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Jo Tetherow, an Occupy Lincoln protester, talks with Jen Chandler at the protest’s camp on Centennial Mall Thursday. Tetherow has joined other protesters in calling on the City Council to adopt a resolution against the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision. Chandler is reading Tetherow’s speech to the council on an iPad.
Occupy politics gain traction Recent political trends echo key ideas of Occupy Wall Street movement Story and photos by Dan Holtmeyer
he spirit of Occupy Wall Street appears to be translating into political action. The movement, which began last September, coalesced from frustration and anger over the nation’s historic disparity of wealth and the alleged influence of money on politicians. It shot the phrase “income inequality” into the national consciousness and has since cropped up in the State of the Union and the Republican presidential candidate contest. Two proposals, one in Congress and one making its way around the country, seem to echo those cries against the power of money, and could change the rules on political spending and taxes.
‘Citizens United’ and the Move to Amend In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision said spending money on political ads and other material is effectively speech and deserves First Amendment protection. Unions, corporations or any other organizations could spend however much what they wanted on campaign ads from then on. The decision was criticized for the influence it gives to wealthy Americans and corporations, which tend to support Republicans. It paved the way for “super PACs” to accept unlimited millions in donations and buy political ads, usually for one candidate in particular. So far, they’ve spend more than $40 million, according to returns filed early this week.
“We’re still seeing impact,” said John Gruhl, a political science professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “It looks like there’s going to be a lot more money in the campaigns, a lot more ads, and it looks like they’ll be a lot more negative.” Citizens United has frequently been a point of protest from Occupy Wall Street. City by city, an associated movement called “Move to Amend” is trying to build momentum for a constitutional amendment to overturn the decision. Los Angeles, New York City, Portland and several other cities and towns across the country have already adopted a resolution in support. During the past month, Occupy Lincoln has been calling on the city council to do the same. “We want them to pass a resolution that
Being a mom was the best job Beverly Eby ever had. And she got paid 32 cents an hour to do it. Eby acted as a foster parent for her two great nephews for seven months starting in July 2007. But she said the compensation she received from a private foster-care agency wasn’t enough to cover food, diapers, transportation and other expenses for the two babies. “You come out with the short end of the stick,” Eby said. “If the state is going to remove children from their homes, then they better darn well be ready to pay for their care.” Eby was one of 13 proponents for Sen. Annette Dubas’ LB 926, a bill designed to establish a minimum base rate for foster care payments and cut out the middle man of private agencies and subcontractors in the payment process. At the bill’s hearing Thursday afternoon with the Health and Human Service Committee, Dubas said the state’s average payments to foster parents, which vary for each agency, are among the lowest in the nation. Teresa Aernie, a foster parent in the process of adopting the three children in her and her husband’s care, said one child’s $200 monthly stipend “didn’t
Sen. Annette Dubas even cover her diapers.” And when health problems entered the picture for the baby girl, who was born early and had a hole in her heart, monetary troubles worsened. “I had to threaten going to the governor’s door to get this child a heart surgery,” Aernie said. The child is now 2 years old and healthy. Soon, Aernie will be her legal parent. But Melanie WilliamsSmotherman, the lone testifying opponent of the
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The NCAA has placed the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletic Department under two years’ probation and enforced a $38,000 fine, which has gone to local charities, after what the department committed what the NCAA called “major violations.” The announcement came Wednesday afternoon. It marks the end of an investigation that began last summer after the department realized nearly 500 student athletes had, from 2007 to 2010, received recommended course books under scholarship. NCAA rules prohibit scholarships from paying for anything but required materials. Last July, Athletic Director Tom Osborne announced the department would selfimpose a two-year probation period, report its findings to the NCAA and pay $28,000, roughly matching
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the value of the recommended books student athletes got for free. The official sanction increased that amount and re-started the two-year probation clock to start Jan. 31. “The violations, which included a failure to monitor, were narrow in scope and centered on studentathletes in all sports receiving impermissible benefits,” reads a statement on the NCAA website. Student athletes who benefitted from the mistake have also paid the value of the problematic books to local charity. The average value per athlete: $60. “It came out of our own pocket,” said Kaitlyn Burke, a senior guard on the women’s basketball team and president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. “People kind of understood and knew the severity of it.” Gary Bargen, the athletic department’s associate director of compliance with
NCAA rules, said the problem came to the department’s attention in November 2010 and stemmed from a misunderstanding with the University Bookstore. “The NCAA rule says you are permitted to provide required textbooks ... but not recommended,” Bargen said. “That rule has been in effect for a long time, and evidently the bookstore had a misunderstanding of that or weren’t aware.” “They weren’t trying to break the rule,” Bargen added. “It’s not like somebody was trying to do something wrong.” The University Bookstore suggested and paid the addition $10,000, according to the Associated Press. A spokesman for the bookstore wasn’t available to comment by press time. Since the discovery of the mistake, Bargen said, policies for educating bookstore employees and student athletes have been adjusted, including having
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separate lines for the student athletes with textbook scholarships to keep the rule’s boundaries clear. The department-wide probation means that if the athletic department violates another rule, the penalty is made more severe. The department must also file annual reports on its solution to the problem, Bargen said. The $38,000 fine, meanwhile, was distributed to several local charities by the Student Athlete Advisory Board, Burke said.
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University of NebraskaLincoln will kick off Black History Month at the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center today. The first event titled “Dream, Believe, Work, Achieve: Celebrating Black Achievement at UNL” aims to illustrate the contributions of famous African-Americans and to show the progress that has taken place in the African-American community. Andre Fortune, director of the multicultural center, said that while many students have differing viewpoints of black history, it’s important to bring the struggles of previous African-Americans to light. “There is an opportunity for us to raise awareness,” he said, adding that
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he hopes the event raises awareness for others to see African-American achievement as well. Fortune said his goal was to uplift and celebrate other cultures represented on campus noting that there are plans to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and Native-American Heritage Month among others. He said that while every culture on campus can’t be celebrated, it speaks for the diversity at UNL. “We’re trying our best to reach out to everyone and be inclusive,” he said. Bianca Harley, event coordinator for the Student Involvement, said the Gaughan will feature discussions and performances. It will also host a discussion panel of local barbers and hair stylists after showing the Chris Rock documentary “Good Hair.” “We’ve dealt with issues of ‘What is beauty
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UNL to debut course on weed management
Class to use technology to track invasive species
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The word weed — not used here in reference to marijuana — is subjective. Weeds are dependent on their location and what people would rather see there. A new short course at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln aims to help land owners, ranchers, students and even interested policy makers identify and control unwanted particularly noxious plants. The class will be offered June 26 to June 28 at the University of NebraskaLincoln’s West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte, Neb.. Stephen Young, an extension weed ecologist and moderator for the course, said the curriculum will focus on integrated weed management, new technology and what Young refers to as EDRR — early detection; rapid response. Young’s EDRR almost sounds like a medical approach to cancer, find the plants early, get them out fast.
To do this effectively, Young said, an efficient integrated management strategy needs to be used. “Integrated weed management, should be traditional weed management. We have relied on some methods of control a little too heavily over the years,” said Young. Young went on to say that integrated weed management takes into consideration more forms of control, including grazing, fire, biological controls and some use of herbicide. There will also be considerable emphasis put on the use of technology to control invasive weeds in Nebraska. Some of the presentations will involve work with Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) that can be used to mark areas where the invasive species have been spotted. The use of smart phone apps and interactive computers to help identify offending plants will also be discussed. Dandelions aside, according to the Bureau of Land Management, noxious weeds such as leafy spurge, Canada thistle and phragmities, a water dwelling plant, are pushing out native species and have populations that are out of control,
According to Young there is an app that has been used in Florida to track invasive pythons and other animal species, called ‘I Got One!’ But a similar invasive plant app, that uses photos to identify plants in real time, has yet to be developed, Young said. “The problem is that many plants in the same genus look very similar,” Young said. The program in North Platte will also feature hands on study, fieldwork and speakers from a variety of states and disciplines. Young has 13 fellow instructors helping to teach the three-day program. Jane Mangold, one of the presenters, is an assistant professor and extension weed specialist from Montana State University. According to Mangold, though the soil types and climates are different in Nebraska and Montana, they still suffer from some of the same invasive species. The curriculum will go beyond what can be done to prevent these invasive species and delve into what can be done to re-establish areas that have had an infestations of noxious and invasive species. “I think people should have an understanding about
Apple boasts education benefits of new iBooks Larry brown daily nebraskan
Apple’s revamped products, iBooks Author and iTunes U have real implications for colleges and universities. The Internet makes the world small, really small. Two University of Nebraska-Lincoln professors say the advent begs the question: What can colleges offer that students can’t get online? And how can they use products like these to their advantage? The Apple products — part of its education initiative — would make it possible for professors to self-publish books. The iTunes U product is similar to Blackboard. Both can be used on the iPad. But Guy Trainin, an associate professor of teaching, learning and teacher education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, said there should be some apprehension by schools to switch from print to iPad-based textbook platforms. In an announcement at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, on Jan. 19 Philip Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing for Apple, said in a video on Apple’s website the initiative of Apple is to “reinvent the textbook.” Schiller said while books are useful, they carry a degree of impracticability in today’s classroom. “The textbook is not
always the ideal learning tool,” he said. Still, Trainin said electronic textbooks aren’t popular yet, but could be soon. “We have to be very careful about ‘What does this mean?’” he said. He said the College of Education and Human Sciences has been experimenting with iPads for some time now. Eddy Cue, senior Apple vice president of Internet Software and Services added that Apple wanted to “reinvent the curriculum,” at the Guggenheim announcement. Apple also introduced a Mac-exclusive application titled “iBooks Author,” which Schiller said would be available to those who want to produce books of their own. “You can create any kind of book using iBooks Author,” Cue said in the video. iBooks Author is an attractive feature to Trainin. Trainin said the application would allow the author to recoup some of the cost in production of the textbook, and that it would drive the cost lower for students. And it fits the instructor’s curriculum exactly, he added. But it would only be available on the iPad, something that concerns Trainin. “Once you charge for the book, you can’t use it anywhere except the Apple platform,” he said.
