cattani grew up in a large, religious family in Idaho. Her parents’ faith “was not just lip service on Sundays,” but an example to their children seven days a week. “I grew up in black and white moral circumstances,” Cattani said. “I grew up in situations probably not much different than most of you.” After her small-town childhood and education at the private Brigham Young University, Cattani said she felt like she had spent her whole life in a vacuum and wanted to get out and experience the world. She began working for a consulting firm and enjoying “life in the fast lane.”

Cattani conducted leadership trainings for Fortune 500 companies, had dinner in the White House under the Ronald Reagan administration and met George and Barbara Bush in Maui, Hawaii, she said. “I became addicted to a lifestyle,” Cattani said. “I would compare what I had with people much older than me and expect the same things in my life.” Then came the embezzlement. It started out small. Cattani was on a vacation with her family, which she noticed her travel agency had accidentally charged to her corporate American Express card rather than her personal account. “I thought, ‘I’ll pay them back next time,’” Cattani said. But paycheck after paycheck came and went. “’For sure next time, for sure next time,’’” Cattani said. But by then she had begun to rationalize her behavior. As the years went on and the embezzling continued, Cattani’s guilt increased to the point where she was physically ill. Although she consulted multiple doctors, she said she knew in the back of her mind what she was experiencing was “symptomatic of this dual life” she was leading. Cattani cracked one Tuesday afternoon while she was at home with her two daughters, and the Oprah show was playing in the background on the TV. Cattani stopped when she heard Oprah say to a woman she was helping, “You cannot be a whole person carrying around a burden like that. You cannot be a good parent with that kind of a secret.” At that moment Cattani said she looked at her kids and thought, “I’m not even real.” She turned herself into her boss that week. “He was obviously very shocked,” Cattani said. “He kept asking me, ‘How much?’ But as part of the rationalization, I hadn’t kept track and I didn’t know.” Over the weekend, Cattani received a call that she had been fired. After that came civil court, criminal court, divorce court and an unexpected pregnancy. At the beginning of the court process, Cattani said

she was on her way back from a family get-together in Idaho with her two daughters. When they arrived at the airport, Cattani’s husband was not there to pick them up. The divorce papers were waiting at home. She wasn’t aware she was pregnant at the time. Cattani was six months pregnant when she went to federal court and nine months pregnant in divorce court. Two days after her divorce was finalized, she gave birth to her son. Five weeks later, she was in the slammer. “When you go to prison, the ones you love go to prison with you,” Cattani said. “My parents were going through the most excruciating pain of their lives, after raising me right, and I had done that to them.” She vowed to use her experience in prison to help other people. “You might be sitting here today thinking, ‘It can never happen to me’ — I would’ve said the same thing,” Cattani said. “It’s not something anybody aspires to. Nobody writes in their journal, ‘I want to grow up to be a convicted felon.’” Cattani encouraged the students to establish their convictions early on and to find a mentor. “Have a strong moral code, and when you deviate from it — go back to it. Don’t just give up,” Cattani said. Sophomore international business major Kaitlin Mayhew said she thought it was interesting to hear how a slip in ethics can affect so many people. “I thought it was interesting to see how it can impact your family and your whole life,” Mayhew said. Pryor said he thought the students would be able to identify with Cattani. “She grew up in a normal family with a Christian upbringing, and I think a lot of students at Nebraska would consider their upbringing normal,” Pryor said. “But things still happen.” Students in CBA who would like to sign the business code can add their signature at http://cba.unl.edu/ ethicscode. maryrezac@ dailynebraskan.com

CBA Code of Ethics Integrity: ··We will accept responsibility for our actions and hold others accountable for theirs. ··We will adhere to our moral principles in all situations and support others in doing the same. Honesty: ··We will be sincere and authentic in our communications and interactions with others. ··We will strive to create an environment of trust by being honorable and trustworthy.

Professionalism: ··We will learn and adhere to the ethical standards of our chosen professions. ··We will strive for continuous learning by participating in the educational opportunities presented to us. Respect and Compassion: ··We will treat others with fairness, respect and compassion. ··We will create a culture of inclusiveness by welcoming the diversity in our ideas, beliefs and backgrounds.

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and other social media outlets. He has also combined efforts with 4-H, Boy Scouts of America, churches and community groups across the state to rally interested individuals. “This is the beauty of the Outdoor U! program,” Hershberger said. “We’ll rely heavily on programs that are already out there.” DANIELWHEATON@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM

voters. Hassebrook is less likely to have the financial strength of Nelson or Kerrey, Wagner said. And in a hyper-partisan Congress where Democrats have a shaky majority in the U.S. Senate, his success or failure could have national ramifications. “The seat is important because it brings the

Republicans closer to a senate majority, though they are not at all likely to win enough seats to stop filibusters,” Wagner wrote. “So some measure of partisan gridlock is still likely after 2012.” Hassebrook sees this challenge. “We’re at a critical point in history,” Hassebrook

said. “Today, in Washington, it’s not working for ordinary families. It’s working for the rich and powerful and not working to make America a stronger nation. We need to get it back on track.” franniesprouls@ dailynebraskan.com — Dan Holtmeyer contributed to this report.

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A seminar today will focus on coverage offered by a local Minnesota newspaper of the Plains Indian War, specifically, the Great Sioux Uprising. Hugh Reilly, an associate professor in the University of Nebraska at Omaha School of Communications and author of the book, “Bound to Have Blood: Frontier Newspapers and the Plains Indian Wars,” will speak about media coverage in the 1860s and how it shaped Native American-white relations. The seminar is one in a series of speeches scheduled to lead up to a symposium titled, “1862-2012: The Making of the Great Plains,” which will be held from March 28 to 30. The Center of Great Plains Studies planned the symposium to celebrate the 150th anniversary of four acts of legislation that were passed by

Congress in 1862, one of which holds special importance to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Morrill Act of 1862 allowed Western states to establish colleges and universities. It paved the way for the founding of the university we know today. Reilly will be at the Great Plains Art Museum speaking about the impact newspapers had on the attitude toward Native Americans in the 1860s. “Everything that happens in the Great Plains impacts culture,” said Linda Ratcliffe of the Center of Great Plains Studies. According to Reilly, “Bound to Have Blood,” was originally a thesis, written so he could achieve his graduate degree. The book gives examples of media coverage from a number of wars and events of this era, including the Sand Creek Massacre, the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 and the Battle of the Little Bighorn, along

with many more. Reilly plans to focus on the Great Sioux Uprising and what a local newspaper in Minnesota reported on the event. Reilly says the media held a vital role in the formation of stereotypes with harsh remarks directed toward the Native Americans. Many called for extermination of the race. “It’s chilling to read these kinds of sentiments,” Reilly said. Nonetheless, Reilly said it is an accurate portrayal of journalism in the 1860s. “I think it’s a real eye-opener in terms of how the Native Americans were viewed,” Reilly said. The seminar will take place today at 3:30 p.m. in the Great Plains Art Museum, located at 1155 Q St., Hewit Place. The event is free and open to the public. juliapeterson@ dailynebraskan.com

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In a session at the Nebraska Union on Tuesday, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln announced it will be updating its conflict of interest policy. The first of two sessions was led by Deb Hamernik, the associate vice chancellor of Research, who helped co-author the updated policy along with Sara Conrad, the director of Research Compliance Services. The policy is being updated to be in compliance with the bylaws of the UNL Board of Regents policy that was updated in 2010 to accommodate the Department of Health and Human Services and the Public Health Service changes in regulations. “HHS is the first federal funding agency to develop regulations for conflicts of interest related to research,” Hamernik wrote in an email.

