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Legacy of Love

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Residents build community upon tradition

Lincoln Exposed takes over downtown bars

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Chad Pleasant clears snow off the sidewalk across the street from Andersen Hall on Tuesday.

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bout six inches of snow fell on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln campus and surrounding areas Tuesday, with snow expected to continue until about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The first major snowfall of the year resulted in the declaration of a snow emergency and cancellation of evening events and classes, but Chancellor Harvey Perlman took to Twitter on Tuesday to remind students of his stance on snow days. “I just don’t understand all this interest in having a snow day,” Perlman tweeted. “Its (sic) cold and messy. We should be asking for a nice warm sun day!” A few dozen automobile accidents had been reported by the end of the day Tuesday, and the City of Lincoln sent about 70 snowplows to clear the streets. Landscape Services staff worked plowing snow and clearing university sidewalks all day Tuesday as students bundled up and headed to their classes. Lincoln receives an average of 26 inches of snow each winter. Prior to Tuesday’s snowfall, Lincoln’s winter had only brought 10 inches of snow, most of which came from the snowstorm on Dec. 7 and 8. news@ dailynebraskan.com

Ben Bannon runs into Henzlik Hall during Tuesday’s snow storm.

Students cross Vine Street outside Henzlik Hall on Tuesday afternoon. The snow started early Tuesday morning.

USDA names City Campus food desert Healthy food options are hard to find for students living in downtown Lincoln Melissa Allen DN Chad Briley has to travel about 20 to 30 blocks to get to the nearest grocery store. Briley, an electrical engineering graduate student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, lives in the neighborhood located near 22nd and Q street. As someone who cooks and prepares almost all his meals, traveling to Super Saver on 27th and Superior streets or Russ’s Market on 17th and Washington streets is a hassle, he said. “Really, unless you cook it yourself and bring in your food, you don’t know if what you’re eating is good for you,” Briley said. “It was easier when I used to live by East Campus. There was a grocery store right on Leighton Street when I lived over there, and that was more convenient for me.” According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, UNL’s City Campus is considered a food desert.

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Food deserts are defined as areas in which at least 500 residents don’t have access to large supermarkets or grocery stores within a mile. In 2011, the Center of Rural Affairs reported that the Great Plains has the most food deserts. Dustin Renken, a senior animal science major, had to travel 20 to 30 minutes to reach the nearest supermarket when he lived in Bertrand, Neb. Now Renken lives by East Campus, which is less than ten minutes away from 48th street, where Super Saver, Hy-Vee, Natural Grocers and Target are all located. He cooks and prepares most of his food. “I probably go the store about once or twice a week,” Renken said. “We have a grill in the backyard I like to use too for entertainment, mostly.” There are differences between Nebraska Union and Nebraska East Union’s food selection too. Nebraska East Union uses University Dining Services for the cafeteria and for the Union Cafe and Grill. Like CatherPound-Neihardt and Harper Dining Halls, once a month the Union Cafe serves foods that are grown, produced and manufactured in Nebraska, which it labels “Good, Fresh, Local.” The city union offers food to students through the food vendors such as Runza, Subway and Imperial Palace. “Here at the (Nebraska East)

Technology services stresses user awareness to avoid falling for future phishing emails Diego de los Reyes dn Jake Greve | DN

A lack of grocery stores and other healthy food alternatives around City Campus leaves some students with few options to eat healthy on campus. Union, the University Dining Services really expands our offerings,” he said. For students and Lincoln residents living on or around City Campus, it can be difficult to travel to have access to basic groceries without transportation. For freshmen Fatma Al-Sharji and Amira Al Harthy, trips to WalMart and other grocery stores re-

quires taking the bus or paying for a cab, especially on Sundays or after 6:30 p.m. when the bus services don’t operate. “It’s not easy when you have a lot of groceries to put on a cab or bus,” Al Harthy said, a journalism and communications studies major. Al-Sharji, a chemical engineering

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A new wave of phishing emails is targeting students, staff and faculty of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Phishing refers to a scam in which a user is led to reveal his or her personal information, like a username or password, through deception. The email that’s making the rounds claims to be from Dean of Libraries Nancy Busch. It asks users to validate their library account to avoid it being suspended and then links them to an official-looking site requesting their login details.

Jon Wilson, communications specialist at the Office of Information Technology Services, said students should delete the email if they receive it and beware of such scams. “We just want people to be aware of that and minimize their own risk personally and get a general awareness of what’s going on,” he said. Universities, due to their large concentration of Internet users, are prime targets for these kinds of attacks. “It’s criminal activity, and certainly the online world is filled with it.” Wilson said. Information Technology Services has several tips to prevent phishing or to recuperate after falling for one of these scams on its website, http://its.unl.edu/ phishingunl. “First of all, UNL will never ask you in an email for any login or password information,” Wilson said. “I think you need to be wary of clicking links. It’s

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High dismissals caused by academic probation

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Jason Shaneyfelt dn Dismissals from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln have been increasing since 2008, with about 650 student dismissals in 2013. A major cause is academic probation. “I do believe most of our students who are dismissed, probably are dismissed for academic reasons,” said Bill Watts, the director of University Advising and Career Services. In 2008, 453 students were dismissed from UNL. Since then, 3,447 students have been dismissed. Another reason for dismissal other than academic probation is judicial reasons, Watts said. Last fall, the university brought in Heather Ockenfels to be the director of First Year Experience and Transition Programs. Watts said before Ockenfels came to UNL, a team was assembled to review the probation process and policies and make the appropriate recommendations. “We made recommendations around ways that we could enhance our processes around probation to increase a student’s likelihood of returning to good standing and achieving academic success,”

Watts said. The goal of the program is to help reduce the number of students dismissed from UNL on account of academic probation. In January alone, more than 1,300 students were helped. “We have adopted a very proactive approach,” Ockenfels said. Ockenfels came to UNL last fall from the University of Iowa, where she helped to build a successful Academic Recovery Program. She and Watts work together on the program, which is set up to work with students to get them out of academic probation. The university places a student on Probation I if his or her term and cumulative GPA drops below 2.0. Once a student is placed on probation, a hold is placed on all future registrations and the student has to demonstrate academic progress by completing a semester with both a semester and a cumulative GPA above the 2.0 minimum. If a student fails to do this he or she will be placed on Probation II. A student will be dismissed from UNL if he or she spends three consecutive semesters on probation according to the undergraduate bulletin. When students join this Academic Probation Recovery program, they fill out a self-assessment

UNL DISMISSALS: 2008-2013 2008

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on why they think they’re not succeeding academically. They then have the freedom to choose their own academic recovery coach who meets with them and creates an Academic Recovery Plan. Both Ockenfels and Watts feel that the program is very successful in creating a plan that’s unique and

tailor-made for each student. “We know each student is different in what they need to be successful,” Ockenfels said. “It might be issues with adjustment to college and maybe they were struggling with time management and when to study and how to study. So that student and

that recovery coach might develop a plan that’s more around some of the workshops that First Year Experience is doing,” Watts said. The amount of time spent with each student varies depending on the student. “We can work with a student on a bi-weekly basis, every couple of weeks, or maybe just touch base a couple of times a semester,” Ockenfels said. While it may be too early to accurately judge the lasting impact First Year Experience and Transition Programs will have on students struggling with academic probation, Ockenfels is confident in the impact that her team is making to reduce the number of students dismissed from campus due to academic probation. “I am extremely proud to have the support of UNL administration and work collaboratively with academic advisors across campus to change how we support students. Students should know that we are a great starting point if they are struggling academically,” she said. For now, Ockenfels is keeping her focus on the goal, which is to “Keep ‘em here and keep ‘em committed.” news@ dailynebraskan.com

Weather blamed for low Faculty Senate turnout Nebraska Innovation Campus director presents 25-year plan for campus’ development Staff Report DN Adverse weather conditions were likely the cause of an unproductive Faculty Senate meeting Tuesday. The majority of topics couldn’t be discussed at the meeting because there weren’t enough members present to vote. Those present predicted the weather was to blame. Judith Wolfe, a member on the Honorary Degrees Committee, will postpone a vote to the

Faculty Senate on the Pound Howard award. The award is for having outstanding career achievements and is presented to a member of the faculty or in the administrative field at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Wolfe gave members a packet on the candidate for approval and will have them read and vote on it during the next meeting. Dan Duncan, executive director of Nebraska Innovation Campus, spoke for the majority of the meeting about his 25-year strategic plan. With this plan, Duncan is hoping to expand the campus by 80,000 sq. ft. per year. The purpose of NIC is to have a research campus designed to facilitate in-depth partnerships with UNL and private sector businesses. Duncan also said he’s proud of the upcoming Central Renewable Energy System that UNL will own and operate. The sys-

tem, or CRES, will use water to heat and cool the buildings on Innovation Campus, and represents a $12 million partnership between the City of Lincoln and UNL. Duncan hopes CRES will be in place this spring. ConAgra is the only private tenant for the Nebraska Innovation Campus. The partnership was announced Nov. 16, 2012. He also hopes to improve the transportation to get around on campus, particularly with bus systems, because Innovation Campus will be accessed by pedestrians and buses only. “We’ll have improved bus service … we need mobility,” Duncan said. Duncan has visions of changing UNL’s campus environment into a more urban location. “It’s going to look a lot like downtown,” he said. news@ dailynebraskan.com

RHA not deterred by snow, hosts meeting via Internet Senate OKs bill allocating $800 toward annual Sandoz Poker Night series starting Tuesday Gabrielle Lazaro dn Despite canceling its Tuesday meeting because of snowy weather, the Residence Hall Association conducted business as usual. Thanks to RHA president and junior advertising and public relations major Matthew Knapp, the group was able to host its weekly meeting online through Any Meeting web conferencing. RHA approved an allocation of $800 in food costs to the annual Sandoz Poker Night series. The Sandoz Poker Night series will be held from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Mari’s Lounge, located in Sandoz Hall. The event will be held on six different Tuesday nights every other week from Feb. 11 until April 22.

For those who don’t play poker, turnout for all the nights that I went,” there will be a variety of other card said Ethan Schwarten, RHA events games that are also eligible to win committee chair and sophomore biology major. “They had a lot of different prizes. games set up. It’s just an overall good There will be a gift card prize to Wal-Mart, Raising Cane’s or Target time and I know RHA sponsored it in the past. I say we continue this trend for first, second, and third place winners, along with a food nights con- and make sure we help out our fellow people in Sandoz.” sisting of Pizza, Buffalo Wild Wings Sen. Michael Robertson, sophoand Raising Cane’s. The other three more forensic scievents will have ence major, said snack food such as he thought the bill chips and dip. It’s just an should be passed beHarper-Schoverall good cause it sounded like ramm-Smith senator something fun for and freshman ac- time and I know everyone on camcounting major Anpus. nie Lundeen asked RHA sponsored it Senate Bill 20 if the event was only in the past.” passed unanimously. for Abel and Sandoz Other upcoming residents. Ethan Schwarten rha events chair RHA events include Pound Sen. the Neidhardt Date Justin Kyser, junior Auction on Monbusiness administraday, the Village Root Beer Pong on tion major, asked how many people Feb. 12, the Harper-Schramm-Smith had attended in previous years. Pancake Feed on Feb. 16 from 6 p.m. The event has done well in the to 9 p.m. in Harper Dining Lounge, past and the goal is to bring together a diverse group of students across cam- and a Movie Marathon from Feb. 28 pus at no cost, so all residence hall to March 1 in HSS conference rooms, members are welcome, said Madison Mari’s Lounge and the University Suites multipurpose room. Wurtele, Sandoz president and sophnews@ omore journalism major. dailynebraskan.com “It actually did have a pretty good

CFA Staff report DN The Committee for Fees Allocation meeting on Tuesday was canceled due to snow. The University Program Council, Association of Students of

the University of Nebraska, The DailyER, the Daily Nebraskan and the Lied Center ’s Arts for All program was scheduled to present their budget requests for the 2014-2015 school year. The meeting is postponed but the new date is unknown. news@ dailynebraskan.com

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Clara Edwards, left, chats with Paige TenHulzen, right, while she prepares a meatloaf for Wednesday night’s dinner in Love Memorial Hall. Love Memorial Hall on East Campus is an allfemale house that has five kitchens that the residents share and prepare community meals each day. Living in Love is a cheaper option than most traditional dorms which draws in many students, especially those out of state.

