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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

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NU Foundation CEO resigns, cites no reason

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Clarence Castner decided to step down from his position as CEO of the University of Nebraska Foundation on Feb. 1. The decision was announced Wednesday by Peter J. Whitted, chair of the board of directors for the NU Foundation. “We are very thankful for the work Clarey Castner has accomplished during his time with the foundation, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors,” Whitted said in a press release. Castner was named president and CEO on July 1, 2008, and no reason was given as to why he stepped down in the press release. The Daily Nebraskan left two messages with no returned call from Castner. Whitted also could not be reached for a comment. “He’s not doing any interviews,” said Dorothy Endacott, director of communications at NU Foundation. “He’s preferring to let the statement (in the press release) to speak for itself.” The position will be filled by John Gottschalk, retired

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chief executive officer and former publisher of the Omaha World-Herald, on an interim basis. “We appreciate John’s ongoing commitment to the foundation and his support for the university,” Whitted said. The NU Foundation was founded in 1936 as a nonprofit organization to provide a way for donors to direct their gifts. news@dailynebraskan.com

Legislation aims to boost funding for ag education ashley burns daily nebraskan

Nebraska State Sen. Kate Sullivan has a new approach to finding out how much students know about agriculture. Sullivan recently introduced LB 884, a bill that would create a nine-person Agricultural Literacy task force to discover whether agriculture plays an adequate role in school curricula in Nebraska. “Agriculture is much too important to only be taught to a small number of students who may already be considering agri-

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be targeted at providing funding for new or current programs, said Jessica Kolterman, director of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Political Action Committee and state government relations. “The main intention of the taskforce is to look at

culgabriel sanchez | daily nebraskan tural careers,” Sullivan said in a Feb. 1, Nebraska Unicameral upag education: date. This program would not see page 3

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Snow clings to the northeast side of the Mueller Bell Tower Monday afternoon. Saturday’s snow was heavy and wet and clung to trees as well as buildings..

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UNL team studies spintronics Physicists look at reducing power consumption via magnetization jacob fokken daily nebraskan

Christian Binek sat at his desk on Friday, reviewing new data for the presentation he gave at a conference in France over the weekend. Binek, an associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is the coordinator of a Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC) interdisciplinary research group (IRG) dedicated to finding powerful new ways to store and compute information. Today, electronic devices rely on electrical currents to store and process data. However, electrical currents produce heat and energy losses, a major problem challenging continued innovation. Heat is physically harming

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Christian Binek, associate professor of physics and astronomy the device, Binek said. “As our devices become smaller, the insulators become smaller as well,” he said. “When the insulators are smaller, leakage currents occur. If we keep doing what we’re doing, it’ll be over. Growth will level off.”

That’s where the IRG comes in. The team explores the spin of electrons and the exploitation of their properties to store data. The team coordinated by Binek involves a number of researchers of different disciplines. Binek has worked closely with

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Peter Dowben, a chemistry,

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Weather | cloudy

Going green to save green

Young Sound

Time for a change

university should consider energy efficiency measures

Musician opens up about new record, national tour

Darin erstad brings new life to the huskers for 2012

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cops briefs Person passes out POLICE on Library lawn At 10:28 p.m. on Jan. 30, Madeline Sampsel, 19-year-old Lincoln resident was found unconscious lying facedown in the grass south of Love Library. After being awoken by officials, she submitted to a Breathalyzer test and had a blood alcohol content of 0.105. She was cited for minor in possession of alcohol. Sampsel admitted to drinking downtown and had planned on meeting a friend near Love Library. Sampsel was unsure how she ended up in the grass. She was released to her sober friend. hss freshmen arrested for drug, alcohol possession Late Thursday evening, officers were called to the fourth floor of Schramm Hall because someone detected the odor of marijuana. After locating the room, they made contact with Jacob Bachman, a freshman general studies major, who admitted that he had marijuana. He was cited for possession of narcotics — 0.8 grams — and drug paraphernalia. In a separate instance, officers were called to Harper Hall Friday evening on reports of the scent of marijuana. Officers made contact with freshmen general studies majors Aaron Zikmund and Kevin Line. Both Zikmund and Line were under the influence of alcohol, with BACs of 0.136 and 0.169 respectively. Both of them were charged with MIPs. Zikmund was also charged for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The students’ parents were contacted. U-Stop Violence A woman called police to the U-Stop gas station on 17th and Q streets Sunday morning to report Jeremy Pickinpaugh, 26, a Lincoln-area homeless man, threatening her with a knife. After arresting Pickinpaugh, police cited him for terroristic threats and third-degree assault. Pickinpaugh was transported to detox and taken to jail after he became sober. No one was harmed during the confrontation. Expired plates lead to arrests At 1:40 a.m. on Saturday, Ryan Overhue, a sophomore business administration major, was pulled over on North 17th Street because he had expired plates. Officers noted the smell of alcohol and asked Overhue and his passengers to exit the vehicle. Oberhue and Adam Zebolsky, a junior business administration major, refused to submit to tests. They were both cited with MIPs, and Oberhue was cited for his expired plates. The third passenger, Anne Prauner, a senior biological systems engineering major, submitted to tests and had a BAC of 0.094. Prauner was also cited for an MIP. — Compiled by Daniel Wheaton

campus briefs Upgraded version of NUgrant makes system easier to navigate As a research university, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is trying to make managing grants easier for faculty, staff and graduate students. On Feb. 1, the Office of Research and Economic Development upgraded the NUgrant system to NUgrant 6.0. NUgrant 6.0 lets users determine how their page functions by consolidating items into a single drop-down menu. Other changes include a new design, better search capabilities and the ability to designate “star” items that are then highlighted and featured on the user’s home page. For more information, visit http://go.unl.edu/y2t. Deadline to nominate candidates for Outstanding Contribution to Women Awards is Feb. 22 UNL hopes to recognize faculty, staff, students and organizations that help create an encouraging climate for women at UNL. Students, faculty and staff have until Feb. 22 to submit nominations for the Outstanding Contribution to Women Awards, which will be presented by the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women on March 15. Nominees should show a sustained and tangible impact on the UNL community. Visit http://go.unl.edu/amj to download a nomination form. Contact Jan Deeds at jdeeds1@unl.edu or 402-4722598 for more information. Association seeks volunteers for Malaysia Night The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Malaysian Students Association is seeking volunteers to help work at Malaysia Night. Malaysia Night will take place March 31 in the Nebraska Union ballroom. Volunteers would assist with different functions including backstage work, food and sound and lighting. Volunteers will get a free Malaysia Night T-shirt. Visit http://go.unl.edu/gpu for more information. To volunteer, email numsa.unl@gmail.com and amanda3697@ gmail.com with your name, phone number, email address and T-shirt size. — Compiled by Kim Buckley kimbuckley@dailynebraskan.com

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A Clark’s Nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana) flutters as its held by Mario Pesendorfer in the Manter Hall labs on Monday. Pesendorfer was awarded the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship to study seed dispersal effects of birds on Santa Cruz Island.

Ph.D. student wins Smithsonian grant Sarah Miller Daily Nebraskan

On the rugged terrain of Santa Cruz Island, just off the coast of California, is where Mario Pesendorfer has studied the behavior of birds for the past three years. The island, uninhabited except for native species and researchers, is home to the island scrub jay, a bird responsible for helping restore the island to its original condition. “There’s no public access,” Pesendorfer said. “It’s all research. It’s kind of like Jurassic Park.” Pesendorfer, a doctoral candidate in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been awarded a Smithsonian Institution Fellowship to study seed dispersal effects of birds on Santa Cruz Island. The jays being studied by Pesendorfer are vital to the restoration of this island. According to the Nature Conservancy, which owns 76 percent of the island, much of the landscape was overgrazed by pigs and sheep that had been introduced by ranchers. The Nature Conservancy stepped in and bought most of the island in 1978 to return the island to its original condition. They bought it from private