··Lower financial disclosure thresholds. ··Required conflict of interest training. ··New public accessibility requirements regarding investigators’ conflicts of interest. ··Increased transparency for travel reimbursement. “UNL receives a considerable amount of funding for research from HHS. Thus, UNL must comply with the HHS regulations.” In the presentation, Hamernik defined conflict of interest as a situation that may cause bias in a decision, and also that conflict of interest arises when a university employee has an opportunity to influence UNL’s business or research decisions for personal gain. The policy is being shown to faculty and administrators for input. Discussion with the UNL Deans Council is scheduled for March 20 and the incorporation for suggested

revision is set for April. According to Hamernik, the policy updates could affect certain research-driven colleges more so than others, and that the new policy would act as an umbrella, applying to graduate students and even undergraduates. The entire UNL conflict of interest and conflict of commitment policy and procedures is available online at the university’s research news website, www.research.unl. edu/research news. The second session will be held on Thursday at the East Campus Union.

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CBA’s ethics code deserves commendation

Morality isn’t always at the forefront of curricula. But the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Business Administration believes it’s an essential part of any study of business. CBA revealed its new ethics code Tuesday night in the Lied Center for Performing Arts. The unveiling, presented as a speech by convicted embezzler Diann Cattini, addressed the pain dishonesty can bring to both its practitioners and victims and established four pillars for the new ethics code to ground itself on: integrity, honesty, professionalism and respect and compassion. The specifics put forth in the new ethics code are expected standards of ethical behavior. Still, the Daily Nebraskan applauds CBA for its decision to take a firm and public stance on business ethics. It’s helpful in a university system where students often feel the pressure to succeed academically and financially above all else to receive such a firm reminder that our actions affect others. Cattini’s speech also proved an effective manner to communicate the importance of ethics to students. Finally, the DN applauds the fact the ethics code was a student-led project, giving it more weight among students in the college and university. Morality decrees mean much more coming from peers than the administration. The ethics code isn’t bold; it isn’t ground-breaking; it doesn’t even hold tangible significance for most students at the university. But for what it signifies — a student initiative asking others to think outside their own workloads — it’s as important a moment as any for UNL. The DN wishes CBA luck integrating its new ethics code into its curriculum and hopes to see similar initiatives in the future.

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he company “Lego” may have ninjas, wizards, Jedi and dinosaurs, but it’s still getting pummeled by the force of feminism. This year, Lego rolled out its “Friends” collection, a new line of Legos aimed at girls. The kits are cute, they’re pastel-colorful and they’re pissing a lot of people off. The injustice of this new line was debated even before the product arrived on shelves. The backlash has been extremely vocal (though I’m guessing hardly a blip on Lego’s financial radar) and it’s also unnecessary. It’s been a while since I shopped the kids section, but I don’t remember it being quite so gender-divided. I certainly didn’t feel any fear or discomfort in the Hot Wheels aisle. I never felt more inclined to talk about my feelings in the baby-doll section. Apparently, things are different now. How did we decide this, exactly? Was it like picking teams in gym? Barbie for the girls, Optimus Prime for the boys. Then to kitchen sets, mechanical stations and all the way down to ... what exactly? Does this gender line extend into baby toys? Where does Elmo fit? To address the other question staring everyone in the face: What about action figures? It’s time to come to grips with the fact that they’re dolls. That’s one hair that cannot be split. So, according to gender logic, G.I. Joe was actually intended for Jane all along. That’s right. Forget everything you thought you knew about toys.

Kaley cook Because, speaking as someone who was once a child and played with children’s toys, gender doesn’t have to be an issue with toys — unless you make it one. And it’s not about whether it’s right or wrong for a toy company to stereotype toys. It’s about the fact we think it matters. Did I miss the moment when a pastelpackaged toy had to be bought for a girl? Or, conversely, when was it decided that Army Men could only be played with by boys? Is there a secret Hasbro police of which I’m unaware? When a new line of Legos is released, the scrutiny should be on the performance of the product. Maybe it’s packaged to attract girls, but that doesn’t mean little Emily can’t buy the “Alien Conquest” kit instead. She can. She may one day even be considered cool for having done it. Because, at some point, that gender line disappears. No one has ever stopped me from buying “Call of Duty,” and I’m pretty sure I know which gender that game is geared toward. By causing a commotion about toy companies, those opposing gender stereotypes are only making the problem bigger and bringing it to a much younger

demographic. Instead of debating the values of the Lego brand, can’t we all just accept there’s another option out there for any kid to play with? Their imagination is supposed to be what’s important, not the gender of the kid for which the toy was intended. You can argue that, from an anthropological standpoint, evolution predisposes girls toward dolls and boys toward swords. Conversely, you can argue that gender roles are a social construct and kids are brainwashed into thinking they must play with specific toys. Fantastic. Great. Both excellent points. But should any of that matter to a 6-year-old? There’s a lot of research out there, some of it arguing for gender-specific toys and some against. Instead of debating the pros and cons, it’s time we took a step back and recognized that toys are just toys. Science has very little to do with it. I can’t speak for everyone, but I don’t think my childhood was altered by the fact that I had Fairy Barbie battle it out against Lego Millennium Falcon. Gender was never part of the equation. Toys should be based on interest, not any kind of stereotyping. It doesn’t matter what color the packaging is — a child should play with what they are interested in. That means a girl can play with monster trucks, but it also means she can play with Lego “Friends.” There’s nothing wrong with selecting either.

kaley cook is a sophomore international studies major. reach her at kaleycook@ dailynebraskan.com.

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he question “what’s your major?” is asked all too often. After the initial handshake and introduction, college students and recent high school graduates must almost always answer it. As a college student who has majored in general studies, biology, athletic training, nutrition exercise and health, English and finally journalism, I can tell you this question becomes exhausting. Before you enter college, you may feel pressured to have your future mapped out. This question, while a kind gesture, is altogether binding. It states, “Hey, kid, do you have your future planned?” This leads you to almost rip out your hair and scream, “I don’t know; I’m just a recent high school graduate. I barely made it through the first 18 years of my life.” While this question seems frustrating for those who’ve actually declared a major, it’s even more binding for undeclared majors. Going into college without a major is scary. You have no idea where you’re headed, and as much as that scares you, it’s only reinforced with questions such as, “What’s your major?” All you want to do is relax, enjoy your last summer at home and push everything out of the way. It’s your last chance to hang with friends and party like only a high school student does. This question and others like it act like anvils for those who feel