Trainin said the versatility of having books on an iPad may be appealing, but if someone loses a book electronically that person could lose a valuable tool. “Some books are the tool of trade,” he said. Allen Steckelberg, also an associate professor of instructional technology in teaching, learning & teacher education, said he believes iTunes U offers more opportunities to share class content with students. “It lets you do more things with multimedia than you would otherwise,” he said. But Steckleberg also added that the information only flows from instructor to student, with no way for the student to interact with instructors. Steckleberg added that iTunes U may help students with courses as long as students understand the information is presented differently. “iTunes U can certainly change colleges in fundamental ways,” he said. Trainin said getting lectures for free through iTunes U forces colleges to think about how they do business. LARRYBROWN@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM
ncaa fine: from 1 After several organizations applied, Burke said, funds were donated to the Autism Family Network, the Lincoln Food Bank, Tiny Hands International, a Christian organization that works against human
trafficking and three others. “For the most part, they were all split evenly” from the $38,000, Burke said. The NCAA has imposed a probation on the university before. In February 2002, the athletic department was
penalized with a two-year probation period after a swimming coach and wrestling coach provided money to several students for education or competition expenses. danielholtmeyer@ dailynebraskan.com
invasive plants because they can impact our lives both economically and ecologically. They tend to proliferate where we demand a lot from our lands because they generally do well with disturbance.” Mangold will be presenting on what can be done to reestablish areas that have been hard hit by invasive species with more desirable species. Mangold stated that though we need to focus on eradicating these invasive and noxious species, they are a fact of life and are going to be with us for the long run. This program is targeted at any individual who is interested in learning about the invasive and noxious plants that plague Nebraska. This includes students, policy makers, ranchers, farmers, landowners and basically any one who is remotely concerned about native species. The cost of the program is $650, but this provides lodging, a binder with all the presentations, and an interactive plant identification CD and some meals. Young is trying to find funding to offer financial aid to grad students, undergraduate students and Nebraska residents.
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bill: from 1 bill, fears that not all foster parents are like Aernie. Williams-Smotherman, executive director of Family Advocacy Movement, said that foster care placements often remove children from well-meaning, but impoverished, homes. She said funding would be better spent assisting families who can’t afford to adequately care for their children. “If this bill passes, we are afraid it will attract the wrong kind of people,” WilliamsSmotherman said. “If foster parents are not doing it for the money, why is it unreasonable for them to receive a little less than necessary to take care of the children (whom) they claim to love as their own?” Dubas acknowledged Williams-Smotherman’s concerns but called her bill simply “one small component of a much bigger picture of child welfare reform.” With LB 926, Dubas also hopes to provide equal compensation for kinship placements — relatives or close acquaintances who assume care of foster children. Because kinship placements are uncertified for foster care, the state provides them with less compensation for the child’s needs, which include food, clothing, education and
transportation. An agency director said the current maximum payment for kinship placements is $10 a day, while other foster parents are paid a minimum of $15 a day. “I’ve never been able to make the connection as to why we pay them less,” Dubas said. “Maybe they don’t have the training that certified foster parents have, but they do bring other things to the table. I don’t think we can undervalue those things.” An internal study by the Nebraska Foster Care Review Board in 2010 revealed that 50 percent of foster parents chose to discontinue their work, mainly because of inadequate reimbursement and difficulty working with the system, according to interim director Kathy Bigsby Moore. Proponents of the bill said inadequate reimbursement fuels a never-ending cycle that passes children from household to household because of financial troubles. “Even at $20 (a day), we are not meeting the basic needs of a two-year-old in foster care,” said Leigh Esau, a former foster parent. “If we don’t start paying attention to this, we will be in dire straits down the road.”
Members of the Health and Human Services Committee expressed agreement with testifying proponents. “You are preaching to the choir,” Sen. Mike Gloor said to Esau at the end of her testimony. While no foster care agency executives expressed opposition to Dubas’ bill, they disagreed with her intention to pay stipends directly to the foster parents — a move that would cut the agencies out of the process. They argued that agencies serve as a buffer in the payment process, handling issues with inaccurate payments and working with the foster families to ensure adequate compensation. Gregg Nicklas, CEO of Christian Heritage Foster Care, supported the bill but asked the committee to consider the bill’s financial implications as they continue with the legislation. “Please secure the appropriate funding to cover the projected $4.5 million expense,” Nicklas said to the committee. “If this legislation moves forward without additional funding, I predict you will see more providers closing their doors, because they cannot assume the additional cost.” jacymarmaduke@ dailynebraskan.com
history: from 1 in America?’” she said. She added that the discussion will look at the role of hair in the African-American community. Other events include a poetry performance and the “Work of Art” performance. Work of Art features the Shaolin Jazz Project, which blends hip-hop music, and jazz. “It will discuss the parallels between the genres,” Harley said adding the performance will highlight how jazz and hip-hop came from the African-American experience in America.
Fortune is especially excited for the Work of Art performance. “We’ll be working with UNL faculty and have outside speakers for the event,” he said. They will discuss the merging of jazz and hip-hop. Fortune said this month will also debunk some of the stereotypes of AfricanAmericans and other ethnic groups. Fortune said that stereotypes of ethnic groups don’t fit. “We want to debunk some of those myths,” he said.
Harley agrees that some of the myths need to be debunked and points back to a previous speaker that was at the Gaughan, Toure. Harley refers to his speech when speaking on debunking stereotypes. “There are 40,000 African-Americans and 40,000 ways to be Black,” she said. “Dream, Believe, Work, Achieve: Celebrating Black Achievement at UNL” will be held at 5 p.m. in Room 212 at the Nebraska Union. LARRYBROWN@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM
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for children. And for the first time, the student chapter of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) will have a canned food drive with goods to be donated to the People’s City Mission in Lincoln. Drew Seymour, the president of the club and graduate earth and atmospheric sciences student, spoke about the connection between canned food drives and the AAPG. Dinosaurs and Disasters began in 2005 when a group of graduate students wanted to have an outreach program for geology. The students worked
with Kathy French, the education coordinator for the UNL State Museum and Mary Anne Holmes, a professor of practice in the earth and atmospheric sciences department. The two women are co-coordinators for Dinosaurs and Disasters. “The first event was over 1,400 folks, which is a really good day for us,” French said. “(In recent past years) we have gone up to over 2,000.” It’s the museum’s biggest event, French said. Holmes spoke about the dedication and enthusiasm of the graduate students who run Dinosaurs and Disasters.
“It takes them hours to prepare and they spend the whole day here,” Holmes said. “They are all just so generous with their time and so enthusiastic about it. They love what they do and they want to share it.” The event is geared toward everyone. “I always tell my people, it’s like birth to 100,” French said. The event is sponsored by the U.S. Bank. Alumni from the Earth and atmospheric sciences department also donated funds to help fund museum events such as Dinosaurs and Disasters. heatherhaskins@ dailynebraskan.com
UHC requests $50,000 less in funds Emily nichter Daily nebraskan
A visit from the University Health Center left the Committee for Fees Allocation feeling good Thursday night. The health center presented its budget for the 2012-2013 school year and is asking the committee for a $50,120 reduction in student fees. Dr. James Guest, director of the University Health Center, said all fee users received an email from the Association of Students of
the University of Nebraska President Lane Carr earlier in the academic year. The email asked fee users to try to avoid asking for an increase in student fees, and the health center complied. Health center officials were able to cut costs by making some adjustments to the professional staff and changing the way they back up their data in case of emergency. Also, the ailing economy allowed the health center to purchase 35 desktop computers for the price of the budgeted 25, leaving
them a year ahead in its replacement plans and allowing them to reduce the expense. “We’re very pleased we cut costs without cutting services,” Guest said. The committee had few questions about the health center’s budget request. “The health center has done a great job of getting projects done ahead of the game and they’ve been able to reduce some student fees,” said Nolan Johnson, a junior management major and CFA chair. Johnson took advantage
of the lighthearted mood and asked if the health center had picked a winner for the iPad it gave out during “Get Rec’d.” Johnson was disappointed to learn he hadn’t won, but felt better when Guest assured him student fees weren’t used in the purchase of the iPad.
occupy: from 1 corporations are not people and money is not speech,” said Jo Tetherow, 60, a retired real estate appraiser who has been a sort of matriarch for the Occupy Lincoln camp on Centennial Mall. So far the council’s reaction has been lukewarm, but Tetherow said the people of Lincoln support the idea. Interviews with several UNL students suggested the same. “I definitely wouldn’t allow unlimited money toward the super PACs,” said Josh Doeden, a freshman political science and international studies major. “I’m not a fan of (them), because it’s really just all about the money.” Sherae Sawyer, a sophomore broadcasting major, said she supported overturning the decision to allow candidates into politics without the wealth or following of Republican candidates Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum. “Everybody deserves a chance,” she said. But a constitutional amendment requires the support of two-thirds of Congress or the states, making it extremely difficult to push through. “It looks like it’s gaining steam, but I doubt that it’s gaining enough steam,” Gruhl said. “In our system, if you have a lot of money, you have a lot of clout, so the resistance will be huge.” High Earnings and Low Taxes In another echo of a common Occupy Wall Street protest, a bill was introduced to the U.S. Senate Wednesday that aims to equalize the tax burden across income levels. The so-called “Buffett rule” — named after Omaha billionaire Warren Buffett, who supports it — would require
dn flashback The university defeats the city Y.M.C.A. Feb. 3, 1902 On Saturday evening, January 25, the University basket ball (sic) team defeated the city Y.M.C.A. team in the most exciting game of the season. Captain Koehler and his able supporters played with a vim and energy characteristic of professionals. The first half was decidedly in the Y.M.C.A.’s favor, resulting in the score of 17-7. With renewed determination the defenders of the scarlet and cream began to even up the score in the second half. Cortelyou and Hagensick did commendable work as forwards while Koehler and Raymond as guards spoiled many anticipated goals for the visitors. Pillsbury at center, found a lively opponent in Hancock but before the game ended had shown him equally as good opposition. The final score was 32-30.