owners, removed the non-native animals and dedicated it to habitat restoration and conservation, Pesendorfer said. The jays’ scatter hoarding has accelerated this habitat restoration, he added. “Now the grass patches are turning back into oak woodland,” Pesendorfer said. Pesendorfer grew up in Switzerland and said he has always been close to nature, but he gained interest in studying animal behavior when he worked as an exchange student at a sheep farm in California. His interest in birds began when he helped with a research project about New Zealand’s endangered Kea parrots while attending the University of Vienna in Austria. “They show really complex behavior, so I got hooked on birds and behavior,” Pesendorfer said. That’s when he came to UNL to study scatter hoarding behaviors — when birds take seeds and hide them in various places throughout their territories. It’s a good behavioral measure of knowledge, he said. “If a bird goes and (finds) a seed that he hid there at some point, he’s giving you an answer about what he knows.” Scatter-hoarding studies are used quite often, Pesendorfer

said, but not many know the ecology of it. He began working with Scott Sillett from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute three years ago to study Santa Cruz Island scrub jays, members of the Corvid family of crows, jays and magpies. He spent a total of 11 months on the island. “The second you go out there and start watching birds cache stuff … you realize you have to understand the oaks, too,” he said. The jays are known for hiding acorns, the seeds of oak trees. “They are just crazy about oaks,” Pesendorfer said. The scrub jays store their seeds by sticking them directly in the ground, the way squirrels do. This is more effective than passive seed dispersal methods, like when seeds stick to animals and fall off, according to Pesendorfer. “This is sort of a more deliberate act because they take the seeds and hide them away for the winter,” he said. Alan Kamil, Pesendorfer’s adviser and a professor of biological sciences, psychology and natural resources, is excited about the fellowship. “It’s a great opportunity for him to take the base that he’s built over the last several years

and expand on it at the Smithsonian,” Kamil said. Pesendorfer’s independent nature, a trait not all incoming graduate students have, has always impressed Kamil, he said. “I feel he’s learned a lot from being in the lab and interacting with me and other people in the lab,” Kamil said. “But it’s been mostly him. It’s mostly been ‘Get out of his way and let him go.’” The fellowship was awarded through the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a group of Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago. Each school nominates a scholar for one of six Smithsonian pre-doctoral fellowships. The award winners work with researchers at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. The Smithsonian fellowship allows Pesendorfer to go to Washington, D.C., for a year to develop and compile the research he’s done. He will also receive a $30,000 stipend. Pesendorfer plans to do more research projects about animal behavior once he receives his doctorate. He wants to continue studying the ecological effects and evolutionary processes of animal behavior. “You can learn a lot about an animal by simply looking at it,” he said.

“It wiped out our annual deficit,” Zapotocny said. Lincoln’s temperature roller coaster this winter appears to be leveling off, according to NWS forecasts. Temperatures are closer to average now than the record warmth of last January, when temperatures frequently shot above 60 degrees across the state and above normal across the country. Such unusual weather has brought climate change to the fore of public discussion, especially as climatologists point to “global weirding,” the disruption of normal

weather patterns toward their extremes, as a likely result of Earth’s steadily rising temperatures. Zapotocny said the past few months’ variations in Nebraska were “very normal.” She added, however, that the U.S. is standing out worldwide in its warmth. On the other side of the hemisphere, much of Europe languishes under record cold that has left hundreds dead and some towns coated in ice, according to international news reports.

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It’s been three days since Saturday’s 11-inch snowfall, the fourth-largest in one day since 1948. Above-freezing temperatures Sunday and Monday left students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln jumping over puddles and dodging clumps of the heavy snow that had clung to overhanging tree branches. Today and tomorrow are expected to remain below freezing and bring another layer of snow, though not as much as the weekend’s delivery, according to Cathy Zapotocny, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Omaha/Valley, Neb., station. “We actually have an arctic front that’ll be coming later in the week,” she said. “We’re getting another system that’s coming our way, but we’re

not expecting nearly as much snow.” Saturday morning brought a powerful weather system in contact with abundant moisture in the southern plains, ideal conditions for the dense snow, Zapotocny said. Whether Lincoln’s first major snow of the season stays frozen or thaws, it also goes a long way to bringing the area back to normal, Zapotocny said, after weeks of unusual warmth and dryness. Before, Nebraska was below-normal for snow fall, but the storm pushed the state to above-normal.

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correction On Feb. 6, the Daily Nebraskan ran an article titled “Six-year graduation rate climbs to 67%.” The first paragraph of the story states, “The UNL 2005 entering class graduated nearly 67 percent of its remaining super-seniors in 2011.” However, the six-year

graduation rate includes not just those still in school in 2011, but all students who started at UNL in 2005. Therefore, 66.6 percent of students who entered college in 2005 at UNL graduated after six years. The Daily Nebraskan regrets this error.

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Report: State’s economy looks bright through ’13 Larry brown daily nebraskan

Economic growth is predicted to continue for the state of Nebraska through 2013, according to a report by the Nebraska Business Forecast Council that was recently released. However, jobs are expected to increase at a slower-than-expected pace. Eric Thompson, director of the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, said Nebraska’s resources, good labor force and limited inflation in the housing sector have contributed to the predicted growth. “When home prices started to fall, ours didn’t fall very far,” he said. Thompson said the rest of the nation experienced a 30 percent to 40 percent decline in home prices, but homes in Nebraska did not decline as much in value. Bruce Johnson, professor of agricultural economics, points to the agricultural sector in Nebraska’s business forecast. Johnson said that a strong agricultural economy worked in Nebraska’s favor. Johnson also credits the “conservative approach” Nebraska takes to the financial

sector as a positive factor. “It (agriculture) went the opposite of other sectors,” he said. Thompson agreed that during the recession period, the agriculture industry performed very well. He added that other agriculture-based states such as Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota experienced the same growth and “boom years.” Thompson said the insurance industry was steady throughout the business cycle, adding that while the insurance industry doesn’t really have a “boom or bust,” it aids with the overall economic picture. “(Insurance) doesn’t always lose a lot of employment,” he said. The labor force was also a reason for the recent growth, Thompson said. He said Nebraska has the highest high school graduation rates, an above average share of the population who are college graduates, a high labor force participation rate and high multiple job-holder rates. “Nebraskans have good resumes, lots of education and work experience,” he said. While the overall economic

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growth of Nebraska looks favorable, job growth will be moderate during the next year. Johnson attributes this to jobs in the public sector not growing and more productivity per worker. “Companies have fewer or the same amount of workers and are accomplishing more,” he said. Thompson said that another reason for the slow

growth in the job market is that Nebraska is an export state, and the rising value of the U.S. dollar will cap the export growth. Thompson said that’s fine, because Nebraska is far ahead in measures such as unemployment rate. He predicted that the second half of the year will see a stabilized dollar that may allow jobs to grow at a little bit of a faster rate.

“The rate of growth will continue, but it will come in a little bit,” he said. Thompson and Johnson think that with an increasingly strong economy and UNL’s entrance into the Big Ten, the Lincoln area is becoming an increasingly attractive area for students and those out of state. “I think UNL bodes well for the Lincoln economy,” he

said adding that it increases the workforce in the city. Johnson said that the Lincoln-Omaha metropolis is a desirable relocation spot for recent college grads, but it is conditional to employment opportunities. “Lincoln is a good place to live across a wide population,” he said.

currents to switch atomic spin and the resulting magnetization. The team has determined that when a multilayer atomic structure comes in contact with an electrical field, the field directly flips the magnetization of an atomic magnet at the surface of a non-magnetic material and indirectly provides the desired change in magnetization in the top layers of the structure. Xi He, one of Binek’s

graduate students, has worked closely with the team and has conducted many experiments, including one resulting in the recent breakthrough with the multilayer structures. Other researchers have found ways to switch magnetization at incredibly low temperatures. “This is the first time achieved at room temperature, which makes it useful in real life situations,” he said. However, he noted that the

system doesn’t function at temperatures higher than 34 degrees Celsius (93.2 F), and that although the team has made breakthroughs they are still in the early stages of creating spintronic devices. Binek hopes for a maintained “explosion-like growth” in the coming years. In theory, new spintronic devices would allow for more data storage by using less energy. These devices would not

experience dissipated losses in energy over time and because of the absence of destructive electric currents. They would function like new, even decades after purchase. UNL’s MRSEC receives less funding than a larger school, like the University of California, Berkley, Binek said. He smiled and said with confidence, “We can do better than them.”

teaching elementary math,” taskforce to look at what was Kolterman said. “If a hen already being done? lays this many “Basically eggs per day, the DepartThe main how long does ment of Eduit take her to cation was intention of the lay three dozen unhappy taskforce is to eggs?” with us belook at state This bill is cause we not without its didn’t go to curriculum and critics though. them first and figure out how Brian Halstead, work with agriculture is who representtheir proed the Nebraska cess,” Koltbeing taught in Department of erman said. schools. Education at the “We didn’t jessica kolterman realize that Jan. 31 hearing, director of neb. farm bureau said the departthere was a political action committee ment was alprocess, but ready working now we do, on some of the same goals. so we will be working with He asked: Why create another them.” Some programs are already in place to help teachers integrate agriculture into the curriculum, like one

being spearheaded by Tiffany Heng-Moss, Kolterman said. Heng-Moss, a professor of entomology at UNL, and Jon Pedersen, director of Science Education and associate dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences, will teach the course at UNL. The program aims to show teachers how to use soybeans to teach science classes and concepts such as plant life cycles, Kolterman said. Kolterman went on to say that other programs are also being considered incorporating agriculture into college classes. “Every age group needs it (agricultural education),” Langemeier said. “From elementary school to high school to college and even past that.”