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stuck in a major they don’t like. You know these people. The ones who aren’t excited about their future, who go through college just getting by, who wind up with a job they feel obligated to do. Unhappy, angry and lost, they find the question almost hurtful. Through a fake smile they’ll tell you their major, but after a monotone answer, nothing follows, just deafening silence. These are the ones who don’t want to be where they are in school and life. These are the lost souls pressured to graduate by parents, rising tuition costs and debt. Finally, this question has become a burden on the free spirits of the world — those who have so many interests they can’t pinpoint which avenue they want to follow. They have no yellow brick road. They have only interests, and so many that unlike in high school, they find out they can’t do it all anymore. These types of students hate this question because it’s only a reminder of indecisiveness, a reminder of what they haven’t accomplished, and what seems out of reach. It’s OK, though. All we have to do

in any of these situations is take this question and harness its power. Let this question, no matter how it rubs you, push you to be something more. Those of you who fall into the first category need to remember you still have time to worry about your future. If you fall into the second category, heed this question. Get out of the spiral. If you don’t like what you’re doing, then don’t do it. No matter how hard it seems, there is a way out. You just have to find it. Find your happiness so when you’re asked, “What’s your major?” you can answer with enthusiasm, not hesitation. Lastly, if you fall into the third category, don’t lose sleep over a little question. Take this question and let it be a reminder you can’t do everything, but you still can do what you love the most. You just may need a little time to find that certain major or two that edge out the rest for your interest. Otherwise, keep enjoying life, and answer the question with a bounce in your step. Remember; don’t take offense to this question. Don’t let your insecurities be brought to the surface. Instead, realize you’re in college. This is the best time of your life, so enjoy it. Make memories that will last forever. When you do finally move on, make sure it’s with a major you’ll be proud of.

zach nold is a junior news-editorial and english major. follow him on twitter at @zachnold and reach him at zachnold@ dailynebraskan.com.


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the anti-social network Column by Chance Solem-pfeifer and tyler keown | art by bea huff The vast majority of us studying at UNL started using Facebook in high school. That means we made unavoidable mistakes in our status updates. We were too angsty, too petulant, too immature, too mean and too young to realize any of it. The following column isn’t meant to mock high schoolers any more than it’s meant to pick on people past their social networking prime. (I love it when you post on your own wall, Mom. Never stop. Not for anyone.) Chance Solem-Pfeifer The “dear anything, sincerely anyone” status Examples: ··“Dear UNL Police, why would you ticket my car? Try not to suck so much. Sincerely, Samantha.” ··“Dear Guy on the Phone, do you have to talk so loud inside? Sincerely, My Ears Hurt.” Reason: This one needs to be retired in the worst way. It’s not inherently bad, but it’s a status that’s founded on cleverness and originality and yet it’s used every ten seconds to denote dislike mockingly. Find a new way.

Chance Solem-Pfeifer The “play-by-play” status Examples: ··“Just finished up lunch. Headed to the gym.” ··“Goodnight, Facebook. See you tomorrow.” Reason: Who do you think is anxiously awaiting your return? It’s inevitable that certain Facebook friends will care more about what you post than others. But your mom is bored by these statuses and I’m told she loves you a lot.

Tyler Keown The “way too inside joke” status Example: ··“LOL, guess I’m not Dinosaur Jones anymore! Beth and Steffy, we’re so crazy!” Reason: Oh, the days when you were Dinosaur Jones. How wonderful they must have been. Please just text your friends.

But we’re past that now, yes? One hopes. Facebook was invented by college students for college students. It’s only fitting we know how to use it and not appear foolish. Here are 16 statuses (if Twitter is more your game, this list should still translate reasonably well) we think deserve to have been thrown out with last week’s garbage. Tyler Keown The “look at how bad I’m being” status Example: ··“I haven’t worked out in four days! Don’t tell anyone!” ··“One more spoonful of Haagen-Dazs can’t hurt, right?” Reason: Are you Cathy from the comic strip “Cathy”?

Chance Solem-Pfeifer The “touting your own masculinity” status Examples: ··“Don’t just bitch at me. Do something about it, bruh.” ··“About to pwn some haters.” Reason: What is this? Watts, Calif., circa 1995? Can I help you oil your biceps and chest? Does this make me a hater?

Tyler Keown The “friend purge” status Example: ··“I’m so sick of phonies and haters. Gonna delete a bunch of Facebook friends and if you’re still around, that means you’re a true friend.” Reason: Show, don’t tell. No one is going to go to your profile and repeatedly refresh the page to make sure they didn’t lose you to the hell of the limited profile.

Tyler Keown Chance Solem-Pfeifer The “intentionally vague” status Example: ··“Such a good night =)” Reason: I’m glad you had a nice time tonight, good enough to warrant typing four words and an emoticon. But let’s be real; this status means you lost your virginity. Shouldn’t only your partner know? Or two partners if you’re lucky.

Chance Solem-Pfeifer The “that awkward moment when” status Examples: ··“That awkward moment when you pass people walking too slow on the sidewalk.” ··“That awkward moment when you can’t remember someone’s name.” Reason: Your appeals to the universal experiences of all humankind are falling flat here. These are not keen observations on the human experience so much as the over-inflation of little annoyances which we all get over and then go on about our lives.

Tyler Keown The “thought vomit” status Example: ··“Has anyone ever thought about what it would be like if we could ride on the back of animals? I think it would be fun but hard to do because animals can’t speak English and some aren’t easily controlled, like tigers. Tigers are definitely the first animal I would want to ride though. Or maybe pandas, or porpoises. Oh, and what about giant eagles! That would be stellar! Thoughts?” Reason: You’re like James Joyce, maybe better.

Tyler Keown The “you got hacked!” status Example: ··“Alex’s Facebook has been hacked! That’s what he gets for forgetting to log out at the library!” Reason: That isn’t what “hacking” is. It’s not even close. You found an open Facebook account and wrote a status using it. You lose extra points if it’s about how nice you were to not post anything mean and you lose all the points if you post something homophobic.

Chance Solem-Pfeifer The “eminent alcohol consumption” status Examples: ··“Just got to finish up one test before a crazy weekend!” ··“So psyched for tonight’s shenanigans!” Reason: The vigor with which college students consume alcohol is rivaled only by how much they enjoy talking about it as though drinking is some transgression worthy of a “handin-the-cookie-jar” smirk. Partying is such a given for a college student that it’s no more noteworthy or interesting to emphasize than, “Hey, I’ll probably just stay in tonight.”

The “no effort” status Example: ··“u n i go fishin in the dark BEST SONG EVR the lyrix relly tell the story of wat my life is lyk and tthats y i like that song” Reason: What even is this? It’s like you took a bunch of alphabet magnets off your fridge, chewed on them for a bit then sneezed on to a computer screen.

Chance Solem-Pfeifer The “good night, with good friends” status Example: ··“Tonight was bonkers! Am I right, Jenny, James and Darrell? Let’s do it again soon! Woot! Reason: Is my name listed up there? No? Did you say “goodnight” to your friends in person? You did? Then I think we can probably pass on this one.

Chance Solem-Pfeifer The “unfiltered current events exclamation” status Example: ··“Joe Paterno fuckin’ died!” ··“MADONNA!!!” ··“Holy shit, Whitney Houston died!” Reason: Take a moment. Gather your thoughts. A Facebook status should not be the online equivalent of you yelling out your window, a la Scrooge on Christmas morning. Assuming you’re not trying to break a news story to your friends (a silly pursuit because no one will remember in 20 minutes), just think it over even for a little bit.

Chance Solem-Pfeifer The “what’s going on tonight?” status Examples: ··“In Lincoln tonight. Who wants to hang out?” ··“Just sitting at home. Hit me up!” ··“I really want to see a movie tonight. Who wants to go?” Reason: This can easily be remedied by just calling, texting or messaging the people you’re really talking to. Throwing the invite out to all your friends come off as desperate. And you definitely wouldn’t want to be rewarded with an “I’m on my way over” from some weirdo you haven’t seen in two years.