heather haskins Spring 2011 was full of natural disasters. According to the Storm Prediction Center, there were 751 tornados in April alone. Furthermore, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that Wyoming and Montana set 14 precipitation records in May. Tomorrow, the University of Nebraska State Museum at Morrill Hall will host its eighth annual Dinosaurs and Disasters event, which will explore the causes and impacts of some of these natural disasters throughout time. The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. Professors with graduate and undergraduate students will run informative booths on both natural disasters and dinosaurs, with a focus on this year’s theme, droughts and floods. Attendees can also bring a rock or fossil for the scientists to identity. Junior Jana Peirce, a preinclusive early child education major, will be helping to run the gift shop at the event. “One of my favorite things is all the little kids running around having a good time,” Peirce said. “I just love seeing that. It is very interactive and they have good booths for kids.” Normal admission prices will apply for the event: free for UNL students and staff and $5 for adults, $3
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Tetherow joins Susan Watson outside Watson’s tent. The ideas of Occupy Wall Street, including Occupy Lincoln, seem to be showing up in national and Congressional proposals. millionaires pay an income tax rate of at least 30 percent, to bring their taxes more in line with most earners. As Buffett has often pointed out, his income tax rate is about 17 percent. His secretary, on the other hand, makes a fraction of Buffett’s income but pays a percentage about twice as high. Buffett and others have taken up the call to change that imbalance between high and middle income. Like most tax issues, there’s no simple reason for the lopsided rates. First, income more than $100,000 isn’t subject to payroll taxes, which fund programs like Medicare. Second, wealthier people tend to make more of their income from investment, such as buying a stock and selling it at a higher price for profit. That profit is taxed at a lower rate than
regular income. “What it really does is penalize savings more heavily than spending all your money now,” said Seth Giertz, an economics assistant professor who specializes in tax issues. Like many critics of the proposal, Giertz pointed to corporate income taxes, which are often about 35 percent and take a chunk out of stocks prices even before they’re bought and sold. Congressional Republicans have been solidly against turning the income tax dial up to 30, casting serious doubt on whether the proposal can survive. “Taxing the wealthy has become a partisan issue,” said Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, chairwoman of UNL’s Political Science Department. The majority of the public seems to support raising taxes on the highest
earners, she said, but the issue has become a matter of principle for the Republicans, she said. “This may be the primary domestic policy of the Republican party in the last couple decades,” Gruhl said. “It’s become embedded in the Republican’s DNA.” Cutting government revenue is a way of choking off and shrinking a government Republicans think is too big, Gruhl added. But months of reports of public workers and teachers fired, services cut and infrastructure suffering may have pushed the public away from that idea. “There’s been a lot of publicity about all this, and I think people are beginning to question it,” Gruhl said. danholtmeyer@ dailynebraskan.com
Convicts refused Feb. 3, 1914 Considerable excitement was stirred up among the students when it was rumored that Kenneth Murphy, a convict, might attend the University this semester. Murphy is serving a life sentence at the State Penitentiary for the murder of Charles Sellers in Cherry Count two years and a half ago. He was eighteen years old when sent to the Penitentiary. Charles Sellers was a neighboring ranchman. He was paying attention to Eunice Murphy, a sister to Kenneth. The attentions Sellers was paying were not welcome. He had even threatened to kill the girl, so she says, unless she consented to marry him. Kenneth Murphy, with three companions, went to the house where Sellers lived, called him out, put a rope around his neck, and hung him to a home-grown telephone post. Their sentences were fixed at life. No classes February 14 for centennial convention Feb. 3, 1969 The University will kick off its 100 birthday celebration February 14 at a convocation featuring the president of Princeton University, Dr. Robert Goheen. “Dr. Goheen is certainly a well-known and important figure in the world of higher education,” said Wallace Peterson, chairman of the Faculty Centennial Committee. Veterans see name change as NU ‘curse’ Feb. 3, 1998 Veterans are warning of a “curse” if the NU Board of Regents follows through with plans to name the field at Memorial Stadium for retiring Football Coach Tom Osborne. John DeCamp, spokesman for the Nebraska Veterans Council, said in a statement that naming the field could evoke the “Curse of the Dishonored Veterans,” causing the Cornhuskers to lose on their home field.
letters: from 4 report from RHA explained that Housing is going above and beyond to protect students’ welfare and privacy. However, the DN’s top story on that same day (Feb. 1) was an article full of conjecture and gossip about the situation that was distinctly biased to imply outrage was the correct reaction to the previous day’s story. On Jan. 31, the DN editorial staff called for resignations from Housing officials for not doing their jobs. I think it is the editors
who did not do their jobs to review stories and ensure quality journalism. At worst, they purposefully ignored the evidence in the form of published emails, and at best, they failed to think critically about the facts to find the truth of the matter. In either case, perhaps it is the Daily Nebraskan editorial staff that should be considering resignation.
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plore the issue in depth or with careful attention to detail. Worse yet was the editorial, in which you used your superficial examination of the issue to call for the end of a person’s long, deeply respected and highly successful career. Your readers are intelligent and sophisticated students. They actually want a chance to consider the complexity of the world around them. You missed a chance to use the power of the fourth estate to best purpose. And you embarrassed yourselves and your fine paper in the process. I’m a college professor, and so I can’t help but assign grades to student work. The main story gets a “C-” on the merits. The editorial gets an “F” and a suggestion that your team engage in significant self-reflection about your readiness to accept the responsibility of running a real newspaper.
Your two front-page stories concerning bedbugs in the dorms disappointed me. You had the chance to cover an important and complex issue — a very big story in the limited footprint of student newspapers. This could have been your Pulitzer series, but instead you managed to look like a caricature of a high school newspaper. You had a chance to reveal the complexity of the real world of decision making – one of unexpected events, difficult choices, short and fast-changing timelines, differing perspectives, intractable problems, emotional and fiscal realities, motives and fealties, actions and their consequences. But you chose not to work hard enough to find and communicate those complexities. The main coverage was poorly crafted, and your thin reporting failed to ex-
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staff ed: from 4 unavailable for comment. The Daily Nebraskan wants to know why Housing didn’t publicly disclose information about the bedbug situation the instant anything was known. The first bedbugs were found on Jan. 6. The Daily Nebraskan wrote its first report about the bedbugs on Jan. 13. The first announcement from Housing didn’t come until Jan. 20 — one week later. We want to know why Gernhart asked Wekesser to lie about the situation at first. We want to know why Housing has accepted no responsibility in a failure to communicate with students at first. We want to know
why Housing hasn’t commented directly on Gernhart’s emails or Wekesser’s testimony. We respect that Housing now asks students to be its “eyes and ears” in the bedbug situation. We only wonder why it took so long to ask. Earlier this week, the DN submitted a public records request for all emails sent to or from Housing regarding bedbugs since the beginning of winter break. We hope these emails, along with further interviews throughout the coming days, will provide concrete answers to these questions that affect all students.
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Tim Tebow should stop mixing his over-the-top religious expressions with Bronco gamedays
ile High Stadium in Denver, isn’t a place of worship. Tim Tebow needs a friendly reminder of this. On one hand, it’s refreshing to see a decent guy as a role model. To use a biblical metaphor, if Michael Vick is the dog-fighting Antichrist, Tebow is definitely the messiah. I guess that’s the point. Tebow is immaculate, apparently. For this reason, I don’t plan on attacking Tebow’s character: I’m attacking the media coverage of him. The issue isn’t that football fans are getting a dose of Jesus. The spectacle surrounding Tebow has little to do with his athletic performance. It’s almost entirely based on his “moral character.” Non-football fans like myself know too much about him. There are some, like John Elway, whom I know just because he’s talented (300 touchdowns in his career). There are others, like Brett Favre, who caused an uproar by switching to the New York Jets in 2008 … and then to Minnesota in 2009. Apparently becoming a Viking is a crime, and the punishment is excommunication from the Packers’ fan base. My point is that Elway and Favre, among others, are known because of their football careers (although Favre models for Wrangler Jeans). There are football players that became mainstream outside of ESPN because they’re gifted – or they’ve dated celebrities. Famous items like Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson and Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen come to mind. However, their moral background isn’t the subject of newspapers. Their religious background (or lack thereof) isn’t a matter of scrutiny or praise. And that’s how it should be. There’s a time and a place for spirituality. Game day on a football field isn’t one of those. Go to your local church, synagogue, tabernacle or temple. Go home and pick up your preferred spiritual text for a quick read before bed. Whatever Tebow decides to do, his first step should be to stop painting “John 3:16” on his cheeks like it’s war paint. Tebow’s expression of religion isn’t only
damien croghan inappropriate, but it alienates football fans who aren’t religious. We live in a country that’s predominantly Christian. If we look, we see religious symbolism. “In God We Trust” is printed on our money. We take an oath before God in our courtrooms. I’m not complaining about these things. I’m suggesting that Tebow’s religious expression is overkill. It would be one thing if he truly was interesting. But he’s just a good guy. Yes, that’s a rarity, but is he worthy of a media onslaught? No. If you’re looking to read about a good guy, flip open Cosmo and read about Jered A. Engbring, Colorado’s most eligible bachelor. If you want to read about interesting athletes, check out the University of Georgia’s Anna Watson. She’s a cheerleader who’s in better shape than most men- she can dead lift 230 pounds and bench press 155 pounds, according to a Jan. 30 Yahoo! Sports article. She turned down a fitness modeling contract because she didn’t want to take a legal steroid. Her strong Christian faith was also cited as part of her reasoning. The UGA cheerleader’s story focused on her athletic performance. Her religion was an important aspect to the story, but it wasn’t the main element. If Tebow was a Buddhist monk/football player, that would be noteworthy. Or maybe an Amish one. The fact is that Tebow simply represents white Christian males. What’s so newsworthy about that? His football record is newsworthy, though. He’s become famous for doing
great during the last quarter of the game (and mediocre the rest of the time). For a rookie, he’s doing a good job of making a name for himself. I want to read about Tim Tebow, quarterback of the Denver Broncos. I don’t want to read about Tim Tebow, great example of a Christian male. Talk about his upbringing – he was born in Makati City, Philippines. That could unfold into an interesting story. There has been a lot of talk about Tebow, and little of it concerns the gridiron. About 43 percent of people in a Poll Position survey said Tebow receives divine intervention when he plays. I sure as hell
hope not. The God I worship hopefully has many priorities which trump the NFL, including world peace and ending world hunger. I don’t mean to sound like a Miss America contestant, but I hope I’ve made my point. If you’re a good person, continue being one on and off the field. But if you’re really a great Samaritan, why do you feel the need to broadcast it? Tebow should feel the need to be a good person without announcing his Christianity. There are reports that he buys football tickets for impoverished people, then even pays for their dinner afterward. The price these families pay, however, is a spiritual message from someone who specializes in throwing a ball. Find a more appropriate outlet for your passions, Tim. And stop Tebowing — you’ve caused a trend that is somehow less cool than planking.
Damien Croghan is a senior news-editorial and international studies major. Reach him at damiencroghan@ dailynebraskan.com.