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spintronics: from 1 physics and astronomy professor who analyzes interface properties and measures magnetization at the surface, and Kirill Belashchenko, a physics and astronomy professor and an electronic structure theorist who is working on building models that can be verified experimentally. “Nebraska has one (MRSEC, funded by the National Science Foundation) and should be very proud of it,” Binek said.

He noted that the “competitive” environment mixed with interdisciplinary research is key to success. Researchers at UNL believe that by changing the magnetization of ferromagnets, engineers can begin developing new “spintronic” devices that store and process large amounts of data without the use of electrical currents. The researchers at UNL believe they have found a way to detour the use of electric

Letter to the Editor DN should accept Weissingers’ criticism of DN’s bed bug reporting I applaud Ellen Weissinger, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, on her thoughtful critique of the Daily Nebraskan’s actions these past few weeks. The paper had a chance to do an involved investigation, report the facts and let the court of public opinion decide whether a wrong occurred. Instead, the articles were heavily biased and the editorial staff took a strong stance against a department of the university. Calling for resignation without doing the due diligence of reporting is beyond unprofessional, it’s petty. Greg Bright’s Feb. 6 letter to Dr. Weissinger criticized her for unprofessionalism and pettiness. Greg should take care not to succumb to the very vices for which

he condemns others. Calling someone “pathetic” and refusing to address them by their title is quite within the realm of what constitutes pettiness. Dr. Weissinger gave constructive criticism as a part of her feedback on the articles. She expressed an opinion that reflects many of my peers living in the residence halls. If the DN is to be a learning experience for young journalists as Greg says, then it should own up to its mistakes as well as its successes. Take the “A”s as well as the “F”s and learn from them. The DN’s recent articles were great examples of how not to do professional journalism. But, it’s still early in the semester and failing one test doesn’t mean you fail the class. If the DN works hard, takes notes and studies well, I think they can still manage a “B” average this semester.

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ag education: from 1 state curriculum and figure out how agriculture is being taught in schools,” Kolterman said. “And then figure out how we could incorporate it better.” This would be a great idea, said Tacy Langemeier, a senior animal science major at the University of NebraskaLincoln. “Kids have no idea that people’s livelihoods depend on the decisions their parents make in the grocery store,” she said. According to Kolterman, when and if new curriculum is implemented, it will focus on integrating agriculture into existing teaching methods. “For example, if you were

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Schools should use agriculture in education

One of the Nebraska Unicameral’s many bills under consideration this legislative session is LB884, a bill to form a commission exploring ways to integrate agricultural principles into school curricula. Coinciding with the bill, introduced by Sen. Kate Sullivan, is an effort by the Department of Education to address some of the issues proposed in the legislation. The two parties have indicated a desire to coordinate on the issue in the near future. The Daily Nebraskan is pleased to see the legislative and executive branches considering adding more of this important sector of our economy into elementary and secondary school education. Encouraging agricultural education and integrating it into core subjects not only reflects the values and principles of many Nebraskans, but helps destigmatize an often overlooked, but incredibly vital, part of our national economy. It’s too valuable to the history and traditions of our country to let stereotypes and jokes win the day. However, we hope this integration takes a form less arbitrary than the use of chickens and eggs as units in math problems, as indicated by a quote in today’s corresponding news story. Cooperation between agencies of the state government, in order to save badly needed taxpayer funding, is essential. Putting agricultural concepts into math, science, English and social studies should be done in an efficient, meaningful and cooperative manner.

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Super Bowl a bonding event

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hosted a Super Bowl party on Sunday. It wasn’t a very large affair — just 10 or 12 friends and I, eating food and watching the game on the big TV in my basement. While I’m sorry (and, admittedly, a bit embarrassed) to say that I picked New England to win the game, I really enjoyed it. Looking back on the event, though, it occurred to me that the Super Bowl is different from any and every other football game played throughout the year. Other football games, by-and-large, cater to a fairly specific audience in football fans. The Super Bowl is more than that — it has the action on the field, commercial breaks people actually go out of their way to watch and one of the most anticipated musical performances of the year. It’s different because it’s more than simply a game: It’s a multifaceted theatrical performance, stretching across multiple genres of entertainment and catering to multiple audiences at once. Yes, at its heart, the Super Bowl is still a game. The entire NFL season is spent building up to and preparing for it. The two teams that find themselves gearing up for action on Super Bowl Sunday are placed under greater scrutiny, by both fans and analysts alike, than at any other point during the regular season or the playoffs. For weeks before and afterward, every penalty, play and formation are speculated on and talked about without end. For one night — one single, solitary night out of 365 — the vast majority of allegiances and loyalties are forgotten as football fans of the world side with one team or the other. Yes, the Super Bowl is a football game — arguably, THE football game. But at the same time, to say that’s all it is would be to belittle it.

david smith The Super Bowl is a titan. The Super Bowl is a juggernaut. And really, those terms just barely do it justice. Here are some quick statistics, to give you an idea of what I mean. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day for American food consumption, only surpassed by Thanksgiving. In addition, the broadcast itself, from pre-game to post-game, is frequently the most-watched American television broadcast of the year. Super Bowl XLV, played in 2011, became the most-watched television program in American history, with 111 million viewers. Think about that — 111 million. It’s not just the game itself. As the years have passed, an increasingly large part of the Super Bowl hasn’t been what occurs on the broadcast, but what occurs off the broadcast. At the party I held on Sunday, there was a lot of chatter during the game itself. Yes, we all were watching, but we also were eating, drinking and talking among ourselves at the same time. All that stopped whenever the game went to commercial – all conversation ceased, food and drinks were put off to the side and everyone sat, eyes glued to the flat screen, ready to burst out laughing at whatever fantastic 30-second spot was about to play.

In recent years, the creation of Super Bowl ads has become an industry all its own. The commercials that air during the game have come to garner a certain mystique, one that sets them apart from other ads. They’re funnier, edgier, more fun and more out-there than any other ads you’re likely to see during the year, and the price to be paid for them (30 seconds of airtime for Super Bowl XLVI cost an average of $3.5 million) has proven to be well worth it for companies like Doritos, Coca-Cola and GoDaddy.com. And of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the halftime show. Really, how could I not? It’s one of the driving forces behind the Super Bowl’s status as a commercial and cultural juggernaut. From the first big single act to perform during the halftime show in Michael Jackson, to U2’s heartwarming tribute to the 9/11 victims in 2002, to Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe” malfunction in 2004, the Super Bowl Halftime Show has become one of the mostwatched and most talked-about musical performances of the year. And really, that’s the key to the Super Bowl’s success. Yes, it’s the biggest football game of the year. But it’s also a star-studded musical performance, a good several hours of entertaining commercials and a chance for people to come together and have a good time in front of the TV. Good thing, too — if it weren’t all those things, then a good portion of the people who attended my party on Sunday would’ve been bored to tears. And that just wouldn’t do. Do you have any idea how hard it is to get tears out of carpet?

david smith is a sophomore newseditorial major. reach him at davidsmith@dailynebraskan.com.