Love Hall residents, alumnae determined to keep tradition alive Gabrielle Lazaro dn Love Memorial Cooperative Residence Hall almost shut down in 2005 because of a lack of residents. But things are looking up for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s East Campus all-female residence hall. It now has more than 30 residents. “We call it UNL’s best kept secret,” said resident and freshman English major Clara Edwards. “I tell other students about it, and they often reply that Love sounds like a great place, and they wish they would have known about it before.” Although there’s a chance that Love Hall could close in the future if there aren’t enough residents to make it sustainable, several steps have been taken to attempt to prevent that. “There were other times where occupancy was very low and just not sustainable, with only about 20 people,” said Sue Gildersleeve, director of housing. “But alumnae and some residents who were really dedicated did get very involved in recruiting girls in high school to see that numbers stayed up to range. It has been a very positive thing.” An alumnae association designed specifically for Love Memorial Hall has provided a scholarship for residents and advertising for the annual East Campus formal has expanded this year along with various plans in the development stage that are to be implemented next year. Love Hall was a gift to the university back in the 1940s. As a part of the co-op, residents participate in four to six hours of housework per week – which saves them about $3,200 a year. Edwards said her housing and food at Love Hall cost her $4,290 a year compared to a traditional dorm with a seven-day meal plan, which is about $9,300 a year. “There’s about 34 girls in the hall, and I know all of them by name,” Edwards said. “We also

do all of our own cooking and cleaning, so we have 24/7 access to homemade food, which is awesome. The cleaning isn’t scary or time consuming at all. Daily chores are completed in less than 20 minutes.” Residents are required to attend bi-weekly meetings and assigned to groups that each have dinner once a week in order for the residents to get to know each other better. “What I love best about the hall are the long-standing traditions,” Edwards said. “One of the residents recently became engaged and we held a special candle lighting ceremony for her. Other traditions include pairing residents as big sisters and little sisters, a Saint Lucia celebration, an official hall song, hosting a homemade Thanksgiving dinner, and making a yearly hall scrapbook.” Edwards, who’s also a Residence Hall Association senator, said there are a few factors as to why Love Hall isn’t as recognized, such as being on East Campus – an unfamiliar area to many students and faculty. The hall itself is hidden behind Fedde Hall, and a large grassy field blocks it from Holdrege street. “I remember on my visits, I asked questions about Love on tours and to housing faculty, and I wasn’t able to get a lot of information,” she said. “The best way to learn about the hall is to take a tour, which must be requested and scheduled in advance.” “Right now attendance is high, but it could potentially drop in the coming years,” Edwards said. “Thankfully, we have a 2,000-member strong alumni association that is determined to keep the hall open. They have been a valuable resource for us. This year we are really pushing hard to improve and publicize the hall. Love is a legacy, and my hope is that the work we do now will save the hall for future generations of Lovelies to cherish.” news@ Dailynebraskan.com

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ReseaRch RoUnDUp

email: FRoM 1

abortion rate at loWest since 1973

The abortion rate in the United states has dropped to fewer than 17 abortions for every 1,000 women of child-bearing age, according to the guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortionrights think tank. The number is the lowest the nation has seen since the landmark 1973 roe v. wade case. The number of abortions nationwide fell to 1.1 million abortions in 2011, a 13 percent drop from 2008. The number of abortion providers fell just 4 percent in the same period. nebraska’s abortion rate has dropped 10 percent in five years, falling to a rate of 7.2 abortions per 1,000 women. The highest abortion rates were in new york, maryland, the district of Colombia, delaware and new Jersey. The lowest rates were in wyoming, mississippi, south dakota, kentucky and missouri. The decline has been attributed to increased use of contraceptives, which have contributed to a sharp decline in overall pregnancy and birth rates.

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a recent phishing email scam has prompted UnL students, faculty and staff to enter library account information to avoid account suspension.

Internally, we need to do a better job of educating people on printer use on campus.”

eXonerations at record level in us With 87 in 2013

Michael RUTT securitY anaLYst

always better to manually type in the URL. And certainly, if they see anything suspicious, they should forward it to mysupport@unl.edu.” UNL users whose accounts have been compromised should contact Information Technology Services immediately in order to counter the threat and return possession of the account to the right owner. “We can block the domain, so that people from inside the university system can’t get to that domain,” senior information security analyst Michael Rutt said. “At the same time, we contact the internet service provider to have the site removed.” The success of these efforts depends on which country the phishing site is being hosted on. But the main defense against email scams is user education, Rutt said. He said it appears only a few people were compromised as a result of the latest phishing scam. “I think most people don’t fall prey to that, because they’ve become so commonplace,” he said. User security extends beyond username and password information and into electronic devices. A recent blog post unearthed information about publicly accessible printers all over the world and was even able to pinpoint two printers in the UNL network in need of toner. Rutt said that Information technology Services has known of the problem for a while and

has taken measures to block access to the information. “Internally, we need to do a better job of educating people on printer use on campus,” he said. Professor Byrav Ramamurthy of the Computer Science and Engineering Department agreed. “UNL’s security team is very serious about threats,” he said. He also said that having a strong authentication mechanism, for example, passwords on all networked devices, is a must for security. “I know UNL uses firewalls and blocks certain ports to protect against intrusions,” Ramamurthy said, “But people can set up their printers on open ports, and that leaves them vulnerable.” Faculty, staff and students should at least password-protect their networked printers, Ramamurthy said, or they could go a step further and set them up so only certain computers can access them. “Most people know that when you set a wireless router you set an admin password,” he said. “We need to have the same mentality with printers.” The Computer Help Center, part of Information Technology Services, can be contacted at 402-472-3970 for support for phishing victims and answers to campus network questions, among other services. neWs@ dailynebraskan.com

Last year, a record number of 87 people wrongly convicted of a crime were exonerated, according to a report by the national registry of exonerations. of those 87, 17 percent had pleaded guilty after long hours of interrogations and coercion techniques. forty of the exonerations were based on murder convictions. The national registry has documented 1,300 exonerations since 1989, most of them after murder or rape convictions. fewer exonerations have relied solely on dna evidence in recent years, proof of an increased concern about false conviction, the registry said.

overuse oF Facebook could lead to inFidelity excessive facebook time may lead to infidelity, according to a study published in the journal of Cyberpsychology, Behavior and social networking.

researchers said individuals turn to facebook as an escape, which can lead to inappropriate relationships with those they communicate with online, namely ex-lovers. Photos can ignite emotions like insecurity and jealousy. The study’s findings applied to couples who had been in a relationship less than three years.

Fatal crashes due to mariJuana tripled in 10 years

The number of fatal car crashes involving marijuana has tripled over the past decade, according to a report by Columbia University’s mailman school of Public Health. The report found that 1 out of 9 drivers involved in a deadly crash tested positive for marijuana. If the trend continues, marijuana will overshadow alcohol as the leading substance in deadly impaired driving incidents. The research team looked at crash statistics and toxicology reports from 23,500 drivers involved in deadly crashes from California, Hawaii, Illinois, new Hampshire, rhode Island and west virginia between 1999 and 2010.

ForeiGn students create positive trade balance For us

for every U.s. student that traveled abroad last year, 30 foreign students came to study in the states, creating a positive trade balance for the U.s. according to the department of Commerce, U.s. receipts from international students studying in the states hit $17.8 billion in 2008, representing 40 to 50 percent of the global market for education services. In the same year, expenses from U.s. students studying abroad were about $5.2 billion. In 2013, the U.s. had 760,000 foreign students, 25 percent of whom came from China. —compiled by mara klecker neWs@ dailynebraskan.com

Food desert: FRoM 1 major, said there might be an easy solution. “It would help if they had better transportation from grocery stores,” Al-Sharji said. While fresh food businesses would increase the quality of life for food desert neighborhoods, the businesses will only become available if there’s sufficient demand for them, said Eric Thompson, an associate professor of economics and director

for the Bureau of Business Research. “While (downtown residents) don’t have access to grocery stores right there, a lot of them work in a different part of town, and pass by grocery stores often,” Thompson said. Because people can purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from downtown places like coffee shops, the Farmer’s Market and Rojo Goods/Haymarket Bodega, there may not be that much demand for a

grocery store downtown, Thompson said. “The point I’m trying to make is that there are substitutes for grocery stores, so there’s other options close to downtown,” he said. When Denisse Carcamo wants to eat healthy downtown, she goes to The Coffee House on P Street, or chooses vegetable-heavy sandwiches at Subway in the Nebraska Union. The freshman psychology and

criminal justice major said it can be difficult to find healthy foods to eat on campus. “When you actually think about it, wow. It’s usually just bars and fast food,” Carcamo said. “I mean, there’s so many bars downtown, and there’s a lot of fast food places too, I think because people want heavier food after going to the bars on the weekends.” neWs@ dailynebraskan.com

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Downtown grocery would benefit UNL students’ eating

UNL must make non-academic cuts

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arvey Perlman held a private meeting Monday to discuss the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s $4.7 million deficit for the July 2014 budget. This is not unusual for UNL, as the university has been forced to reduce budgets 11 times since 2002. Perlman and UNL may be forced to eliminate programs, services, faculty and staff, which would be a significant detriment to UNL students. This is simply unacceptable. You, the UNL student, should not entertain the idea of cuts to academic programs because of a relatively modest budget deficit. How does a university decide what to cut? It comes up with the term “academic program prioritization” or “program and support service prioritization process,” or some variation thereof. Perlman is no stranger to such things. Back in 2001 as interim chancellor, Perlman oversaw an initiative to rank programs that best serve the interests of UNL. Academic program prioritization can act as a double edged sword. It determines which programs are strong, have high potential or whose trajectory is trending upward. Further, it could identify a need to create an in-demand program or major. However, it’s often used as a tool to identify departments, programs, faculty and staff that don’t prove financially worthwhile. While UNL doesn’t appear to be in danger of outright losing departments or majors, it’s not uncommon for universities to pursue such ends. Departments such as anthropology, philosophy, economics and oceanography are being shut down by reputable institutions such as Florida State University, Oregon State and Minnesota State University, Mankato. Philosophy, women’s and gender studies and ethnic studies are among some programs and departments that don’t generate a lot of revenue for most universities in comparison to others. By contrast, Martha Nussbaum argues in her book “Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities” how traditionally non-revenue departments have been good for our society both economically and politically. Furthermore, people with classics or art history degrees typically have less earning potential than someone with a business administration degree. Universities may expect to receive more donations from those who have more money. The University of Nebraska has a $1.3 billion endowment, so it’s not hurting too much. How-

