FRIday, FEBRUARY 15, 2013 volume 112, issue 102
Our voices count
Husker women win their sixth straight game
Students matter in health center privatization
UHC director says privatization survey is misleading Conor Dunn DN
I acknowledged that the students certainly have a right to vote on anything they want to vote on. Whether the The University Health Center Govern- board will take notice of the student ing Board at the University of Nebras- vote is up to them.” The survey on the election ballot ka-Lincoln on Friday will take a posimay not fully inform the student body tion on the proposed privatization of of the university’s plans for privatizing the health center. the health center, acThe board, which overcording to Mike Dunn, sees the operations of the a senior communication University Health Center, studies major and senawill consider writing two tor for ASUN. statements. One of those “It’s tricky because statements will be sent to on the other hand stuthe University of Nebraska dents aren’t going to be Board of Regents outlinreading the entire coning the governing board’s tract,” Dunn said. “So if stance on health center students say they agree privatization, according to with privatization, there UHC Director Dr. James could still be a lot of isGuest. UNL’s administrasues the regents have guest tors say they plan to presthat are less evident unent a contract with Bryan less the fine print has Health for approval at the been read.” regents’ March 15 meeting. If the regents vote in opposition As for the other, the board may also send a statement to the Associa- to the students’ view, Dunn said the tion of Students of the University of regents need to be clear as to why they Nebraska addressing its concerns with voted against the students. “I think that the rea survey on ASUN’s March gents and the university 6 election ballot that will leadership should take ask students “Do you supstudent opinion very port the Bryan/University seriously,” he said. Health Center proposal to But Perlman said privatize the University students have had amHealth Center operations?” ple opportunity to voice Guest charges that the their concern with the survey, which is not a bindprospects of the health ing vote and will serve to center’s privatization. gauge student opinion, is “I want to emphaslanted toward the approvsize that I am making al of the proposed privatithis proposal with the zation. And at this point, it’s perlman endorsement of the unclear how top university evaluation committee officials will use this tool. which included two stu“It is a stretch that I supported dents, one of whom was the President this ballot initiative,” said Chancellor Harvey Perlman in an email. “I was in- of ASUN, so there has been student formed it was going to take place and input,” Perlman said. “We also held
ASUN Student Opinion survey Do you support the Bryan/University Health Center proposal to privatize the current University Health Center operations? ASUN’s Bryan/University Health Center (B/UHC) Proposal Highlights: • Student fees will be frozen until May 2015; increases limited to the rate of medical inflation of approximately 2 percent per year thereafter • All existing services will continue, with potential for additional services • Present hours of operation will be maintained for at least the first year (through May 2014) and may expand thereafter • Construction of a state-of-the-art building likely located directly south of the UNL Beadle Center at 1901 Vine St. to facilitate providing top-quality care • Bryan Health will extend UNL’s commitment of 90 days of employment at B/UHC to a minimum of 12 months (through May 2014) at current compensation levels for current employees who meet Bryan Health’s employment requirements (e.g., pre-employment drug screening, state licensure if applicable, etc.) • B/UHC will recognize employees’ current years of service under UNL employment several open meeting sessions where Bryan Health presented their proposal. These open sessions were advertised broadly, including an all-student email. Very few students attended.” This isn’t the first time ASUN has gauged student opinion on a university issue such as privatization of the health center. In 2009, a referendum was added to the election ballot to see if students would support funding a
new building for Campus Recreation. That same referendum asked students it they would support increased student fees by nearly $60 per semester to help fund a new health center, said Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Juan Franco. They did not. University administrators have said they desire to find a health care
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125 Nebraskans to march in Forward on Climate rally Nebraskans will travel to Washington D.C. to lobby against Keystone XL pipeline
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Jane Kleeb speaks at a conference preceding a trip to Washington, D.C. to combat the Keystone XL pipeline at the Capitol building rotunda Tuesday. The conference was held to brief the crowd on the trip.
Heineman searches for Heidemann replacement Governor’s office requests applications for vacant regent seat by March 8 DANIEL WHEATON DN Just like many Nebraskans, several members of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents were surprised when Gov. Dave Heineman appointed Regent Lavon Heidemann as his new lieutenant governor. Now they’re left wondering who will fill the District 5 regents seat. Heineman will nominate a replacement for Heidemann some time in the next few weeks, and Jen Rae Hein, the governor’s spokeswoman, said there isn’t a time frame for a nomination. “We’re just at the beginning of the process,” Hein said. Heidemann was elected to the Board of Regents during the November 2012 elections. He resigned from that post moments before he was sworn in as lieutenant governor. The governor’s office released a statement Thursday asking for ap-
plicants for the vacant regents seat. Interested persons must fill out an application by March 8. Whoever is nominated to serve would represent the fifth district, located in the southeastern portion of Nebraska. That person would serve for two years and could run for the seat again. Jim Pillen, District 3 regent and a Columbus resident, said he learned of Heineman’s appointment shortly after the news broke. He said he was disappointed he wouldn’t be able to work with Heidemann and the board would lose someone connected to agriculture. Heidemann was known for continuing to work on his farm during his tenure in the Nebraska Legislature. “I know Lavon well,” Pillen said. “He’ll be an outstanding lieutenant governor for Nebraska.” Regent Bob Whitehouse, who lives in Papillion and represents District 4, said he hopes a new member is nominated before the board’s next meeting on March 15. “My observation was that he was very efficient when he was a state senator,” Whitehouse said. “From
CFA emphasizes diversity despite lone female member
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5 female students served on CFA last year, Brooke Fullner was sole applicant
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sler, media campaigner for 350. org, a grassroots environmental organization. “It’s past time for the president to get serious about climate change,” Kessler said. “We just had the hottest year in the U.S. on record, and half the country Sarah Cohen is in drought. If we don’t act DN now, then when will we?” Kleeb said on the day of the More than 30,000 Americans rally, Nebraskans will meet in on Sunday will march in WashWashington, D.C. in front of the ington, D.C. as part of Forward National Museum of American on Climate, which could be the History. They will then converge largest climate rally in American with the other participants to history, and about 125 Nebrasmarch from the Washington kans will be there. Monument to the White House. “We see this as the last opTheir march will end with a portunity to communicate with rally in front of the White House, President (Barack) Obama that where national figures like Bill this Keystone XL pipeline is McKibben, founder of 350.org, about our climate,” said Jane and Mike Brune, executive diKleeb, founder and director of rector of the Sierra Club, were Bold Nebraska.“It’s about our planned to speak. families and the However, McKrisks to our land ibben and Brune It’s past and water, and no were among 48 amount of oil betime for activists arrested ing brought to the for defying poU.S. is worth that the president to at a Washingrisk.” get serious about lice ton, D.C. protest National enof the Keystone vironmental or- climate change,” XL pipeline on ganizations like Wednesday. Daniel Kessler the Sierra Club, 350.org Media campaigner R a c h e l e Natural Resource Huennekens, Defense Council grassroots media and 350.org initistrategist for the Sierra Club, ated the rally, but local organisaid climate change is on the zations like Bold Nebraska and forefront of Americans’ minds Nebraska Farmers Union have thanks to the Keystone XL pipejoined the cause. More than 100 line, drought, devastating wildbuses will transport particifires and Superstorm Sandy. pants to the capital on Sunday, “We are wanting to see the and 160 climate organizations president use his leadership in will take part, said Daniel Kesthe Environmental Protection
California Dreaming NU takes on Cal State Bakersfield, Cal State Fullerton, USC over weekend
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At first glance, the Committee for Fees Allocation at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln may not look like a very diverse bunch, but the group of Association of Students of the University of Nebraska senators and elected students represent a variety of student backgrounds. This year’s CFA membership is made up of 12 students: nine of whom are elected at-large from the student body and three ASUN senators who are appointed by the speaker of the Senate. The make-up of the elected committee members includes a mix of students who live in the residence halls, off-campus or Greek housing and East Campus
students as well as City Campus students. Only one female is on the CFA this year, but in previous years more than half of the committee has been women. Brooke Fullner, the sole woman serving on the CFA, said the committee is still diverse in other ways this year, with gender aside. “To be honest, on a day-to-day basis, I do not even notice that I am the only female on the committee,” said Fullner, a senior agribusiness and finance major. “Each member on CFA is respected and their viewpoints are heard and taken seriously. Each member has a voice and a vote regardless of any of their characteristics or traits.” In the 2010-2011 academic year, there were four women serving on CFA and in 2011-2012 there were five female members, according to CFA chairman Kalby Wehrbein, a senior mechanized systems management
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what: Nebraska Wesleyan International Film Festival where: Nebraska Wesleyan University Olin A and Olin B lecture halls, one block east of 50th Street and St. Paul Avenue when: 7 p.m. More Information: Free and open to public
UNL hosts 15th annual Women in Science Conference Kelsey Hill DN More than 100 high school girls will build comets out of dry ice, study spider communication, examine teeth and more at the 15th Annual Women in Science Conference at the Embassy Suites downtown on Friday and Saturday. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is hosting the conference. Panelists from different backgrounds in all areas of science will come to speak to attendants. The goal is to give them a handson approach to various careers in the science field, said Stephanie Vendetti, the events coordinator for the Center of Science, Mathematics and Computer Education. Other activities include DNA extraction from plants at the Beadle Center, walking through a typical day in the life of a dentist by taking impressions and examining teeth at the College of Dentistry workshop and learning how engineering plays a role in everyday life. “Something new that we’re doing this year is a tour of the animal behavior labs in Manter Hall,” Vendetti said. The conference usually tours the hospital, but since the flu hit, hospitals aren’t allowing tours, said Lindsay Augustyn, outreach and communications director for the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education. “So we thought, well, if we’re going to do something on campus … then let’s do something they’ve never done,” she said. “They’ve never gone to Manter and seen what’s over there.” Three labs that study the behaviors of arachnids, freshwater fish and crickets will take place in Manter. In the spider lab, participants will see how spiders communicate through tapping. “(Scientists) take away vibration from them so they can’t communicate through that anymore,” Augustyn said. “So they figure out what they do and how they react when they can’t feel vibration from things anymore.” In the freshwater fish lab, scientists want to know whether or not a predator fish can tell from far away if another fish is going to be safe to eat or easy for them to attack, Augustyn said. An objective of the conference is to expose the girls from all grade levels to ideas about the scientific world that they probably wouldn’t realize on their own. “I think a lot of people don’t think past, ‘This is the degree that I’m aiming for,’” Vendetti said. “It seems like right at the end of things they think, ‘oh, what can I do with this now?’ They think very broadly and not about all the specific jobs they could do.” NEWS@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM
Broadcasting professor receives 20th faculty recognition award Kelli rollin dn
special explorer post for those interested in radio broadcasting, he said. After attending college and working together, Renaud said Sometimes, a simple “thank you” can be one of the most rewarding they hadn’t seen each other for a while until both came back to the things. university in the ‘80s. Each year, the University of “It was great to know Rick on Nebraska-Lincoln Teaching Council and the UNL Parents Associa- a different level as friends and as tion present recognition awards colleagues,” he said. Renaud said it wasn’t until he to faculty and staff who have been was head of the department that nominated by parents of UNL students for making a difference in he really started to see Alloway’s natural ability to connect with stutheir student’s life. In the 25 years dents. since the awards began, few have “Rick has this way received it more of making a really spethan 20 times. This cial connection with stuyear, Rick Alloway dents,” he said. “He’s a joined that list. really special person, and And for the asI think the kids see that. sociate professor of They gravitate to him.” broadcasting and Alloway grew up in general manager a family of teachers and for campus radio said education was alstation KRNU, that ways important in his award and its recoglife. After working in the nition never get old. broadcast industry for 14 “I recall thinkyears, Alloway decided ing the first time it alloway to return to his roots. He’s had happened that worked at UNL since it was a really cool 1986. form of recognition,” Alloway When Alloway was younger, said. “Every time I’ve gotten one, his mom had a bumper sticker that it’s the same feeling over again.” read, “Teaching is to touch a life Receiving the award means a forever.” He still believes that. lot, he said, because people have Laurie Thomas Lee, a professor to take time to fill out the nomination card. Alloway, who is a grad- of broadcasting at UNL, said Allouate of UNL and also the father of way is genuine and encouraging. “It’s not surprising that he a graduate, said he used to get the would win this award numerous nomination cards and fill them times,” she said. “I’ve never seen out for other staff and faculty. anyone so attentive and concerned “There’s nothing that the facabout the learning and welfare of ulty or staff members themselves can do to win it,” he said. “It’s not a students.” Lee said Alloway is an asset to competition; it’s simply a recognition. But it’s a very heartwarming the college, especially with the radio station and performance and recognition because you know that production aspect of broadcastyou made a difference in someing. She said Alloway is always body’s life.” Alloway often teaches classes there for students and encourages students to be the best they can be ranging from introductory media classes to specialty classes such as because of his work and effort. “He’s aware of what students sports broadcasting. Broadcasting professor Jerry really need,” she said. “He’s very Renaud has known Alloway since inspiring and encouraging to students.” high school – “a long-time relaRyan Swanigan, a sophomore tionship, but a good one,” Renaud broadcasting major, has experisaid. enced Alloway’s helpfulness and Renaud first met Alloway in a encouragement first-hand.