Chance Solem-Pfeifer The “you know who I’m talking about” status Examples: ··“I wish someone would call already.” ··“Why do guys always rip your heart out with pincers and stuff when you only want to love them?” Reason: This makes EVERYONE uncomfortable. Casual friends will wonder what the hell is going on with you, but probably not ask. Close friends will chide you for not handling your problems like an adult with all your adult faculties. The person you’re singling out will definitely not call or stop tearing your heart out just because you ran them through the gauntlet of public embarrassment.


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UCARE program immerses students in research Cara Wilwerding daily nebraskan

Armed with an idea and a couple thousand dollars, undergraduates at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln can participate in research projects through a special program. The US News and World Report lists this program as one of the 28 best in undergraduate research and creative projects. The Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences (UCARE) program “creates intellectual partnerships between UNL faculty and undergraduates by providing funds for research,” according to the UCARE website. Under UCARE, students are given the chance to work on a research project for two years. During the first year, the student simply works as an assistant for a faculty member’s ongoing research project. During the second year, the student proposes his or her own idea and works on a more independent project. According to the UCARE website, funding from the Pepsi Endowment allows students to be compensated up to $2,000 their first year and $2,400 their second year. Laura Damuth, director of undergraduate research, believes UCARE fulfills several important functions on campus. First, it helps undergraduates immerse

themselves in their academic discipline. They have a chance to explore outside of the classroom and learn “what it is like to be a biochemist; a historian.” Damuth also thinks applying research and understanding how research works is helpful for students in their coursework. However, students are not the only ones benefiting from this program, she claimed. “I think it also helps faculty stay connected with undergrads; bring them into research as junior colleagues,” Damuth said. “Many faculty have spoken to me about how important that is.” Allison Holdsworth, a senior fine arts major with an emphasis in painting, focused on a non-traditional type of research with her UCARE grant. She created a series of paintings that deal with American consumerism, a quality she said is very visible internationally. Holdsworth realized that consumerism was an issue through an introductory philosophy class, an idea that was reinforced during a visual arts trip to London and Paris. “While we were learning about our moral responsibilities, I began to realize how materialistic we are as Americans,” Holdsworth said. “Our priority is to have the newest iPad or iPhone instead of helping people overseas.” Working with professor

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Senior fine arts major Allison Holdsworth debuts her UCARE project, titled “Voids.” Holdsworth focused her series of paintings on the theme of American consumerism, specifically the containers Americans use to hold their numerous valuables. of painting Sandra Williams, Holdsworth said she focused on highly saturated colors, common in today’s pop culture. She did oil paintings, graphite and colored pencil drawings, all on canvas. But instead of depicting objects that Americans are fond of, Holdsworth showed the containers used to store these items. She painted storage facilities, plastic tubs, bins and U-Haul trucks. “All these things are just highlighting the fact that we’ve had to invent new ways to store all our stuff,”

Holdsworth said. Holdsworth said she thinks her project will have a large impact within the university and beyond. She claimed art and music offer an escape for people dealing with heavy emotions. However, rather than being an escape, Holdsworth said the project urges viewers to consider the impact they are making. “It’s a little self-reflection and questioning American society,” Holdsworth said. “How do I contribute to that cycle of materialism? Why

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have we come about to accept all our greediness as a society?” Another student, senior film and media major Katie Williams, also created an unconventional project with UCARE funds. Williams was interested in looking at different ways to create experimental films. After hours of independent research, she has begun creating an animated experimental film. “It’s really time-consuming,” Williams said. “It’s an intricate and meticulous process. It’s a lot of time and it’s really intense, but a really good experience.” By marrying different aspects of art, Williams said she is trying to create an entirely original film. She is combining music, poetry and artwork, with the aim that together they will eventually move and breathe on screen. It’s not necessarily a story from beginning to end, Williams said, but more a collage of these three elements. After completion, Williams plans to submit her film for distinction and submit it to animated film festivals. Experimental films are not often seen on the big screen, but Williams hopes to enlighten her audience. “I think the whole reason to try to do this was to make an experimental film more accessible to a broader audience,” Williams said. Williams has been working

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on this project with film and new media production professors Sharon Teo-Gooding and Steve Kolbe. She said UCARE has given her the chance to grow close to these professors and learn more about her major. “The purpose, I suppose, would be to encourage students to work closely with faculty members,” she said. “It helps advance certain aspects that (students) are interested in, related to their fields or study.” Holdsworth agrees that time spent with a faculty adviser is irreplaceable. She also said her adviser made her aware of many more student opportunities that Holdsworth never knew existed. “Make sure that you find a faculty member that can dedicate a lot of personal time to you,” Holdsworth said. “That’s just going to help you grow and learn so much faster. Your work is developing pretty rapidly so you need feedback constantly.” Students in their second year of research are required to attend the Undergraduate Research Conference on April 5. Students in their first year are also encouraged to attend. Other UCARE projects in the realm of film and art also include “Comprehensive Practical Experience of Film and Theatre Design” by Sirui Wang, “The Light in My Eye” by Abigail Rice and “Electro-Mechanical Entertainment Machine” by Jesse Kudron, and many others. Damuth urges students to begin looking for a faculty adviser early. She said approximately 85 percent of the students who apply for UCARE receive funding, making the application process extremely important. While creating a UCARE project is time consuming and requires hard work and dedication, Damuth said it’s worthwhile for students in every major. “It’s a wonderful program,” Damuth said. “I really believe it’s a great opportunity for students to learn in a much deeper way what their education is about, the language of their discipline and also to connect with faculty. I think it’s a winwin.” carawilwerding@ dailynebraskan.com


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UNMC prof finds joy in board games Shelby Fleig DAily Nebraskan

If you caught Saturday Night Live’s weekend update on Feb. 4, you heard Seth Meyers say, “A man in Omaha, Neb., has amassed a collection of over 1,500 board games. The only one he hasn’t mastered — the game of life.” But there is more to this Nebraskan’s life than a board game collection. Kaleb Michaud, an assistant professor of practice at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, thinks of the 1504 board games in his recently renovated basement as a social tool. The collection used to be organized, but is now casually stacked according to box size. For the 37-year-old, board games provide a genuine challenge and good conversation. “Nothing can truly replace the feeling of sitting down and playing a board game,” Michaud said. Michaud’s interest in board games developed after a friend introduced him to Settlers of Catan. At that time, Michaud was working toward his Ph.D. at Stanford University and mostly played card games like spades and poker. Michaud said he started buying European strategy games while in California and the collection grew “as much as it could as a poor, starving grad student.” After moving to Nebraska to accept a job at UNMC Michaud finally had the money and space for his collection. Games used to come as gifts, but that stopped, as friends (wrongly) assumed Michaud owned every game. Now he buys the games himself. His favorite is Agricola, a game in which players compete for limited resources for their families and farms. Michaud sees Agricola as a metaphor for life. He said people can choose to focus on family, materialistic things, animals or anything else, but it’s hard to have it all. About once each month, it’s game night. Up to 20 friends pile into Michaud’s home to learn and play a game they most likely have never heard of.