Tebow an admirable role model, deserves admiration and praise for non-football endeavors
im Tebow is a laudable young man and certain people love to hate him, while many others love and admire him. Unfortunately, the misguided opinions of the Tebow haters more frequently let their opinions be heard, and more often than not, the scornful voices of the few trump the quiet approval of the majority. For those who are haters of Tebow, he’s like a thorn in their side. He’s possibly the most honorable young celebrity in our society, a role
model for kids, to many the definition of what it means to walk in the light of God and the true definition of a real man. For those who say Tebow specifically uses God to advance his stardom, this article is for you. I believe in Tebow and everything for which he stands. He is, in so many ways, the person I want to be every day. No, it isn’t his touchdown runs or miraculous comebacks, but it’s his heart, unquenchable drive and gentle kindness that make me almost jealous. Tebow is a Christian in the purest sense. He openly shows his faith to the world on prime-time television. Anytime he scores a touchdown, he faithfully gives the glory to God. He thanks Jesus for every game won. Every game he loses, he thanks God for the chance to play. God didn’t give the game to Tebow to win. God didn’t win it for him and Tebow certainly doesn’t use God to pull a bigger fan base. In fact, if you see the real picture, Tebow doesn’t use God at all. It’s God who uses him. God uses his athletic talent,
Bedbugs not the issue
University Housing is now doing everything it can to remedy what has become known as “the bedbug situation.” As students, we thank you — and Spots. But as journalists, bedbugs have never been the issue. The issue at hand for us is apparent lies. First: We have been told by many resident assistants, anonymously for fear of losing their jobs, that Housing tried to “keep the situation contained,” as reported in a Jan. 25 Daily Nebraskan article. Selleck 8200 RA Amanda Wekesser came to us out of
what she explained was a moral obligation. Although she brought a live bedbug to Facilities and killed others, Housing reported that there was one dead bedbug in Selleck. This wasn’t true. Another instance: Keith Zaborowski, at Wednesday morning’s media briefing, said, “Whether it’s an RA or a student, our protocol with them has always been it’s your choice what you choose to disclose ... I can tell you I have never instructed anybody to say anything different.” According to many RAs too intimidated to speak with attribution, Housing
instructed them to keep the bedbug situation quiet, which is corroborated in Wekesser’s email exchanges with her residence director, Corrine Gernhart. Wekesser is the only RA that has come to us prepared to speak on the record about the issue, specifying Gernhart initially asked her to lie to her residents — to tell them that her room was having repairs, and that’s why she had to move out. Gernhart wasn’t present at Wednesday morning’s media briefing, and has been otherwise
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zach nold hard work and center stage to showcase what a real and compassionate man is all about. God doesn’t care who wins the game at the end of the day. God cares only for humankind. He cares about how we treat each other. He cares that we treat one another with respect. Tebow does more than this. He not only shows respect for others, but personifies humility with his attitude. He goes out of his way to help others on and off of the field. Rick Reilly’s article “I Believe in Tim Tebow” showcases who Tebow really is off the field. He doesn’t speak of his performance as an athlete, but instead focuses on the Tebow no one really
knows. In his article, Reilly describes how Tebow chooses someone who is suffering or dying, and gives that person the experience of a lifetime. He flies the person and his or her family to the game, puts them up in a hotel, buys them dinner and gets them pregame passes. He visits with them just before kickoff, and after the game is over, talks with them for an hour before he walks back with them to his car. To top it all off, he leaves them with a basket of gifts. He does this every game, win or lose, no matter what. He does it over and over. Despite the intensity of the gridiron, his focus instantly shifts to his guests once the game is over. He may be a quarterback on the field, but postgame, he’s their fan. He pulls other players in to meet his guests, and makes sure they’re the center of attention. While Tebow serves individuals at a personal level, he has also started the Tebow
Foundation as a way to reach far greater numbers in an effort to bring faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. This foundation is geared toward building a hospital in the Philippines to help needy children. Its purpose is allowing treatment for simple ailments that would hinder those children’s abilities to live and learn. I must state again that Tebow doesn’t care about stardom, but instead uses the position he is blessed with to help others. However, if this doesn’t sway your Tebowhating conscience, maybe this will. Tebow is a true role model. He’s the person young children and even other athletes can aspire to be. Look at Tiger Woods and Ben Roethlisberger, for example. Both have rabid fans and amazing athletic talent, yet morally, both have proven to be depraved individuals whose sexual antics, among other problems, make them inadequate role models. Unlike Woods and Roethlisberger, the Tebow you see is the Tebow you get. A man among men, whose goal in life is to serve God, make a difference in God’s eyes, not man’s, and encourage others to do the same. His kind heart, gentle but determined demeanor and giving attitude are qualities to be admired. Whether Tebow’s athletic talents are given to him by God is another argument altogether. He believes they are, just like many Christians, but the truth is, when we die, none of that will matter. Tebow knows this. The truth is, if he can make anyone feel better, or make a difference in any way in someone’s life, then life was worth living. For when Tebow steps up in front of God and hears “Well done, my faithful servant,” God won’t be talking about how many Super Bowls Tebow won or lost. He will talk about all the good one man did on Earth. Christians, atheists and everyone in between can learn from Tebow’s example. Live with passion in your life, and be compassionate to others. The Dalai Lama once said, “If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.” I believe we all can do this. Even if you don’t believe in God, the least one can do is try to emulate the good that Tebow labors to do every day.
zach nold is a junior newseditorial and english major. follow him on twitter at @zachnold and reach him at zachnold@ dailynebraskan.com.
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letters Bedbug story was sensationalized
The Daily Nebraskan has lost a good measure of my respect. I am appalled that my school newspaper has resorted to tabloid journalism. Regarding the
Jan. 31 article concerning Housing and bedbugs on campus, the editorial staff clearly did not do their homework. The email correspondence published online with the article showed a simple miscommunication between the Selleck RA and her boss. There
was no evidence at all of malfeasance, conspiracy or even negligence by Housing’s handling of bedbugs on campus. To the contrary, the Feb. 1
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‘Mamma Mia!’ returns to Lied for weekend Katie Nelson Daily Nebraskan
hell hath no ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,’ ‘Haywire,’ other new movies defy stereotypical female character roles
onfident female role models were once a rarity in Hollywood. If they weren’t the submissive Disney princess or the butt of a sex-joke punch line, they were the doomed femme fatales, mean and sexualized. But with “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Haywire,” “Underworld: Awakening,” “Kick-Ass,” “Hanna” and “Kill Bill” enjoying recent attention and success (in the last decade) and the eagerly anticipated “The Hunger Games,” a trend toward empowered female protagonists seems to be underway. But are these movies more about empowerment, or fetishized violence? Punk-rock assassins, ultra-violent heroines and ruthless tomboys are dominating the big screen and bringing a changing gender conversation along with them. Kwakiutl Dreher, an associate professor of English and ethnic studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, specializes in film and visual culture in her research. She sees the trend as a positive representation of female empowerment.
There they go again... For the first time since its Nebraska debut at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in 2005, “Mamma Mia!” will return to Lincoln, opening Friday at the Lied Center at 7:30 p.m. and running through Saturday evening. “It was one of the most popular shows of the decade at the Lied Center,” said Bill Stephan, the executive director of the Lied. “We decided it was time to come back.” The only show that has rivaled ticket sales for “Mamma Mia!” was last year’s performances by the Blue Man Group. “Mamma Mia!” opened on Broadway in 2001 and has been running ever since. It’s the
‘Mamma Mia!’ when: Friday, 7:30 p.m. where: Lied Center for Performing Arts how much: $49-$60 (public), $24.50-$30 (students) story of Sophie, a young woman about to be married. She wants her father to walk her down the aisle, but doesn’t know who he is. She reads about three men who could possibly be her father in her mother’s diary and invites them to her wedding without telling her mother. The rest of the musical follows the
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“You have to place it in context,” Dreher said. “Women, across lines of race and sexual preference, made great strides in the Women’s Liberation Movement of the ‘60s and ‘70s in that second wave of feminism. They were pushing up against boundaries, breaking boundaries.” From there, she said, the third wave of feminism manifested itself in the 1990s with shows like “Sex in the City” and Queen Latifah’s “Living Single.” “These women were single, living in the city, having girlfriends, talking about sex, making choices to have sex outside of marriage,” Dreher said. “And so you see the fruits of the labor. Now you see this trend in movies and television with young girls who have yet to come of age. It’s as if the campaign is saying ‘we’re going to catch them now.’” Indeed, films and novels like “Hanna,” “Kick-Ass” and “The Hunger Games” represent violent heroines that are younger than ever. One of the most thorough representations of these complicated gender hurdles is found in “The Millennium Trilogy.” The first book of the series, most recently
adapted in David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” follows Lisbeth Salander, a computer hacker who must use brutal means to aid in a missing person search. “What I found very, very poignant about that movie is what young women have to do to free themselves from institutions,” Dreher said. “In this case, it’s the foster care system; how this system has failed her and what she has to do in order to clear her name and what she has to do in order to get her money.” The books capture the entangled web of bureaucratic systems, which Dreher says puts women at a significant disadvantage. “The usual ways of going through the courts, going through your parole officer, going through your social worker – they’re supposed to work, right?” Dreher said. “It’s a system that’s supposed to work in a particular way. But, ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ especially says ‘no, these systems fail us as young women, so we have to take matters into our own hands.’” Eventually the protagonist, Lisbeth Salandar, does succeed in the court
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Keener exudes charm, appeal
in all her roles
Feminist art exhibit premieres
THE BIT PLAYERS
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In late Jan. 1972 Los Angeles became the home of a collaborative feminist art project called Womanhouse. At that time the work of women was rarely represented in larger art museums, so an abandoned LA house was transformed into a venue for female artists. Womanhouse was short-lived, surviving for about a month, but the legacy of the project perseveres. Four decades later a handful of University of NebraskaLincoln graduate students are commemorating the event by establishing a UNL Womanhouse. To examine how feminist art has changed during the past 40 years, these students have created an ongoing exhibit called “The House that Feminism Built” in collaboration with Parallax Space (a downtown art gallery). The exhibition opens tomorrow for the February First Friday Artwalk. “(UNL Womanhouse) started last April,” said Victoria Hoyt, one of the graduate students involved. “It was actually after
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Victoria Hoyt, right, and Trudie Teijink organized the UNL Womanhouse project, modeling it after the original Womanhouse from the California Institute of the Arts in 1971. The exhibition will open on Friday, Feb. 3 at 18th and N streets. It will remain open, as the house continues being built, into March. a couple of grads and I went to the feminist film series at the Sheldon. They showed several films and we were just thinking about things. I emailed
our art history professor, Marissa Vigneault, and I said we should do something for Womanhouse.” While the members of UNL
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One of the most reliable character actors in the business, Catherine Keener is constantly working. It’s not necessary to undergo a complete method acting transformation for every role to be considered great. Not every actor is a Meryl Streep or Daniel Day-Lewis. Keener is such an actress: one who has become very good at playing a certain type. Still, even though she is frequently typecast she has managed to avoid being pigeon-holed. Keener has worked in numerous films with some great filmmakers. Keener started out with various independent films and television work. In a notable early role, she guest-starred in the Seinfeld episode “The Letter,” in which she creates the infamous painting of Kramer. One of my favorite Keener roles is in Neil LaBute’s fantastic “Your Friends & Neighbors” (1998). She plays Ben Stiller’s wife in an indie sex drama with numerous tangled relationships. She is cold and
distant and arguably plays her most villainous character here. The actress arrived in a big way in Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman’s gonzo “Being John Malkovich” (1999). She received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the role of Maxine, a cold-hearted woman, who both Craig (John Cusack) and his wife Lotte (Cameron Diaz) fall in love with. Though hostile and narcissistic, somehow Keener’s genuine likability makes it plausible that everyone could be so smitten with her. She has a way of demeaning and undercutting everyone around her, but it’s a pleasure to watch her do it. Keener has done plenty of interesting work since then. She starred in Andrew Niccol’s under-appreciated, though languidly paced, “S1m0ne” (2002). Keener plays a movie studio executive and Al Pacino’s ex-wife. She is continually perplexed by her husband’s odd behavior, but little does
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upcoming events “Mamma Mia!”