Swanigan said Alloway, who is his adviser, was a major factor in his decision to attend UNL. On a Red Letter Day, Swanigan said he wasn’t completely convinced on going to UNL, but after talking to Alloway, his decision was easier. “It was basically Rick that had a huge impact on my decision to come down here in the first place to UNL,” Swanigan said. He said Alloway always makes sure his students are able to succeed in what they do. Alloway helped him get a position on the KRNU sports staff and is currently helping him get an internship at AM 590, the ESPN radio affiliate in Omaha. “With the sports broadcasting aspect and radio programming, he has really helped me out a ton with that,” Swanigan said. Alloway said he recently talked to a former student who now works at UNL. The former student recalled the first time he met Alloway and how he felt welcomed and paid attention to. “That meant a lot because that’s been 20 years ago, and that still resonates with him,” Alloway said. “I hope that a lot of us in the college have that kind of impact on people.” Alloway enjoys his job and the interaction he gets to have with people. For him, there’s nothing better than seeing or hearing a former student’s published or broadcast work. “There’s no cooler payoff for any job than seeing that the people that you’ve worked with are out there making a positive difference themselves in making this a better country,” he said. As for the UNL Parent’s Recognition Award, Alloway said he’s thankful the university has something so special. “It is a unique award within the university system, and I think one of the nicest things that the university does,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s your first or your 25th. It’s just a really cool feeling.” news@ dailynebraskan.com
Study: age, education affect awareness of current events Young people score lower than older people in Pew Research Center poll
ployment rate. Travis Englund, a senior psychology major, said his involvement with schoolwork and the track team keeps him too busy for the news. “I’m not as active as I should be,” Englund said. “I try to follow it, but not to the tee.” REECE RISTAU The largest differences in DN knowledge of current events were found between those with greater This just in: The news is being ig- and lesser education, the study nored, according to a new study. found. Participants without any The public is not knowledge- education beyond high school able on current events, with age answered incorrectly more often and education level playing a than college graduates. Collegekey factor, the study finds. In the educated participants scored better Pew Research Center for the Peo- on questions pertaining to a wide ple & the Press’s report “What the variety of current events, includPublic Knows – In Pictures, Maps, ing recognizing the Euro currency Graphs and Symbols,” polls tested symbol and identifying Washingthe participants’ ability to identify ton as a state that legalized gay religious symbols, the awareness marriage in 2012. of young people and the effects of Winter thinks part of the probeducational and small partisan diflem may be that young people are ferences. more likely to encounter news Nearly four in five participants through satire programs such as were able to correctly identify the “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Twitter logo, while Report,” which he only about two of believes are not adI’m not as five were able to equate as primary active as I identify Democratic news sources. Sen. Elizabeth War- should be. I try to “ Y o u ren of Massachushouldn’t be comsetts, according to follow it, but not ing to Stewart for the study. the news, but for a to the tee.” “It makes take on the news,” sense,” said Scott Winter said. Travis englund Winter, a news–edisenior psychology major There are typitorial professor at cally small parthe University of tisan differences Nebraska-Lincoln. “I don’t think it in studies like this, the study said. means people are stupid; it means However, in this sample, Repubthat the Twitter logo is in front of licans and Democrats scored the their face more than Elizabeth Warsame in almost all areas. ren is.” More information on the study One focus of the study was on and the news quiz used are availyoung people. Young people scored able on the Pew Research Center’s lower than older people overall, website. Visitors can take the quiz especially on the identification of for themselves — and tweet their public figures, the study found. Less results. than half of the participants young“When it comes to Twitter, it’s er than 30 were able to identify U.S all how you use the tool,” Winter Secretary of State John Kerry, but said. “It’s one thing to follow a New almost three-fourths older than 50 York Times reporter, and it’s another were. Both groups scored equally to follow Snoop Dogg.” high – about 70 percent – on identiNEWS@ fying a graph of the national unemDAILYNEBRASKAN.COM
(Top) From left, Bob Lundberg, tenor; Roger Millnitz, lead; Dr. Don Blank, bass and Ron Mays, baritone, deliver a custom Valentine to USDA Lead Agroforester Richard Straight at his office in the Agroforestry Building on UNL’s East Campus Thursday. Straight’s wife ordered a “Singing Valentine” from the quartet, who are all members of the Lincoln Continentals Barbershop Chorus. (Left) Joely Lewis, left, takes a picture of Clarissa Schluckhebier with members of the Lincoln Continentals after they sang a Valentine’s serenade to her on behalf of her husband at Lincoln Family Medicine on Thursday.
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Study shows women more likely to give numbers when sunny Heather Haskins DN
study’s findings and questioned its scientific accuracy, as well as the way the study was conducted. “My first reaction was to tell If it’s gonna be a bright, bright sunwomen not to give their phone shiny day, you might have a better number out to strangers on the shot at getting a phone number. street,” Swoboda said. According to a new study, women Swoboda linked the study to the are more likely to give their numbers phenomenon of Seasonal Affective when it’s sunny outside. Disorder (SAD). The study, “Weather and CourtPeople who experience SAD ship Behavior: A Quasi-experiment with the Flirty Sunshine,” looked at feel depressed in winter months, starting around October and lasting the effectiveness of flirting as it related through March or April, Swoboda to weather. said. Nicolas Gueguen of the Univer“When you don’t get as much sity of South Brittany in France, who authored the study, said in a journal sunlight, your brain doesn’t get the message to shut off melatonin,” news release that this is the first study Swoboda said. that looks at how weather influences Melatonin is courtship behavior. a hormone proGueguen and duced to induce When it’s his colleagues ensleep. Swoboda said listed five 20-yearsunny most people’s sleep old men – all evaluschedules clash with ated and considered outside, you are their body’s natural “attractive” on a probably more rhythm, measured numerical “(Our) ancestors scale by a test group confident ... ” would get up when of young women – isaac Vargas the sun came up and and asked them to approach women as senior computer science major go to bed when the sun came down,” they were walking she said. “Now we alone on a street on both cloudy and sunny days of simi- get up when it’s dark.” It is this clash that may influence lar temperature. people’s moods. “Hello. My name’s Antoine,” “It would intuitively make the men were instructed to say as they approached the woman with sense that people who are dea friendly smile. “I just want to say pressed wouldn’t want to give their number,” Swoboda said. that I think you’re really pretty. I Rachel Prentiss, a junior ADPR have to go to work this afternoon, major, said weather affects how she and I was wondering if you would presents herself. give me your phone number. I’ll “I feel like I’d be more apt to put phone you later and we can have a on makeup and do my hair (if it’s drink together someplace.” sunny outside),” Prentiss said. “It Researchers found the women it’s rainy and gloomy and cloudy were more likely to give their phone number on sunny days – about 22 out I would feel gross and want to stay in bed.” percent – than they were on cloudy Weather also plays a role in condays – about 14 percent. Younger fidence, according to one student. women were also more likely to “It makes sense,” said Isaac Vargive out their phone numbers. gas, a senior computer science maThe subjects approached about jor. “When it’s sunny outside, you 500 young women between the ages are probably more confident (and) of 18 and 25. feel better. You are probably in a betMary Swoboda, a University ter mood. “ Health Center mental health pracnews@ titioner, said she was wary of the dailynebraskan.com
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Agency and to set carbon standards and continue to regulate them,” Huennekens said. “The ultimate goal for this rally is for our nation to drastically cut down on our use of fossil fuels and transition to clean energy.” Ken Winston, policy advocate for the Nebraska Sierra Club, said his organization has fought the proposed Keystone XL pipeline since 2010. Winston said he has a sign in his office that says, “Some things are worth fighting for, like our land, water and our children’s future.” “The people going to D.C. are sacrificing money, time and resources to make this climate rally possible,” Winston said. “They are willing to take a risk for something they believe in.” According to Winston, a lot of the people going to D.C. are not necessarily affiliated with a climate organization – they’re just regular people who care about the future of the earth’s climate and resources. Among these regular people is Nancy Packard, a retired science teacher and grandmother from Lincoln. Packard said she’s been interested in climate topics and conservation for many years. In August 2011, she was arrested at a pipeline protest at the White House. “If I needed a personal reason, it would be the heat and the drought that showed up in my backyard last summer,” Packard said. “I think our president wants to do the right thing. He just needs to know there is a mass of people who care about our climate and that we are truly in support of him.” Graham Christensen, public affairs director for the Nebraska Farmers Union, a nonprofit orga-
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Ken Winston, a member of the Sierra Club, voiced his concerns about Gov. Dave Heineman’s decision to approve the Keystone XL pipeline route at Bold Nebraska’s conference at the Capitol building Tuesday. nization that advocates for family farmers and ranchers, will also attend the rally. Christensen grew up in a farming household and continues to farm today. He said dramatic weather events are leading Americans to realize that the location of the Corn belt and the methods of agriculture in Nebraska could change completely in a matter of years. “It’s not a question of if it’s
happening – climate change is here,” Christensen said. “If we don’t change the way we are doing things now, this semi-arid region can become a dry region and no longer support the agricultural economy we rely so heavily upon.” In both his inaugural address and State of the Union address, the president has established climate change as a major issue,
Christensen said. “The president has always asked of the citizens to lead the way,” Christensen said. “Rallies like this are very important in sending a message that climate change is on the minds of thousands of people, but even more importantly, that we are ready to move forward together.” news@ dailynebraskan.com
survey: from 1 provider who can build a new health center at no cost to the students, while maintaining the same level and quality of services. If the university were to fund a new health center, student fees would rise significantly, according to Franco. Franco contends the time to act is now for “the longer we wait, the more expensive such a project becomes,” due to rising construction costs. Bryan Health has proposed to build a $14.4 million new health center at no cost to students. Student fees would be frozen until May 2015. Perlman said the Bryan Health proposal would better serve students. “The Bryan proposal, in addition to assuring the same health care services, and creating the opportunity for greater services and longer hours and better integrated care, will be significantly cheaper for students than having the university build the building,” he said.