CJ Percosky, a close friend of Michaud’s for three years, said he appreciates the fact that Michaud is both a friend and teacher. “I credit him with a whole new level of learning and growth that I never would have thought existed,” Percosky said. Playing strategy games against a Stanford doctoral graduate may seem daunting, but Michaud said winning is not important. “I try to compete to win, but it’s really about playing,” he said. “Honestly, sometimes it’s better when other people win, especially if it’s their first time, because they will want to play again.” Michaud likes sharing his games so much he hopes to create a lending library in the future. “I could see it appealing to kids during the day, or retired people, or people on their lunch breaks,” he said. “Clearly this wouldn’t be a quiet library.” Michaud is currently looking into details such as location and interest, but he believes there should be a place for everybody to see, find, learn about and play board games in a comfortable setting. “I think it’s hard to learn how to play a game from reading the rules,” Michaud said. He believes people should share in the learning experience by playing together. Since the first story about Michaud ran in the Omaha World-Herald last week, many people have contacted Michaud showing interest in the idea of a game library, but Michaud isn’t quitting his day job anytime soon. Working at least 60 hours each week, Michaud teaches courses at UNMC. He is also the co-director at National Data Bank for Rheumatic Diseases, a non-profit rheumatoid arthritis research databank based in Wichita, Kan., close to where Michaud grew up. Michaud is studying the effects on people who actually have rheumatoid arthritis, rather than just trials, where every variable is controlled. “It’s much more complicated than the clinical trial world,” he

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said. As if working for UNMC and NDB wasn’t enough, Michaud is a volunteer on the board of directors for Project Interfaith, a non-profit company based in Omaha, that aims to promote understanding of all faiths, beliefs and cultures. But the recent publicity has brought Michaud’s quirky collection into the spotlight. The World-Herald article is the first time many of Michaud’s coworkers found out about his game collection. “There were a lot of smiles,” he said. “Some people think it’s cool. But I think everyone agrees that everyone is allowed to have a hobby ... What drives me is the feeling that we only have so many years on this planet and I want to make the world a better place.” It’s this mission that drives Michaud in everything he does. For Michaud, helping patients with his research is a rewarding part of each day. But just providing reasons to smile and learn, he said, is what he loves to do. Annually this love takes the form of a murder mystery party hosted by Michaud, for which he also prepares a detailed script. These parties force the attendants to be social with one another to figure out the story. One recent party was based on the novel “King Solomon’s

Mines” and held in the jungle of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo. Michaud said writing the stories for the parties is a creative outlet completely independent of his game collection. But like the collection, it gives Michaud the opportunity to be with people and learn new things. “My schedule is full compared to most people, but that’s because I enjoy doing so much,” Michaud said. Percosky agrees that Michaud’s jam-packed social agenda has been to the benefit of his friends. “Kaleb has challenged me in areas in my life that I thought had developed as far as they will go and introduced me to a whole new world of board games, social events and movies,” Percosky said. “It is rare to have someone I can talk to about pretty much anything, from what I might be going through right now or even unique, difficult times in my medical past.” As for the SNL Weekend Update nod, Michaud admitted he laughed. “(Meyers) obviously doesn’t know me,” he said. “It’s not insulting at all.” In fact, Michaud is a fan of SNL. He doesn’t watch it regularly anymore, but said he did hire Adam Sandler to perform at a party once while in college. shelbyfleig@ dailynebraskan.com

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“But they all kinda cheered for my sister being the younger one and the underdog, but it was fun to have all the family there.” NU won both contests, but that’s not what the elder Hagemann will take away from that weekend. “(It) was really fun and a memory I’ll never forget,” she said. Don’t conclude from the friendly matchup that Ashley and Megan always show sisterly love. Ashley was a senior in high school when Megan was a freshman. They both played on the varsity team that year. “There were a few games where she caught me, she was actually catcher,” Ashley said. “It was a really cool experience then, I don’t think we were too thrilled about it then because we kinda butted heads in high school. But it was a really cool experience now looking back at it.” There were petty arguments “here and there” between the two. Nothing big. And when it came to driving, Megan knew who was older. “She knew the rules that when she was in my car, we’re gonna listen to music that I like,” Ashley said. But the radio in the 1998 charcoal gray Ford Explorer was never much of an issue for the four-minute drive to school in the mornings. Although tension could be tight at Elkhorn, flash forward four years and there is nothing but love and respect between the Hagemann sisters now. “We talk every day — we text every day and call every day,” the younger sister said. “We just really keep in touch cause we’re there for each other — we need each other. She’s my support system, my hero.” Ashley agrees, saying they are “extremely close” and are

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“We’re preparing people to dig a little deeper,” said Petra Wahlqvist, associate director of the Interdisciplinary Arts Symposium. “And learn a little bit more about our country and the city we live in.” IAS will be digging into the topic of immigration in the next lecture of the 201112 series, as well as bringing that issue to the Lied Center for the Performing Arts stage with a Broadway musical. On Feb. 16 at 5:30 p.m., Caroline Brettell, professor of anthropology at Southern Methodist University, will speak at the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center about immigration as part of the IAS lecture series. Brettell’s lecture is titled “Immigration in Cities: New and Old Destinations.” Wahlqvist noted that Brettell is an expert of immigration in cities and has researched international immigration in France, Portugal and the United States. She has authored, co-authored, edited and co-edited a myriad of books on the topic as well. In addition to her literary achievements, she is wellknown in the anthropology field because of her research on immigration. She is currently working on the issue of immigration in the DallasFort Worth area. The intent of the lecture is to help achieve a better understanding of immigration in the community, according to Wahlqvist. In Brettell’s lecture on Thursday, she will present research she has done in Lincoln and across Nebraska, along with other findings about immigration, according to University of Nebraska-Lincoln Professor Rhonda Garelick. “Nebraska has a rich history of immigration,” Garelick said, “going back to the

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Caroline Brettell is a renowned professor of anthropology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas Czech and German settlers who came here so long ago, up to current times, when Lincoln continues to welcome people from all over the world.” According to Yelena Mitrofanova, UNL Extension Educator for Lancaster County, in a an article in the October 2004 edition of The Nebline: “Nebraska has become fifth in refugee resettlement per capita when compared with states of similar population, and half of the state’s refugees for the last 18 years resided in Lincoln.” Garelick and Wahlqvist said they hope Brettell’s lecture will bring more cultural awareness in the Lincoln community. In addition to the lecture, there will also be a musical that will be performed in March at the Lied Center, also addressing the issue of immigration. “It’s a contemporary musical, and it’s a complement to the lecture to learn more,” Wahlqvist said. “They’re separate, but they provide different ways to learn about immigration.” “In the Heights” is a Broadway musical that depicts the cultural diversity in a community within New York City. The main characters face different aspects

if you go IAS Dr. Caroline Brettell Lecture when: Thursday, Feb. 16 at 5:30 p.m. where: Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center Room 202 how much: Free of immigration. Wahlqvist stated the musical explores many aspects of immigration. “One of the main themes of the musical is finding your own way by either accepting or breaking traditions,” Wahlqvist said. “We’re looking through this at different perspectives, by having people attend the lecture and see the performance.” During the musical, Garelick said she hopes the public attending will think about “the historical and political factors surrounding immigration and the cultural fusion that comes with it.” “I hope that they (the audience) have an increased knowledge of immigration and how it is treated with a musical about the topic in a different perspective,” Wahlqvist said.