Friday, 7:30 p.m. where: Lied Center for Performing Arts how much: $49-$60 (public), $24.50-$30 (students)
The Violet Lights when:
Friday, 9 p.m. where: Knickerbockers, 901 O St. how much: $5
when: Friday, 5 p.m. where: Lincoln Art Galleries how much: Free
Romantical Botanicals: Flower Fabric Art Show when: Saturday, 6 p.m. where: Doc’s Place, 140 N. 8th how much: Free
Friday, February 3, 2012
Local venues Beer rep vies for NFL video honor to host Super Bowl festivities UNL grad hopes to one day star in Bud Light Super Bowl commercial cara wilwerding
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You’ve picked the Giants to win and made illegal bets with your roommates. Now you need somewhere to watch the game. Of course, the options are numerous. Any bar or restaurant with a television will be screening the game, but a few Lincoln establishments are stepping up their games for the biggest football event of the year. The Bourbon Theatre is hosting one of the largest Super Bowl parties in Lincoln for anyone age 21 and over. “We have a 35-foot screen and thousands of watts of sound,” said Spencer Munson, media director and talent buyer at the Bourbon. “It will sound great and look great.” Ty’s Amazing Southern Cuisine, a food truck from Omaha, will cater the event with barbecue wings and a special Super Bowl menu. “We are expecting our regular constituency, but we are cosponsored by 104.1 The Blaze this year, so we might get some rockheads and metalheads in there too,” Munson said. There is no cover charge and partygoers will be entered into raffles for bar tabs, Super Bowl gear and tickets to upcoming concerts at the Bourbon. “It’s free and it’ll be fun,” Munson said. “Sunday is a good chance to win concert tickets to upcoming shows and we have a lot of good shows coming up.” Brewsky’s Food & Spirits will host a party on Super Bowl Sunday at all four of its Lincoln locations. Customers have been entering the giveaway for an Xbox 360 with Kinect video game
IF YOU GO Bourbon Theatre Super Bowl Party where: The Bourbon Theatre, 1415 O St. when: Sunday, 4:30 p.m. how much: No cover Brewsky’s Super Bowl Party where: Brewsky’s, 201 N. 8th St. when: Sunday, 5:30 p.m. how much: No cover Cappy’s Chili Cook-off
when: Sunday, 2 p.m. where: Cappy’s, 5560
S. 48th St.
$5 chili cook-off entry, no cover
system since the playoff games in January and eight more will be chosen to enter on Sunday. Brewsky’s is offering drink specials during the Giants and Patriots matchup and gift card giveaways if the second half kickoff is returned for a touchdown. Cappy’s Hotspot Bar & Grill, 5560 S. 48th St., will be hosting its annual Super Bowl chili cook-off at 2 p.m. The competition entry fee is $5 and the chili is judged by all other attendees. There is no cover charge to attend the party. Cappy’s is offering drink and food specials, a vacation giveaway for two and a live DJ following the game. “It’ll be far from relaxed,” said Cappy, the owner of the bar and grill. “There’s always music and games and the party always gets pretty crazy.” shelbyfleig@ dailynebraskan.com
Every student dreams of finding a job he or she will enjoy. Some aim to work outdoors. Others are content to sit in a cubicle. One Lincoln resident has found a job that he loves in an industry suited to both his tastes and degree. Dwight Coulter is a University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate of business and marketing. Coulter is a Bud Light brand ambassador, he’s paid to promote Bud Light in Lincoln and surrounding areas. “You’ll see him at various bars on O Street and various bars around town,” said Coulter’s friend, Mike Schaefer. “He holds promotions, buys people drinks and talks to people.” Known by the pseudonym “Bud Dwight,” Coulter said he is essentially getting paid to be a college student. He has hosted promotions to send winners to the Bahamas, New Orleans and Omaha for the NCAA basketball tournament. He also promotes Bud Light’s name by giving out free beer, T-shirts and koozies. “On a random night I have five to 10 people recognize me,” Coulter said. “It’s nice having people recognize me because I bought them a free beer, gave them a koozie or something positive like that.” Another friend, Christian Brabec, said this is the perfect job for Coulter because his comical behavior translates well into the promotion industry. “He’s very funny – has a distinct personality,”
Brabec said. “You can tell he’s a very likeable guy. I think it’s just his personality that makes him different.” Schaefer seconded Brabec’s opinion, saying Coulter is a big-time people person. He enjoys being out and making sure other people are enjoying themselves. “Some people have personalities that can change a room, can change a conversation,” Schaefer said. “He is just very friendly, very outgoing and has no shortage of confidence. As long as I’ve known him, he’s always been like that.” In order to get his name out there, Coulter began creating promotional videos with the help of Brabec and Blake Lawrence of Hurrdat Social Media. Coulter’s first video, “Bud Dwight Diverts Disaster,” now has more than 2,000 hits. Coulter offered advice to others hoping to create promotional videos. He said to first tell friends about your idea and get their opinions on subject matter. “Just go for it,” Coulter said. “The biggest thing is just not giving up and keeping positive people around you. Just don’t listen to what negative people have to say. Keep pursuing it and you’re going to get it right.” Recently Coulter pursued his career ambitions further by entering Bud Light’s hotel correspondent contest. The winner of this contest will cover Super Bowl XLVI from a 180-room hotel in downtown Indianapolis. Participants posted videos on Facebook, telling Bud Light why they deserve this position. “Unlike some of the other videos up there, he’s a little bit more professional with this because he’s done it before,” Schaefer
said. “I think his favorite part is just the chance to give himself a little exposure, while also marketing the product.” No decision has been made yet, but Coulter proved to be very popular among fans. His video was one of four to receive more than 1,000 likes on Facebook. If Coulter wins, he will star in a series of videos on Bud Light’s Facebook and YouTube pages throughout the Super Bowl. He will attend exclusive parties, hosted by EA Sports and Playboy at the Bud Light Hotel. He will also interview stars on the red carpet, giving fans an in-depth look at every aspect of Sunday’s big game. “When we started these Bud Light videos, he said in two years he wanted to be in a Super Bowl commercial,” Brabec said. “It was really ironic that this opportunity popped up now, not even a year after we started Bud Dwight. He really wants it. He wants it bad.” Coulter hopes to take his career to a national level and believes these kinds of promotional opportunities are the best way to do it. Regardless of whether Coulter receives the hotel correspondent position, he knows this video was
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worth it. “It was significant to me because it could be the realization of a dream,” Coulter said. “People so many times abandon their dreams and settle for less, but you just have to keep pursuing it. That’s what drove me. That’s the main point.” carawilwerding@ dailynebraskan.COM
mamma mia: from 5 bride as she searches for her true father. “Mamma Mia!” is based on music by the Swedish pop group ABBA. The Lied Center sends out annual surveys to their patrons and people subscribed to their email service. More than 10,000 people received surveys this year and among the 10 percent that responded, “Mamma Mia!” was a popular choice. Christian Whelan will be in the role of one of Sophie’s potential fathers, the architect Sam Carmichael. He had auditioned for the role previously and decided to try again when he heard there was an opening
in the North American tour. When he received the news he was cast, he left his role as King Triton in a Utah production of “The Little Mermaid” and headed for the open road. Whelan’s character Sam met Sophie’s mother while on a European vacation, but left her to return to his fiance back home. Years later, Sophie’s wedding allows him to reconnect with the love of his life. Whelan said it’s very easy for him to portray Sam on stage because he can relate to the character. “I have the opportunity to play this wonderfully tender and sensitive guy who almost is offered this opportunity to go
back and redress the loose ends of his life,” he said. Although Whelan is the newest member of the cast, he said the chemistry of the group was unaffected. He has developed good relationships with his fellow cast members on and off the stage, which adds to the performances. “The whole cast has been amazing,” Whelan said. “They’re just a great group of kids that just love performing this hit ‘Mamma Mia!’ music, this ABBA.” He said one of his biggest adjustments was to the music of the show. Whelan has performed in shows with rock music (“Jesus Christ Superstar”) and
performances with traditional music (“The Little Mermaid”), but he has never performed disco before. He said ABBA’s music is completely different from any genre he has sung previously. However, he’s up to the challenge and looks forward to performing in front of new audiences every night. Whelan has never been to Lincoln, or even performed in Nebraska for that matter, but he recalls the state making a positive impression on him when he stopped for gas while driving through once. “Mamma Mia!” may not dig into societal issues, but it’s still a Broadway classic. “If you go to ‘Mamma Mia!’