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Guest takes issue with the survey as a whole. “It’s biased, incomplete and to some degree inaccurate,” Guest said. “If you only provide one side, reading down those benefits, you’re going to vote for it if you don’t hear any of the other side.”
Among his concerns: The survey omits information regarding the continuity of service, bases some of its student fee cost projections off faulty inflation rates and does not talk about how the privatization would affect the center’s Counseling and Psychological Services. One of the bulleted points ASUN highlighted from Bryan Health’s proposal on the ballot is that “all existing services will continue, with the potential for additional services.” Guest is concerned because ASUN omitted “for the first year” from the end of the sentence. After the first year, Bryan Health would have control over which services remain. ASUN also highlighted that “student fees will be frozen until May 2015; increases limited to the rate of medical inflation of approximately 2 percent per year thereafter.” However, Guest said the “2 percent” is actually listed at 3.4 percent since Dec. 2012, according to Forecastchart.com , which collects its annual inflation rates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. ASUN also didn’t mention in its highlighted points that the health center’s Counseling and Psychological Services will be separated if Bryan Health becomes the health center’s new provider and CAPS will be run by the university. ASUN is providing the pros, but
not the cons of privatization, Guest vey, Guest said the advisory board said. And as such, he said the stu- doesn’t want students to vote on the dents will make an uninformed vote survey. on the survey. ON THE VOTES AHEAD “If you don’t know the details of Eric Kamler, ASUN president what you’re voting for, why would and a senior agricultural economyou vote for it?” Guest said. “An un- ics major, said although he feels the informed vote is worse than no vote plan for privatization “looks OK at all.” on paper,” he has concerns with ASUN Senate Speaker Natalia how the university administration Santos, a senior nutrition and health handled unanswered sciences major, said there questions throughout are no plans to change the privatization prothe survey’s wording. She cess. said the information preKamler, whose sented on the survey is the term as president information university adends in April, said he ministration has provided thinks the survey will to students. give regents another Santos is one of two tool to help assess undergraduate students the privatization proon the UHC Governing posal. Board. The other members “I think it’ll be include: Franco, Guest, very important for the kamler Dr. Michael Germer of regents,” he said. “I Lincoln Pediatric Group, know a lot of regents UNL professor Lani Zimhaven’t decided how merman, L.J. McElravy, a human sci- they’re going to vote.” ences graduate student, and Anton As one of four student regents Van Metre, a senior biological sciencon the board, Kamler is allowed to es major and president of the UHC vote on the proposal at the March 15 Student Advisory Board. meeting, but his vote is not counted. The UHC Student Advisory “How the students vote will cerBoard will campaign against priva- tainly help how I vote,” he said. tization of the health center, accordnews@ ing to Guest. With the information dailynebraskan.com that will be presented on the sur-
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diversity: from 1 major. “Historically, there has always been female members on the committee,” he said. “This past year Brooke Fullner was the only female that ran on the ballot. I believe looking toward this upcoming spring election, there are a few females that will be running on the ballot for CFA positions.” CFA oversees the yearly allocation of student fees at UNL for both Fund A and Fund B users. During the fall semester, the group meets with each student fee user to get acclimated with the users’ services. CFA members then meet during the spring semester to hear budget requests from fee users and vote on fee allocations. The final decision for allocations goes through the ASUN Senate, the UNL vice chancellor for
Student Affairs and the chancellor. Fullner said she doesn’t know why more women don’t choose to run for CFA. “While CFA can try to recruit individuals, it is ultimately up to the student body who sits on the committee (because) students vote on who represents them during student elections,” Fullner said. Wehrbein said the committee’s focus is on figuring out fee allocations, though, not recruiting new members. “The CFA itself has nothing to do with recruiting members,” he said. “Our time is focused on and with the fee users.” He also said four CFA members resigned from their positions throughout this academic year because of time constraints.
The committee recently finished up its fee allocation meetings for this semester, with the largest budget change being a 62.3 percent increase for UNL Transit Services. CFA also recommended budget increases for Campus Recreation and the Daily Nebraskan. Wehrbein and Fullner both said it’s important for CFA to represent a diversified student body. “I do believe it is important that the CFA members come from a wide range of backgrounds across campus,” Wehrbein said. “This ensures the CFA recognizes the voice of all students across campus, and the vote that members place in allocations represents the students’ best interests.” news@ dailynebraskan.com
the short time we worked on the board, I knew that he was going to do the same.” Heidemann replaces former Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy, who resigned on Feb. 2 after an investigation by the Omaha World-Herald found he had made 2,300 phone calls to four women on his work-issued cellphone. Prior to Heidemann’s time as a regent, he served as a state senator for Legislative District 1 from 2005 to 2012. As a member of the legislature, he served as chairman of the Appropriations Committee for six years. He is an anomaly of state-level politics; he does not hold a college degree. NEWS@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.com
Photos of loved ones and hand-typed love notes poke out of glass bottles as they await delivery to their recipients during the annual “Love on The Run” Valentine’s Day delivery at Porridge Papers Thursday. More than 525 of the notes, hand-typed on antique typewriters, were delivered throughout the Lincoln metro area by local lovebirds.
Volunteer Elisa Znamenacek, of Lincoln, writes down delivery directions for the annual ‘Love on The Run’ Valentine’s Day delivery in Porridge Papers Thursday. Znamenacek said she decided to volunteer to deliver them “to see the smiles it brings to people’s faces.”
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Students must participate in health center vote In March, University of Nebraska-Lincoln students will take a vote on the proposed privatization of the University Health Center. But there’s no guarantee that university administration will care about the outcome. Chancellor Harvey Perlman said his support of the vote, which will include proposal highlights and be a part of the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska election ballot, was “a stretch.” Sure, he said, students have a right to vote. But the board doesn’t have to listen, he was careful to add. Perlman’s noncommittal attitude toward the student opinion survey is disturbing. In the Daily Nebraskan article on page 1 of today’s paper, Perlman points out that students have already had an opportunity to offer their opinions on privatization at several poorly attended information sessions. But Perlman’s apparent assumption that students gave up their right to an opinion when they didn’t attend the sessions represents a troubling lack of regard for student opinion on an issue that will have a major and direct impact on students. Privatization could result in higher student fees, the laying off of current health center employees and the loss of provided services once Bryan Health’s obligatory waiting period runs out on all three counts. Students deserve to have an impact on the decision. If administrators won’t agree to consider student opinion, there’s no point in even asking for it. Furthermore, UHC Director Dr. James Guest raised some valid concerns regarding the survey itself. First, the survey misrepresents the rate of inflation by about 1.4 percent, according to Guest. Second, the survey states that existing services will continue but does not include the phrase “for the first year.” And most importantly, the proposal highlights essentially read like a list of pros for privatization, unaccompanied by a list of cons. The common fears regarding privatization – of indefinitely rising student fees, of decreased quality in service, of diminished accountability on the university’s part – are nowhere on the list of highlights. It’s unfair to muddy students’ opportunity to give their input on privatization with misinformation and lies by omission. The current situation regarding privatization is a lose-lose for students: If they read the biased proposal highlights on the survey and vote in approval, they’ve made an uninformed decision that administrators can claim as a referendum. If they vote against it, administrators have no obligation to listen. Administration should have done a better job of getting the word out on the information sessions and seeking student opinion on privatization. But it’s also time for students to prove that they care about what happens to their health center. If they don’t, student opinion is even more likely to vanish between the cracks of the administrative process.