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each other’s biggest fans. Try letting the Hagemanns’ fan section/family know the biggest fan position for the girls is already taken. Ashley’s senior season at Nebraska began this past weekend. The starting pitcher worked in five games, recording a 1-2 record with 21 strikeouts. The Hagemann and the Huskers will be back on the diamond this weekend in New Mexico and will play their first home game on March 13.

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won’t help their RPI much, but a 21-win team from the Big Ten would have a hard time being excluded from the field. A loss or, even worse, two would give NU up to six losses in its last 10 games, with up to three coming against teams with sub-100 RPIs. With two wins unlikely in their final two games, the Huskers would be reliant on a run in the Big Ten tourney, where they could be as low as the No. 7 seed (currently No. 4) if things play out badly. To get those wins, though, NU is going to have to start shooting a lot better than it has of late. The two worst offensive performances of NU’s season have come in the past two games, where they racked up major deficits (24 vs. Michigan, 16 at Minnesota) because they “couldn’t buy a basket” as coach Connie Yori said after the Minnesota game. In its past two games, NU is three of 35 on 3-point attempts in the first half. The Huskers have made just 13 of 23 field goal attempts, shot 32 percent overall, and Moore and Jordan Hooper have combined for about two-thirds of the team’s scoring, as the other eight players on the team have combined for 41 points over two games on 28 percent shooting. Yikes. There’s a reason the team hasn’t hit 70 points in a month (the 93-89 Purdue win went into overtime tied at 59): simply put, if Hooper and Moore don’t combine for at least 45, the team doesn’t get to 70. This situation is very similar to last season’s scoring issues and must be fixed by tournament time. If, for example, Emily Cady and Tear’a Laudermill put up another two for 16 combined performance as they did against Michigan, Moore and Hooper will continue to have to outscore the other team by themselves. There just aren’t that many other good offensive options outside of Moore and Hooper right now. Cady was supposed

Sean Whalen It doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to deduce the women’s basketball team must win its next two games. NU lost its second game in a row Monday night at Minnesota, which, apart from making the Huskers an extreme long-shot to win the regular season Big Ten title, puts NU much closer to the dreaded bubble. Let’s make one thing clear: If the tournament field were announced today, NU would be a lock. Charlie Creme’s ESPN bracketology has the Huskers as a No. 6 seed, and the difference between them and the first team out — Dayton — is massive. But guard Lindsey Moore and company have four more games left in the regular season and the last two — at bubble team Michigan State and home vs. Ohio State — will be tough. That’s what makes the next two games so important. Northwestern (Thursday) and Wisconsin (Sunday) come to Lincoln over the next few days and NU must beat both to be sure of its tournament bid. So far, NU doesn’t have much in terms of bad losses. The first four teams that beat NU (Georgia Tech, Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan) will all be a part of the NCAA field. Minnesota is NU’s only bad loss, but the Gophers have knocked off some top-level teams at home, including OSU. A loss to Northwestern or Wisconsin at home, however, would be catastrophic. NU’s RPI had already fallen 10 spots in the last week (22 to 32) before the Huskers lost to RPI No. 132 Minnesota. It will really slide if they lose at home to the No. 107 Wildcats or No. 133 Badgers. If the Huskers win, it

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Nebraska guard Lindsey Moore is averaging 16.5 points this season for the 19-5 Huskers. to be the third option, but she struggled over the last two games (11 points, three for 15 shooting in 69 minutes) and without her support the whole offense fell apart. Kaitlyn Burke had six points in 54 minutes, Hailie Sample scored 10 in 37 minutes of action and the entire bench put up 14 in 93 minutes. The rest of the offense came from Hooper and Moore. Luckily, the defense is pretty good, and NU continues to put up more assists and fewer turnovers than its opponents. Rebounding was a problem against Minnesota, but NU tends to be a strong rebounding team

Big ten homeroom men’s basketball 1. Michigan State (20-5 overall, 9-3 Big Ten) Tom Izzo’s Spartans are on a roll. A 10-point win at Ohio State in which the Spartans forced 10 turnovers from Jared Sullinger leaves them tied atop the Big Ten standings. No opponent has scored more than 60 points against the Spartans in a month. If Michigan State can keep playing at this level, the No. 7 Spartans could be poised for a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. 2. Ohio State (22-4, 10-3) While the Buckeyes’ loss to Michigan State may have dropped them from a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, OSU still has tremendous upside. Ohio State is ranked 21st nationally in field goal percentage, led by arguably the best player in college basketball — Jared Sullinger. Though Sullinger just registered his first double-digit turnover game against Michigan State, he has proven week after week that he defines Ohio State basketball. His success or failure on the court will ultimately decide the success or failure of the entire team.

son. At this point in the season, the Badgers have become the most predictable team in the Big Ten. They won when they were favored, and they lost when they were underdogs, aside from one slip-up to Iowa. Still, the Badgers possess the tools to make a run if they can catch fire at the right time. Jordan Taylor and his 14.5 points per game will have to be a big part of that. 5. Indiana (19-6, 7-6) It’s home sweet home for the Hoosiers. This season’s only loss at home came to Minnesota by three points. However, when the Hoosiers hit the road, it’s disastrous. Indiana has only won two road conference games this season, at Penn State and at Purdue. While home wins against Ohio State and Michigan are impressive, the Hoosiers need to learn how to get it done on the road.

away from being losers of six straight. Though the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t completely extinguished for Minnesota, it’s growing dimmer and dimmer every day. Minnesota still has to go through Michigan State, Indiana and Wisconsin in three of the next four games. 9. Illinois (16-9, 5-7) Though the Illini took down Michigan State in a 42-41 defensive struggle, they’ve lost six of their last seven games. Things are looking bleak in Champaign. 10. Iowa (13-12, 5-7) The Hawkeyes are on the verge of climbing up this list with a favorable closing schedule. Their two toughest games are at home against Wisconsin (who they beat on Dec. 31) and Indiana (who has won only two road conference games).

11. Penn State (11-15, 3-10) 6. Purdue (16-9, 6-6) The Boilermakers haven’t The bit of optimism the beaten a ranked team this Nittany Lions have is that they know they aren’t the season. Robbie Hummel and the Boilermakers worst team in the Big Ten. appear to be stuck in the A battle for the bottom on Feb. 11 saw Penn State middle class of the Big prevail 67-51 against NeTen. They need to make braska to give the Nittany something happen in the next few weeks to bolster Lions a partner with which to share last place. 3. Michigan (19-7, 9-4) their NCAA Tournament The Wolverines are a step resume. 12. Nebraska (11-13, away from being elite. 3-10) 7. Northwestern Tim Hardaway Jr. — the The Huskers are currently (15-9, 5-7) team’s leading scorer — riding out the longest The Wildcats are right on caused some concern active losing streak in the bubble. Tournament for the Wolverines when the Big Ten, having lost experts are saying Northhe shot 0 for 7 from the four straight games and western could be one of field in the first half of 10 of their last 13. While the first teams left out of Michigan’s win against Nebraska only has one the big dance. Big games Nebraska. The Wolverines ranked team left to play at home against Michigan are going to need Hard(Michigan State on Feb. and Ohio State and a road away and freshman Trey 25), an injury to starting game at Indiana should Burke to be playing at full center Jorge Brian Diaz allow the Wildcats a strength if they want a makes it hard to imagine chance to make up some shot at the Big Ten title. the Huskers will get back ground. on their feet any time 4. Wisconsin (19-6, 8. Minnesota (17-9, soon. 8-4) 5-8) Wisconsin has yet to do — Compiled By The Golden Gophers are anything great this seaChris Peters just two overtime games

and there’s no reason to doubt a return to form. It should also be noted that NU made huge second-half runs against both teams and is incredibly dangerous when Hooper catches fire. If NU’s other players can help the dynamic duo on offense, the Bob Devaney Sports Center should smell of defeated Wildcat and Badger this weekend. That smell would be all the sweeter considering it brings a near-guaranteed ticket to the Big Dance.