don’t expect a lot of philosophical thoughts and contemplation,” Stephan said. “Expect
to leave with a smile on your face.” katienelson@ dailynebraskan.com
feminism: from 5 number, there are currently about 19 people involved, with seven or eight core members that drive the group. “The House that Feminism Built” is creating a space that facilitates reflection on the 40 years of feminism gone by. The goal is to literally create a structure in which the audience can participate in determining the meaning of the art. They have built a roof out of women’s clothing
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and hope that the house will be completed by the end of March. “I really, really enjoy working with people when they’re doing a craft and to talk at the same time,” said Trudie Teijink, also a graduate student involved with UNL Womanhouse. “I feel that it (the communication) is really important because a lot of female information, experiences and ideas have been passed along through generations like that. I feel that there is a lack of that in today’s society.” Hoyt noted that this exhibit is an opportunity to collaborate with various community members, which is especially important to accomplish the goal of creating dialogue about feminist issues. The YWCA and UNL Women’s Center are two of many groups in contact with UNL Womanhouse as a part of this project. UNL Womanhouse has also asked people to bring women’s clothing and makeup to the opening reception. Hoyt, Teijink and their colleagues will use the clothing to continue to build the house and the discarding of makeup from people’s homes is meant to signify a kind of cleansing freedom for the women. “We really wanted to make something bigger than what we could make individually,” Hoyt said. “We wanted to have emphasis on what we could accomplish as a collaborative
if you go “The House that Feminism Built” Opening Reception where: Parallax Space, 1746 N St. when: Friday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. effort to bring people in that don’t have contact to art normally.” Hoyt and Teijink stressed the importance of this participation. The purpose of the exhibit isn’t to display their own opinions, but rather to bring together various voices and represent diverse ideas — part of the reason the UNL Womanhouse is meant to develop over time. “I think it’s important to open up for dialogue,” Teijink said. “That doesn’t always happen right away. I think you need time for that and there are several ways to do that.” UNL Womanhouse also plans to hold film screenings during the next two months and its March First Friday is slated to turn “The House that Feminism Built” into a performance space. One distinction that can be made between the original Womanhouse and UNL’s re-creation is the increased
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Both Hoyt and Teijink have spent multiple days sewing donated clothing together to create the canopy of “The House that Feminism built.” The donated clothing, which comes from a variety of sources, covers a welded steel frame, creating the roof of the house. presence of men and male viewpoints in the new project. “People, including me, have a hard time saying that they’re a feminist,” Teijink said. “They don’t hear you saying that you’re a feminist, but they hear that you’re a man-hater. So I think that sometimes the
topic is not being addressed because it’s kind of tricky.” The members of “The House that Feminism Built” hope that the usual stigmas attached to the word “feminist” will be broken by their undertaking or that it will at least promote further analysis of the term. In
the end, there is fluidity to the exhibit. Hoyt describes UNL Womanhouse as a “cloud” that doesn’t occupy a specific location, but rather shifts and evolves, much like feminist ideologies. Kelseylee@ dailynebraskan.com
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Victor DeNoble, a scientist and former employee of Philip Morris. The film begins by tracing DeNoble’s road from his humble, working-class beginnings to his position at the tobacco company. DeNoble landed a job researching the addictive qualities of nicotine at Philip Morris in the 1980s and he was hopeful about finding a way to make a safer cigarette. DeNoble’s research with lab rats uncovered that not only was nicotine addictive, but when combined with the right amount of the drug acetaldehyde, cigarettes could be even more addictive. The
Need any more reasons to quit smoking? The documentary “Addiction Incorporated” provides more than a few. For his first feature, director Charles Evans Jr. has crafted a standard-issue advocacy documentary that is no less effective for its familiar techniques. Reenactments, newsreel footage, animation and many interviews make up the inside look at the lies and myths of Big Tobacco. Evans found a good-natured main interviewee in
company was interested in making a more addictive cigarette rather than a safer one. DeNoble and his colleagues were let go and not allowed to publish their research. The film jumps ahead to the 1990s when ABC broke the story. The tobacco industry, still resisting government regulation, is exposed and put through the ringer of congressional hearings. DeNoble is released from his confidentiality agreement and all hell breaks loose for the tobacco industry. “Addiction Incorporated” is clear in its allegiances, but remains fair by highlighting
helberg: from 5 she know that he’s cast an all-digital actress in his movies. Pacino’s character is still in love with her and it’s easy to see why – even though she’s tough on the outside, Keener’s geniality shines through. In Judd Apatow’s “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” (2005), Keener again played a likeable character, though this time without any of the harshness she can bring to a role. She plays Steve Carell’s love interest, a single mom who runs her own business. She’s completely sympathetic in the part, playing to her strengths as an actress. While the film had its moments, I found it suffered from a lack of focus. However, Keener as usual, is excellent. She was nominated for her
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interview subjects that range from former tobacco executives to news reporters. While the film becomes slightly less engaging during its second half, it is an informative and well-made documentary that is unafraid to target corporate corruption. tomhelberg@ dailynebraskan.com
protagonist is male,” she said. “The women presented are either kidnapped, where someone has to go save her, or she’s portrayed as the ‘bad woman,’ the one who displays negative characteristics of being a woman.” While movies like “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” combat female stereotypes, the reality of inequality means this is often perceived negatively, not heroically. “The woman is supposed to be virtuous,” Kalisa said. “You don’t kill, you don’t steal. And then once she has, she almost becomes the Eve, the woman who’s the cause of ‘The Fall of Man.’” At the very least, the trend evidences that the conversation around gender equality is far from over. Positive or not, female violence in film represents a continuing need for reflection and equality. “From what I can see, the violence isn’t just done gratuitously,” Dreher said. “It shows wit. It shows skill and thoughtfulness. What it says to me is that if such is bureaucracy entanglement, then what do you do? What do you do when the systems fail?”
“Haywire” Steven Soderbergh’s “Haywire” hit theaters on Jan. 20. It’s a film about a female black ops super solider fighting against a slew of male agents. The portrayal of the main character, Mallory, by Mixed Martial Arts star, Gina Carano, is being praised by critics for its show of feminine strength in the face of male violence. Carl Kozlowski of Bighollywood. com complimented the film in comparison to the degradation suffered by “Dragon Tattoo” protagonist, Lisbeth Salander. “I have hope that some filmmakers like Soderbergh will step into the muck like ‘Dragon’ surrounding them and put out work like ‘Haywire’ that elevates and breaks the rules that say a woman has to be humiliated or worse just to have a shot at being heroic,” he said. “Thank all the people involved for the fact that “Haywire” provides such a strong female character without the nasty misogynistic undertones.”
second Oscar for portraying author, Harper Lee, in Bennett Miller’s “Capote” (2005), holding her own against the powerhouse that is Philip Seymour Hoffmann. She also appeared in “Into the Wild” (2007), “Where the Wild Things Are” (2009) and “Cyrus” (2010) among many other film roles, proving to consistently be one of the best parts of any film she is in. Though Keener often doesn’t reach too far outside her comfort zone in choosing roles, she’s consistently great. Her inherent likability shines through even when her characters are less than perfect people. tom helberg is a senior film studies major. Reach him at tomhelberg@ dailynebraskan.com.
“Hanna” Despite the violence carried out by the title character of the 2011 action film “Hanna,” New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis deemed the representation of a violent, adolescent female protagonist as only a digression from the action movie norm and less of a striking victory for feminism in cinema. “I don’t see a shoot ’em up like ‘Hanna’ challenging those fears (fear of women in roles of power and dominance), but at least it has female characters who do more than smile at the superhero or the guys having a swell bromance,” Dargis said. “It’s better than nothing.”
VIOLENCE: from 5 system, but not without a grueling series of ordeals in which Salandar is on her own. “She had to allow herself to be treated sadistically and tape it,” Dreher said. “Then she had to tattoo the man with ‘I AM A RAPIST.’ She had to keep those things in file and then present them to the courts to grant her freedom. It’s about institutions and the flaws in the institutions.” Chantal Kalisa is the director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at UNL, whose research focuses on the representation of gender violence in literature. She recognizes the gains this sort of representation brings, but holds reservations about its accuracy and effect. “It’s both (positive and negative),” Kalisa said. “Yes, it looks that finally women are strong enough that they can actually overpower men. But on the other hand, it’s false. Because in real life that’s not how it goes. In real life that’s very exceptional.” Kalisa says that this portrayal of violent females isn’t at all new, but until recently was quite rare. “With most action films and mystery films, the
“The Hunger Games” Many anticipate Jennifer Lawrence’s role as Suzanne Collins’ now famous female archer heroine, Katniss Everdeen, in a super role typically filled by male characters, like “Harry Potter.” Collins, however, doesn’t admit to playing any feminist card, simply finding the ideal character to fulfill her vision of the “The Hunger Games Trilogy.” In an interview with Scholastic.com, Collins said, “Maybe in its simplest form, it’s having a female protagonist in a gladiator story, which traditionally features a male. It’s an unexpected choice. Or I don’t know, maybe the futuristic, grim nature of the story is larger than that. I wouldn’t care who was the lead in a good dystopian story.” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” David Fincher’s American film adaptation of the Swedish novel, “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” has been the focus of much discussion in popular culture circles for the rare and brutal role protagonist, Lisbeth Salander inhabits: suffering heinous sexual violation, but winning a still gruesome opportunity for revenge on her male attacker. UNL professor of English and ethnic studies Kwakiutl Dreher found the violence to be a reaction to the failure of public institutions to serve and protect women at risk. “What I found very, very poignant about that movie is what young women have to do to free themselves from institutions,” Dreher said. “In this case, it’s the foster care system, how this system has failed her.” COURTESY PHOTOS
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Women’s gym: from 10 said that although he began talks with Kendig at the 2011 NCAA Championships, he never thought his first college coaching job would be with the Huskers. “I didn’t expect to land at such a high profile college,” Miller s a i d . “They finished fourth last year and I didn’t kendig have to work my way up like most college coaches have to. I’m pretty fortunate.” However, Miller’s job started earlier he thought it would. “The first month and a half was kind of hectic because as soon as I got here, freshman Jessie DeZiel qualified for the Pan American Games.” Within the first months of his hiring, Miller was sent to Texas to help DeZiel train for the big event. Before competing against the top gymnasts in the country, Miller and DeZiel had to travel to three training camps to qualify for the competition in Guadalajara. “As soon as I got here I didn’t have the time to get fully acclimated,” he said. But DeZiel made the trip worthwhile as she helped team USA capture its 14th title in history. The gymnast scored a 15.125 on vault, the highest among any of the competitors in that event, and an overall 41.550 individual score. “It was amazing. We both had a great time,” Miller said. Although adjusting the first two months for the coach was tough, Miller said coming to Nebraska came at a good time not
only for him, but for his family as well. “The last several years I’ve entertained the thought of transitioning to college,” he said. “It works out better for my family and now I get to see them more. It’s a great fit for me. “I wanted to go someplace where I felt I could contribute and had a strong enough program to bid for a national championship. This is that program.” In previous years, Nebraska has been known for having prestigious vault and floor lineups and, so far, have proved it this season. One of the gymnasts who has performed in both events is freshman Jennifer Lauer. The gymnast said Miller has helped her improve her confidence since coming to college. “I think he’s done a great job preparing us for our individual performances and making us feel more positive of ourselves,” Lauer said. Lauer has competed in the Huskers’ last two meets and has improved her numbers in both the vault and floor event. On Jan. 28, the freshman scored a 9.825 on vault against Missouri, an improvement from her 9.800 score against Iowa State on Jan. 20. She also increased her 9.600 floor score against the Cyclones to a 9.675 last Saturday against the Tigers. “He’s helped me focus on the little things that can make a big difference in the final score,” Lauer said. “He’s always telling me I can do it, and that always gives me more confidence in my performances.” Miller said he likes having the pressure of maintaining the high performances of the program. “I love that expectation and I don’t want it to be easy,” he said. “I have a lot of pressure because Tim did a great job and the program
NORTHWESTern: from 10 was very high-ranked last year. “I want to be challenged and I have high expectations for my athletes. I believe we’re better and that’s the overall goal, to get better each year.” This Friday, the No. 9 Huskers travel to Norman, Okla., to compete in a quad meet with Centenary, No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 25 Minnesota. Competition will begin at 7 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center. The team is looking to bounce back from a 194.55195.725 loss against No. 20 Missouri in which it struggled on beam, scoring a season-low 46.95. Miller said he’s eager to see the ladies jump back and score better numbers this weekend. “We have a very talented beam squad and Heather is an amazing beam coach,” he said. “They just need to deal with what happened and get back on track, which I believe they’ll do this weekend.” Kendig agrees. “We’re going to go down there and give them our best shot,” he said. “We’re getting healthier every day and closer each day to where our best lineup is.” In their first three meets the Huskers have swept their opponents in both floor and vault events, winning six straight event titles to begin the 2011-12 season. Miller added that the chemistry he’s formed with his two other coaches has made it easier to coach his lineups. “When I first got here I was out of the gym for Jessie and they were very supportive,” he said. “It’s a great coaching environment here and they’ve been nothing but encouraging. “I love the three coaches we have here and we make a great team.” neduIzu@ dailynebraskan.com
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Nebraska guard Bo Spencer scored 24 points Thursday night, but the Huskers’s comeback bid fell short as Northwestern won 84-74. with the night, the Huskers outshot their opponents 52 to 45 percent. But an impressive offensive night for Nebraska won’t win many basketball games as long as the Huskers keep playing that way defensively, according to Sadler. “As a basketball team tonight we did not defend Northwestern,” Sadler said.