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Smaller shows deserve recognition
f you were going to see a show in Lincoln this semester, would you be more likely to see “Green Day’s American Idiot” or “Angels Theatre Company: What the Wind Taught Me?” For those who would even consider going to a show, Green Day probably sounds more familiar and perhaps more inviting. Every year, major Broadway shows and performers tour throughout the United States. The ones with the biggest names generally get the most attention. They attract the largest audiences. Shows like “Phantom of the Opera,” “Lion King” and “Les Misérables” will continue to be internationally recognized. Yet, these aren’t the only notable shows on or off Broadway. What about the shows that aren’t allowed to run for years on end? What about the more abstract shows? They’re still very good shows performed by talented artists, yet they don’t receive the same social recognition or appreciation. Audiences must learn that a big name is not the only indicator of a quality show. I began to think about this as I recently saw a show on the West End in London. The West End is akin to Broadway and is highly respected for the artists and shows it produces. I had some difficulty choosing which show to see, but ultimately decided I wanted something unique to London, and not one of the shows \ frequently traveling the United States. Therefore, I chose “39 Steps,” a show based on a novel by John Buchan, a Scottish writer, and influenced by the 1930s Alfred Hitchcock adaptation. The show was fabulous! It was a clever, four-person comical mystery and was definitely worth the time and money. I made the right choice, but I don’t deny it’s a bit of a gamble. It seems that many people would like to enjoy musicals and plays but are wary about which to choose. They don’t want to spend time and money on a show that is going to be disappointing. A big musical with a recognized name may seem like a safe bet. Though larger shows often are very good, this doesn’t mean that other smaller shows should be ignored. If the show is being put on somewhere like Broadway or the West End, it’s obviously high caliber. Many artists dream of working at these locations because they know they will be working with the best while improving their own skills. However, even local venues can produce very good shows if they have an experienced director and are given the opportunity to
AMY KENYON work. Smaller venues are also less expensive. When looking for a show, individuals should listen to reviews from friends and local news sources. This will help them find a director, company and venue that have proven themselves as talented and hard-working. Therefore, even if the show they put on isn’t as wellknown, audiences can trust the production team behind it. If they give it a chance on a small, local, inexpensive level, they will probably enjoy it and search for more shows in the future. Why is this preference for larger shows a problem? Why should other shows receive recognition? For those who work in theater, it’s difficult and expensive to produce the most popular shows. It’s frustrating to spend months on a project only to have it received by half-full audiences. When I was in high school, I learned that musicals attract much larger audiences than plays. My senior year, “Beauty and the Beast” sold out four nights of performances while “The Nerd” struggled for just a weekend. My school had a well-developed theater program with wide community respect, yet our plays continued to go unrecognized. Since we had proven ourselves with past shows, especially “Beauty and the Beast,” it would be nice to continue to be trusted and applauded for our work on smaller plays. High school students need recognition early on so they don’t become discouraged that the craft they love will never get them anywhere. They also shouldn’t be taught that the only shows of value are those that receive international applause over thousands of performances. If they do, the art will become about pandering to public taste and will lose its integrity of pure artistic talent and message. They should
learn to pursue work that’s the most fulfilling, not the most popular. Also, supporting shows is good for the larger culture, as well as beneficial for performers. It provides a distraction from daily life and offers new ways to look at the world and our lives. It may be argued that television and movies are less expensive and provide a similar experience. Yet, live shows around most communities give people an opportunity to step outside and see something different. Live shows provide a greater connection with the performers and a unique audience experience. You see the actors transform from individual to archetype. You hear the other audience members gasp in surprise or laugh in appreciation. Too often, people think they have to know a show well before they go see it. If they forget this and see something different, there’s something magical about just sitting down to something unknown and experiencing the ideas, images, music and connections it has to offer. This is what I did in London, and it was an absolute joy. I don’t mean to say the only good shows are those that go unrecognized. I also don’t mean to say no show should outshine others or gain international respect. What I am saying is good shows deserve good feedback. Talking about shows is how more people are drawn to theater. Seeing and responding to shows is how theatergoers build connections among each other and with the shows they see. These connections are part of what I love about theater. Those connections should spread because they allow more people to experience something new and to connect with one another over beautiful artistry. There’re always opportunities to find and attend local shows, especially in a community like Lincoln. The Lied frequently offers discounted tickets to students. It doesn’t take much time or money, and I think people will be pleasantly surprised. I want audiences to discover and fall in love with shows, even if they hadn’t heard the name of the show praised before. This will spread the love of theater while allowing new shows and new artists to flourish. This will help young artists with dreams of making it big and will allow people to build new connections and experiences. Amy Kenyon is a sophomore English and theater education major. Reach her at Opinion@ dailynebraskan.com
Historic Haymarket doesn’t need a Twin Peaks
hen you think of the Haymarket, scantily clad women isn’t something that comes to mind. However, that could soon change. Construction of the Pinnacle Bank Arena is moving into its third year. The new arena will provide Lincoln with jobs and revenue, but it will do so with a cost. Soon restaurants, hotels and other new businesses will be moving into the Haymarket. While I wish the Haymarket would stay the same, I know change is inevitable. As long as the new businesses complement the Haymarket’s historic feel, I’m fine with the change. However, recently there has been controversy about whether risqué restaurants like Twin Peaks should be built in the Haymarket. According to the Journal Star, Lincoln’s Historic Preservation Commission has voiced opposition and has stated Twin Peaks shouldn’t move into a building on 8th and Q, despite the fact that the exterior of the building would have minimal changes. The reasoning behind their concern is obvious: Twin Peaks is degrading to women, would be inappropriate for the children that frequent the
Haymarket and, frankly, it doesn’t fit into the jewel that is the Haymarket. If you aren’t familiar with Twin Peaks, it’s a restaurant that proudly promotes the slogan “Eats. Drinks. Scenic views.” In case you didn’t catch onto the innuendo, the slogan is talking about the waitresses, not the view outside your window. The restaurant is decorated as a wilderness lodge, and the waitresses are scantily dressed in low-cut, midriff, revealing plaid tops and short, khaki shorts. Just like Hooters and the Tilted Kilt, Twin Peaks uses the waitresses as a mechanism to keep customers coming back for more. It’s degrading for women to have to prance around half-naked in order to make money. What’s even more degrading is the waitresses have to dress up as Santas and bunnies around holidays. There is even a “Lingerie Week” in February. If it’s not bad enough that the waitresses will have to serve food inside in scanty clothes, they will also have to do so outside. Outdoor seating areas would require those who are passing to see the barely dressed servers. While some people would be unfazed by this sight, others, like mothers with young children,
JOVANNA BALQUIER would not be thrilled. You wouldn’t want to take your child to a strip club, so why should they be exposed to basically the same thing on their way to Ivanna Cone or Paint Yourself Silly? Most importantly, the Haymarket is a gem inside of the hustle and bustle of Lincoln. If a Twin Peaks wants to move to Lincoln, put it downtown. When I think of the Haymarket, I think of classy and historic. I don’t think of restaurants oriented around women and sex appeal. Twin Peaks would be out of place in the Haymarket. It would stick out like a sore
thumb and be an eyesore to many. According to the Ed Zimmer, historic planner for the city, “Redevelopment agreements can limit what goes into a building, such as a strip club, porn shop or tattoo parlor.” Also, according to 10/11 news, “as long as all activity within is legal, there’s no reason for the commission or the city to prohibit the restaurant from moving to town.” Basically, this means that nothing can stop Twin Peaks from making a home in the Haymarket unless voters voice opposition. Even then, it’s still up to the city to decide. Anybody who frequents the Haymarket has noticed the removal of the colorful trains that were behind the Lincoln Station. According to the Journal Star, those trains had been there for 23 years and were removed in May. Perhaps that was the part that hurt most about the arena construction. It was one of the few places left where you could actually go up and touch a train. It was a landmark and now it’s gone. The construction and planning of the Haymarket’s future is probably pretty chaotic, especially with the controversy over Twin Peaks. I hope in the midst of all this, the city and work crew do not
lose focus on the most important thing: preserving the historic Haymarket. In order to maintain the historic atmosphere of the Haymarket, I have a few suggestions. The cobblestone streets should remain untouched. The new buildings should have similar, artsy architecture in order to match the brick facades of the older buildings. Café style restaurants like Wheatfields should be a part of the new additions to the Haymarket. For more upscale eateries, Upstream Brewing Co. would be a good candidate. All in all, the Pinnacle Bank Arena will be up and running by this fall. New businesses and restaurants will have opened their doors. Parking garages will tower over the streets. Whether I like it or not, the Haymarket is going to change. I just hope Twin Peaks isn’t in the list of changes. Twin Peaks is degrading to women, would be inappropriate for children and families and doesn’t complement the historic Haymarket. The future of the Haymarket isn’t up to me, but if it were, it would never change. JoVanna Balquier is a freshman speech pathology major. Reach her at opinion@ dailynebraskan.com
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FRONT ROW SEAT Ross director relishes in supporting indies after 40 years
Danny Lee Ladely is celebrating his 40th anniversary as the director of the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center this year. Originally a native of Gordon, Neb., Ladely graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with in degree in English literature.
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anny Lee Ladely sits in his office at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, putting on his glasses to read his laptop screen. He might be researching independent films for programming. He might be writing a press release or drafting a grant for more funding. Whatever he’s doing, he’s good at it. He’s been doing it for 40 years. Ladely, 65, is the director of the Ross, Lincoln’s independent films theater. A careful observer of every detail of the theater, Ladely is the reason things happen as they do at the Ross. And while his graying
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It’s 1973 and Ladely is finishing his undergrad years at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln – a feat that took about eight years. “I was having too much fun,” he said. Ladely worked at the Daily Nebraskan and studied photojournalism before taking the first film studies class ever offered at UNL. He got an A. Norman Geske ran the Sheldon Art Museum at
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the time and wanted to make a full-time film program separate from the films they were already showing. All fingers pointed to Ladely to take on that project. He had been working at the Sheldon and on the Union Program Council (now the University Program Council) to put a foreign and independent film series together. In high school, he even worked at his hometown movie theater and drive-in in Gordon, Neb., doing everything from taking tickets to popping popcorn. “I thought to myself (that) this would be a job I could have for five years and move on because I still
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lincoln exposed – Friday (Night #3)
GUILTY IS THE BEAR BOLZEN BEER BAND
PHARMACY SPIRITS TIE THESE HANDS
MANNY COON & SPOTLIGHT KILLERS
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Bonehart Flannigan, fronted by Jon Dell, played fourth at the Zoo Bar on the first night of Lincoln Exposed. “This is the best fucking audience I’ve ever played for,” Dell told a lively Wednesday night crowd. Bonehart Flannigan was followed by Stonebelly and preceded by Speedsweat.
ELI MARDOCK Duffy’s Tavern
7:45 p.m. - Guilty Is The Bear 9 p.m. - Pharmacy Spirits 10:15 p.m. - Bottletops 11:30 p.m. - Eli Mardock 12:45 a.m. - Low Horse
AZP Bourbon Theatre
8 p.m. - Ghost Town Radio 9:15 p.m. - Bolzen Beer Band 10:30 p.m - Tie These Hands 11:45 p.m. - AZP 1 a.m. - Powerful Science
LLOYD MCCARTER Zoo Bar
5 p.m. - Honeyboy Turner 6:30 p.m. - Manny Coon & Spotlight Killers 8 p.m. - Tijuana Gigolos 9:45 p.m. - Plains 11:15 p.m. - Large Mouth 12:30 a.m. - Lloyd McCarter
Lincoln Exposed: Zoo Bar shines Wednesday night chance solem-pfeifer dn It may seem obvious that in a festival of 50-odd bands with about a dozen acts each night, some will stand out in the memory of the eager concert-goers and a few others might feel like a necessary exercise in supporting and exploring a scene. Maybe that’s an excuse to set up that our nightly recaps can’t quite feature the admirable, democratic thoroughness of the great HearNebraska folks.
It seems the first night of synonymous with abandoning Lincoln Exposed often con- inhibitions. If I know the festival tains a small contradiction in at all, last night’s diligent schedthat the first crop of bands ap- ule checkers (me included) will pears charged with upholding be walking the Bourbon, Duffy’s, the rhetoric of the festival (i.e. Zoo Bar triangle with more aban“Welcome to Lincoln Exposed, don in two day’s time. guys! Here’s what the festival But if there’s a story for me sort of does…”) and reminding from Night #1, it was the buildpeople of its message, but for ing vibrancy of the acoustic the smallest audience payout. It bands at the Zoo. From the early doesn’t look like a burden, just hours on, the crowd grew and an unwritten responsibility of so did the folksy energy of the going first since Wednesday is stage. synonymous with the mid-point of the work week and Friday is lincoln exposed: see page 7
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Grand Manse to host Murder Mystery party cynthia todd dn It wouldn’t be a fancy dinner at an old-timey mansion if somebody didn’t wind up dead. The Grand Manse is hosting its third annual Valentine’s Day Murder Mystery event on Friday with a Mardi Gras theme. “The theater troupe, Great Expectations Theatre, has a great Mardi Gras murder mystery,” said Ashley Ziegenbein, the event team manager for the Grand Manse. “That, and it being so close to Mardi Gras, we thought it would be a fun and different murder mystery.” Themes in the past have included Valentine’s at an insane asylum, live Clue (based on the board game) and a murder at a convent. The murder mystery events started with the intent of playing off the history of the building itself, and have since then become a tradition. The Grand Manse is one of Lincoln’s oldest buildings and includes residential units, office space, lodging suites, the Blue Orchid Thai Restaurant and several wedding locations. “The Grand Manse asked us to bring the building into the shows, so it’s easy to write a show based off some of the history of the Grand Manse and some of the murals throughout the building,” said Christopher Zubrod, a codirector for the Great Expectations Theater Troupe. The night will begin with a cocktail hour in the Vault Room, the newest space in the Grand Manse. After cocktail hour, the guests will be sent to Grand Hall for the rest of the show.