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Nebraska began to show some signs of improvement in the final round of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on Tuesday following its break during the winter season. After struggling in the second round on Monday, the Huskers came back to drop a couple shots off of their team score from the second round. The Huskers finished with a total team score of 935. This included scores of 309 on Sunday, 314 on Monday, and 312 for the final round on Tuesday. The score was good enough to secure the 14th spot for the Huskers in the tournament out of the 15team field. After remaining close to each other throughout all three rounds, LSU edged rival Georgia by two points for the overall team title with a score of 884. Despite the Bulldogs earning the top two individual spots, the Tigers’ depth came through in the final round. Individually for the Huskers, senior Madeleine Sheils came back after faltering a bit during the second round to earn the eighth spot out of the 84 individual competitors. Sheils shot a 72 even-par on Tuesday to give her a total of 220 for all three rounds, and only seven shots behind the leader. Georgia’s Marta Silva Zamora took home the individual title by shooting a 73 in the final round, giving her a final score of 213. Teammate Emilie Burger was not far behind with a score of 215 and remained tied with Laura Gonzalez-Escallon of Purdue following completion of the third round. There was some consistency in the middle of the

Husker’s lineup, with Steffi Neisen, Kayla Knopik and Shelby Martinek all shooting eight-over-par 80s in the final round. Neisen lead the group with a final score of 235 to put her in a tie for 48th place. Knopik and Mart i n e k w e r e not far behind with total scores of 239 and 242, respectively. sheils F i n ishing out the rest of the Husker’s lineup was sophomore Katelyn Wright and Katie Keiser. Wright fell just out of scoring position for Nebraska with a final round score of 84. Keiser competed individually for the Huskers and finished in 82nd place overall. The invite in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, kicked off the start of the spring season for the Huskers, who have been out of competition since the end of October. While Nebraska finished behind Big Ten rivals Northwestern, Purdue and Michigan, the Huskers were able to edge past Penn State by nine points. With a chance to preview some of their Big Ten competition after their time off, the Huskers had a chance to gage their position compared to the other Big Ten teams. While Nebraska still has more than two months before the Big Ten Championships in Indiana, they are getting right back into competition mode. Next up for the Huskers is the Westbrook Spring Invitational in Peoria, Ariz., Feb. 26-27. sports@ dailynebraskan.com

Big ten homeroom women’s basketball 1. Ohio State (22-3 overall, 9-3 Big Ten) The Buckeyes are clearly the best team in the Big Ten right now. With four wins against Top 25 competition and an impressive 9-3 record in league play, they are making a strong case to be considered among the top few in the nation. A big 80-71 win against No. 19 Purdue on Sunday cemented their spot at the top of the league. 2. Penn State (20-5, 10-3) Penn State enters the week playing very well, but the team is relatively untested as it has only squared off against three Top 25 teams in the season (the last being a 93-73 win at Nebraska). That will quickly change as the Nittany Lions are set to face No. 17 Purdue and No. 9 Ohio State this week. 3. Purdue (19-6, 9-3) It would be easy to say that Purdue is struggling right now. The Boilermakers have lost three of their last four games and are quickly dropping in the national rankings, but their losses don’t seem quite as bad when you realize that two of them were on the road (Ohio State and Iowa) and the other was a tripleovertime thriller that ended in a loss to Nebraska 9389. Purdue is still in a good position to contend for the Big Ten crown, but those three losses have given up the strong hold that it previously had on the lead in the conference. 4. Nebraska (19-5, 8-4) Coach Connie Yori’s team has lost two straight games, but looks to rebound against some lesser competition in their next couple games. The Huskers get Northwestern and Wisconsin at home this week and shouldn’t have

much trouble with those teams. The toughest game left on the regular season slated for this team is its final game against Ohio State on Feb. 26.

Iowa only four days before. The Gophers will assume the role of spoiler for the remainder of the season as games with Penn State and Ohio State remaining.

5. Michigan (18-7, 7-5) The Wolverines only played once last week and were able to pick up an important 63-52 road win against the Huskers. The win bolstered Michigan’s chances of reaching the NCAA Tournament come March. RealtimeRPI.com has them up to 30th in its simulated RPI computation.

9. Illinois (10-16, 4-9) Illinois went 2-0 this week for the first time since the first week in December. They were able to pull the 66-65 upset against No. 9 Ohio State on Thursday for their first victory over a Top 25 team. The Illini won the game on a layup with two seconds remaining on the clock.

6. Iowa (16-10, 8-5) This is a bubble team if there’s ever been one. The Hawkeyes come into the week on a five-game win streak, own a signature victory over Purdue and have only one or two glaring losses, but they are still sitting on the edge of the proverbial “cutting board” as the season winds down. Two remaining games, one against a good Michigan team will prove to be the difference in whether this team is in or out.

10. Wisconsin (8-16, 4-8) Wisconsin plays Michigan State and Nebraska this week. The Badgers will be looking to break a threegame losing streak that has plagued them over the last week and a half. A few wins would be enough to give this team a respectable finish in league play.

7. Michigan State (15-10, 7-5) The Spartans got flat hammered in their game with Iowa on Sunday. They allowed the Hawkeyes to simply go off in the second half of that game. Tied at the break, Iowa outscored Michigan State 44-27 in the second half and finished the game with five players scoring double digit points. If Michigan State wants to finish its season strong, it will need to avoid second half collapses like that. 8. Minnesota (13-14, 5-8) The Gophers’ 64-58 victory against Nebraska on Monday was the biggest upset of the week for a Big Ten team. Minnesota’s performance came out of nowhere as it had just come off a 17-point loss to

11. Northwestern (13-12, 3-9) The Wildcats may have a semi-respectable record, but their schedule may have something to do with that. Two of their three conference wins have come against Big Ten cellar-dweller Indiana and the other against a lessthan-stellar Illinois squad. It’s hard to take a team seriously when the average score of its conference games is 71.4-62.1 in favor of the opponent. 12. Indiana (5-20, 0-12) The first conference win of the season narrowly eluded the Hoosiers Sunday in their 61-60 loss to Illinois. Lydia McCully made a jumper for Illinois with a single second remaining on the clock to knock off Indiana. The only realistic chance left for a Hoosier win is Feb. 23 against Wisconsin. — Compiled By Lanny Holstein


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softball

Senior happy to have family support Sara Hinds daily Nebraskan

field general

Nebraska junior Kash Kalkowski passed on the chance to play professional baseball after being selected in the 50th round by the Kansas City Royals of last year’s MLB Draft to return to the Huskers for another season.