“Obviously we didn’t get the message across to them, but you cannot win giving up 84 points on the road. You can’t do it.” Next up for the Huskers is Minnesota on Sunday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, as the Huskers kick off their second half of conference play. Nebraska will look to rebound from the loss against
the Golden Gophers against a team that’s lost two of its last three with both losses on the road to Michigan State and Iowa. And even though the Huskers stumbled over the Wildcats they’re not about to have a similar showing against Minnesota, according to Sadler. “We’ll be ready,” he said. robbykorth@ dailynebraskan.com
purdue: from 10 Miss Nebraska Basketball, extended the lead to 79-75 at 20 seconds. Moore quickly made another layup with nine seconds left, cutting the lead to two once again. Purdue’s leading scorer, Brittany Rayburn, then split a pair of free throws with six seconds left to give Cady the opportunity to tie the game. “When she shot it I was like, ‘Wow, that has a chance,’” Moore said. “After she made it, I knew we were going to win the game.” Cady was a hero at the end of regulation as well, making a free throw to tie the game with four seconds left. The Seward native finished with a double-double scoring 11 points, adding 12 rebounds and seven assists. Coach Connie Yori said she can’t say enough about the toughness of her players. “In overtime it’s easy to say we quit, this is just not our game,” Yori said. “We’re tough, though, and our kids don’t have a quitting bone in their bodies.” Nebraska’s toughness is even more impressive
considering freshmen play 49 percent of its game minutes. Freshman Brandi Jeffery proved her toughness by making two free throws in the final minute of the third overtime. One of the toughest players at Nebraska came up big Thursday night. Moore struggled the entire game making just one 3-point shot out of six attempts during regulation and committed seven turnovers. The captain chose to make her 1,000 point one of the most impressive of her career, hitting a 3-pointer to give Nebraska a four-point lead with 47 seconds left in the game. That bucket gave the junior 1001 points on her career, adding her to the 1000-point scoring club at Nebraska. Moore recorded 26 points and seven rebounds for the Huskers. NU finished the game with three other players in double figures in addition to Moore and Cady. Leading scorer Jordan Hooper recorded a strong offensive game with a game-high
27 points, along with seven rebounds and three blocks. She also played a team-high 51 minutes. Senior Kaitlyn Burke sparked a quick Husker start with 10 points in the first half. Nebraska led by as many as 12 in the opening period. Burke finished with just one more point in the game though, the final point that sealed the victory. Off the bench, Tear’a Laudermill hounded Boilermaker guards and provided a bright spot on offense. The freshman finished with 10 points while she helped hold Purdue to just 37 percent shooting. Total game time was around three hours and 15 minutes, but tired legs from Husker players were irrelevant in the locker room celebration after the game, according to Moore. “It was crazy,” Moore said. “There was hugging and jumping everywhere. I will never forget this game or Emily’s shot throughout the rest of my career.” andrewward@ dailynebraskan.com
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Women prepped for pair of duals J.C. Reid Daily Nebraskan
It’s been awhile since the Nebraska women’s tennis team has played on familiar courts. The Huskers will open their dual regular season on Saturday at the Nebraska Tennis Center when they host Wyoming (11 a.m.) and Eastern Michigan ( 4 : 3 0 p.m.). T h e team is coming off a successful weekend at the E v a n ston, Ill., weatherholt Kick-off Classic, a tournament that displayed Nebraska’s ability to compete against some of the finest teams in collegiate tennis. NU overwhelmed Arkansas, then a top 25 team, and nearly came away with a victory against No. 12 Northwestern. While the skill sets of Wyoming and Eastern Michigan may not compare to those of the aforementioned teams, they will provide a different test for Nebraska. The sort of test talented teams often face after tasting success. Some refer to these as ‘trap games.’ NU women’s tennis would argue otherwise. “Rankings don’t matter when you step onto the court,” said captain Mary Weatherholt. “We’ve all been here before, and we know how important every game is, regardless of the level of competition.” “Wyoming is a potential Top 50 program,” coach Scott Jacobson said. “Probably better than their ranking indicates.” On paper, though, the Huskers are the superior team. Nebraska ranks 29th in the ITA Women’s National Team Rankings, 10 spots higher than last week, and Wyoming stands at 75th overall. Eastern Michigan hasn’t cracked the top 75. Although it’s still early in the season, the schedules thus far show the disparity between Nebraska and its two opponents. Wyoming (1-1) soundly defeated unranked UT-Arlington last weekend, followed by an embarrassing 0-7 loss to No. 5 Baylor in the championship. Eastern Michigan (3-3) has already suffered losses to Marshall, Wisconsin and Michigan, none of which are ranked in the Top 60. Neither of NU’s opponents this weekend are unfamiliar, either. In the 2010-2011 season, NU soundly defeated the Eagles 7-0, as well as recording a 6-1 victory over Wyoming. But don’t think Nebraska is coming into this match overconfident. Thanks to the veteran leadership of this Husker squad, which includes three seniors and three juniors, the team understands how important it is to treat every match the same, Weatherholt said. “This past weekend helped us realize that we truly are a good team,” Weatherholt said, “but right now I would say we have a perfect balance of confidence. Almost all of us were on the team last year so we’ve all been there before, and we try to lead by example. That includes against weaker teams.” One of those returning players is junior Patricia Veresova, a member of the team who played stellar this past weekend in spite of a horrible sickness. She won both of her doubles matches and both singles matches, and is looking forward to playing a match without an illness. “It was a real struggle last week, but I just fought through it,” she said. “As for the team, we just treat each dual the same. We are confident, but we never underestimate anybody.” jcreid@ dailynebraskan.com
Friday, February 3, 2012
Final Big Ten weekend a doozy for NU No. 7 Huskers ready for No. 2 Penn State today, travel to Minnesota for No. 4 Gophers on Sunday. zach Tegler daily Nebraskan
The second ranked wrestling team in the nation is coming to Lincoln. Again. Tonight for the second time this season, the Nebraska wrestling team will host the country’s No. 2 squad. In January it was Iowa. This time around it’s Penn State. Then Sunday, the Huskers will travel to Minnesota to take on the No. 4 Golden Gophers. But while two top-five opponents in one weekend may be an intriguing storyline to some outside the program, NU coach Mark Manning holds that his own team’s performance is more important. “I think for us we learned from the Iowa match that it’s not about how much excitement you’ve got going into it,” Manning said. “It’s how excited you are when you compete, getting out there and really wrestling hard, wrestling our style and imposing our will on these two teams.” NU freshman Jake Sueflohn believes the two duals will be a good barometer for him and his teammates. “It’s a good chance to see where we are,” he said. Sueflohn and the Huskers are rated No. 7 in the nation at 14-1. The Nittany Lions enter with a record of 9-1 on the season and Minnesota stands at 9-3. “Going to be a tough, tough challenge, but it’s also good for our team,” Manning said. “We’re going to get a lot better from this.” He pointed out that at many weight classes where Nebraska is ranked, Penn State and Minnesota have more highly ranked counterparts. “We have a pretty good guy at 165, but they have a better guy. We have a pretty good guy at 174 but they have a ... No. 2 ranked guy,” Manning said. “Same thing at 184. They have a defending national champion. We have a good heavyweight, but their guy’s ranked higher.” Combined, the Lions and Gophers boast 17 rated wrestlers, compared to six for Nebraska. Manning knows this will make for a
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Freshman Jake Sueflohn, ranked No. 5 at 141 pounds, will look to improve his 18-5 record this weekend agaisnt Penn State and Minnesota. With two dual victories, NU would finish at the top of the Big Ten Conference. pair of tough duals for his Huskers. “I also know matches don’t come down to rankings,” he said. “It comes down to individual people getting out there and showing their toughness and the ability to take their wrestling to another level.” Once again, though, Manning emphasized that Nebraska should only do things it can control, and the team should focus on Penn State before getting too far ahead of itself. “They wrestle a lot different than Iowa, they wrestle a lot different than Minnesota. It’s just a different style,” he said. “For us, it’s about wrestling our way, and not wrestling their way. They’re a great team, they’re heavily favored and they’ve got a lot of top-ranked guys.” Beyond simply notching victories 15 and 16 on the year, the two duals carry with them implications for seeding in the upcoming National Duals and Big Ten Tournament. With two victories, NU would finish its conference schedule with the Big Ten’s best record. “This is really for the Big Ten title. You win these two duals you’re going to be sitting in great shape,” Manning said. “That’s what it comes down to. That’s what you train in the summer for. You don’t train to beat the turkey, you train to beat the best guy. It’s about beating the guy that the naysayers say you can’t
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Senior Tucker Lane will be honored Friday night along with James Nakashima as part of Senior Night at the NU Coliseum. beat. That’s what I look forward to.” In addition, Friday night’s dual at the NU Coliseum represents possibly the final home competition for the squad’s two seniors: Tucker Lane and James Nakashima. “They’re both great young men,” Manning said. “They’ve given us a lot of great moments and maybe their best moments coming
up. That’s what we want for them, go out on a high note. They’re great Huskers.” If their greatest moments do lay ahead, some may come this weekend. Sueflohn said he is excited for the opportunity to face two top-five teams in a three-day span. “I expect a lot of good matches and if things are all right, we can come out with a win,” he said.