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niversity of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman’s mouth may be writing checks our energy policy can’t handle. Five months ago, Perlman stood up in front of an audience for the State of the University address, setting some serious goals for the university’s transition to the Big Ten. Perlman promised to increase the university’s competitiveness with other schools in our conference. He highlighted several ways to accomplish this, most of which will cost money. Perlman overlooked one important way to save money and be competitive — energy efficiency. If this seems like some hippie agenda, it’s not. Energy efficiency matches ideals shared by both liberals and conservatives — environmental friendliness and fiscal savings. This isn’t a partisan issue. It’s an issue of common sense. Luckily, there are many easy opportunities for the university to increase energy savings. To grasp how huge this issue is, one has to understand just how much the university spends on energy. The university’s Utility and Energy Management website provides information on energy usage. According to the site, the university runs and maintains power plants on each campus, producing steam for heating and chilled water for cooling. In 2010, the university laid out a five-year plan to cut 15 percent of energy usage. The plan shows that energy costs increased from $10.2 million to $17.3 million from 2002 to 2009. This represents a 69 percent increase in spending, while the

university’s total campus building size had only increased by six percent. The plan also shows energy is the second-most expensive budget item, just below salaries and benefits. With a price tag like that, it’s easy to see why the university should take steps to be more energy efficient. Despite the university’s lukewarm approach to energy management, there are a few easy ways the university could save some serious money. I want to point out these ideas have a cost, but would save the university millions in the long run. If you’re unfortunate enough to have a window seat in Oldfather Hall, you may notice a cool breeze. This is because the windows in Oldfather are outdated and inefficient. Really, what you’re feeling is your tuition money flying out the window. Take into consideration that Oldfather has more than 456 of those old, inefficient windows and you start to see a lot of money wasted. These windows are in serious need of an update. To gain perspective on the issue, I talked to a window expert, Don Meinke, owner of Window World Siding in Omaha. Meinke has three different energy-saving windows at varying prices. For a large building like Oldfather, Meinke recommended the cheapest model. The price of one window installation is $189, which would mean at least $86,000 for Oldfather’s more than 456 windows. This may still seem steep. However, it’s an investment that pays for itself over time. According to the Utility and Energy Management website, last year, UNL spent close to $52,000 dollars for

kevin moser steam to heat Oldfather. In February 2011 alone, UNL spent $8,549 in heating costs in the building. Meinke was unable to estimate exactly how much Oldfather could save from retrofitting windows. “There are so many factors that go into energy estimates — insulation, siding, roofing,” Meinke said, “We can’t say you are guaranteed to save this much, but typically we can save (customers) 30 percent each year.” That’s a significant savings for replacing old windows. If the 30 percent estimate holds true, the university could save close to $16,000 a year in heating by retrofitting Oldfather’s windows. This means in a little more than five years, the university would pay off its investment and start to see progress. And that’s with a worst-case scenario price that fails to take into account money saved on cooling. Although it’s not an entirely fair comparison, to see the possible savings we can look at a retrofitted building on campus, Hardin Hall. Hardin Hall is larger than Oldfather, yet uses $9,374 less in steam. In the long run, it’s easy to see how energy-efficient windows are a smart investment. Furthermore, the earlier the investment is made, the faster the university can start to see savings. The university is missing out on

another easy opportunity to save energy and money. They could even turn this opportunity into a summer class. Rooftop gardens have become increasingly popular over the years. Europe has been ahead of the curve with rooftop gardens, especially in Germany. The National Research Council of Canada published an in-depth report on the benefits of rooftop gardens, examining rainwater retention, heat performance and energy efficiency. It’s clear from the study that rooftop gardens have significant benefits in heat performance and energy efficiency for buildings and communities as a whole. First, to examine heat performance, the study used two sections of the same roof, one with a garden and one without. The membrane from the reference roof reached temperatures of 158 F while the membrane from the garden side stayed around 77 F. This is a significant temperature change and has serious implications on a roof’s life. Intense temperature fluctuations from day to night cause thermal stress on a roof membrane. This stress decreases a roof’s ability to retain water, which wears it out faster. The study also showed rooftop gardens do wonders for energy efficiency. With the reference roof, the building used a max of 25,600 British thermal units. The building side with the garden used around 5,100 Btus, a reduction of more than 75 percent. With recorded benefits that high, it’s unreal to think the university is failing to take advantage of rooftop gardens. A summer class could easily be implemented to manage the gardens. It’s this type of big thinking that could set the university apart, making

it more competitive. The cost of a rooftop garden project would largely depend on the number of buildings that used such a system. The university should start small, but at savings of 75 percent, I see no reason to leave roofs uncovered. These are two simple ways the university can improve its energy usage. The university needs to also look at improving the transport lines for steam. The steam felt over any of the “red grates” may be a joy for campus cats, but it should be a pain for students — that’s our money being wasted. There are many other ways the university can become more energy efficient and competitive, and it’s important to identify these options and take advantage of these opportunities early. The sooner these investments are made, the faster the university saves money. As an institution that receives taxpayer money, the university should be held to the highest standards, including overall efficiency. As a taxpayer and student, I refuse to stand by while the university wastes money and ignores these energy problems. I challenge Chancellor Perlman and the Board of Regents to take steps toward being more energy efficient. If Perlman is serious about being competitive with our peers, then it’s time he gets serious about saving money. It’s time the university’s energy management policy matched its Big Ten goals.

Kevin Moser is a senior psychology major. Reach him at kevinmoser@dailynebraskan. com or follow him on Twitter @ Kevin_R_Moser.


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f you’re looking for some fun and a way to relieve the February doldrums now that football season is over, why not give your plasma TV a rest, get off that couch and treat yourself to a homegrown music festival this week in downtown Lincoln? Lincoln Exposed is an annual music festival that offers a variety of musical performances. This year, from Feb. 8 through Feb. 11, more than 60 Lincoln-based bands will be performing on the stages of Duffy’s Tavern, Zoo Bar and the Bourbon Theatre. “The sets are staggered so you can see as much variety as possible,” said Jeremy Buckley, the current organizer of Lincoln Exposed. “Prices are kept really low so you can experiment with what you go see without feeling like you didn’t get the most bang for your buck.” Most shows downtown these days will cost about $5 to $10 just to get in the door, not including the price for drinks and any merchandise the bands have available. When it comes to Lincoln Exposed though, the festival pricing is structured to allow Lincoln music fans flexibility and affordability throughout the week. Tickets can be purchased at the participating venues for $6 per night, which allows access to all three venues for that night. The other option is purchasing a $20 festival pass, which is good for all three venues all four nights of Lincoln Exposed. Festival passes are available until Wednesday evening. “This is the seventh year of Exposed,” Buckley said. “It started out as a one-venue showcase held in February. Duffy’s was added a few years ago and I think this is the Bourbon’s third year.” Lincoln Exposed was created by Pete Watters, owner of Zoo Bar, who wanted to showcase some of the bands that have brought clientele to his business.

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Orion Walsh when: Wednesday, 11 p.m. where: Duffy’s Tavern, 1412 O St. Powerful Science

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neil orians About a week ago the University Program Council announced its decision to make Mike Posner the featured free concert artist of the spring semester. I have issues with that. Now the argument that will immediately be mounted by UPC is that they can’t please everyone. This is an extremely good point! There is absolutely no way they can find acts that will make everyone in the student body happy. There is no possible way for UPC to host a free concert and cater to all the tastes of our student body. There’s simply too much ground to cover. However, this doesn’t stop them from completely dropping the ball in their choices. Far from it, they instead decide to toss the ball as far away as conveniently possible. For the rest of this column, I will speak to UPC itself as if he or she were a coherent, breathing body, which it clearly isn’t because he or she makes terrible decisions and spends my money in the process. You see, UPC, you can’t please everyone. I get that; it is valid and you’re correct in saying that. The main issue is that you continue to try and please the same crowd over and over again. Mac Miller, Big Boi and now Mike Posner? You can’t deny the lack of diversity in your picks. Let’s face it, you cater to students who love poppy, watered down hip-hop music. I guess it makes a little sense: the music is catchy and the hip-hop isn’t too edgy or “ethnic,” so no one will be offended or intimidated or be challenged in any of their tastes or beliefs. You spent years talking up Lupe Fiasco, trying to get him to come out and do a show. Were this to happen, it would be a victory ... for the exact same crowd of people. The same music fans would be pleased. The same music fans would be disappointed. Now I know the amount of money it costs me is very little. It’s the same type of money that allows me to write these columns and work at a job I love. I don’t care how little of my actual money is going into Mike Posner’s pockets. It’s the principle that at a university that claims to take diversity seriously, we have a student programing organization that refuses to think outside its comfortable pop-music inspired box. Yes, I am claiming that you, UPC, are terrible at diversity. You aren’t even trying. You hide behind this “we can’t