The Daily Nebraskan Editorial Board wasn’t surprised to hear the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus is a food desert by United States Department of Agriculture standards. The phrase indicates an area where at least 500 residents lack access to a large supermarket or grocery store within a mile radius. For students who live on campus, it means relying on residence hall convenience stores for late-night sustenance — unless you want to order Jimmy John’s again — blocking out at least an hour for a grocery shopping trip or, if you don’t have a car, begging for a ride or resorting to Lincoln’s beloved bus system to get there. Ready access to dining halls makes City Campus’ food desert status admittedly less dire, but dining halls close fairly early, and many students don’t have dining hall access during the weekends. A grocery store or supermarket within walking distance of campus would be a huge asset for Lincoln’s downtown. And it’s not such a foreign concept — cities such as New York, Chicago and even Omaha have downtown supermarkets. A grocery store or market downtown would provide on-campus students with an array of healthier options for eating after-hours and between meals. Imagine the convenience of being able to walk to Russ’s Market or Hy-Vee to stock up on apples and oranges for the week instead of warming up the car and scraping ice from your windshield to buy some fruit. It would be nice if on-campus students got a chance to fill those little refrigerators in their dorm rooms. Downtown grocery shopping options would benefit other Lincolnites, too. They’d fortify the downtown area and provide another option to fulfill the drunk munchies of O Street’s post-2 a.m. masses. The logistics of finding a large enough space and room for parking may be a little tricky, but the benefits to downtown business and UNL students would be worth the effort. opinion@dailynebraskan.com

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ever, if a university wants all those donations from wealthy alumni, it would do well to focus on programs that produce graduates with lucrative prospects. According to researchers at Georgetown University, petroleum engineering, pharmacy sciences and computer sciences are among the highest earning majors. Social work, early childhood education and counseling psychology are among the lowest earning. While they may not strike it rich, I argue those careers are as equally virtuous and enabling of a functional society as any other. Departments such as philosophy may not appear to provide tangible economic growth inducing results, but they are still among the most important pillars of our civilization. The bodies of knowledge of non-revenue departments and programs have helped build our culture and society to its present state. It is precisely the disciplines of philosophy, literature, history and political science (among others) that have allowed the moneymaking colleges of engineering and business administration to exist and thrive. Do not mistake my defense of some of these departments and programs as an attack on others. The virtues of business administration and engineering have made our nation great and prosperous for many privileged Americans. But they are not sufficient. Universities are meant to educate a wide array of disciplines that encompass the entirety of human knowledge. Their function is important for any multidisciplinary university. That’s why it’s called a university: It has multiple disciplines. But in order for them to retain claim to that title, they need to retain the social sciences. The Latin phrase “Universitas magistrorum et scholarium,” from which university is derived, means a university of teachers and scholars, not a university of wealthy alumni. Academia shouldn’t devolve to industrious diploma-producing mills for business majors, nor can it purely focus on scholarly pursuits. There

needs to be a balance. So how about we go fix this problem? There is a general consensus that costs at universities are insensibly rising. The cost of tuition has increased at a much faster rate in comparison to even medical care, food and housing. According to the Center for College Affordability, college tuitions and fees have increased 893 percent from 1980 to 2012. Compare that to 454 percent in healthcare and 169 percent in food. The American Association of University Professors, the Goldwater Institute and professor Benjamin Ginsberg who authored “The Fall of the Faculty” also point to increasing administrative costs. The Chronicle of Higher Education pushed the envelope at UNL directly last year, asserting our university has too many administrators. Perlman and other officials defended UNL’s employee composition. The chancellor was quoted saying “the issue is numbers cannot depict what is happening. Because of how they appear, it doesn’t show what they do on campus.” Hopefully Perlman and UNL won’t need to make difficult decisions and cut programs or layoff faculty or staff. Yet, if there is no alternative than to reduce expenses, the administrators making those decisions should first take a look at their own positions and then illuminate that which those numbers cannot. Universities often hire outside analysts, such as Bob and Bob from “Office Space,” to conduct these evaluations. But why not become analysts yourself and save UNL some money? Students are stakeholders in this budget deficit process, too. Check out the personnel roster and see how much your favorite NU administrator or faculty makes annually. You can find this 1,366 page document online, and if brevity is more your style, the 2013-2014 budget document is only 478 pages. UNL needs competent administrators, and we are fortunate to have exactly that. From my perspective, however, if I were to choose between cutting faculty, departments and administrators, I would use my own academic program prioritization and cut the non-academic non-essentials. To quote the Bobs, “What would you say you do here?” Oliver Tonkin is a senior political science, Latin American studies and global studies major. Follow him on Twitter @thebrutalwolf. Reach him at opinion@ dailynebraskan.com.

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roll in the Dungeons!” The Harry Potter fandom is now a war zone. Grab your broomsticks and get the hell off of Tumblr. The display is very much something out of “Mean Girls.” You know that scene where Regina George throws pages of the “Burn Book” everywhere, and the whole school comes to a crashing halt? Yeah, that’s pretty much what’s happening in the Harry Potter fandom. Ever since the release of an interview with J.K. Rowling in which she declared that she regrets putting Ron and Hermione together, the whole fandom has been in chaos. Knives are being thrown, people are crying hysterically, and 30 Seconds to Mars’s song “This is War” plays idly in the background. OK, maybe not that dramatic, but fairly close. I’m just sitting here wondering why everyone’s getting so upset and questioning exactly why we take these fictional relationships so seriously. I mean it’s fictitious, but do we perhaps base our own ideas about love upon these stories? If that’s the case, then maybe we’re misguided. Fictional relationships may teach us a few things about love, but they certainly shouldn’t be a glorious example of what love is supposed to be like. Now, I’m not saying we can’t learn something from these love stories. There are plenty of good things we can take away from them. Let’s take Ron and Hermione for example. While Rowling noted that these two might require some marriage counseling, they also taught us love isn’t always perfect. Ron and Hermione overcame many obstacles in their relationship. They dealt with taking other people to the Yule Ball and Ron dating the overly attached “Lav-Lav,” not to mention Ron storming off and leaving Hermione in “The Deathly Hallows.” While they didn’t always handle these conflicts in a mature way, they got through them. They realized their love for each other was far more important than pride. Some people think to have a great love

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story means to have a beginning, a middle and an end. But some of the best love stories are the ones that have no ending. One of the great love stories in my opinion is Logan and Veronica from “Veronica Mars.” They had such passion for each other, and you can see it when they’re on screen together. They’re on fire. They had almost a full season of unresolved sexual tension before having a mind-blowing first kiss in the episode “Weapons of Class Destruction.” They’ve also gone through a series of crap: the aftermath of finding out who really killed Lilly Kane, Veronica nearly dying and getting raped in seasons two and three. Yet no matter how chaotic their lives became, they always seemed to find a way back to each other. While the series ended their relationship in a cliffhanger, it did teach us that some love stories never end. Sometimes you find ways back to each other. You also might not get an ending. Sometimes you’re left with more questions than answers. While these relationships did teach us a lot about love, neither of them are golden examples of exactly what love is supposed to be like. While Ron and Hermione’s relationship is meaningful, it’s also a tad unrealistic that we’re all going to marry people we met when we were 11. In fact, most of the main characters in Harry Potter got paired off. Harry and Ginny ended up getting married as well, and they were high school sweethearts. In reality, you may have to wait 10 or 20 years before you find the right person. Then we take a look at Logan and Veronica.

While they have an epic relationship, they also had many downfalls. Logan never truly broke his “poor little rich boy with a death wish” complex. He constantly tossed himself into life-threatening situations. In the last moment of the last episode, “The Bitch is Back,” he beat the crap out of a mobster ’s son. While it’s heroic that he would do that for Veronica and is a testament to how much he loves her, it’s also unnecessary and quite possibly could have gotten him killed. Veronica’s the same way, though. She’d always put herself in harm’s way to uncover the truth, such as when she went to the Fitzpatrick’s bar and didn’t really think about how it would affect other people. While this makes for an entertaining epic story, it’s not exactly something we should be idealizing. There are ramifications, and sometimes we need to think about other people before we go off and do things for ourselves. Despite what Rowling has said about Ron and Hermione, it shouldn’t change or invalidate the relationship. It is a great love story, and despite the odds against them, they made it work. There are seven books to prove that, and they won’t change. But we also need to remember not to take these relationships too seriously. It’s okay to admire some of the great love stories, but we also need to keep in mind that they’re just that: stories. While they can teach us some things about love, they’re not something to be held up as great shining examples of how love is supposed to be. We can identify with some aspects of these relationships but not expect our own lives to fit them perfectly. Love isn’t usually like the movies. Sometimes we don’t get a real ending. Sometimes we don’t marry our high school sweetheart. While passionate love is great, it also comes with consequences. We should remember this when we get in an uproar over these great love stories. Christianna Friedman is a senior secondary education major. Follow her on Twitter @ChristiFriedman. reach her at opinion@ dailynebraskan.com.


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Lyrics tell stories of musicians’ past triumphs, failures JOE WADE It’s the songwriter that makes the song, but it’s the song that makes the rock star. I’ve written my share of bad songs, but I’ve had a couple good ones, too. For the songwriter, songs are like coded messages trying to say something that’s hard to put into mere words. It’s a feeling. I know I’ve got a good song when it expresses that feeling — whatever I’m trying to hold onto at the time. Songs can say anything, though. Some tell a story, some try to tell people to do the right thing, and some just sound good for the sake of sounding good. The hardest part is getting them to sound the way you hear them in your head. For me, it’s mostly been about trying to tap into a nostalgic memory of an adventure I’d like to tell my grandkids one day. It’s the kind of thing you can’t tell your own kids because you’d sound like a hypocrite for telling them not to do the stupid, fun stuff you used to do. I’m talking about things such as eating those special mushrooms and believing that a giant cartoon frog is trying to gobble you up. Then, the next thing you know, your roommate wants to know why the hell you have barricaded yourself behind the couch, crying and holding a flyswatter because frogs prefer the taste of bugs rather than human flesh, right? The little, red scorpions, which were made out of licorice, crawling up the wall were pretty cute though, I have to admit. I’m talking about getting drunk and throwing things into a swimming pool. Goofy nonsense like that. If you are a songwriter first, no matter what crazy adventure or experiment you involve yourself in, the thing with the highest priority is the song you can get out of it. Mostly that means staying sane enough to remember the event later and controlling the situation so the worst consequence you’ll face is spending a day sick in bed. Anyway, that’s if you want to engineer an adventure for the purpose of having something to sing about later. Like with all writing, you have to write about what you know. However, all my best songs came from the once-ina-lifetime magic moments of youth. Again, the kind of stuff with a moral to the story but, naturally, I always learned the wrong lesson. Memories of listening to the radio late at night, watching lightning bugs float in the warm summer air or those autumn high school nights of getting busted by the cops for making out in the back seat of my car and seeing the ripples on the lake glitter in red and blue from the cruiser ’s flashing lights are burned into my mind. I can’t listen to the Bob Seger song, “Night Moves” without thinking about those moments because that’s what a great song does: it makes you feel. Sitting down to write is a whole different experience. Sifting through all the memories and getting the lyrics to flow with the melody, which you’re also trying to compose, can be like a chemistry experiment gone wrong. I’ve got more stacks of notebooks filled with unfinished songs than I have individual songs I’ve recorded. But so does every other songwriter who is serious about music. Real songwriters — the rock stars — keep going until they get it right. Finishing a song and knowing you got it just right is one of the most incredible feelings I’ve ever experienced. For that brief, special moment, you have something that didn’t even exist a moment ago, and it’s yours. Songs are like the songwriter ’s kids, and the only thing that matches that moment when they are born is letting them loose when you play them for an audience for the first time. I started writing songs soon after I started playing guitar, which was around the time the cops were taking an

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Brian Brazier of the Bolzen Beer Band played the tuba shirtless during last year’s Lincoln Exposed festival.