“Grand Hall is the perfect setting for a murder mystery,” Ziegenbein said. Grand Hall was originally a courtroom and still holds the judge’s bench that serves as the bar. The room also includes the original jury box that provides elevated seating for guests. Throughout the night, the theater troupe group will provide clues about the culprit to the guests and their interactions will determine the outcome of the mystery.
rebecca rickertsen | dn “What makes this show different is that you never know what you’re going to get,” Zubrod said. “That’s what I love about the Grand Manse, they bring in a wide variety of guests to enjoy the night.” Guests are encouraged to dress in Mardi Gras costumes and prepare for a night of solving clues. There are no age restrictions for
if you go: “Murder at Mardi Gras”
Friday, 6 p.m. where: Grand Manse, 129 N. 10th St. how much: $65 (per person)
this event and everyone is welcome. Past guests have ranged from high school students to people in their sixties. Participants also have the opportunity to meet and work with new people to solve the mystery. “With events at the Grand Manse, some people don’t know each other and some people do,” Zubrod said. “That makes for an interesting atmosphere where people start to learn from each other and feed off each other for answers.” The winning table will receive prizes that vary from cash, tickets to wine tastings, tickets to the Grand Manse’s beer tour or half off the admission for the next murder mystery party. “The best things guests can expect is a night of relaxation, fun and entertainment,” Zubrod said. “That all goes back to the great atmosphere of the event.” Whether they’ll admit it, Ziengenbein said she thinks everybody has a detective hat somewhere in their closet at home. “Who doesn’t like solving a murder?” she said. “I think there is a little of an investigator in all of us, even if it’s deep down.” arts@ dailynebraskan.com on twitter @dnartsdesk
Conceptual options for Star Wars open disturbing doors I'LL HAVE WHAT HE'S WATCHING
Cameron mount The public’s reaction to J.J. Abrams (“Super 8,” “Lost”) helming the upcoming “Star Wars VII” unfolded something like the stages of grief, from denying that “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” could claim the same director within the current bounds of physics, to general acceptance that Abrams was a safe if not creatively capable choice. Just as it seemed the new trilogy was anything other than a cashgrab, a new announcement came last week: Han Solo, Boba Fett, and (rumored) Yoda will serve as stand-alone films in the intervening years without official episodes. Oversaturation much? Maybe, but I say bring it on. Not only should there be more “Star Wars,” but the series should be something like a directorial milestone, a coming-of-age requirement for expressing the infinite range of “Star Wars” brand possibility. In a Q&A with Deadline in December, Wes Anderson expressed slightly tongue-in-cheek interest in making a “Han Solo backstory.” The mechanistic aesthetic of “Star Wars” (whether of the gritty or polished series) doesn’t exactly fit Anderson’s pastel obsession. But who would argue against watching Jason Schwartzman as Han, locking eyes for the first time with Chewbacca against Cat Stevens-backed slo-mo? As long as Chewbacca is voiced by Bill Murray, the rest,
surely, will fall nicely and tweely into place. In 1998, anticipating the horrors of the upcoming prequels, one fan set out to forge an alternate, better universe, releasing the stopmotion short “Quentin Tarantino’s Star Wars” to dial-up connections everywhere. Besides the endearing shot of the original Macintosh it was constructed on, the ‘70s-funk soundtrack and questionable dialogue, like Jabba’s “I’ll put some price on yo’ haid so big, you’s won’t be able t’go near some civilized system again,” it’s a rather painful parody, but one that invites a good question: what if? The prequels were humorless and stale action epics with droll dialogue. If those aren’t symptoms which demand a Mace Windustarring Tarantino antidote, I don’t know what are. Disney likely plans to continue making “Star Wars” movies each year until they’re pried from Mickey’s cold, dead hands, so these possibilities are just the tip of the iceberg. Pixar can have their ‘misfit Storm Trooper finds happiness in an unlikely place’ plotline. David Lynch will delve into the mind of and explain the existence of Jar Jar Binks. Todd Phillips will film Anakin’s douchey ‘house-party-gonewrong’ flick. The Wayans brothers, of course, will take on Darth Maul and Darth Sidious’s buddy cop caper. Assuming one standalone film every two years, with a brand that has already brought the world 1978’s surreal “Star Wars Holiday Special” (including Harrison Ford and the original cast) and 1984’s
made-for-TV “Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure,” would lack of faith in Disney to cross these lines really be that disturbing? I saved my most controversial, but I believe most artistically sensible, wish for last. This would be to have Nicolas Cage play every role in a shot-by-shot remake of the original trilogy, bringing the milking of the “Star Wars” brand to its most logical culmination through the woefully over-cast Cage. Even NBC’s “Community” has expressed interest and wonder in the Cage enigma, plotting, but ultimately discarding an episode around a ‘Nicolas Cage Appreciation Class’ in which the actor serves as its delusionally versatile deity. “Unless you’re a total cynical dick, you have to embrace the fact that Nicolas Cage is a pretty good actor,” former showrunner Dan Harmon told a recent CommuniCon panel. “It’s like, what IS Nicolas Cage? What is he? Is he an idiot? Or a genius? Can you write him off, or is he inexplicably bound to your soul?” What more perfect metaphor to Disney signing blindly to fill summer’s ad infinitum with every Solo, Fett and Skywalker story it can crank out? Like Nicholas Cage’s confounding choice to star in each and every “Taken” ripoff (as I write this, a poster has been released for a Cage-starring remake of “Left Behind”) while sporting an endless array of hair styles, “Star Wars” has morphed into a concept. It’s a concept bound to our souls, but stretched far beyond its strengths into grossly unnecessary territory. The only question is “why?” and the only logical answer, Cage’s and now evidently Disney’s mantra: “why not?” cameron mount is a senior english education major. reach him at arts@ dailynebraskan.com
‘Castle’ captures budget cut strife through students andrew larsen dn
Where once he subscribed to The New York Times and Variety to read film reviews, Ladely now uses the Internet to see which movies are
getting attention. He still catches himself calling them “films” – something he’s trying to stop doing now that almost everything is shot, edited and delivered digitally. Ladely said Hollywood movies have suffered after studio moguls of the 1950s and 1960s were replaced by giant corporations. “I think the quality of studioproduced movies has really declined over the years,” he said. “It’s all action, adventure, fantasy – very little serious stuff. The independents are mostly doing the serious movie making now.” Because of Lincoln’s size, the Ross can’t afford to operate on the profits from ticket sales and concessions. They rely on grants, the biggest of which comes from “Friends of the Ross.” “Friends of the Ross” partially funds the programming and equipment. Started in 1981, the organiza-
tion has more than 800 members who pay annual dues to fund the theater’s budget. From all of his 40 years at the Ross, some of Ladely’s favorite memories include meeting actors and directors at the Ross’ Norman A. Geske Film and Video Showcase. Behind his desk, three pictures hang in a row. In the first, Martin Sheen and Ladely look like old friends. In another, Ladely stands and smiles with Seymour Cassel. Cassel worked closely with well-known actor and director John Cassavetes, whom Ladely referred to as the “father of the independent film movement.” In the last picture, the story of Peter Riegert and Ladely meeting at the Telluride Film Festival comes to life. Riegert, most famous for his role in “Animal House,” came to Lincoln to show the first short film he directed at the Ross.
At the Ross: “A Royal Affair”
A documentary about middle school kids playing chess? Pass. That’s the likely reaction from most people when they read about “Brooklyn Castle.” But if given a chance, it’ll slap you in the face and tickle you at the same time, if that’s possible. The film delves deeper than just showing a bunch of sixth graders learning a game. It explores the poverty surrounding the families and exposes the damage done by the harsh budget cuts to education during the recession. The film also features the most charismatic group of chess amateurs a documentarian like Katie Dellamaggiore could hope for. That group is led by Pobo Efekoro, never without a smile, and thus smiles tend to follow him wherever he goes. While running for eighth grade class president, he hangs homemade “POBAMA” posters all over the school, vowing to fight the school’s budget cuts. He’s also the natural leader of the vaunted Brooklyn I.S. 318 middle school chess team. What the school lacks in an individualized name, it makes up for with a chess team that takes every loss as a soul-crushing personal defeat. Even Pobo breaks down in tears the first time we see him lose, which makes his evolution through the film that much sweeter. The camera tracks these kids from early 2008 to early 2010, which allows the kids to mature as chess players and as students. The focus is mainly on the youngsters like Pobo, who are at the academic top of their age group in the entire country, but Dellamaggiore also wisely shines the spotlight on Patrick, who we meet as a meek child with ADD. Watching him grow more confident in his abilities, with lots of support from the brilliant instructor Elizabeth Vicary, is one of the highlights of “Brooklyn Castle.” The threat of budget cuts hangs over the chess team and subsequently the film like the sword of Damocles. Shamefully, education budgets were one of the first things cut in the recession, especially after-school programs like the chess team. The economic collapse might have been the best thing that could have happened to “Brooklyn Castle” though, because it gives the film a much wider scope and an ability to show firsthand how important these programs are. More than 65 percent of the students at I.S. 318 live below the poverty line. The students are well
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Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center aware how hard it is to get above that line and make it in the world. Alexis puts enormous pressure on himself to not only become a chess master, but to get good marks on his eighth grade placement test, so he can get into a good high school, a good college and eventually get a good job. Rochelle receives weekly private tutoring from a grandmaster to help her become the first female African-American chess master, while constantly being drilled by her mother that school always comes first. No matter how much drama hangs around the periphery, chess is never going to be an exciting game to watch. Dellamaggiore sidesteps that by hardly spending anytime with the games themselves, instead zeroing in on the triumphant trophy presentations and bitter setbacks. She, with lots of help from the entertaining troupe of teens, manages to make a documentary about chess that never comes off as dry or rudimentary. It’s a guarantee that this film has more laughs than “Identity Thief,” more suspense than “A Good Day to Die Hard,” more heart than “Warm Bodies” and more everything than “Safe Haven.” “Brooklyn Castle” is the rare type of documentary that manages to be both thought-provoking and heartwarming, a rare find. arts@ dailynebraskan.com on twitter @dnartsdesk
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“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” is definitely a tearjerker. Based on the 2006 novel by John Boyne, the 2008 motion picture takes viewers into the lives of two unlikely friends during the Holocaust. What makes this movie stand out is that it’s shot from the perspective of an eight-year-old child. Bruno (Asa Butterfield) is a German boy who is forced to move to Poland with his family after his father (a Nazi commander) is stationed to overlook the Auschwitz concentration camp only about a mile away from their home. A sheltered boy, Bruno refers to the concentration camp as a “farm” and constantly asks why the prisoners
wear “pajamas.” When his questions are constantly ignored, Bruno takes matters into his own hands. Against his mother’s orders, Bruno ventures out back until he reaches the barbwire fence separating him from the concentration camp. He meets a young Jewish prisoner, Shmuel, across the fence and they become close friends. The progression of the story develops their friendship along with Bruno’s skewed reality of what actually happens on the other side of the fence. This movie takes viewers on an emotional roller coaster ride with the haunting storyline and talented cast. The ending will break hearts with its shattering plot twist. —compiled by cynthia
ladely: from 5 thought I’d be a photojournalist,” he said. “The job turned out to be so much fun, I’m still here after 40 years.” He personally wrote a letter to Mary Riepma Ross, a former UNL student and longtime supporter of the theater, expressing the need for a new venue, even specifying how ideal the location of 13th and R streets would be. Ross, now 104 years old and living in New York City, put $3.5 million in a trust fund for a new building at that intersection. “The catch at that time was that we couldn’t start building until she passed away,” Ladely said. “But she’s still alive! She’ll probably outlive me!”