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upcoming events Symphony Orchestra

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Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata: “The Hills Are Alive ” when: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. where: Lied Center for Performing Arts how much: $28 (public), $14 (students)


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Jenny Owen Youngs is an enthusiastic singer-songwriter, who compares her love of natural history to the Insane Clown Posse song “Miracles.” The Brooklyn-based songwriter’s newest album, “An Unwavering Band of Light,” will be released today and she’ll be playing at the Waiting Room Lounge in Omaha on Sunday. New Empire will be the supporting band. Youngs took a break from her current tour to chat with the Daily Nebraskan about the new album and why she’s Team Jacob. Daily Nebraskan: What does your new album, “An Unwavering Band of Light,” sound like? Jenny Owen Youngs: It’s a little bit of everything — it’s soft and sad, but then it gets live and crazy. We tried to make it sound as live as possible. DN: Why the live feel? JOY: When you are in a studio setting, I feel like you can easily overdo it. You’re focusing on perfection. We wanted to make it sound like we were playing this song for you right now, like it was really happening. We wanted to capture the energy that happens when we play together. DN: It’s been three years since your last record. What have you been doing since then? JOY: A lot of touring and writing. We started in September 2010. I was writing lyrics and (producer) Dan (Romer) and I wrote and arranged the music. And then a lot of our friends came in to fill in parts on other instruments. It took a lot longer than we had hoped, but we’re glad to release the album.

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DN: You’re touring in support of a brand new record. What’s your approach to making a set list? JOY: Not everyone’s heard the album yet and it’s a really weird, scary feeling being up on stage playing songs and people aren’t singing along. We’re going to play 60 to 70 percent of stuff from the new album, with some older stuff sprinkled throughout the set. Hopefully the fans won’t feel too lost. It’s also weird because we’re touring as a threepiece. We’ve got the excellent Elliot Jacobsen with us. He’s a beast on the drums. It’s hard because we can’t cover all of the parts on the songs, so we have to pick and choose which parts we let slide. It makes for a completely different sound. DN: You raised money for the record on kickstarter. com. What was it like to put the fate of your record in the hands of your fans?

JOY: The response was overwhelming. We set a goal of $20,000 and reached that in just over a day. We reached $38,000 overall, which is totally bananas. It was so meaningful to see that kind of response. It’s neat to think, ‘People really want me to make a record.’ DN: Your Facebook page says you are a natural history enthusiast — care to explain? JOY: When I was younger, I wanted to be an archaeologist or a marine biologist. I’ve always been interested in how things work. We’re all just walking around with perfectly working systems and it just blows my mind. I don’t know if you’ve heard Insane Clown Posse’s “Miracles,” but it’s kind of like that. DN: It also says your spirit animals are Johnny Cash, Kate Bush, Tom Waits and Jack White. That’s quite a group. JOY: Yeah, I’m just super

if you go Jenny Owen Youngs w/New Empire when: Sunday, 9 p.m. where: Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St, Omaha how much: $10 into really unique badasses and they have been massively inspirational to me. I think they are amazing and they are always at the top of my listening pile. DN: Anything else you want Nebraska to know about you? JOY: Well, I’m a Scorpio. I feel a really strong connection to the ocean. I like candlelight dinners. I’m Team Jacob. Edward’s all skinny and clammy and creepy shit. Oh, and if you come to the show, there will be complimentary high-fives for everyone. katiefennelly@ dailynebraskan.com

Of Montreal sticks with oddity katie fennelly daily nebraskan

You’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but sometimes you just have to. And sometimes that judgment is right. The same goes when you first look at the cover of of Montreal’s newest album, “Paralytic Stalks.” You’re not really sure what’s going on, but you’re intrigued. It’s colorful and exciting; it also kind of makes you uncomfortable. The album’s art reinforces what you’ll hear on the band’s eleventh album: a whole lot of weird. Of Montreal is a band that’s hard to explain. Not because its sound keeps changing, but because it is so different. Think a very theatrical, glam-pop version of The Shins or Queen, but probably on lots of psychedelic drugs. “Paralytic Stalks” isn’t necessarily a concept album. The band is primarily one man, Kevin Barnes, and the music is more of his personal opus than a record and for that reason, needs to play from beginning to end. And although of Montreal

2011 was an incredible year for music. Bon Iver released an album that might be impossible to dislike. Beirut showed us again that they’re basically a oneman Eastern European orchestra. Donald Glover stepped off the screen for a bit, assumed the role of Childish Gambino and showed us he can rap with the best of them. It would be understandable if 2012 didn’t live up to its predecessor. It’s a big pair of shoes to fill. However, looking at only the first half of the year ahead of us, it appears 2011 may have been just an opening act, getting us all in the mood for the main event. So far the biggest album released this calendar year has been Lana Del Ray’s “Born to Die.” Opinions have been split on Del Ray so far, with some fans singing high praises and others totally befuddled about why she was even allowed to record an album. Today sees the release of of Montreal’s newest work, “Paralytic Stalks.” It’s their eleventh fulllength album and promises to continue the trend of the group’s weird, yet entrancing, style of psychedelic pop. It’s my hope that the lead singer doesn’t expose himself in 2012, like he did while touring in 2007. Go use the Internet if you want more info on that. On Feb. 21 we’ll get to hear Sleigh Bells’ sophomore album, “Reign of Terror.” The couple tracks

released so far suggest they haven’t moved away from their trademark sound of looping drums, distorted guitars and heavy bass beats. Their first album, “Treats” was a real earworm, so I’m pretty excited to see what they’ve been up to. In March, we’ll be treated to Andrew Bird’s new album, “Break It Yourself.” Slated to come out March 6, the album will undoubtedly showcase Bird’s elegant voice surrounded by piano, violin and any of the other instruments Bird is able to play. Also, if we’re lucky, he might whistle in a few songs. That dude is a damn good whistler. And finally, The Shins make their triumphant and long-awaited return. As a group, they’ve been restructuring during the past couple years, but with James Mercer still at the helm of the band, “Point of Morrow” should be worth a listen when it drops on March 20. While released dates past March are still sketchy at this point, we do have confirmation that new albums from Animal Collective, The xx, Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear and Rufus Wainwright will reach our ears this year. If the predictions are right, the world may be ending in 2012. There’s a lot of things I’d like to do before then: Watch all of “The Wire,” receive a piggy-back ride from Michael Jordan and learn how to do that one trick where you flip a pen in your fingers around really quickly, to name a few. It’s comforting to know that if a celestial object of carnage is headed toward Earth, we’ll go out on a wave of good music. tyler keown is a freshman broadcast journalism major. reach him at tylerkeown@ dailynebraskan.com.

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released the jazz flute-heavy “Dour Percentage” as the album’s first single, “Paralytic Stalks” isn’t full of songs that will find a home on your iPod’s shuffle. While that can be frustrating for the casual listener, the creation of a complete album is something that needs to be celebrated. “Paralytic Stalks” isn’t

necessarily easy on the ears, but that’s probably the point. It’s nearly an hour of thorny and extravagant psychedelic pop. The album blurs the line between music and art, which really is a line that should never have been drawn in the first place — I’m looking at you, LMFAO. But if you can embrace

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“February is always a time of year when there is not too much going on in Lincoln and he wanted to start an event that would give fans and bands something to look forward to in the dead of winter,” Buckley said. “People seem to appreciate having a festival-type event to attend around this time of year.” The festival seems to be gaining some popularity as well, not just with the fans but with bands wanting to play. “The last few years we’ve gone between three and four days with maybe 45-60 bands, but this year we’re on the high end of that with four days of shows and more than 60 bands total,” Buckley said. “Lots of bands have not been the same through the years,” said Jeremy Wardlaw, who books shows for Duffy’s Tavern. “There has been more people coming to the shows overall. It is a growing event” This year, with bands like Time Hammer, The Betties and Powerful Science, it’s clear to the organizers that bands who light up the Lincoln Exposed stages possess one allimportant commonality.