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he name of this week’s annual local music festival, Lincoln Exposed, is fitting. There may be piles of snow on the ground, but this year’s lineup will have people exposing themselves to the elements when they’re running back and forth to each venue. “If you’re ambitious you can catch the first 20 minutes of every set if you want to sample all the music,” said Mike Flowers of Once A Pawn, which will be returning to Lincoln Exposed for the third time. “From rock to pop to rap to country to blues to jazz to electronic — you name it — there is something for everyone.” Beginning tonight and running through Saturday, Duffy’s Tavern, the Zoo Bar, the Bourbon Theatre and Parish Studios will be home to back-to-back sets from the best of Lincoln’s local music scene, whether they are wellknown favorites or new on the radar. “It’s a lot like a music buffet, but only in

the best ways,” said Seth Stauffer of Tie These Hands, who will perform Saturday night at Duffy’s Tavern. Zach Watkins of AZP, which is back again Friday night at the Bourbon, said it’s events such as these that bring music lovers together. “From bands to fans, Exposed creates a community for people who enjoy the art of indie music,” Watkins said. “Lincoln is a city that continues to grow artistically, and these festivals have proved it. Whether it be music, design, photography — it’s festivals like these that showcase and network art and the fans thereof.” Watkins said he cites last year’s Lincoln Exposed as one of his favorite performances with AZP. “We love art culture; we live by it,” he said. “It’s one thing to perform traditional-type gigs at bars and things, but it’s another to perform in a festival where the people attending are true fans

way to get your music out there to those who of indie culture and music.” Local staples such as AZP, Josh Hoyer and may have never heard it.” Emilio Meza of My Brother, a three-piece that the Shadowboxers, LIFE is Cool and Bonehart pulls influences from as many musical genres as Flannigan are all much-anticipated performances in this year’s lineup, but the festival also wel- possible, said the band has attended the festival comes younger bands who before, but has never had the are new to the scene, such as chance to play it. Jeazlepeats, My Brother and “We’re eager beavers to Lincoln Exposed Gabe Nelson with PANTS. experience it as a band,” Meza begins tonight at 6 “We are a seven-piece, said. “We’re most excited to play psychedelic indie band out of p.m! Let us know in front of new people and to Lincoln,” Jeazlepeats’ Steven what bands you’re absorb as many new bands as DeLair said. “It’s so hard to possible.” excited to see @ classify a genre, but we write Gabe Nelson of Gabe Neldnartsdesk. music that comes straight son with PANTS said he’s exfrom the heart.” cited for the “new and groovy” Jeazlepeats will open Satexperience. urday night at the Zoo Bar. “I’ve played all over Southern California, “Events like these are crucial to the Lincoln Vegas, Arizona, New Mexico and our great music scene simply because they only happen state Nebraska,” Nelson said. “The fans here once or twice a year,” DeLair said. “It’s a great in Lincoln and throughout Nebraska support

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WEDNESDAY Zoo Bar 9:30 p.m. - 10:15 p.m.: St. Christopher 10:45 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.: Orion Walsh 12:00 a.m. - 12:45 a.m.: North of Neptune 1:15 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.: Pat Nichols Band Duffy’s Tavern 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.: The Allendales 7:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: Dear Herman 8:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m: Jazzocracy 9:45 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.: The InBetweens 11:00 p.m. - 11:45 p.m.: Thirst Things First 12:15 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.: Bogusman Bourbon Theatre 6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.: Dude Won’t Die 7:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Answer Me 9:00 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.: Domestica 10:15 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.: What is Jazz? 11:30 p.m. - 12:15 a.m.: Producers of the Word 12:45 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.: Thundersandwitch

THURSDAY The Zoo Bar 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.: Pat Bradley 7:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: Charlie Burton 8:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.: Honeyboy Turner Band 9:45 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.: Powerful Science 11:00 p.m. - 11:45 p.m.: Powers 12:15 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.: Handsomer Jaws Duffy’s Tavern 6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.: Emily Bass 7:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Weldon Keys 9:00 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.: The Wondermonds 10:15 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.: Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers 11:30 p.m. - 12:15 a.m.: Pure Brown 12:45 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.: Beaver Damage

If you go WED - THURS: $6 a day FRI - SAT: $8 a day ALL ACCESS WEEK PASSES: $25 18+

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Parish Studios 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.: Evan Bartels and the Stoney Lonesomes 7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.: Dean The Bible 8:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.: Root Marm Chicken Farm Jug Band 9:00 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.: Less Talk, More Polka! The Zoo Bar 5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.: Tijuana Giglolos 6:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Dr. John Walker 7:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.: Sandy Creek Bluegrass 8:45 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.: Demos 10:00 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.: Bonehart Flannigan 11:15 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.: Dylan Bloom 12:30 a.m. - 1:15 a.m.: Mezcal Brothers Duffy’s Tavern 5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: Floating Opera 6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.: Mike Dowty Band 7:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Red Cities 9:00 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.: Gerardo Meza 10:15 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.: Bud Heavy and the High Lifes 11:30 p.m. - 12:15 a.m.: The Bottletops 12:45 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.: Burning Down The Villager Bourbon Theatre 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.: Blue Sky Angel Parade 6:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: Sputnik Kaputnik 8:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.: Gabe Nelson with Pants 9:15 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.: Jack Hotel 10:30 p.m. - 11:15 p.m.: Life is Cool 11:45 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.: AZP 1:00 a.m. - 1:45 a.m.: Bloodrail

The Zoo Bar 5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.: Jeazlepeats 6:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Manuel & Nissa 7:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.: Blues Messangers 8:45 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.: Gloworm 10:00 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.: TJ Sadler 11:15 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.: Lucas Kellison and the Undisco Kids 12:30 a.m. - 1:15 a.m.: A Ferocious Jungle Cat Duffy’s Tavern 5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: The Toasted Ponies 6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.: The Crayons 7:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Garoted 9:00 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.: Tie These Hands 10:15 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.: Ron Wax 11:30 p.m. - 12:15 a.m.: Once a Pawn 12:45 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.: Dirty Talker Bourbon Theatre 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.: Katie Jane 6:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: My Brother 8:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.: Ghost Town Radio 9:15 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.: Magma Melodier 10:30 p.m. - 11:15 p.m.: Mark Thornton Band 11:45 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.: Dudes Gone Rude 1:00 a.m. - 1:45 a.m.: Halfwit

North of Neptune sound accomodates audience variety Drew Preston DN

Middle Schools together in the ‘90s. Back then, they were involved in various musical projects together until For musicians who’ve known each Sitzman moved to Columbus, Neb. for other for years, a simple one-liner will a few years before returning to Lincoln. Once back, Headrick and Sitzman suffice. played together in The Spins, which “If it feels right, go for it.” they described as “aggressive, party Or so says Jason Sitzman, the rock.” Johnson was involved in the rhythm guitarist and vocalist of Lincoln’s North of Neptune. The indie project “Vibin High” (which now goes by the Ro Hempel Band), and the two pop-rock four piece bands would frecame together quently play shows when the time felt together. right for them, and Are you seeing North of Nepthe quote speaks tune, as it is today, North of Neptune to the group as a started in 2011 with whole. play tonight? Let Sitzman and HeadConsisting us know at @ rick playing by of Sitzman, Jared themselves. Their dnartsdesk. Headrick on lead four track EP on guitar, Jeff JohnBandcamp is the son on drums and product of these Adam Deidel on bass, North of Neptune’s selling points early days. Headrick had to program the drums and bass, as their band did are simple: “We make good songs, not yet include either of these instruthere’s mass appeal and we’re proud ments. of where we’re from.” Deidel joined last year, and alHeadrick, Johnson and Sitzman though he was not a part of their have been lifetime friends. The three original childhood friend group, (He’s have known each other since attending Humann Elementary and Pound six years younger than the rest of the

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You can catch North of Neptune playing at the Zoo Bar tonight at midnight as part of Lincoln Exposed. band) he’s just as vital to North of Neptune and fits right into the band’s sound. Once full, the band began playing in mid-2013. Its first show was in Sep-

tember at the Bourbon Theater, supporting the Kansas City reggae band Arm the Poor. Aside from its EP on Bandcamp, North of Neptune does not have any

recorded material available for its fans. This is because there are more important goals for it in the present. “We’re waiting on [recording] and for funds,” Johnson said. “We want a good live show before anything else.” North of Neptune certainly promises an excellent live show, which the members know is built upon having great songs. The band is currently focused on building a strong set to play. The approach to assembling a live set and songwriting in general is to have something that everyone in the crowd will like. The Neptune’s musical style incorporates a variety of tastes. Sitzman cites blues and poppy music in the sound, but Headrick is certain to assure listeners that there is more to them than the few styles that Sitzman listed. North of Neptune is only poppy in mass appeal, but the band is careful to not classify itself as pop music. Fans of rock would like it, fans of blues would like it and even fans of Arm the Poor enjoyed the band immensely, the members said. North of Neptune doesn’t feel bound by a particular musical style.

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Newbie prepares for Lincoln Exposed experiences, music ing Lincoln Exposed a simple and cliché “festival” of bands) would turn out. As a culturally stunted caveman when it comes to music outside of the ‘80s, he became intimmiles idated by almost everything about rothlisberger the event and started banging rocks together in moments of fright. All the different names of the bands worried him. Even though There once lived a strange little stu- he appreciated good ol’ fashioned dent at the University of Nebraska- humor and silliness, names such Lincoln who planned on attending as “Thundersandwich” made him Lincoln Exposed for the first time. think too hard and long about hidOn the surface, this waif seemed den metaphors and sexual euphenormal and, for the most part, he misms. The different genres also actually was. He attended classes, stirred anxiety in his veins. “Indusjust like many other students. He trial rock? Alternative harmonicaate food and digested the nutrients. rap? Tomato-jazz? What the hell He slept, more or less. He breathed are these?” thought the ignoramus oxygen, and he had a mouth, along as he pondered whether or not he with a full face, to suck in all that would enjoy the music as he likely tantalizing air. He even smiled and disappeared back into his hole with laughed occasionally, though only if his 1950s swing records to rest up he felt “happy.” for tonight. However, beneath the facade, Finally, he wondered how he lay a befuddling secret: he had would take the atmosphere of never experienced Lincoln Exposed crowds and whether he would before. Freaky, indeed. Yet it gets have the chance, or the obligation, worse. The schmuck had never to crowd-surf at some point during even gone to more than two cona fateful night. He also wondered if certs in his entire life. Entire. Life. he needed to lose a couple pounds Those two concerts also happened so the crowd surfing might proceed to be “Weird Al” without embarrassYankovic and Peter, ing hitches. Paul and Mary, in However, Yet, the strange his home town of little man, ignorant the cheeky Mitchell, S.D. though he was about His bomb shel- bloke wondered common knowledge ter of a home must of concerts and obhave only allowed how the ’festival’ viously spectacular him air just recently would turn out.” and underappreciafter 15 years of isoated music from Linlation. Don’t get too coln, figured that no close to the guy, either. He might be harm ever came from trying someinsane from all the seclusion that thing new. Live music, good people kept away the beauties of local mu- and a sprinkling of second-hand sic. smoke and flirtatious comments However, the guy decided to spelled out a wild time for him. check out this year’s Lincoln ExSo, if one were to find this oddposed event to finally see just how ball of a newcomer entering hesimarvelous local Nebraskan bands tantly into Duffy’s Bar, do not be can be and to see how long it will alarmed and do not point him out. take him before he falls victim to the He’s on his own little personal jourcrushing embraces of Midwestern ney of fulfillment and revelation. music and its songs that he thought Although, please smack some sense might be about hellfire tumble- into him if he mentions any lead weeds or sad feelings on a farm or singers from Aerosmith or Bruce something along those lines. Springsteen. Poor thing needs all However, the cheeky bloke the help that he can get. wondered how the “festival” (he arts@ desperately needs help if he’s calldailynebraskan.com