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Ladely gave Riegert a copy of late UNL professor Gerald Shapiro’s collection of short stories called “Bad Jews and Other Stories,” which Riegert read on the plane home from Lincoln and made into his first feature film titled “Kings of the Corner,” which also premiered at the Ross.
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Ten years ago, Margaret Koczan walked into the Ross offices to return movies she was reviewing for student awards. Ladely saw her and came out of his office to meet her. Later that day, she had an email in her inbox from Ladely asking her on a date. Married since 2005, the couple shares almost all of their interests. “We’re both movie fanatics,” she said. Sometimes Ladely’s love of movies keeps him working from home, long after his hours at the of-
fice, researching new films to bring to the Ross. Margaret doesn’t mind. “I think he not only loves movies, but loves to communicate with other people who love movies,” she said. Now that their children from previous marriages are older and living elsewhere, the two enjoy traveling and fine art. They recently took a trip to the Sandhills, where Ladely showed Margaret around western Nebraska, where he grew up. After a long career doing administrative work at UNL, Margaret recently retired. Ladely doesn’t look like he’ll be joining her anytime soon. “I don’t know if he could stop working,” she said. “It’s just something that he loves. I think he’s in for many more years at the Ross.” arts@ dailynebraskan.com on twitter @dnartsdesk
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Orion Walsh played an upbeat set with his band, The Rambling Hearts, through the 8 o’clock hour on Wednesday. The set included two tracks from his recent EP, “First By Water, Then By Fire.”
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Eric Nyffler, of the ambient improv trio Bus Gas, adjusts pedals and effect boards at the Bourbon Theatre Rye Room on Wednesday night. The closing number from Bus Gas lasted nearly 20 minutes, building steadily from a low hum to a tidal wave of sound. My first big moment came when Orion Walsh took the stage with his band, The Rambling Hearts, at about 8 p.m. Having seen Walsh play as a solo act four or five times but also being familiar with his recorded work, I guess I hadn’t considered how much space he leaves (or that perhaps exists independent of intention) for a full band sound to launch his recognizable strumming and naying into folk hyperdrive. Great banjo and harmonies from Spencer Powell and beautiful euphonium interludes from Brian Brazier were a fantastic alternative to what – in a parallel universe where Walsh doesn’t have great folk-rock sensibility – might’ve been standardized keyboard and lead guitar accompaniment. That kind of staging and a crowd needing to be switched on allowed Walsh to get a little
Here comes one of the things harsh with vocals (the beautiful, I think is problematic about the new “Rambling Heart” being the selective perception that goes into exception) and ramp up the rock. concert reviews, but I’ll say it anyEven with his quickly growway: Maybe it’s ing body of recorded their Texas roots, work, the acclaimed If there’s a but for the hour “First by Water, Then the band By Fire” extended story for me that sang about whisplay songs ring as key and dancing Walsh’s magnum from Night #1, it and “losing those opus right now, even was the building losing blues,” in a live set. The title Speedsweat track and “Journey vibrancy of the seemed not to do of a Spruce Tree” an impression of weren’t the most up- acoustic bands at classical counroarious songs of the the Zoo.” try music and its night, but contained tropes but to have the finest of points. been steeped in that musical traThe audience seemed to sense dition; let’s say to BE country as that. opposed to PLAY country. I don’t Then, enter the first of what I hope are many collective discov- know if that’s better than a great impression, but it might be – in eries at the 2013 Lincoln Exposed this part of the country, at least – in the formerly Austin-based honless common. ky-tonkers Speedsweat.
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Newcomers to the Lincoln scene, the Austin-born band Speedsweat was an unknwon entity before their Zoo Bar set. But by the later songs, audience members were dancing by the stage. country revenge-killing narrative in the incredibly dynamic tune, “Mean Blade of Grass.” And as with Walsh, another round for the band, please. Dell admitted he doesn’t often get to play with the full group, but they filled all the crevices in his drinking, moaning, murdering songs (and one about being on the road with UNIVERSE CONTEST) with exceptional fiddle craft and big, big harmonica lungs. Add to that, the bandleader ’s naughty, puppydog stage persona and rock singer voice (which shot up through the country twang more than a few times) – and here was Bonehart Flannigan again complimenting
What’s not selective perception is that the crowd went headover-heels for the adenoidal drawls and a wicked steel guitar. The occasional “thank you” from singer Catherine Lindsay sounded almost surprised at the enthusiasm of the Wednesday crowd, which is always a great moment: the idea that Lincoln newcomers could be impressed by the fervor of a hometown audience. With the success of traditional country acts like Lloyd McCarter, there’s no one way these folks won’t pick up a following fast. But the main reason I don’t want to privilege what classicists might call “authentic” country music is because the crowd an hour later seemed to find Bonehart Flannigan equally pleasing, even considering Jon Dell’s repeated admissions to obligatory country songs or writing on a twist of the
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Nebraska returns home after two-week road trip Liz Uehling dn
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Nebraska high jumper James White clears the bar at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. White will compete against his coach, Dusty Jonas, at the Nebraska Tune-Up this weekend.
Tune-Up brings NU back for last home meet Jacy Lewis dn The Huskers host their last home meet for the indoor season on Friday. The Nebraska Tune-Up will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center with the women’s distance medley relay. The field events will start at 2 p.m. This meet is the last time the Huskers will compete in the regular indoor season. Many redshirt Huskers will compete in this meet as unattached athletes. The NU men’s team is now ranked seventh in the USTFCCCA ranking. They have not been ranked in the top 10 since the beginning of the 2012 season. Coach Dusty Jonas and athlete James White will compete against each other for the first time. Jonas is tied for the world leader lead in the high jump, and White had a breakout season at the beginning of the year. White wasn’t able to compete at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational, where Jonas broke the Bob Devaney Sports Center record. “I want the jumpers to look sharp during the meet,” Jonas said. Teams in Friday’s meet include the University of Nebraska at Kearney, University of Nebras-
I’m going to take it as more of a practice for conference, but I would really like to jump my season’s best.”
It’s good to be home, according to the Nebraska women’s tennis team. After two weeks on the road, Nebraska will be back at the Nebraska Tennis Center this weekend to host a trio of matches. On the road, the Huskers gained three wins and a loss, contributing to their 7-1 out of conference record and 1-0 Big Ten mark. “We are absolutely ecstatic to be back,” Coach Scott Jacobson said. The last time the Huskers played at home was Jan. 27, when they took on Notre Dame and won. “We have been on the road a lot for the past couple weekends, and it will give the girls a nice break,” Jacobson said. The women had Monday and Tuesday practices off after returning home from Virginia, but hit the court again Wednesday with weightlifting and working on doubles drills. Soreness is common at this point of the year. Muscles become tense and worn-out during play. This happens especially during long periods like the ITA Indoors, which was a three-day event for the Huskers. “We were tired and exhausted,” senior Patricia Veresova said of last Sunday’s match against Baylor. Rest was well deserved by the women who returned with two wins and a loss from the ITA National Indoor Team Tournament. “When you get into the middle of the season, the less practice, the better performance, Jacobson said. “During the main portion of the season, the (players) don’t get as much time on the court. We try to balance health and (performance).” Coming into this weekend,
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Tennis player Patricia Veresova swings her racquet at the Nebraska Tennis Center. Veresova and rest of the Huskers are elated to be staying in Lincoln for the first time in two weeks. the Huskers will compete with confidence against two new opponents: Illinois State and Colorado State. Illinois is a Big Ten competitor who will face the Huskers at 4 p.m. Friday. This will only be Nebraska’s second Big Ten match this season. On Saturday, Illinois and Colorado compete against each other here in Lincoln. The Huskers and Colorado State will play at 11 a.m. to wrap up the weekend’s events. No matter what team they
face, Jacobson knows his team has what it takes to get the job done. “Who we’re competing doesn’t matter,” Jacobson said. “We take every match with the same level of intensity … We hope the results will be positive. The team has a boatload of confidence from their achievements so far this season, and I believe they will bring it too the court against Colorado and Illinois.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com
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ka at Omaha, Northwest Missouri State, Pittsburg State, Langston, South Dakota State, Manitoba, Northern State and Oklahoma Baptist. Oklahoma Baptist has two athletes who will bring intensity to the track on Friday. Jura Levy holds the No. 1 NAIA time of 7.25 seconds in the 60 meters, while Akela Jones has cleared 5-10 in the high jump. LeAndre Kennedy from South Dakota State ran 6.98 seconds in the 60-meter dash. The Husker jumpers will try to dominate this meet like they did at the Mark Colligan Memorial, where Mara Griva won both the women’s triple and long jumps. On the men’s side, Patrick Raedler placed second in the long jump and first in the triple jump. Veronica Grizzle won the women’s weight throw and came in third in the shot put at that event. Annie Jackson won the women’s shot put, and the men’s side, Taylor Shapland won the event title. Craig Driver, Beau Simmons and Christian Sanderfer won the
top three spots last weekend and will push each other to place at the Tune-Up. Mara Weekes came back after her injury to win all of her events, and will find competition in Levy. Mila Andric won the women’s 400 meters while Dexter McKenzie took the men’s title. Ellie Grooters won the women’s 600 meters and Levi Gipson won on the men’s side. Trevor Vidlak will try to win the men’s mile title for the second week in a row. Jordan Stiens won the women’s 60 meter hurdles, while Miles Ukaoma won on the men’s side. The Huskers will look to improve their marks as best they can before the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships. Many Huskers are still working toward making the conference team too. “I’m going to take it as more of a practice for conference, but I would really like to jump my season’s best,” Marusa Cernjul said. sports@ dailynebraskan.com
Husker bowlers head to 28-team tournament with high expectations Eric Bertrand Dn
said. “There is no defense, it’s just your offense, and that is all based on what you do.” The players are looking forward The No. 3 Nebraska women’s bowlto competing against teams that ing team will try to win their third consecutive tournament this week- they haven’t had a chance to bowl against, senior Kristina Mickelson end in Baltimore for the Morgan said. State Invitational. “It will be a fun tourThe tournament nament,” Mickelson said. is one of the largest “We don’t normally get to meets – hosting 28 see Fairleigh until later in teams – the team has the year.” been to this year. The Huskers will go Some of the teams into this tournament havcompeting in the touring won their last two nament are No. 1 Cenmatches, and Mickelson tral Missouri, No. 4 doesn’t think that there is Arkansas State, No. 5 any added pressure to the Vanderbilt and No. 7 team to keep winning the Fairleigh Dickinson. tournaments. “We don’t really “It really motivates us mickelson know what to expect to bowl well,” she said. “It with some of the teams doesn’t really help or hurt that we haven’t seen yet,” Nebraska coach Bill Straub us, but just makes the tournaments said. “We just need to disregard the more fun for us.” In the Nebraska’s last tournaopponent, and we will do ok.” According to Straub, bowling is ment, the Prairie View A&M Invite, sophomore Liz Kuhlkin and freshall about execution. “That’s what it is,” the coach man Beth Hedley led the team while
averaging 209.8 and 183.4, respectively. Kuhlkin’s performance was good enough to earn her all-tournament honors for the second time this season. According to Mickelson, it’s normal for the team to have to travel a lot, and some years, there won’t be any action in Lincoln. “Bowling is not the same as other sports where you are guaranteed to have some home games, and it’s not a big deal,” she said. “We will be ok.” Coach Straub also feels the traveling has no effect on the team. “We stay in the same hotel chain, so the rooms almost feel like home,” he said. The typical tournament has about 12 to 15 teams, but since this one has 28, the Huskers will get a lot of bowling in this weekend, Mickelson said. “We just need to get there, bowl really well, have an awesome match-play record, and take home the trophy,” Mickelson said. “And we will do it.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com
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Men’s tennis player Tom Blackwell returns a volley at the Nebraska Tennis Center. The Huskers play a pair of teams that it should beat in East Tennessee State and Georgia State this weekend.