“I think it comes down to energy mostly,” Buckley said. “What I’ve noticed about the bands that play Exposed, is that it seems like they are motivated to try new things, maybe play a new song, or bring in some extra lighting for that extra oomph: things that make this a special event and one that people want to attend at a higher volume than regular shows.” For any bands or performers wanting to participate in next year’s Lincoln Exposed there are a few tips to keep in mind. “Play shows, make contact with other bands and venue owners/people who book shows, in order to make yourself visible by promoting your shows year round. Putting posters up, stuff that makes it hard to miss you,” Buckley said. “Most local bands play at least one, if not all three of the venues sometime during the year and people who work at the venues are the people who recommend who should play at the festival.” joewade@ dailynebraskan.com

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orians: from 5 please everyone” mask, but in reality, you’re not even pretending to care about the rest of the university and their musical allegiances. You bring in these fake hipster hip-hop acts and continue to disappoint the same crowd. The only exception I’m aware of are the occasional country acts. Really, UPC, that’s your attempt at diverse entertainment? Last semester the University of Oklahoma brought Shiny Toy Guns, an electro indie act, to play a similar free show on campus. Point being, it is more than possible to have a successful free concert and also stray away from this uncomplicated pop music path you’ve beaten. You would be surprised just how many students would come out for a show like Shiny Toy Guns.

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Hell, University of Iowa is bringing Childish Gambino in April. If you’re going to please a hip-hop crowd, at least do it proper. You just cemented the University of Iowa’s superiority over the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in regard to music choices. We shall forever live under the shame you’ve brought us in this matter and will never be able to live it down as long as we share the Big Ten. But in all seriousness, step your game up. I don’t like indie music, but I would way rather have Vampire Weekend play a free show than deal with the same ridiculous over-bass pop music you’ve been shoving down our throats over and over and over. Bringing in Mike Posner is not an inherently bad thing, UPC, don’t get me wrong. Just try to think next time about spreading the love around. And know that I, and many people who share my tastes, have no intention of seeing this or any other act you’ve brought in and I feel like you’re ignoring my and hundreds of other voices on campus. I realize that in booking shows like this, disappointment is inevitable. But I’m disappointed every single time one of these big shows is announced and there’s no regard for people who enjoy rock or punk or folk or jazz or blues or indie versions of any of these genres. Try thinking outside the box.

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Prepare yourself. “Attack on Memory” is Cloud Nothings’ third album, released Jan. 24, and the angst and self-pity attached to both the band name and album title could easily veer the listener in another direction. Rather, “Attack on Memory” is an intentional warning to the band’s listeners. Cloud Nothings has managed a complete reversal with this album, abandoning their soft lo-fi sound for a set of eight out-of-key, neo-punk rock songs. Thus the album title is urging listeners to withhold any preconceived notions on what this third album will be. “Attack on Memory” is a shift into the genre of alternative rock; the kind of alternative rock that existed before its label was shameful. Cloud Nothings’ catalyst, Dylan Baldi, belts crunchy vocals that are no longer filtered and diluted to achieve their earlier washed-out sound. There is evident variety among the tracks, but the album also flows with ease. The album opens with “No

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Future/No Past” and is reminiscent of their self-titled album released last year. It’s as if they’re holding your hand before pushing you into the cold, murky water and leaving you to swim through its tumultuous waves for another 30 minutes. It’s a fun ride, but could be rough for devout listeners. “Attack on Memory”

is a cohesive album that has achieved a goal of being memorable rather than blending in with everything else out there. With a caveat conspicuously on the cover, listeners need to go in understanding that this is virtually a different band with the same name. There are some sounds that linger, but listeners should ready themselves

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Neil Orians is a senior fine arts major. His Skull Candy headphones can and will drown out ambient noises and he suggests you find yourself a pair. Reach him at neilorians@ dailynebraskan.com.

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Thad Matta and his Buckeyes are 16-0 at home this season after OSU’s student section was moved behind each teams’ bench this season.

Big Ten coaches: road games tough in 2012 Big Ten crowds make it hard to hear for opponents

recent school to move its students closer to the court. The Buckeyes moved their student section out from behind the baskets and into the rows directly behind the benchLanny Holstein es last season. daily nebraskan “I think it’s advantageous The Big Ten conference is for us,” Buckeye head loaded with crazy home coach Thad Matta said. court environments. Go- “For one thing, I think it ing on the road and com- really, really involves the ing up with a win is no students. They are part of easy task in this confer- the game. That’s great for ence, according to Big their college experience, Ten’s men’s basketball and I think that it gives our guys more of a homecoaches. Michigan State head court advantage.” Beyond the advantage coach Tom Izzo went even that each home court gives further than that. “I think the biggest ob- its own team, playing in jective that you can con- a conference so full of quer is when you win one tough road environments on somebody else’s floor,” can also be an advantage to Big Ten schools. Ache said. Arenas like Michigan cording to Big Ten coachState’s Breslin Center, Il- es, the road experience linois’ Assembly Hall and that the conference gives Wisconsin’s Kohl Center its teams is invaluable. “It can definitely help make the Big Ten home to some of the loudest and us,” Matta said. “We have most intimidating crowds seen, over the span of in the nation, and Izzo time here, some terrific crowds. thinks that You have those crowds to be can have a You look around strong large part in the nation, and enough the success the best programs to conof their home tinue to basketball don’t win games concenteams. just because trate and “You look think and of their teams. around the nanot let it tion, and the There’s a reason get the best programs Kansas, Kentucky, best of don’t win and Duke have all you.” games just beWhen cause of their been so hard to a s k e d teams,” he what he said. “There’s a thought reason Kansas, tom izzo made the Kentucky and michigan state men’s Big Ten Duke have all basketball coach crowds been so hard so difto win at.” Recently, a few Big Ten ficult for players, Matteams have moved the ta couldn’t choose one student sections in their common thread that ran arenas down closer to throughout the conferthe court in order to in- ence. “They are all kind of crease the pressure that their crowd puts on op- unique in their own way,” ponents. These moves can he said. “They all have make things more difficult their own rituals and make on coaches trying to com- it tough in their own way.” Crowds should again municate with their teams during the game, but have play a factor this week as been well received by at the Big Ten race moves least a few coaches in the ever closer to crowning a champion. conference. “The conference is aw“It’s kind of insane, but I love it,” Izzo said. “The fully good, and when you more and more you get look down the road, there the students down low, seems to be a awful lot of the more it’s the college big games left,” Izzo said. atmosphere. It’s harder “You have to try to win on us, but I stick up for at home and maybe steal anyone who wants to do one on the road.” lannyholstein@ that.” dailynebraskan.com Ohio State is the most

The process of preparing for a big meet in swimming is a science. Coaches know exactly what types of workouts they need to create for their swimmers. The swimmers, meanwhile, can pinpoint where their focus needs to be both in and out of the pool. It’s all about making sure their hard work throughout the season has paid off to give them that perfect last race. The Nebraska women’s swimming and diving team is getting ready to do just that as it prepares for the Big Ten Championships. “Taper is like music to a swimmer’s ears,” NU senior captain Caroline Shea said. For a long season that started in August, it all comes down to this last week of practices before the championships, which are Feb. 12-18 in Iowa City, Iowa. “We peaked in our anaerobic volume about a week ago, and now we are starting to come down on that,” NU coach Pablo Morales said. While Morales has designed complex practices to push his swimmers throughout the season, his practices now only consist of two parts—warm-up and fast swimming. “Practices now are more self-directed,” Morales said. “We need to see that sharpening now and focus on the details.” A veteran swimmer such as Shea realizes just how important those details can be to a race. “We are fine-tuning those things that can be detrimental to a race if not executed right,” Shea said. While these components

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Senior Caroline Shea and the rest of the Huskers are looking to make a splash in their first Big Ten Championships next week in Iowa City, Iowa. are critical to a race, the other skill that the Husker swimmers are working on during their practices is probably the most important: sprinting. Although Morales says that he wants his swimmers to get full recovery from these taper practices, he is still working on getting them at their peak. “During our practices we are getting our mind and body prepared for a race,” Shea said. In addition to this sharp focus during practice, the Nebraska swimmers also have a lot to remember outside of practice. “The rest they get outside of practice is the most important,” Morales said. While the Huskers’ workouts are still filled with sprinting, they aren’t as difficult as they were earlier in the season. Because of this,