For Manning, both duals come down to individual matchups. “We have to be our best when our best is needed. We’ve got two tough duals here,” Manning said. “I think we’ve trained real hard, real smart this week. Our guys got to bring that energy on Friday and then gear back up for a tough match on Sunday.” zachtegler@ dailynebraskan.com
Team continues to shoot for qualifying times Chris Peters Daily Nebraskan
Athletes from 40 schools and track clubs will compete during the weekend at the 37th annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational. The meet is the first invitational tournament held at the Devaney Center Indoor Track since the seasonopening Holiday Inn Invitational. Notable teams that will compete at the meet, which won’t be scored, include No. 8 (men’s) Minnesota, No. 16 (men’s) Kansas State and No. 21 (men’s) Wisconsin. Nebraska is ranked No. 11 in the men’s top 25 and sits just outside the women’s top 25. The event begins today at noon with the first heptathlon and pentathlon held at Nebraska this season. Nebraska’s Bjorn Barrefors, a senior and 2011 second team All-American in the indoor and outdoor heptathlon, is essentially starting the competitive portion of his senior season. Barrefors, who came to Nebraska from Stockholm, Sweden, in 2009, competed in a number of events at past meets to prepare for the heptathlon. “We have done a lot of pole vault,” Barrefors said. “It’s been going well.” Last week at the Mark
Colligan Memorial, Barrefors tied a personal record in the pole vault, taking second place in the meet. Barrefors said he usually doesn’t participate in the heptathlon until the conference meet. However, because it’s his senior season, he wants to try and get an NCAA automatically qualifying score this week in case he injures himself or falls short later in the season. “If something does happen, I want to have a time,” Barrefors said. After his 2010 indoor season, Barrefors redshirted due to a foot injury. The Nebraska record holder in the heptathlon said he wants to make sure that doesn’t happen again. Like Barrefors, other athletes on the team are trying to be cautious moving forward. “We have tried to not work too hard on getting in perfect shape because we want to make sure we’re ready to go for conference and nationals,” Barrefors said. “This week we’re taking it easier. “Track is so individual. Everybody kind of has to do their own thing. Certainly people have been going hard the past few weeks.” Sprints and hurdles coach Billy Maxwell concurred, saying that the team would
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Senior heptathlete Bjorn Barrejors and the Huskers will take part in the Frank Sevigne Invitational this weekend, a two-day event held at the Devaney Indoor Track. likely back off a little bit for this week’s meet, since it isn’t team scored. Whether it’s a specific training program, risk of injury or simple fatigue, there will likely be a number of athletes taking it easy this week for Nebraska, though no specific names have been released. Horizontal jumper Mara Griva said part of her plan this season is to pick the right weeks to go all out, and to rest during other
meets. Last week she sat out as a part of that plan. “Last year I was competing every week,” Griva said. “I competed until August and it was a bit too much. I’m trying not to compete every week.” Today’s events mostly center around the heptathlon and the pentathlon. Barrefors said Wisconsin’s Japheth Cato and Dave Grzesiak are two of the best in the nation, and should give him some tough
competition. Other events today include the weight throw, pole vault and long jump. Also, preliminaries for the 60-400 meter dashes and 60 meter hurdles will be held, followed by the final for the 5,000 meter run. The action will resume at noon Saturday with the conclusion of the heptathlon and the remaining events. Chrispeters@ dailynebraskan.com
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friday, February 3, 2012
NEBRASKA 93, PURDUE 89
Hot-shooting Wildcats too much for NU Northwestern puts up 84 points, Huskers fall to 11-10 Robby Korth daily nebraskan
NU guard Lindsey Moore scored 26 points and assisted on Emily Cady’s 3-pointer that sent the game to a third overtime.
STORY BY ANDREW WARD | FILE PHOTO BY MORGAN SPIEHS It took more than three hours and three overtimes, but the No. 16 NU women prevailed Thursday night to grab a share of the Big Ten lead
ne shot. That’s all it took to boost No. 16 Nebraska into a tie for first place in the Big Ten Confer-
ence. Nebraska trailed Purdue by three points with six seconds left in the second overtime. Lindsey Moore raced the ball down the court and passed it to Emily Cady with two seconds remaining.
The freshman spun around, took a step forward and shot off one foot, 30 feet from the basket. The ball swished through net, sending the game into a third overtime. That shot not only catapulted the Huskers (19-3 overall, 8-2 Big Ten) to a 93-89 triple overtime win against No. 15 Purdue (185, 8-2), but also sent Purdue to a second straight loss,
allowing Nebraska to grab a share of the league lead. “I thought Lindsey was going to try and make a play at the end of the second overtime,” Cady said. “Then I got the ball and was like, ‘Crap, there isn’t much time, I have to shoot.’ Making it was really exciting, the biggest shot of my career.” NU looked exhausted before Cady’s shot, as Purdue built a two-possession lead
in the second overtime at 77-72 with a little over a minute left in the period. However, the Huskers battled back, led by Jordan Hooper who made a key layup and free throw to cut the lead to 77-75 with 55 seconds remaining. Purdue’s K.K. Houser, a former
purdue: see page 8
Miller adds experience to staff Nedu Izu daily Nebraskan
When you walk into the gym for a Nebraska women’s gymnastics’ practice, there are a couple shiny things that might capture your eye; the bald heads of two coaches, both named Dan. The first is of head coach Dan Kendig. The other is new assistant coach Dan Miller. Miller was hired this past summer, along with Heather Brink, to fill the void left by former Husker coaches Danna Durante and Tim Garrison, who left to become head coaches at California and Kentucky. Kendig said having the same first name and hairstyle weren’t the only reasons the team hired Miller. “Some people think the only reason I hired him was because of his name and hairstyle, but that’s not true,” he said. “He’s committed to winning and excellence. He has a lot of pride in what he does and all he wants to do is win.” The head coach has known Miller for 35 years and hired him to become the new vault and floor squads coach. Prior to this season, Miller worked as owner and head coach at Arena Gymnastics in Joliet, Ill., for 12 years. During that time, he coached more than 50 Level 10 national qualifiers and 16 national team members. “He’s a good coach and has always produced good gymnasts,” Kendig said. Miller has seen more than 30 athletes receive full-ride scholarships during his 30
At the end of the first half, Dave Sobolewski of Northwestern took a desperate 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds remaining on the clock. Sobolewski didn’t make the shot, but he did force Nebraska’s Dylan Talley to commit a foul. He then went to the line and sunk all three of his free throws to give the home team a 41-26 lead at Welsh-Ryan Arena. And right as the Nebraska fans watching the game on ESPN2 started groaning about shades of Ohio State, a 34-point loss, the Huskers started the second half with a 12-1 run in an attempt to win the game — shades of Indiana. However, the Huskers were unable to complete the comeback, losing to the Wildcats 84-74. “We played hard we just made too many mental mistakes,” Nebraska coach Doc Sadler said. “If you score 74 points on the road you’ve got to win. But this basketball team in the last couple ball games has gotten to where we think it’s about the offensive end. “It ain’t about points. It’s about stopping people and we’ve gotta get back to stopping people.” And Nebraska was unable to stop the Wildcats, unlike the other teams it’s played this season. The 84 points for the Wildcats is a season high total for opponents of the 11-10 Huskers. Especially in the first half, Northwestern was able to command the floor from behind the 3-point line.
In the first half, Nebraska was unable to keep up with the Wildcats from behind the arc. Sadler wanted to keep Northwestern from pressing their advantage, so the Huskers defended the paint to keep the Wildcats away from the hoop. And Northwestern made Nebraska pay. The Wildcats were 10 for 21 from downtown in the first half, advancing them to the 15-point lead at the break. And a lot of Northwestern’s success came from Nebraska’s inability to defend against ball screens, according to Sadler, who added that the Husker’s problems with defense fall solely on his shoulders. “The bottom line is I didn’t do a good enough job getting them to defend ball screens,” Sadler said. “We went underneath it and we went underneath it. “They’ve got two guys that are averaging double figures that you’ve got to stop and they get 49 points.” Sadler is talking about John Shurma and Drew Crawford who scored 28 and 21, respectively, and had a combined 16 field goals. Both of these teams have struggled in Big Ten play. The Wildcats are 3-6 in conference play following their win as the Huskers fell to 3-7. “Well it’s good to get a win,” Northwestern coach Bill Carmody said. “So little separates wins from losses the last few weeks for us and across the rest of the conference. It’s just incredible. So it’s really nice to get the win.” Despite impressive showings from the Wildcats’ leaders in points, and Carmody’s satisfaction
northwest: see page 8
Cooper to miss senior season, focus on degree Staff Report daily Nebraskan
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Nebraska assistant coach Dan Miller was hired this summer to coach the vault and floor for the women’s gymnastics team. years of coaching gymnastics. He has also been named Region 5 Junior Olympic Coach of the Year six times
and has been awarded the five and 10 year service award from USA Gymnastics. The NU assistant coach
women’s gym: see page 8
Khiry Cooper’s baseball career at Nebraska has come to an end. Thursday, Nebraska baseball coach Darin Erstad announced that Cooper, Nebraska’s starting center fielder, will sit out the 2012 baseball season. Cooper suffered a foot injury in Nebraska’s football game at Penn State on Nov. 12. Erstad said the recovery from that injury will prevent Cooper from playing this season. Instead, Cooper, who was drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angels, will focus on academics and the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in May. “We wish Khiry nothing but the best and appreciate everything he has done for the Nebraska baseball program,” Erstad said in a statement. “We will be here to help him with
anything he needs.” It hasn’t been announced whether Cooper will join Nebraska football for his final season of eligibility in the fall. Cooper batted .260 with 12 RBI in 96 plate appearances last seas o n , adding four recooper ceptions for 60 yards in football in 2011. He left high school as a three-star wide receiver according to Rivals.com. Expectations were high for the Shreveport, La., native, who saw action as a freshman, but he fell down the depth chart in football after his freshman year.
— Compiled By Chris Peters