LINCOLN exposed: from 5 and have a love for live music that drives performers to give all they have to give.” A variety of bands will be present, driving the importance of their music or, perhaps, petroleum oil. “Lincoln, Neb., United States, World is in danger of consuming sand on the main stream,” said Mikey Elfers of Thirst Things First, a band who describes themselves as “three humans and one joint operative robotic drummer selected to teach the world about the importance of oil and the dangers of sand.” “Oil consumption is the only realistic long-term solution for a longlasting hydrated scene-scape.” Whether your taste is figuratively for hard metal or literally for crude oil, Lincoln Exposed has got you covered. “It can be an adventure trying to see all the bands, and it’s fun

to catch bands you’ve never seen before,” said Sputnik Kaputnik, who will play the Bourbon on Friday. “Lincoln bands have a huge variety of styles so you should have no trouble finding something you really dig.” And while downtown Lincoln may be covered in snow, AZP’s Watkins said you won’t find a warmer atmosphere. “It’s always very moving to see true music lovers give off such a powerful energy with each and every band present,” Watkins said. “The vibe in each venue is amazing, each venue being known as a staple in indie music, both locally and nationally. Everyone coming together, shoulder to shoulder, just to enjoy great musical talent (is) powerful.” arts@ dailynebraskan.com

‘Eric Paslay’embodies country, pop sounds Joe Wade DN If you’ve dismissed country music in the past but thought about giving it one more try, or if you’re a fan of the genre and looking for the next big thing, then Eric Paslay’s debut album is the one to spend an evening with. Paslay’s eponymous album was released Tuesday. The Texas-born singer/songwriter has collaborated with other artists such as Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and Eli Young Band, among others, to spawn number one hits as well as a Grammy nomination in 2013 for Eli Young Band’s “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.” Recently he shared vocals with Sheryl Crow and Amy Grant on his song “Deep As It Is Wide,” which is on Grant’s album “How Mercy Looks from Here.” The song also appears on Paslay’s debut album, sans Grant and Crow. The single from the album that you’ve likely already heard is “Friday Night,” which was previously recorded by Lady Antebellum for their 2011 album “Own the Night.” Despite Paslay’s rerecording of it, the song sounds much the same but evokes a more acoustic feel compared to the electric guitar-driven version by Lady Antebellum. The song is sure to catch some listeners through the magic of broadcast music, but like the old-fashioned way of hearing new music — through the radio — it feels a little worn out when compared to the rest of the album.

‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ explores varied sounds, new ideas, leaves out sense of cohesion Robert Specht DN It’s hard to define Bombay Bicycle Club’s sound with just a few words. The London band has continually evolved through all four of its albums — from its indie pop roots, through an entirely acoustic album, to more straight indie rock, and now with “So Long, See You Tomorrow,” a mostly electronic dance-pop album that strays far from the path cleared by previous albums. The band explored a lot of different ideas in a short amount of time, considering its debut came out a mere five years ago. While all of Bombay Bicycle Club’s efforts have been worth listening to, there has been a lot of experimentation without much cohesion, and it feels like the band could use some more grounding. The album’s strongest songs are its singles, an unfortunate side effect of modern music marketing. “Carry Me” is a fantastic, heavily percussive minor affair about a couple growing distant, while “Luna” shows the band at its brightest, with shimmering synth lines and great guest vocals from British singer Rae Morris. Each are wildly different from both of the singles from its previous album, “A Different Kind Of Fix,” as well as different from each other, providing a nice balance of the band’s lightest and darkest moments. There’s not a lot here sonically connect-

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Eric Palsey’s self-titled album doesn’t stray far from most country tropes. The single to keep an ear out for is “Never Really Wanted.” Paslay’s voice croons in a way that is almost similar to Bruce Springsteen’s gravelly, blue-collar flavor but with an extra helping of youthful twang. It’s crisp, contemporary and just a little familiar. Lyrically, the song tells the story of a guy who ignored the flirtations of a girl, now the girl is flirting with someone else and, as the song goes, “I never really wanted that girl / but now I do.” I did tell you this was a country album, right? What else would you expect, a song about pickup trucks and drinking whiskey?

Well, “Song About a Girl” certainly isn’t. From the sound of it, it’s about getting you out on the dance floor. The up-tempo beat and banjo-driven melody feels as if it was made to get your feet moving. I’m not saying you can’t drink whiskey — legally, of course — if you want to, only the song literally says it’s not about that. Try and keep up. Mixed in with the rockin’ country jams are a few sentimental treasures that make this album exceptional. An early favorite, “Less Than Whole,” shines with emotional beauty. Thematically, the song is about the weight that’s lifted when an individual finds forgiveness, which can be a little

Eric Paslay preachy for some, but, sonically, it sounds too good not to listen. If you feel the need for an inspiring pick-me-up, this song will give it to you — same with the next song on the album, “Country Side of Heaven.” Listeners will find songs they will like more than others but, overall, this is a solid album worth listening to the whole way through, more than once. “Eric Paslay” is the type of album that Nashville does best. It’s got enough pop to attract young listeners and the right kind of triedand-true songwriting sensibility to give older fans something to tap their toes to. It even got a couple headbangs from this heavy metal fan. arts@ dailynebraskan.com

‘After the Disco’ lacks certain magnetism Kekeli Dawes DN This isn’t a disco album. It may use some of those vintage textures and melodic hooks to evoke some kind of nostalgia from a certain time — time which may resonate with those who grew up in the ‘70s and ‘80s — but risks coming off as another marker in the retro-disco revival in popular music set off by Daft Punk. But that was a risk the duo was willing to take, because they didn’t really care that disco became a buzzword this past year. To Broken Bells, the duo of Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, The Gorillaz) and Brian Mercer (The Shins), “After the Disco” was a strong enough an idea to hold its own, and they followed through, musically and lyrically. This album is that thoughtful 3 a.m. hour, walking home after the rave alone, when the responsibilities of tomorrow start to sink in again, while the sweet melodies of the dance still echo in the back of your mind. It’s that morning after when you start looking at your relationships in a better light — and you start remembering what you tried to forget that night before. “After the Disco” tries to capture the moments when the realities of life start to set in again whether you decide to fight them or face them head on. “Control,” a soft-rock driving groove, is about the futile

Bombay Bicycle Club takes dance-pop approach in new album ing these songs to “Flaws,” the band’s second album (which is entirely acoustic), but they’re great songs nonetheless. Largely unchanged are the vocals and lyrics. The vocalist, Jack Steadman, has always been a polarizing front man — with a nasally voice that does little to hide his youth, but he is versatile in range, going from deep baritone to falsetto in moments. Providing a nice extra layer is long-time collaborator Lucy Rose, who provides guest vocals for several tracks. Steadman’s lyrics can often be described by the title of the debut album, “I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose.” The lyrics are about sadness and longing, love and separation, but are often optimistic and filled with hope. Guitars, which were once the primary sonic vehicle for the band (both acoustic and electric), are almost completely absent, either hiding under the surface or replaced entirely by synthesizers and electro-pop drums. Also present on this album are sampled brass and strings, which make the intros to songs such as “Overdone” and “Home By Now” seem more fitting on a hip-hop track as opposed to an indie-pop record. At times the synths feel cheesy, with rather obvious fake horns and tacky drum-machine beats sticking out like a sore thumb. The track “Feel,” though overall a pretty fun track, has more cheesy sounds and out-of-place rhythms than the demo track of an old keyboard. There’s a lot of ground covered here — each song on the album seems to be going for a different sound, and it’s hit or miss on success. The ones that wear their influences most noticeably on their sleeves often fall short of the mark. Rock is out and dance is in on this album, sometimes

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Broken Bells, made up of Danger Mouse and Brian Mercer, have made a danceable record in “After the Disco.” fight against change and the fear of knowing that you may not look so familiar once it’s all over. “Even though it felt so right/ nothing’s permanent in life/ so it’s useless to hold on so tight/ you’ve got to give it up.” The album’s single, “Holding on For Life,” is the most pleasant song about the hard life of a prostitute. Burton has a habit of crafting songs around the heaviest possible matters, and Mercer ’s crisp, pitch-perfect voice can sing the darkest, most personal revelations so sweetly. “What a lovely night to be lonely.” There’s no question that

much of “After the Disco” references disco music, but disco isn’t the album’s only influence. Mercer ’s falsetto on “Holding on For Life” evokes the Bee Gees, but Burton on an NPR interview thought the song’s intro sounds more like a Dr. Dre or Ice Cube record from the eighties. Synthy choruses aren’t Chic ­ — they’re A-ha or Flying Seagulls. “After the Disco” is only disco by name, or by memory. The grooves are danceable, but it seems as if this album asks for a deep, meditative listen. Though it is a cohesive record, “After the Disco” just doesn’t

draw the listener in, and it’s difficult to pinpoint why. It lacks a certain magnetism and depth that Mercer and Burton are more than capable of. There are string arrangements scattered throughout the record and are a few strong synth choruses, but for an album by a pair of admitted retro-futurists, and paired with a space-age short film, “After the Disco” lacks full, rich soundscapes. The songs are tight and the melodies are simple. This album isn’t otherworldly, and it isn’t strikingly familiar like Mercer ’s work with the Shins. It’s somewhere in the middle, which is fine, but it isn’t yet a world of it’s own big enough to make sense of. arts@ dailynebraskan.com

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JAM Jenny Lewis “Acid Tongue”

SO LONG, SEE YOU TOMORROW Bombay Bicycle Club to a fault; quieter moments on the album almost always make a quick transition. The final titular track “So Long, See You Tomorrow,” feels like a slow, calm end to the album, but quickly makes a left turn and becomes an unnecessary upbeat dance track for the final minute of the album. These keep what could be sublime moments in the album from reaching their full potential and feel more like filler tracks as a result. “So Long, See You Tomorrow” meanders about searching for new sounds and new ideas, wandering away from the sounds of the band’s previous efforts and into unexplored territory. Most of the tracks on this record are solid, but as a whole lack a sense of cohesion. Bombay Bicycle Club members obviously have a lot of ideas floating around in their head, and while the experiments have been worth the wait, they’ve yet to find anything that really sticks to the wall. arts@ dailynebraskan.com

Hannah Eads DN My introduction to Jenny Lewis’ “Acid Tongue” was its soft and melancholic title track, chronicling her experiences with love, life and LSD. It’s the only song on the album completely stripped down to a guitar and vocals, but it’s also one of the more emotionally charged songs. During the chorus, the harmonies rise and fall, giving Lewis an opportunity to lay all her cards on the table and let the vulnerability in her past speak for itself. What really brings the song home is the line, “To be lonely is a habit like smoking or taking drugs, and I’ve quit them both, but man was it rough.” It wasn’t until two years later when the rest of the album caught up to me. “Acid Tongue” is both a collection of new and old sounds and musicians, ranging from alternative country to rock and pop with musicians such as Zooey Deschanel and Elvis Costello doing background vocals. Even though these musicians and more are featured on the album, Lewis doesn’t let it overpower her. Especially in “The Next Messiah,” an almost nine minute medley about Barbra Streisand and Lewis’ “mysterious” dad filled with bluesy guitar riffs and the sort of edgy vibe that lets listeners know Lewis is serious in what she does. The song was recorded live all the way through and despite the numerous other acts featured, Lewis still comes out on top. Those nine minutes never stop feeling powerful. The music sounds in control of itself, and Lewis sounds comfortable completely immersed in her music and everyone else. “The Next Messiah” is definitely the strong point of the album, although it’s hard to find a weak spot. Aside from the bluesy rock songs on the album, there are also a few ballads, one being the soulful “Trying My Best To Love You.” It starts out with high croons from Lewis and ends up in beautiful harmonies and lyrics. Although Lewis admits letting people get the best of her in songs such as that one and “Godspeed,” another slow ballad, she still appears to be self-aware in all of her music throughout the album.