Morales says they need to reduce their caloric intake. All of these preparative measures will be key for the Huskers coming into the Big Ten Championships. In the format of this meet, all swimmers competing in a certain individual event will race in the morning, and the top-24 will qualify to swim in finals that night, and the top-16 swimmers in the finals score points for their squads. With the Huskers moving to the Big Ten, they will go from competing with a total of six teams in the Big 12 to 12 in the Big Ten. This means that there will be more competition to make that top 24 and back to finals. “No matter what conference you are at, there is a premium of where the top times are at,” Morales said. Although this means that

the top times between the Big Ten and the Big 12 will be about the same, the Huskers still need to on the top of their game during the morning sessions. “If they aren’t good enough in the morning, they aren’t going to make it back at night,” Morales said. As a senior, Shea’s goals continue to remain the same. “Just like with any big meet, it would be great to have some of my personal bests,” Shea said. Nevertheless, it will be a new experience for all of the Huskers as they get ready to compete in the Big Ten and make a name for themselves. “We’re going in there with that blank slate and are going to work it to our advantage,” Shea said.

back up the corners and serve as designated hitter, and Cory Burleson will catch. The pitching staff also has a number of question marks behind the duo of sophomore Jon Keller and junior Tom Lemke, who seem certain for two of the three starting spots. Replacing All-Big 12 closer Casey Hauptman will be a chore, and a third starter must emerge for NU. Sophomore Brandon Pierce, a mercurial Texan who is NU’s hardest thrower, could factor into either spot, assuming he can show more control. “He’ll be kind of a swing guy, can do both. It depends on how he matures, throws strikes and handles adversity. We need him to fill up the zone and pitch to contact,” Erstad said. “I’ve told him I don’t care if (he) give(s) up three (hits) in a row. (I told him) if you give up hit ten hits in a row, I’m probably going to high-five you when you come out

of the game because that’s hard to do. If you walk guys, you don’t pitch.” As Erstad noted repeatedly, none of the above assumptions is safe if the players mentioned don’t earn their jobs. He joked he wouldn’t decide on his lineup until the bus ride before the first game. All jokes aside, NU has finished in the bottom two of its conference three years running, during which time it has amassed a record of 82-80-1. That’s the past; for Kiser and company, the present is all about making the transition to Erstad as painless as possible. And they can’t wait to start. “You can tell that this team is really focused and they’re ready to go,” Kiser said. “I feel like we’re more prepared than I’ve ever seen a team while I’ve been here the first three years. We’re just ready to get this thing going.”

goals until the conference and national tournaments. Those events are where all the dreams and aspirations lie. In those tournaments, the Huskers will get another crack at Iowa, Minnesota and Penn State, as well as others among the country’s best. As the NU wrestling team works its way toward the end of the campaign, it also moves closer to the chance to fulfill its loftiest standards. And although the Huskers’ toughest opponents are ahead of them rather than behind them, they have learned much from their experiences this

season. One lesson to keep in mind: Rankings don’t determine results. There is a reason the duals are contested. Nebraska has already defeated three ranked teams this year. Maybe heightened motivation in the season’s biggest contests will carry NU to more so-called upsets. You won’t see Mark Manning’s team back down any time soon. Yes, Nebraska is a strong squad. But just you wait. Because the best is still to come.

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hitting reset: from 10 of the equation is missing. “We have talent (on the team), the thing that we really need to get them to do is teach (the players) how to win,” Erstad said. “They just haven’t been able to get over the hump. They played hard but never kept it together over the full nine innings.” Senior Kale Kiser still awaits word on which of the three outfield spots he will man – assuming he can win a job. Despite Kiser posting a .420 on base percentage last season, Kiser’s role, like everyone else’s, is up for grabs. Kiser said that pressure has made him work harder this offseason than he had in years past, where he felt more secure in his role. That additional work ethic comes courtesy of Erstad, whom Kiser describes as “intense.” “He definitely brings fire every day and that’s something that definitely rubs off on us as a group and as a team,” Kiser said. “This

whole coaching staff, you can just tell their desire and their want to really turn this program around.” Despite Erstad’s competition mandate, Kiser seems fairly certain to hit towards the top of the order as a starting outfielder. Chad Christensen (who moved from shortstop) should get a corner spot and sophomore Michael Pritchard will battle junior college transfer Rich Sanguinetti and freshmen Austin Darby and Quentin Urban for the last spot. The infield will have a large learning curve to it. While Bryan Peters should keep his starting second baseman role, Kurt Farmer will move from first to third to replace Cody Asche (who led NU in home runs and RBIs last season) and make room for Kash Kalkowski, who moves into first from the outfield. Shortstop is completely open, with freshmen Patrick Kelly and Austin Christensen, Chad’s younger brother, as possibilities. Josh Scheffert will

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best to come: from 10 hinges on a learning curve. Of Nebraska’s regular starting ten, half are underclassmen. Two of those are true freshmen. The NU wrestling team is, largely, still developing and gaining experience with every bout. Its full capacity still lies on the horizon. It might take a few years for the Huskers to display the highest degree of their might. It might happen next year. Who knows — Nebraska could reach that level still this season. But the Huskers are improving. They are getting there. They are tantalizingly close.

The next opportunity Nebraska has to prove itself in battle will come at the National Duals in Stillwater, Okla. After that come the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments — where results will finally matter in a concrete way. And that is where the real fun begins. Following the Penn State duel, Manning noted that helping each individual on the team realize his goals — and achieve his potential — is more important than winning, losing or the team sitting on the other bench. And the wrestlers cannot reach their ultimate

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It was business as usual for Nebraska’s jumpers Saturday. The Husker horizontal jumpers (long and triple jump), captured 10 first place finishes in their three meets this season. This weekend at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational, NU added two first place finishes, two second place finishes, a third place finish and fourth place finish. Nebraska’s two first place finishers, All-Americans Chris Phipps and Mara Griva, are regarded as two of Nebraska’s best athletes. Fellow triple jumper Anna Weigandt, who contributed one first-place finish and two second-place finishes to Nebraska’s total, said despite Griva’s success this

season, she still has plenty of room for growth as she recovers from a lingering back injury. “She’s not even close, warming up to what she could do,” Weigandt said. Weigandt, a redshirt sophomore triple jumper, has emerged as one of Nebraska’s top jumpers. In last week’s M a r k C o l l i gan Memorial, Weigandt b r o k e her ind o o r weigandt personal record of 12.09 meters when she jumped 12.43 meters on her first attempt of the meet.

During Saturday’s Husker Invitational, Weigandt came within 0.02 meters of breaking her personal record once again. “At the beginning of the season, I was getting kind of frustrated,” Weigandt said. “It gets to a point where it’s like, ‘Come on, when am I going to get that jump?’” Weigandt said beating her personal record in the Mark Colligan Memorial gave her the confidence to continue to perform well. While she didn’t quite match her personal record in Saturday’s meet, Weigandt said she jumped more consistently, registering four jumps of 12.25 meters or greater. She credits much of her development to NU coach Gary Pepin. Nebraska’s coach of 32 years spends

most of his time during practice and meets working with Nebraska’s horizontal jumpers. “He’s just really great at what he’s doing,” Weigandt said. “He really pushes us.” Weigandt said that the arrival of assistant coach Dusty Jonas, a former Olympic high jumper at Nebraska, allowed Pepin to focus more on Nebraska’s horizontal jumpers. As a result, the jumping squad has seen a boost in talent. “Since he’s the head coach, his influence on getting recruits here for jumping is better,” Weigandt said. Some viewed 2012 as a possible “down year” for Nebraska’s high jumpers. Luckily for the Huskers, two freshmen stepped up and claimed three victories

in their first three meets as members of Nebraska’s track team. Marusa Cernjul has two wins on the season, while Carlos Hernandez adds another win and a second place finish, though neither claimed a victory in the Husker Invitational Saturday. “Indoor track is a little bit more physical than what kids experience in high school,” said Matt Martin, Nebraska’s sprints/hurdles/ relays coach. Team-wide, Weigandt says the Huskers have reached a point in the season where everyone is trying to perform their absolute best individually. “There’s no use in holding back right now,” Weigandt said. “You want to do your best every time.”