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ere comes the money! Here comes the money.” Those are the words that begin the Shane McMahon song “Here Comes the Money,” and they’re also the words the Hawks Field PA system blared as Kash Kalkowski strode to the plate each time last season. Sure, the lyrics are a playful tribute to Kalkowski’s rare first name, but the junior had a chance to say those words this past summer. For the second time in his career, Kalkowski was selected in the Major League Baseball draft, this time by the Kansas City Royals in the 50th round. He turned it down. He’s got too much work left to do. “There (are) your pros and cons to it,” Kalkowski, who was also selected in the 49th round of the draft by Tampa Bay out of high school, said of going pro.

“I think I needed another year of hitting because it was my first year of hitting in college. Other than that, I’m having a blast right now.” The 50th round is far from the pinnacle, and Kalkowski is no doubt looking to improve his draft stock while becoming a force in the Huskers’ lineup. Judging by the numbers he put up last season after not hitting for two years, there’s a good chance he can accomplish both goals. A two-way player at Grand Island High, Kalkowski started his NU career in the bullpen. That didn’t go so well. He posted a 7.08 ERA in 19 appearances as a true freshman in 2009, then missed the entire 2010 season after undergoing shoulder surgery. It was then that the coaching staff decided to see what Kalkowski had at the plate.

Kash Kalkowski, Now playing first base, hopes second year as a hitter is even better than the first

story by dan hoppen | file photo by kaylee everly

“He was probably recruited here thinking, ‘If it doesn’t work out on the mound, we’ll give him a shot to hit,’” hitting coach Will Bolt said. “When you recruit enough of those guys, you’re going to hit on some of them.” Success came, but the switch wasn’t painless. It had been more than two years since Kalkowski had seriously worked on his hitting, and some rust had understandably built up. He took a month at the beginning of last season when he didn’t even swing with the team. He would go into the hitting cages with then-hitting coach (now head coach) Darin Erstad and worked on his approach. “Breaking balls killed me every time,” Kalkowski said. “It was a gradual progression. The key to everything is seeing more pitches. (Third baseman) Cody Asche helped me out last year. I just tried

He’s probably our most consistent hitter day in and day out in terms of being able to repeat his swing,” Will Bolt

nebraska hitting coach

to take what he knows and do it.” The switch paid off. Kalkowski spent much of the season as the Huskers’ No. 4 or No. 5 hitter and posted a .299 average. He hit five home runs and had 42 RBI, both second on the team behind Asche. But Asche, an All-Big 12 athlete, is gone now, whisked off by the Philadelphia Phillies in the draft’s fourth round. That leaves a major void in the NU offense, a gap the

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Uncle Jim was there. So was Aunt Judy. Cousin Dennis with his wife Jill and their kids were in attendance. Aunt Ruth was there, too. And so was Uncle Father John. It was Friday, Sept. 30. It was Nebraska vs. Wayne State. It was Ashley Hagemann vs. Megan Hagemann. It was big sister vs. little sister. The softball game last fall was a big draw for the Hagemann family. With Al and Sandy’s two daughters playing against one another, it was a family affair, especially with Al being the youngest of nine children. Sandy is the middle of three children. Aunts and uncles galore. Ashley is a senior pitcher on the Nebraska softball team. She graduated from Elkhorn High School with four state championships and an opportunity to play college softball. Ever since Ashley was little, it was softball. “I played all of the other sports, but softball’s always my favorite,” she said. “When I got in high school, it became a reality when I knew I could play in college.” But it hasn’t always been Nebraska. “I don’t tell many people this, but I really wanted to go to Texas and be a Longhorn,” Ashley said. She took a look at both Texas and Nebraska and decided on the latter. Ashley noted the more family-like atmosphere of Nebraska was a major difference between Texas and NU: a benefit for family-oriented Ashley. “A big plus was that my family was a lot closer,” she said. Distance might not have mattered in the Hagemann/ Hagemann matchup last fall. The Hagemann sisters had a fan section, matching outfits included. “They did get shirts made where it’s like half Nebraska and half Wayne,” Ashley said.

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swimming and diving

Big Ten foes present tough competition for NU Huskers hope to turn some heads at conference tournament in Iowa City Angela Hensel daily Nebraskan

A swimming race doesn’t last very long. Every second counts from the moment a swimmer’s feet leave the block until his or her hand touches the wall. The hard work from the countless practices throughout the year ends with just a couple of races at the end of the season. For the Nebraska women’s swimming and diving team, it all comes down to some of the final races of the year as it competes in the Big Ten Championships, Feb. 15-18 in Iowa City, Iowa. The swimmers know just how short these races last and how one little thing can make all the difference. At

practice Monday afternoon, the Husker swimmers worked on one important component of a race — their starts — making sure they were as fast as they could possibly be. The Huskers are looking to go into the Big Ten Championships with their technique at its sharpest. For NU sophomore swimmer Bailey Pons, this is especially critical for her. “One of my struggles this season has been keeping up technique at high intensity during races. I just want to get to the wall first,” Pons said. Although the technique practice is especially critical as the season winds down, the Huskers have been working on it all throughout the season. With Nebraska having fewer meets on the schedule than the last couple of years, this has given them the opportunity to work on these techniques. While this could work to the Huskers’ advantage, there’s always an aspect of unpredictability in swimming. “It’s a struggle with this

sport,” Pons said. “You put in all the hard work, but might not get the result that you want.” Nebraska coach Pablo Morales has confidence that his swimmers are right where they need to be, though. “We have seen that steady improvement that we have been looking for during this last week of practices,” Morales said. These improvements will be crucial to the Huskers, as this will be the first time Nebraska will get the chance to race against many of the Big Ten teams. The Big Ten is one of the top conferences in the country for women’s swimming, with half of its teams currently ranked in the top 25. “There is lots of good competition (in the Big Ten),” Pons said. “We are looking forward to this caliber of teams.” Nebraska finished its only dual meet against a Big Ten school with a 152-148 loss to Illinois. In November, the Huskers finished fourth in the

TYR Invitational behind three Big Ten schools. “We want to come in here and represent the University of Nebraska in the highest way possible,” Morales said. In addition to getting a fresh start in a new conference, the Huskers will also get a chance to race in Iowa’s new aquatic center. The complex was finished in 2010, and with state-of-theart facilities, it could help the Huskers reproduce some of their fastest times of the year. Many members of the Huskers swim team have been spending countless hours in the pool ever since they began swimming. After all those years of dedication, it can be difficult to keep continuing to find room for improvement. “During my race it seems like a daunting task, but I just keep telling myself to keep pushing through my race,” Pons said. Despite this difficulty, the Huskers have done all they can to prepare for this moment, and now it’s all about

file photo by kyle bruggeman | daily nebraskan

Nebraska swimming coach Pablo Morales saids he wants to represent the university in the highest way possible during his team’s first Big Ten Championships appearance. what happens once they hit the water. Both Pons and Morales offered some words of advice to the rest of the Nebraska women’s swimming and diving team as they prepare for their events. “Remember all of the hard work,” Pons said. “No matter

what happens, you still have succeeded.” “Be focused on what you want to achieve and how you want to achieve it,” Morales said. “Leave everything in the pool.” angelahensel@ dailynebraskan.com

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