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“When I was in bad shape I’ll never forget what you always used to say …” Many of the songs have a fragile quality to them, but those same songs end up sounding stronger by the end. The album works so well, despite the amount of different sounding artists and meshing of sounds because, using her youthful voice, it seems like Lewis wants to fake the audience into thinking she’s unsure of herself before turning each song around to be powerful and inthe-know. It didn’t take long for Lewis to produce an album that encompasses her personality as a performer, as this was only her second solo album and most of it was recorded live. “Acid Tongue” is the world through Jenny Lewis’ eyes: tricky to navigate, mysterious and seductive. arts@dailynebraskan.com


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“It’s good for Lincoln music, and that’s why we’re excited about Lincoln Exposed,” Headrick said. North of Neptune’s show during Lincoln Exposed will only be its second performance with a full lineup after the September show at the Bourbon. The members promise a fuller sound along with improvements in the programmed drums and bass. The group will be at the Zoo Bar tonight at midnight. arts@ dailynebraskan.com

toward the scene because the members are excited about its focus on not being on a singular genre, and they’re very comfortable performing. This gives the four piece as much room as it needs to write songs that feel right, even if the sound may differ from the bulk of the other material. The band is enthusiastic about Lincoln Exposed itself and is especially proud to be there. The members don’t just want people to come out to see them; they want people to stay for the entire festival.

“You can feel like an idiot, or you can win them over,” Johnson explained about playing for a crowd with mixed musical tastes. Like other local bands, North of Neptune members are strong advocates for the Lincoln music scene. “The scene is bigger than it gets credit for,” Headrick said. The group also believes this is the best possible time to get into the Lincoln music scene. “It’s trending up as of late,” Headrick said. “It’s a local thing that’s gravitated towards.” North of Neptune gravitates

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“Man, my ‘The Smiths’ Pandora station is really killin’ it!” Yeah, we know your criteria for a band is that literally no one else has ever heard them. But if you tell me one more time you found a new band, but you “only like their early stuff,” so help me, I will pull that wide-brimmed hat so far over your head it won’t ever come off again.

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“I was walking around the Haymarket when I realized my glasses are more young Woody Allen than Buddy Holly. Now I don’t even know why I bought them.” Cool. You’re into a look that harkens back to — wait, what is your look, exactly?

“No, dude. I’ve been to that record store before. All it has is crap from sellouts like Arcade Fire. God, Win Butler, I trusted you, and then you went and performed on SNL!” Sorry, dude, but typically when music is good, multiple people enjoy listening to it, and sometimes they even tell their friends to listen to it, too. I know, I know, life’s rough.

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interest in my backseat activities. A few years after that, I got the musician bug — all I wanted to do was write and sing songs. So, I dropped out of college, got an agent and recorded a demo. Not counting all the stuff I wrote in high school, the first song I wrote for the purpose of releasing was called “Chelsea Hotel.” I was really into Tom Waits at the time and part of my inspiration was the mental image of an old hotel with junkies, artists and bums always hanging around. It was the kind of place people end up after too much hard luck. The other part of my inspiration was my dissatisfaction with mainstream Christianity. Basically, I had the thought that if Jesus comes back, he’s probably going to look more like the people in that hotel and not at all like the average suburban churchgoer. Again, hypocrites. Along with Waits, I was really into the protest songs Bob Dylan wrote in the ‘60s, so I learned how to play harmonica and got one of the harmonica holders you put around your neck, which allowed me to play guitar, play harmonica and sing, practically all at the same time. I was a one-man band. Coincidentally, on the way to play a show in Nashville, I got stopped by security while going through the airport because I had something weird in my carry-on bag: my harmonica holder. I assured them I wouldn’t terrorize anybody with it until after the plane landed, and they let me pass. I suppose in the ‘60s they would have thought I was a communist. Anyway. I got to Nashville and walked into this hole-in-thewall club called The Bluebird

Songs are like the songwriter’s kids, and the only thing that matches that moment when they are born is letting them loose when you play them for an audience for the first time.” Café, which is located in a strip mall outside of downtown Nashville. My agent booked the show because, aside from her running the soundboard, it’s a good place to start. Musicians such as Garth Brooks and 15-year-old Taylor Swift were given record contracts by music industry gatekeepers who hang out there to pick up new talent. Yeah, it’s a good place to start. I didn’t have the same luck, but nobody can take away the feeling I got from playing “Chelsea Hotel” to a dead-silent, standing-room-only crowd of music fans. I’d like to tell you that I walked off that stage with my head held high, but I tripped. Almost fell flat on my face too, jamming my harmonica up my nose and smashing my guitar in a very unflattering way. Luckily my cat-like reflexes kicked in — I

was too nervous to drink before I went on — and I saved myself a little embarrassment. Too bad it cut my applause short. Overall, “Chelsea Hotel” never took me any further than that stage, but I do have a few more adventures to share. The point is: all songs are special for the people who wrote them, especially the musicians and songwriters gracing the multiple stages of Lincoln Exposed this week. Alright, class dismissed. Homework for next time is showing a local songwriter some love and respect by listening to what he or she has to say. Extra credit if you have an adventure worth sharing. joe wade is a senior news editorial major. reach him at arts@ dailynebraskan.com

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Rifle quickly becomes passion for freshman shooter “Rifle drew me in with the individual competition aspect of the sport. Being able to compete and have only my performance project my outcome was unique,” Phillips said. Within her senior year of high school and second year of shooting, Phillips earned a spot as a member of the West Seattle Totems Thunderbirds NRA national championship team in indoor conventional position smallbore and accumulated three awards. Phillips won titles at the Washington Junior Precision Air Rifle Championships, the 2013 Open ThreePosition Air Rifle Sectional and the Washington Girl’s Precision Junior Olympic Air Rifle competition. The emotional support of Phillips’ parents guided her to pursue her newfound passion. “From the beginning, they provided full support for whatever I needed to reach my goals, including driving me to all my matches and providing equipment,” Phillips said. “Their work ethic in work and in life has always influenced me to strive for higher achievements”. With her parents’ blessing,

Lauren Phillips started rifle as junior in high school, now in starting lineup in 1st season at Nebraska David Stover DN For most collegiate rifle shooters, rifle has been a part of their lives for a long time. However, for Nebraska freshman Lauren Phillips, it became an adopted niche. “I started shooting precision rifle in the summer before my junior year in high school,” Phillips said. “I was 16 coming into a sport dominated by competitors that had already put five-plus years into rifle.” Phillips is from Seabeck, Wash., a suburb roughly an hour and a half away from Seattle, and went to Seattle West High School where she found her niche in rifle competition.

men’s bball: from 10 However, the Nebraska’s latest success has come only at Pinnacle Bank Arena, a place the team lost just once: against No. 10 Michigan, the Wednesday opponent, 71-70 on Jan. 9. Nebraska’s story on the road rings a different tune. On Monday, Michigan coach John Beilein complimented the Huskers during his press-conference, saying, “There’s no team in the Big Ten playing better than Nebraska right now.” But Nebraska coach Tim Miles doesn’t want the compliment to go to his players’ heads. Although the Huskers are second in the Big Ten with a 10-1 home record, they have the worst road record, entering Ann Arbor at 0-6. Their last victory on an opponent’s home court came Jan. 19, 2013, when they defeated Penn State in University Park, 68-64. “It’s always difficult to win on the road,” Miles said. “We just need to win games. Home, away, my house, your house – I don’t care. We need to figure out a way to win.” And defeating Beilein’s squad at their home won’t be an easy task.

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Freshman Lauren Phillips has contributed in both smallbore and air rifle in all eight of Nebraska’s victories this season. She has shot 581 or better in all 10 duals this year. Phillips pursued her dream of shooting at the collegiate level. Phillips went on visits to other

schools but the atmosphere, the facilities and the expertise of Nebraska coach Stacy Underwood

proved to be too good to pass up. “When I asked her why she wanted to come to Nebraska, she said she wanted to compete,” Underwood said. “That was the perfect answer for what our program is trying to develop in our incoming freshman.” Phillips has gotten off to a fast start in her collegiate career by consistently finishing in the Huskers’ top five in both smallbore and air rifle, and she posted career-best 587 in smallbore against Air Force and 590 in air rifle against Ole Miss. “My freshman season has been successful entirely because of my work ethic,” Phillips said. “Being able to access the range at any point has enabled me to schedule my own extra training sessions, which have been beneficial to my improvement. I normally log at least four hours a day on the firing line and an hour of physical training.” As much as rifle may be a physical sport, it is just as mental. “Besides the development of the fundamental skills,the biggest change I have seen is her mental approach to the game,” Under-

wood said. “She understands how important her emotions and the mental side can help her excel.” Attitude is everything in rifle, and because one day you can be sharp and the next you can be off, Phillips’ attitude has help not only herself but her teammates. “Lauren brings a liveliness to the team,” Underwood said. “I always envision her going 100 mph fueled by passion.” Her passion extends beyond the range, as Phillips enjoys hanging out with her teammates by going antiquing and thrift shopping. Phillips also enjoys giving back by helping her dad coach the 4-H club when she’s back in Seabeck. Phillips’ passion and appreciation for her teammates and Underwood is apparent. She looks to give that same feeling back to the sport that has given her so much love. “A future aspiration of mine is to become a junior or collegiate coach for rifle,” Phillips said, “and I hope to use my skills in these areas to help my teaching abilities for my sport.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com

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Although they had their 10game winning streak snapped against Indiana on Sunday, the Wolverines have also found success at home, posting a 9-1 record so far this season. But their win against Nebraska in the first matchup hasn’t been forgotten by the Huskers. “They came into our house and stole one,” sophomore forward Walter Pitchford said. “We need to go over there and let them know we’re serious and don’t take us as a joke. We’re going to go in there and play as hard as we can play.” Michigan may have lost its most recent game against Indiana, but Miles knows the Wolverines enter Wednesday night hungry to continue their five-game winning streak at the Crisler Center and prevent the Huskers from winning three straight conference games for the first time since 2011. “We just need to put ourselves in a position to win,” Miles said. “Michigan is an awesome team. Losing to Indiana is something that’s not that uncommon so that didn’t surprise me a lot. They’ll be ready for us.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com

on the team in recent years. Last year’s signing day gave the Huskers a good amount of players, as did this year’s class. I’m not saying that three-star commits are the hot ticket and that the Huskers shouldn’t strive for big recruits, because there are players out there who are almost guaranteed to translate well into collegiate competition. When you look at this year’s recruiting class, you can tell that Nebraska wanted to answer a lot of issues it had going in, and anyone who’s added on signing day will sweeten the deal to what has been a priority class. With the departures of Ciante Evans and Stanley Jean-Baptiste, the team answered that issue by bringing in four defensive back recruits, all of them being threestar players. The other big issue was with the offensive line, which should be what dictates the prominence of this class. The offensive line headlines this class because half of the four stars in this year’s class are offensive lineman. Offensive lineman recruits Tanner Farmer, D.J. Foster, Nick Gates and Mick Stoltenberg should be able to find a spot early

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Running back Ameer Abdullah was a three-star recruit when he signed with Nebraska in 2011, but he is now eighth on the school’s all-time rushing list with 2,977 career yards. in their Husker tenures as the offensive line has five starters from last season graduating this year.