Men’s tennis team faces must-wins during weekend Mark Disomma dn The two matches the Husker men’s tennis team plays this weekend in Johnson City, Tenn., are the kind that can make or break a season. Win both and the Huskers will have notched three wins against ranked opponents in their last four matches, and the Huskers would undoubtedly appear back in the national rankings for the first time in a month. But should the Huskers lose Saturday to No. 74 East Tennessee State (3-2) and to No. 60 Georgia State (6-1), everything could be undone. All of the momentum of outlasting a very talented and highly ranked VCU team would vanish and the Huskers would find themselves with a very mediocre record at 3-5. Coach Kerry McDermott, in his 30th year with the Huskers, knows exactly how important it is to win this weekend. “It’d be big,” he said, “The idea that we’ll win matches against ranked teams on the road, I think that’d be a big confidence booster for us.”
McDermott also knows getting off to a quick start this weekend is crucial. “We have to get off to a good start in doubles, and then we need to make sure we put our top four guys out there who will win the match,” he said. The facility in Johnson City only has four courts, so the players competing in the five and six spots will wait until the first four singles matches are done. This will put added pressure on the top four spots to close out their matches, according to McDermott. There has been a lot of movement around the top of the Huskers’ lineup in recent matches. Seniors Eric Sock and Andre Stenger, along with freshman Marc Hermann, have all seen action in the No. 1 spot, while freshman Dusty Boyer has been a mainstay in the top four. Perhaps the most pleasant surprise of the season for the Huskers has been the stellar play of junior Tom Blackwell. Blackwell (6-0) is undefeated so far this season, and had two impressive victories last weekend. He defeated the No. 113 player in the nation in Jaime Vazquez of VCU and then steamrolled Brandon Lee from Creighton
in straight sets. Blackwell is stressing staying focused and working hard during the matches this week. “We just have to stay focused and keep working hard like we have been in the last couple of matches and just keep fighting like we have been,” he said. Focus will be key going into a pair of matches against very talented opponents. East Tennessee State has bounced back nicely after getting destroyed 7-0 against No. 36 Wake Forest and No. 4 Ohio State. Like the Huskers, they have won two straight matches, including one against then No. 71 UL Lafayette 4-2. Georgia State has played excellently against consistently tough opponents all season. Its lone loss of the season came against No. 51 Arkansas 4-2. The team responded by beating No. 62 North Florida and then ripping off three straight victories against unranked opponents. The Huskers will have a very tough weekend ahead of them, but if they can pull out two victories, it could be one of the defining points in the season. sports@ dailynebrasakn.com
women’s basketball: from 10 and shot 5-for-9 from the floor, including one 3-pointer. Aside from Hill, Ohio State shot just 3-for-19, and even with her, the team shot just 28.6 percent from the floor. Nebraska converted Ohio State’s nine turnovers to 12 points and went into the half up 25-21. Nebraska began the second half hot, with six straight points by Halie Sample and Cady. Ohio State counteracted that with four points of their own, only to see the Huskers go on a 14-4 run during the next five minutes, blowing
open a 45-29 lead. The run was sparked by a coast-to-coast drive by Moore, following a charge taken by Theriot on the ensuing defensive possession. According to Moore, Nebraska’s lead extended from rebounding on both ends of the floor. “We were able to eliminate their second chance points,” said Moore, who during the game became Nebraska’s leader in minutes played. “We eliminated their second and third chances and their kick outs, we were able to get out and run and execute and
push the ball.” An 8-3 run by Moore after that put the game out of Ohio State’s reach, winning the half 33-18. Nebraska defensive pressure bothered Ohio State, who turned the ball over 13 times Thursday. Those 13 turnovers turned into 18 Husker points. “I feel like we’ve gotten more committed to playing hard each possession,” Coach Connie Yori said. “Tonight our effort was really good. Not only good, but smart.” On the offensive side, Hoop-
We found enough scoring forom some kids that don’t always score as much.” Connie Yori
women’s basketball coach
er, who averaged 24.1 points per game during Nebraska’s win streak prior to this game, was held to just eight points but had 10 rebounds and four assists. She had help from all around though, including nine points from freshman Rachel Theriot and nine points from Tear’a Laudermill.
“We found enough scoring from some of our kids that don’t always score as much,” Yori said. Nebraska’s seven-game win streak will most likely earn them a Top 25 spot, but Yori doesn’t want her team getting too cocky. “If you start patting yourself on the back too much, that’s when
you start to lose focus,” Yori said. Moore agrees, it’s all about taking it one game at a time. “We’re not so focused on the win streak,” Moore said. “We wanna win (the next) game. It’s not just so we can continue our win streak. It’s so that we can win and we can feel good about that win. We just want to be successful and keep winning.” Nebraska does not play Sunday. Next up for the team is Michigan Thursday in Ann Arbor, Mich. sports@ dailynebraskan.com
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Huskers to play 4 games in California Nebraska to take on Cal State Bakersfield, Cal State Fullerton, USC during weekend Lanny Holstein dn The Nebraska baseball team heads to California this weekend for four games, two of which will be against top 25 competition. The Huskers are challenging themselves right off the bat. Coach Darin Erstad made a point to up the level of nonconference competition this season, after Nebraska’s NCAA tournament atlarge stock was hurt by the weak Big Ten conference a year ago. They take on Cal State Bakersfield in the opener Friday and then get No. 22 Cal State Fullerton for a pair of games on Saturday. A battle with USC on Sunday finishes out a series of games, landing Nebraska among the nation’s leaders in early season strength of schedule. Now that the games are scheduled, the next step is to get a few wins and build a resume, according to Erstad. Playing top-ranked teams isn’t enough. It’s going to take a few wins against them to put the Huskers over the top. Centerfielder Rich Sanguinetti said the team will be ready to go out of the gate, but it may still take a little time for everyone to find their roles. “The fall scrimmages were great, but you don’t know what you are really going to get until the season starts,” Sanguinetti said. “There’s this whole readjustment period where you find out file photo by kaylee everly | dn your roles, stuff like that.” Husker outfielder Michael Pritchard follows through on a swing last season. Pritchard is a preNebraska’s defensive lineup season NCBWA all-American after hitting .387 last season. is pretty well set for the weekend. With the majority of the lineup returning, Erstad said he has a good guys hit .300 one year and everyidea of where everyone fits in. NU Projected Starters body told us how great we were We’ve got quite a bit of experigoing to be,” Erstad said. “I think ence from a posiFriday Pierce (4.21 ERA, 0-0) we hit .250 as a team tion player standthe next year, so Saturday (Game 1) Hander (2.97 ERA, 0-0) point,” he said. Oh, there’s just no guar“On paper that Saturday (Game 2) Hirsch (5.53 ERA, 0-0) antees in this game (Pritchard) looks good.” The coach has pop in his bat. or in life actually.” Sunday DeLeon (4.04 ERA[JUCO], 0-0) Nebraska’s top seemed confident hitter heading in the earlier this week He pretty much tian DeLeon. The pitching staff any pop. weekend is Michael that the Husker does what we ask was a bit shaky last year, posing “Oh, he has pop in his bat,” the Pritchard. The junior offense will be a 4.40 ERA, so Husker hitters and coach said. “He pretty much does outfielder hit .387 of him.” strong again this what we ask of him. Last year, he defenders know they have to be a year ago, flirting season after finwas like, ‘Oh, I’m a leadoff hitter, on top of their game. Darin Erstad with .400 for a good ishing with a .315 baseball coach “When the pitchers have eight then I’m going to get on base.’ He chunk of the seateam batting avguys behind them that are ready hit for some power in high school, son. The majority of erage a year ago. his hits came in the and in batting practice, when he to get after it and put their neck That being said, he doesn’t want on the line, it makes it a lot easier singles category as season ago. In wants to, it’s in there.” to make any promises. to pitch,” Sanguinetti said. On the mound, Nebraska will fact, only 10 of his 92 hits were of “I always tell those guys, I sports@ go with Brandon Pierce, Ryan the extra base variety, but don’t played on a team that had six dailynebraskan.com tell Erstad Pritchard doesn’t have Hander, Zach Hirsch and Chris-
NU looks to follow season best After scoring 197.175 last weekend, Huskers travel to Arizona for next meet Matt Duren dn Coming off a season-best score of 197.175 last weekend, the No. 8 Nebraska women’s gymnastics team will hit the road for the first time in three weeks as they travel to Tucson, Ariz., for a matchup against No. 14 Arizona. The two teams will square off in the McKale Memorial Center on Saturday at 5 p.m. CT. The Huskers (4-1, 4-1 Big Ten) will be going for their fifth consecutive win after dropping their season opener. This will also mark the first time Nebraska will compete against a non-conference opponent this year. Nebraska has had a short week of practice, practicing just three days, but coach Dan Kendig thought it went well overall. “I thought we finished on a good note,” Kendig said. “It was a short week, but I thought we did what we needed to do to get ready for Arizona.” Last week against Penn State, the Huskers saw fewer mistakes in bars and beam than in previous weeks. With the short week of practice, only adjustments were made. “We watched some film to see where we could make some adjustments,” Kendig said. “But the girls did a good job of making them. I feel like we are at a good spot, and we need to keep doing what we’re doing.” Junior Jamie Schleppenbach said preparing for this weekend was about eliminating the mistakes. “I don’t think we have had a meet where we have really put everything together,” Schleppenbach said. “This team has a lot of confidence and is capable of a lot. So if we eliminate those mistakes, our scores will really be good.” Getting rid of those small mis-
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Nebraska pitcher Tatum Edwards winds up to throw a pitch last season. Edwards and her twin sister Taylor will play key roles on coach Rhonda Revelle’s roster this season.