The playing time that the backups received will help out a lot, but with the lineman recruits coming

in, the team should feel a little bit better about that phase of the game. A four-star stamp doesn’t guarantee that a player is going to play just as well in college football though, because Nebraska has had its fair share of players that didn’t translate to the next level. Four-star players such as Brion Carnes and Dijon Washington didn’t pan out as planned when they entered Lincoln. I remember people saying Carnes was going to be the next Tommie Frazier, a comparison that has been thrown around too many times in recent years when describing a scrambling quarterback. Whether this year’s recruits make an impact on the program or not, it’s still up in the air and each player has an opportunity to be the next big name on the team. With 2013 and 2014 bringing in the largest classes in Pelini’s time in Lincoln, the possibilities are definitely a lot better than in recent years. So don’t worry about these players. At least not yet. Josh Kelly is a junior journalism major. You can reach him at sports@ dailynebraskan.com.

dn Big ten homeroom 1. Michigan State (19-3 overall, 8-1 Big Ten)

Despite falling to Michigan in an 80-75 thriller on Jan. 25 and then falling to Georgetown exactly a week later on Saturday, Michigan State is still the top team in the Big Ten. Sandwiched in between those two losses was a win at Iowa, handing the Hawkeyes their first and only home loss of the season. The Spartans are in the top 50 in all three major statistics offensively (points, rebounds and assists per game) and defensively (points allowed, blocks, steals). They will look to get back in the win column when they take on Penn State on Thursday.

2. Michigan (16-5, 8-1)

Michigan’s streak of eight in a row to open Big Ten Conference play came to an end on Sunday when they lost to Indiana 63-52. Despite the loss, Michigan is still 6-3 vs. the RPI top 50 and 9-4 against the RPI top 100. Sophomore guard Nik Stauskas is averaging 17.8 points per game and is currently fifth in the voting for the Wooden Award (Nation’s Most Outstanding Player), according to ESPN. Michigan’s next game is against Nebraska at home on Wednesday.

3. Iowa (17-6, 6-4)

The Hawkeyes have been one of the most impressive scoring teams in the country this season. They lead the Big Ten in points per game averaging 84.3 points, seventh in the nation. The Hawkeyes are also outscoring their opponents by more than 17 points per game. Iowa still has one glaring flaw on its resume: it is just 1-5 against ranked teams this season, giving it the second worst win percentage in the conference against ranked opponents. The team lost to Ohio State on Tuesday and plays Michigan on Saturday.

4. Ohio State (18-5, 5-5)

After starting out the season 15-0, The Buckeyes have dropped five of their past eight. Ohio State was able to get on track, defeating thenNo. 14 Wisconsin on Saturday and No. 17 Iowa. Despite Ohio State’s recent struggles that have caused the team to fall from No. 3 to unranked in the AP poll since Big Ten play started, it still has an RPI of 19. The Buckeyes are also 10-5 vs. the RPI top 100 this season and have played the 14th most difficult schedule in the country.

5. Wisconsin (18-5, 5-5)

In both the overall season and conference play the Badgers have the same record as Ohio State and their seasons have gone almost the exact same way. Wisconsin started out the season 16-0 and reached No. 4 in the AP poll before losing five of its next six to become unranked. The Badgers have played the third most difficult schedule in the country and has come to play in big games early on, starting 3-0 against ranked teams before dropping their next two. They beat a struggling Illinois team on the road on Tuesday night.

6. Minnesota (15-7, 4-5)

Minnesota is currently on its first losing streak in conference play after dropping games to Nebraska and Northwestern in the past week. The two losses came following a win against Wisconsin. The past three games sum up the Gophers as arguably the most inconsistent team in the conference. They have a solid 4-4 record against the RPI top 50 but are just 1-3 against teams between 51 and 100. Their next game will be at Purdue on Wednesday and will be the sixth true road game the Gophers have played all year.

7. Indiana (14-8, 4-5)

Indiana defeated Michigan on Saturday in a game that may have salvaged their NCAA Tournament hopes. Sophomore Yogi Ferrell rose to the occasion, scoring 27 points in the game to raise his season average to 17.8. The Hoosiers still have one glaring weakness: their lack of ability to win on the road. This season Indiana has won just one game away from Assembly Hall, and the team will look to change that Saturday in Minneapolis when they take on Minnesota.

8. Northwestern (12-11, 5-5)

It was not long ago the Wildcats were considered by most to be the worst team in the conference. They lost the first three in Big Ten play by at least 23 points. Since then, they have won five of seven and now sit in fourth place in the conference. The bad news for the Wildcats is they’re still 2-7 against the RPI top 50; the good news is those two wins have come in their last two games. Their next one is at Nebraska on Saturday.

9. Nebraska (11-9, 3-5)

The Huskers are 3-3 in their last six, with those three losses coming by a combined 11 points. Nebraska’s last two games were backto-back home wins against Minnesota and Indiana as the Huskers continued their run in Pinnacle Bank Arena, improving their home record to 10-1. Unfortunately for Nebraska, there is a flipside to that, as it is 0-6 in true road games this season. Things don’t look like they’ll get any easier away from home when they face Michigan in Ann Arbor on Wednesday night.

10. Penn State (12-10, 3-6)

After starting conference play 0-6, the Nittany Lions hold the Big Ten’s longest win streak at three. One of those wins came against Ohio State, which was ranked No. 24 at the time, giving Penn State its first win over a ranked opponent since Feb. 2013. They’re outscoring their opponents by less than 3 points a game, which is the second worst in the conference. They look to make it two in a row over ranked opponents when they travel to Michigan State on Thursday.

11. Purdue (13-9, 3-6)

Basketball is often called a game of runs, and for the Boilermakers that statement could not be more true. They started off their Big Ten campaign dropping the first two and followed that up by winning three in a row, but they are now back to their losing ways, falling short in their last four. The four-game skid is the second-longest streak in the Big Ten. Their RPI sits at 107, making them the only team in the Big Ten outside the top 100. On Saturday they head to Columbus, Ohio, where they haven’t won since 2010.

12. Illinois (13-10, 2-8)

Everything that could go wrong has for the Illini recently. They have lost eight games in a row and are one of two Big Ten teams winless against the RPI top 50. It has been a month since the last time Illinois put a notch in the win column. The Illini have been one of the worst shooting teams in the country with a field goal percentage of 41.3 percent, which ranks 311th out of 346 teams. They fell to a reeling Wisconsin team on Tuesday to extend their losing streak. Compiled by Brett Nierengarten sports@ dailynebraskan.com


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A LOOK INTO THE RECENT HUSKER SPORTS SCENE THROUGH A STATISTICAL LENS

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

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The Husker women’s basketball squad shot the lights out in the first half of its 84-51 win over Michigan. The team shot 56.7 percent from the field in the first half to jump out to an 18-point lead at the half. The shooting performance helped propel the Huskers back into the rankings to No. 22 in the polls.

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MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD

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The No. 36 Husker women’s tennis team suffered its third straight dual loss of the season. Last time that the Huskers lost three straight duals was in the 2008-09 season. During the spring of 2009 the Huskers lost five straight duals, all to higher ranked teams. The 2014 Huskers will try to bounce back Friday against Eastern Michigan.

The No. 9 Husker Men’s track and field team tore apart the competition at the New Mexico Collegiate Invitational, taking first place by a 35.5-point margin over second-place LSU. Only two other teams were ranked at the meet. No. 19 Notre Dame finished third, 69.5 points behind the Huskers. No. 12 Arizona State finished in ninth, 103 points behind Nebraska.

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Freshman sprinter Kadecia Baird shaved .11 seconds off her career-best time in the 400-meter dash. Baird ran a 53.59 in the 400 at the New Mexico Collegiate Invitational. That new career best awarded her with first place. The Huskers finished second at the meet, scoring 121 points. The track team returns home to the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Friday.

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WRESTLING

Junior 174-pound wrestler Robert Kokesh added another technical fall to his stat sheet in Nebraska’s 22-13 win against the No. 17 Illinois Fighting Illini. Kokesh leads the team in dual points per win with an average of 4.83. Kokesh is 12-0 in duals this year and is tied for the team lead with eight pins.

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Nebraska freshman Tim Lambert is ranked No. 9 in the nation at 125 pounds and is 18-7 this season with two pins, two technical falls and four major decisions.

Lambert takes no credit for success on mat Austin Pistulka DN “Our Father, who art in heaven …” These words play through the head of redshirt freshman Tim Lambert before every match. His headgear is constantly on, so he has to find a way other than music to put him in the zone. “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing …” The crowd cheers. It’s a big crowd tonight: 3,946 strong in attendance to see the No. 8 Huskers take on the No. 3 Hawkeyes. The first match of the dual features No. 9 Lambert and No. 3 Thomas Gilman. Gilman might even have the home advantage because his alma mater is Omaha Skutt. “Relentless …” The mat is firm under his feet as Lambert walks toward the center circle. The pre-match stare down commences. Nothing is going through Lambert’s head as he shakes Gilman’s hand. His mind goes blank. The whistle blows and the match begins. From the age of 5, Lambert knew exactly what he wanted to do. Following in his older brother Steve’s footsteps, he started wrestling at the Forest Hills Wrestling Club. Being the youngest of three children meant Lambert was always supported by those who had already gone through what he was going through. “Steve was real good,” Lambert said proudly. “He placed in the state tournament a few times but watching him and his style, he was a lot better than how he finished. He’s awesome. He’s been a big influence on the wrestling aspect and every aspect of my life.” His brother’s success set the bar for Lambert as he made his way

into high school. Lambert would go above and beyond his older brother’s wrestling career. At state, Lambert finished in fifth, second, third and first in his four years at Forest Hills Eastern High. He racked up more than 200 wins in his career and set the record for three-point near falls in a season, twice. Lambert stood out in high school, but he wouldn’t tell you about it even if you asked. “High school was good,” he said. “Looking back now, it’s crazy how my senior year I finally won a state title and as soon as it was over, it was on to the next thing. I don’t think about high school all that much because it’s so in the past at this point. It has no real use to me now. Once you get to college, it’s like a clean slate. Whatever you did in high school that was great for personal success, but once you get to college you’re starting new.” Fresh out of high school, Lambert decided to venture away from home. A long 12 hours from home. Lambert landed at Nebraska, and he knew it was the right place for him. “It was a tough decision,” Lambert said. “I am so close to my family.” Lambert’s mother is a second grade teacher, and his father is a furniture sales representative. Along with Steve, Lambert has an older sister who is married and has a 2-year-old daughter. That niece is the light of his life, as Lambert puts it. Moving so far away from the ones who have supported him all his life was no easy decision. “What it came down to, I think, was the facilities and the coaching staff were incredible,” Lambert said. “I thought this was where God wanted me to go. I really felt that this was the place where I would be the most successful at, and I think it’s turning out to be what I thought

it was going to be. I’m going to continue working to be successful.” He doesn’t like to talk about his success. But that’s OK. His coaches and teammates do that for him. Junior Robert Kokesh called Lambert a “spark plug” and said he leads by example. Assistant coach Tony Ersland is not short on words to describe Lambert. “I think Tim is a disciplined kid who lives a disciplined life — not just his wrestling, but his entire life is very disciplined,” Ersland said. “It’s a lifestyle for him. He’s disciplined day-in and day-out with his faith, training habits, his school, and he’s got his priorities that he stays focused on. He’s at practice early, he stays late. It’s a good question how many hours he puts in because he’s there even when I’m not there.” Against Gilman, Lambert battled all the way to the end. He matched the third-ranked wrestler in the country step for step. Each had an escape at the end of the match, but Gilman took a bonus point for riding time. Lambert did not get his hand raised on this day, but it’s just one match. He knows there will be more matches to come and that he won’t be able to win them alone. “I think you have to take joy and fulfillment out of what you do,” Lambert said. “It’s hard, though, because with my practice partners, they’re going to make me better. I’d love to take ownership of everything I do, but I can’t. It’s not me. God’s put me in some amazing situations where I have incredible partners, I have great coaches, so for me to take that would be selfish. It’s not all me. It’s the people around me that help me do what I do.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com