Huskers look to stay undefeated at Hillenbrand Josh Kelly dn
complish such an achievement. Although she was once named Big 12 player of the week, this After going 5-0 in Las Cruces, is her first Big Ten honor. “It’s not my goal, but it’s N.M., at the Hotel Encanto Invitational, the Nebraska soft- great,” she said. “My goal is to help out the team as much as I ball team heads to Tucson, can and to leave everything out Ariz., to compete in the Hillenbrand Invitational at Hillen- on the field.” If NU wins their opening brand Stadium this weekend. matchup versus Southern Utah The invitational is hosted by on Friday, then they will reach the Arizona Wildcats, who are 6-0, which would be their best the No. 16 team in the country. start since 2003. After that they The Huskwould be in ers will face five reach of the best (It) feels teams in three start the softball days while in great to program has Arizona. Other ever had: 8-0, teams competing finally just play, to something that this weekend are be out there on can be achieved Southern Utah, this weekend. Drake, Utah the dirt.” Their second State, Purdue matchup Friday and Arizona. All will be against Taylor Edwards in all, the softball Nebraska catcher the invite’s host squad is excited in a ranked to have the seaWildcats team. son started back “We gotta take one game a up again. Last weekend marked the time. Each team is different,” team’s best start to a season Edwards said. “Arizona is definitely interesting. They’re alsince 2009, and the players are ways ranked in the top 15.” excited to be back out on the Arizona went 3-2 last weekfield. end at the Kajikawa Classic “(It) feels great to finally in Tempe, AZ. Although the just play, to be out there on the dirt,” catcher Taylor Edwards Wildcats suffered two losses last weekend, the Wildcats are said. a perfect 20-0 in home openThe junior from Murrieta, ers since Hillenbrand Stadium Calif., had a very successful outing last weekend in New opened. Arizona owns the allMexico, piling up an impres- time series versus NU, taking 13 out of 16 meetings, but Edsive batting average of .556. Edwards was also named the wards and her team are confiBig Ten player of the week. Out dent heading to Arizona this weekend. of all the Big Ten players, she “We should be fine if we do led in hits, home runs, and RBIs with 10 hits, three home runs the things we’ve done in practice this week and if we simply and 15 RBIs on the weekend. just play Nebraska ball,” she Her biggest performance came said. against Illinois-Chicago, where sports@ she hit two grand slams, makdailynebraskan.com ing her the first Husker to ac-
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Nebraska coach Dan Kendig has a word of advice for one of his athletes. The coach takes his team to Arizona looking for its fifth consecutive win.
It was a short week, but I thought we did what we needed to do to get ready for Arizona.”
women’s gymnastics coach
takes will be especially important for the Huskers in the rotation’s top spots. There are as many as nine girls competing for spots in beam and bars. “Every turn counts,” senior Brittany Skinner said. “The competition is very strong at each event so it’s about hitting your routine.” Meanwhile, the Wildcats (9-5, 0-4 Pac 12) – coached by Bill Ryden – are coming off a strong performance in the Chicago Style Meet in
Chicago. Arizona took first place with a team score of 195.950, en route to wins over the likes of Pittsburgh, Texas and Illinois State. The victory boosted the Wildcats record to 9-5. They have additional wins over Auburn, Illinois and BYU this season. Nebraska will have its hands full in Tucson this weekend. “They are a good team, a top 15 team,” Kendig said. “They are a good home team, and we need to go in and compete well. If we don’t
The Spartans are coming off a 75-52 victory against No. 4 Michigan, a game that saw 17 Michigan State foul attempts. Although the team made only eight of those shots, coach Tom Izzo said he was impressed with his team’s defense. “We did a good job with the zone,” he said. “The job that Gary Harris and Keith Appling did on two of the best guards in the country was incredible.” The two Spartan guards held Michigan shooters to a 39.6 percent
shooting performance, including a 31.6 percent showing from 3-point land. There’s no doubt the pressure defense will be carried over into Lincoln in Saturday’s match against Nebraska. Through 25 games this season, the Spartans rank second in allowed points per game (58.9) and fourth in 3-point field goal defense percentage (31.3). If the Huskers hope to pull off an upset at home this weekend,
hit our routines, it could be a bad result.” Arizona is led by senior Aubree Cristello, an all-around performer who is ranked 20th nationally in the all-around (39.288) and tied for 19th on beam (9.846). Cristello has already won four all-around titles this year for the Wildcats. The Huskers hold a 19-15 regular-season series advantage over Arizona, with the last meeting coming in 2010, a Nebraska win. Nebraska will start off on uneven bars, with their first rotation taking them to vault. The second rotation will take the team to floor exercise, and the team will finish off the evening of balance Beam. sports@ dailynebraskan.com
a week later. “You’re going to see some tough teams, especially if you make it to, in a couple weeks, when they hold the finals,” Nebraska sophomore 174-pounder Robert Kokesh said. “That’s some of the best teams in the nation.” Only one Husker – No. 6 157-pounder James Green – has wrestled his Virginia counterpart so far this season. In November at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas, Green lost to current No. 15 Jedd Moore in a 7-6 decision. Even though Nebraska does not know much about the Cavaliers, Kokesh said he and his teammates can rely on their experience battling in the Big Ten – the only conference with nine teams ranked in the top 25 – to give them confidence. “We don’t know much about them, but we’ve had a tough schedule this year, and we’ve just got to bring that out to the National Duals,” Kokesh said. “We’ve wrestled some tough competition this year. We’ve just got to go out there and set up a good game plan like we’ve been doing all year and wrestle smart, wrestle hard.” Kokesh is coming off his first loss in nearly three months. He fell to Iowa’s Mike Evans, a loss that snapped his 22-match win-
ning streak and dropped him to No. 4 in the nation at 174 pounds. Sophomore 149-pounder Jake Sueflohn and senior 184-pounder Josh Ihnen were the only Huskers to win in NU’s loss at Iowa last weekend. And Sueflohn is the only Nebraska wrestler other than Green to have faced a Cornell Regional opponent this season. Sueflohn and Green each beat Cornell opponents at the Cliff Keen, but the Huskers aren’t looking that far ahead. “Virginia’s got a good team, and we’ve got to make it through Virginia to make it to whoever wins between Cornell and Hofstra,” Manning said. “I don’t look at it too far other than that. It’s pretty simple. We have to win one to get to the other.” And even though the meet has a team tournament format, Manning doesn’t view the National Duals as an introductory statement to the postseason. Kokesh said an event like this one can help prepare a team for the grind of the postseason, but he and his teammates can’t look at it like that. “It’s just a couple duals,” he said. “Just like we’ve been doing.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com
men’s bball: from 10 redemption. In its first meeting, sophomore forward David Rivers led Nebraska in scoring with 18 points, while also tallying six rebounds. However, Rivers also compiled four personal fouls, while freshman and senior teammates Shavon Shields and Andre Almeida fouled out. The key for the Huskers will be to keep their opponents away from the free-throw line if they have any hopes to win this second go around.
We need to get a win over one of these ranked teams. That’s what I want to do.” Tim Miles
men’s basketball coach
the team is going to need its two senior shooting guards to step up and prove why they’re the team’s leading scorers. Dylan Talley and Ray Gal-
legos lead the team with 13.2 and 13.0 points per game but are both shooting less than 40 percent from the floor. However, Talley scored a team-high 16 points against In-
diana, including a 7-for-12 (58.3) performance from the floor. If the two can both get hot from the paint against No. 8 Michigan State, Husker fans might witness an upset, which is something Miles is longing to see from his team this Saturday. “We need to get a win over one of these ranked teams,” he said. “That’s what I want to do.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com
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Still Streaking Husker women get their seventh straight win story by Chris Heady photo by Allison Hess
he Nebraska women’s basketball team extended their win streak to seven games Thursday with a 58-39 win against Ohio State. It was their second win against the Buckeyes in two weeks. Emily Cady had her fourth double-double of the season, with 10 points and a career- high 16 rebounds. AllAmerican candidate Lindsey Moore led the Huskers with 14 points, four assists and eight rebounds. “It was a really fun game,” Moore said. “We played really hard. That’s one of our first games we’ve played a complete game and played really hard for the complete 40 minutes.” The first half started with a 6-0 Nebraska lead, highlighted by a no-look, high-low passes from Moore to Jordan Hooper. The Huskers struggled to score from the floor, shooting just 10-for-31 with only one 3-pointer. Rachel Theriot led the team with nine points in the first half, including five straight to spark a 7-2 run to end the half. Emily Cady led the team with 11 rebounds. Nebraska also had trouble stopping OSU’s Tayler Hill in the first half. She accounted for 15 of the Buckeyes’ 21 points,
Husker guard Lindsey Moore dribbles the ball up the court against the Buckeyes. Moore had 14 points and four rebounds Thursday night.
That was one of our first games where we played a complete game and played really hard for the complete 40 minutes.”
Lindsey Moore nebraska guard
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL LEADERS Points Rebounds Assists
Moore 14 Cady 16 Moore 4
Hill 20 Adams 9 Alston 1
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NU seeks redemption against MSU Nebraska hosts Michigan State Saturday after losing to No. 1 Indiana Nedu Izu DN If you happened to watch the opening minutes of the Nebraska men’s basketball game last night, you may have thought the Huskers had a chance to pull off the upset against the No. 1 team in the nation. In its matchup with Indiana Wednesday, the Huskers led their Big Ten opponent 12-9 through the game’s first nine minutes. But the chance of victory for the underdogs was quickly subdued as the Hoosiers (22-3, 10-2 Big Ten) went on to crush the Huskers (12-13, 3-9) 76-47. Fouls haunted the Huskers all night as they sent Indiana shooters to the line 29 times. If the team hopes to have any chance Saturday against its next opponent, No. 8 Michigan State, they’ll have to be more disciplined on defense, according to coach Tim Miles. “We were in foul trouble most of the night,” Miles said after Wednesday’s game. “You get to a certain point, and it feels like you’re on the Titanic – it’s just one guy after another.” Since February began, Nebraska opponents have gone to the line at least 28 times a game, including 32 foul shots by Penn State last Saturday. Miles said he’s looking forward to putting the 29-point loss behind him and playing the Spartans (21-4, 10-2) this weekend. “I’m excited to line it up with Michigan State and have a chance to get the bad taste out of our mouth,” he said. After losing its first matchup to the Spartans (66-56) on Jan. 13, the Huskers will be going into Saturday’s matchup looking for
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NU wrestler Robert Kokesh tries to gain the upper hand in a recent dual. Kokesh lost for the first time in 22 matches to Iowa’s Mike Evans.
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Husker guard David Rivers makes a move against Ohio State at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Rivers and the rest of the team have not beat a ranked opponent this season.
On the heels of a month-long stretch, during which five of the Nebraska wrestling team’s six opponents were ranked Big Ten squads, the Huskers finally have a break from competition in the nation’s toughest conference. But even though the No. 13 Huskers get a reprieve from league competition when they head to Ithaca, N.Y., for the NWCA National Duals this weekend, opponent Virginia offers no relief. “I know they’re a good team.
They’ve had a lot of success,” NU coach Mark Manning said. “I know they have a lot of ranked guys, so we’ve got a good challenge on our hands.” The No. 11 Cavaliers bring seven ranked wrestlers to Sunday’s dual – part of the Cornell Regional of the National Duals that also includes host No. 10 Cornell and Hofstra. The winner of the Nebraska/ Virginia meet will face off with the other dual’s victor in the regional final, which will send the regional champion to the tournament finals
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