Natasha Rausch DN The team’s shooed from the locker room just before warm-ups. Allie Havers, Jordan Hooper and Emily Cady stay behind for a little pregame ritual. They can’t go on the court before they dance like crazy to some Taylor Swift music. “We just pick whatever song, but it has to be Taylor Swift,” Havers said. After a song — or two — the file photo by jake crandall | dn three forwards follow the rest of Freshman forward Allie Havers had 14 points and three rebounds their teammates to the court. in Nebraska’s season-opening win against UCLA, and she plays Cady and Hooper are the an average of 12.4 minutes a game. teammates who have helped Havers adjust to the pace of college basketball and the new atmo- looked into college sports. After braska, 66-65. sphere. “That was just a huge game feeling like Nebraska was a home “Jordan Hooper is an amazfor us when we came out in the away from home, basketball was ing basketball player; everybody the obvious choice. last couple seconds,” Havers said. knows that,” Havers said. “But “The fans were insane. The bench “I do miss it,” Havers said. she is just such an awesome per- “It’s hard to go from playing three was insane. You literally felt everyson off the court, too. And a lot of sports a year to just one. I feel like one’s emotions whether you were people don’t get to see that. Em- softball is right around the corner, a player or a fan. It was just an ily Cady has always pushed me to awesome experience.” but it’s not. I didn’t play volleydo my best. All the girls have just ball this year, so it’s different. But Sitting in the crowd for that been really supportive, and it’s game along with the game against I can spend more time on basketamazing.” UCLA, when Havers had 14 points ball now.” As a freshman on the basketand 3 rebounds, were her parents. Havers first came into contact ball team, Havers has had to ad“My family has inspired me with the game of just to the quicker to be a basketball player,” Havers basketball at her pace of college said. “Even my siblings never first camp as a kid. It’s hard ball, to being almissed a high school game.” She’s played it most 10 hours The weirdest part of Havers’ ever since. to go from from home and to high school career was simply be“The assisplaying three not playing three ing the tallest person on and off tant coach, Bailey, sports each year. the court. At 6-foot-4-inches, she sparked my intersports a year to “Allie is a hovered over most people in her est in the game,” just one. I feel like Havers said. “I high school. But that’s changed hard worker, and she has done a don’t know where since being in a new arena. softball is right good job of makI would be with“I’ve never seen a girl taller ing the transition around the corner, out him. I just fell than me yet here,” Havers said. to college basketlove with the “But now in college, there are a but it’s not. I didn’t in ball,” coach Congame because of lot of taller guys.” nie Yori said. “She play volleyball him.” Looking into future Big Ten needs to get bigAfter pickConference games such as against this year, so it’s ger and stronger, ing up the sport, Wisconsin followed by Michigan but she is a really different.” Havers soon State, Yori said Havers’ height good all-around picked up a fouland athleticism will be a help to allie havers athlete.” shot routine from the team. freshman forward Before coming a Michigan State “We need Allie to help us,” to Nebraska from player. Yori said. “She is the only player Paw Paw, Mich., B o u n c e . we have with size coming off the Havers was averaging 19.3 points Around the back. Bounce once bench inside, so we need her to per game on her high school bas- more, and shoot it. come in and contribute and give ketball team, which won the dis“I just thought it was so cool. I a couple minutes of rest here and trict championship during her wanted to do it,” Havers said. there to Jordan and Emily. Allie senior year. Besides playing basHer foul shot routine came in has done a pretty good job here ketball in high school, Havers handy during the game against recently, and hopefully we can took up volleyball and softball as Northwestern when she got an count on more as the season goes well. and-1 after a made layup. Every on.” The choices narrowed to vol- point counted in that game, consports@ leyball and basketball as she sidering the final score was Nedailynebraskan.com


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Sophomore forward Walter Pitchford had 12 points, 2 rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal against current No. 10 Michigan on Jan. 9, when the Wolverines won 71-70 to deal Nebraska its only loss at home this season.

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Behind Petteway’s team-high 18 points, the he Nebraska basketball team is on the verge of achieving something it hasn’t Huskers outlasted Indiana 60-55, to pick up their second consecutive win against a Big Ten Condone in three years. ference foe. The feat marked the It started Jan. 26, first time they’ve won consecutive when the Huskers hostWe just games against conference oppoed the Minnesota Golden Gophers on a 30-degree night. need to win nents since joining in 2011. The team that entered the seaSophomore guard Terran son and the squad playing these Petteway kept the sold-out crowd games. Home, days aren’t the same, said Petteway, of Pinnacle Bank Arena standing away, my house, who leads the conference in scorwith his hottest shooting perforing, averaging 19.5 per game in mance of his career, going 10 for your house - I league play. 15 from the floor. His career-high don’t care.” Nebraska basketball is starting 35 points led Nebraska to just its tim miles to click and is now seeing its imsecond win in 35 days. men’s basketball coach provements play out. In the Huskers’ next home “We came a long way from game, he didn’t emulate Kevin where we were at the beginning Durant and score 30 points for a second game in a row, but that didn’t matter, ac- of the year,” Petteway said. “At the beginning of the year, we probably would’ve fallen apart. But cording to Petteway. (against Indiana) we stayed together.” “I wasn’t worried about scoring 35 points,” the Nebraska tri-captain said. “I was just looking for another win.” men’s bball: see page 8

NU takes streak to Wisconsin After finding rhythm in past two games, Huskers look to keep momentum against struggling Badgers Eric Bertand DN The No. 22 Nebraska women’s basketball team will journey to Madison, Wis., for a Big Ten showdown against the Wisconsin Badgers on Wednesday. Nebraska (15-5, 5-3) has regained its momentum by winning the last two games against Michigan and Iowa, after dropping the two before that. FILE PHOTO BY CRAIG ZIMMERMAN | dn “You’re always going to gain Senior forward Jordan Hooper is coming off a 50-point, 23-reconfidence from winning,” coach Connie Yori said. “The game is bound performance in two games in the past week, which about doing more things right earned her conference player of the week honors. then your opponent.” For Husker senior forward “I just kind of relaxed and buckets, but she also picked up 23 Jordan Hooper, the success of the went out there and just played,” rebounds in the two games. squad came down to a few facshe said. “I just kept shooting as Her performances last week tors. usual, but this time they actually earned her Big Ten-player-of-the“The key was fell, so that was week status. our focus, playAlso stepping up for the The key was good.” ing together and Yori said she Huskers was junior guard Tear’a our having fun,” our focus, saw Hooper’s play Laudermill. With 44 points over Hooper said. “We loosen up. the last two games, Laudermill were really fo- playing together “She just kind aided the Huskers to eclipse 80 cused on the task and our having of relaxed and points in both matches. at hand, and I played,” Yori said. “That kind of takes the presthink we got a lot fun.” “I reminded her sure off me personally,” Hooper better.” she’s a really good said. “Then, I can take the presjordan hooper Hooper has player. Just do sure off of T (Laudermill) and senior forward found her rhythm what you can do Rach (sophomore guard Rachel after putting up 50 and do the things Theriot). It’s kind of a two-way points in the last that you do well. Just let the game street. We’re getting a lot of baltwo competitions. come to you a little bit.” ance out of everybody.” Hooper said she is glad she Not only was she sinking Yori said Laudermill is begot out of her slump.

coming a more viable option on offense, and the team can start running plays through her. “Anytime you can get good guard play, you become a lot harder to guard,” Yori said. “The combination of Rachel and T now at the perimeter gives us some really solid guard play.” The Badgers (10-11, 3-6) enter the match after an 82-71 win over the Ohio State Buckeyes. The win snapped the team’s four-game losing streak. In previous games, the Badgers had two players with a double-double in rebounds and points and had four players in double figure points. Juniors Jacki Gulczynski and Michala Johnson commanded the team with 21 points each, and Gulczynski also totaled 15 rebounds. Another large contribution came from senior guard Taylor Wurtz, who drained 17 points and nabbed 14 boards. Badgers coach Bobbie Kelsey said the game against the Buckeyes was what her squad had been trying to learn from the beginning of the season: play all parts of the game. “We’ve been trying to figure it out,” Kelsey said. “You got to play what they’re giving you. You have to be multi-dimensional.” Yori said the matchups between Nebraska and Wisconsin have typically come down to the wire, and she expects no different in this game. “At their place, they’re very tough. They are a really good home team,” Yori said. “For whatever reason, they have been historically a better team at home. Just some teams play better at home.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com

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Huskers look for surprises in 2014 class josh kelly

Nebraska isn’t expected to sign many highly rated players Wednesday, but that’s OK for team’s future Are you worried that Bo Pelini and his staff don’t recruit well enough to get the job done with signing day here? Don’t be. At least not yet. It feels like forever since the Huskers won the Gator Bowl on New Year’s Day last month, and for the coaches who have been on the recruiting trail, it probably seems like that, too. Since the 24-19 win against Georgia, the Huskers have received nine commits in the 2014 class while also grabbing four 2015 commits. A start that’s unlike any other season Pelini has had as head coach. With eight more commits tallied to the recruiting board after defensive lineman recruit Blake McClain

decommitted Tuesday, Nebraska now has 25 commits for the 2014 class, one shy of the 2013 mark as the most that Pelini has had since joining the program in 2008. Out of the 25 commits, only four of them are four-star recruits, according to Rivals.com. Having the highly-praised recruits is great, but a lot of Husker Nation is curious about the other recruits in the class. Husker fans are looking for the diamond in the rough. The player who emerges into a big name and surpasses the expectations that scouts had for them in high school. It’s those kinds of players who have been the highlights of the Bo Pelini teams. Let’s go back to 2009. It’s the second season under Bo Pelini, and in August 2008 a three-star athlete from Corona, Calif., commits: Taylor Martinez. Did anyone think he would end up starting in all four of his seasons? No. Did anyone predict him to become the all-time stats leader for the program? Not a chance. So before you ask how Nebraska isn’t able to snag any of the five-star recruits, look at the past few years and put some of the team’s past recruits under the microscope. Ameer Abdullah, Kenny Bell, Quincy Enunwa, Ciante Evans and Imani Cross were all three-star commits and have all made a huge impact

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