Right now the team is focusing on individual needs, but as the Big Ten Championship meet approaches, Weigandt says Nebraska needs to work together as a team to compile enough points to win a championship. Martin says he has already seen signs of that beginning to take place. “I’m just really impressed,” Martin said. “We’re a team and we want to win a team championship. That really goes a long way.” In Saturday’s meet, Nebraska’s field events claimed four first place finishes, winning the men’s triple jump (Phipps), men’s shot put (Luke Pinkelman), women’s long jump (Griva) and women’s pole vault (Cami Jiskra). chrispeters@ dailynebraskan.com

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The last time the Nebraska and Oklahoma men’s tennis teams met, a controversial call left tensions high after a 5-2 Sooners win. There wasn’t a doubt for 6th-ranked Oklahoma this time around, as the Sooners defeated their old conference rival Huskers 6-1. According to the Huskers, it felt like a closer m a t c h than the scorec a r d showed. Senior Christopher Aumueller said the aumueller Huskers did well considering the pedigree of the competition. “They were favored in every single position,” he said. “The only thing we were actually aiming to win was the doubles point and then maybe take some momentum; get off to some good starts. After losing that doubles point, it’s very hard against a team like that.” Nebraska’s sniffed a lead with a doubles match win by NU junior Andre Stenger and sophomore Robby Schulze. OU quickly bounced back winning the remaining two doubles matches clinching the point. And the Sooners never looked back. Nebraska’s only point came from senior Benedikt Lindhiem, who won his singles match after the match was clinched for Oklahoma. The Sooners, who Aumueller expects to finish in the top 10 or 15, outranked Nebraska in every singles match. Five of OU’s top six players rank individually in the top-80 nationally. The only ranked Huskers are senior co-captains Aumueller and Lindheim. Lindheim’s

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upset over 39th-ranked Tsvetan Mihov was remarkable, according to Aumueller. “(Lindheim) shows the team how to compete,” NU coach Kerry McDermott said. While the players say they try not to put much stock into the rankings it’s hard not to notice when five of six opponents on the opponent’ lineup have that ranking next to their names. “There’s a reason all five of these players are ranked,” Aumueller said. “They have great resolve.” Nebraska is the fight Oklahoma is capable of because the two squads were conference opponents, but Aumueller admitted the atmosphere was different playing the Sooners as cross-conference opponents. “Obviously it’s not a conference rivalry but the whole Nebraska-Oklahoma rivalry is still kind of alive,” Aumueller said. “All the Americans know it, (Lindheim) and I have been here for four years, (Stenger) know it too and Robby (Schulze) knows it — he’s big into college football right now. It ups the enthusiasm. An extra boost to perform well.” Saturday’s match marked NU’s fifth consecutive loss to the Oklahoma since a 5-2 upset in Lincoln in 2007. With Nebraska’s move to the Big Ten Conference, it’s unknown when the next time the two teams will meet again. grantmuessel@ dailynebraskan.com

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Mary Weatherholt and Izabella Zgierska high-five during their doubles match against Eastern Michigan on Saturday. The matches were delayed half an hour due to snowy conditions, but it didn’t faze NU as it beat Wyoming 6-1 and EMU 7-0.

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Friday’s blizzard may have done enough damage to delay the starting time for Saturday’s double header at the Nebraska Tennis Center, but it surely didn’t affect the play of the NU women’s tennis team. Nebraska soundly defeated Wyoming 6-1 and Eastern Michigan 7-0 on Saturday. Thirty minutes after the original 11 a.m. start time, NU’s Madeleine Geibert and Stefanie Weinstein got the team started by winning their doubles match 8-5. “The power went out at the tennis center,” explained junior Mary Weatherholt. “That’s never happened to us before, but the team handled it well and came out ready to play.” Patricia Veresova and Weatherholt won their doubles match 8-3, while Jennifer Holmberg and Janine Weinreich solidified the doubles point with an 8-5 win over Wyoming’s Sasa Nemcova and Christa Gecheva.

Individually, the Huskers looked poised and confident the entire night. Veresova picked up the first victory for the Huskers, recording victories of 6-0, 6-2 on the No. 2 court. Weatherholt then took home a convincing victory in the No. 1 singles. Weinstein and Geibert, who already tasted success in their doubles match, added a pair of wins in the No. 3 and No. 4 singles matches to clinch the win for the Huskers. Weinreich’s No. 5 singles victory proved to be the icing on the cake, while Izabella Zgierska gave up Nebraska’s only loss on the day. Nebraska defeated Wyoming by a final score of 6-1. NU followed that strong performance against Wyoming with a 4 p.m. start against unranked Eastern Michigan. NU won the match 7-0 and showed no signs of fatigue in their sweep of the Eagles. In an attempt to mix things up, NU head coach Scott Jacobson rotated

some of his players in the doubles events in order try out some new scenarios, a perk that few teams get to take advantage of. “We have great singles players and we have great doubles players,” Weatherholt explained. “We were just switching it up because, well, we can. We’re fortunate to be able to do that. Not many teams have that option.” The move proved to be a good decision as Nebraska swept all three doubles matches. Weatherholt and Zgierska posted the first doubles win, while Weinreich and Veresova recorded the second. The Geibert/ Weinstein duo took home its second doubles victory of the night. Nebraska went on to win the final five matches. Weatherholt, Veresova, Geibert, Weinstein, Holmberg and Maike Zeppernick all recorded singles victories. Nebraska not only took advantage of an innovative roster, they also benefited from having a healthy

Patricia Veresova. Last week, despite carrying a terrible illness, Veresova won both of her matches against No. 12 Northwestern. On Saturday, she posted her fourth win of the day with a win on the No. 2 singles court, defeating Ankita Bhatia in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. Her presence will be key for the remainder of the season, especially next Saturday when the Huskers host unranked Air Force at the Nebraska Tennis Center. Veresova seems to be relieved that her sickness is gone, and now that she is close to full form, she can continue her already successful junior campaign. “I definitely feel better on the court now,” she said. “Just being able to breathe better is a huge factor. Last week was a real struggle.” Weatherholt, this year’s junior captain, is confident in her teammate as well. “She’s doing so well,” she said. “It’s just really cool to see her play so well. She’s the best doubles partner.” jcreid@ dailynebraskan.com

expectations: from 10 “She’s just a gritty kind of kid that’s going to do whatever she needs to do for the team.” Along with the two freshman, the Huskers received a player via transfer; Courtney Breault. “Courtney’s coming off a shoulder surgery and has been a little bit known as a less quantity,” she said. Although the freshmen, Bettiol and Fowler,

are starting, Revelle said Breault brings experience to the team. “She played in the SEC for Arkansas and was on the All-Freshman team,” she said, “so she’s been through the fire and through the battles.” In the infielder’s two seasons at the Arkansas, Breault belted nine balls over the fence, tallied 51 runs batted and hit for a

.272 average. Along with Breault, another Cornhusker will also be joining the infield. Revelle said Haget will become the team’s starting second baseman, a position foreign to the senior’s college career. The former three-year starting center fielder admitted that she was antsy at first but said she feels more comfortable than she’s ever

been after practicing in the preseason. “At first I was nervous because I hadn’t played the position since coming to Nebraska,” Haget said. “But once I get that first taste of dirt in the first game I’ll be just fine.” And it won’t be the first time she’s played the infield in her softball career, she said. Before she came to

Lincoln, Haget played second base her whole life and said it’ll be a token ending her career where she first began. “Once I get down my technique, I’ll be ready to go,” the Elkhorn native said. “It’s almost symbolic in a way, finishing the way I started.” Besides getting everyone acclimated to their new positions, Revelle wants the

Huskers to do a few other things in their first year in the Big Ten Conference. “Our goal is to play deep into the postseason this year and conquer as many challenges as we will receive along the way,” she said. “We’re also trying to make a statement at Nebraska, that we want the culture of the Big Ten to be winning national championships.” neduizu@ dailynebraskan.com


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Kale Kiser is looking forward to playing for a new coach in 2012. The senior will likely hit at the top of the order as NU looks to make a splash in the Big Ten.

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n the olden days, when your Nintendo 64 didn’t work, the solution was simple. You’d pull the cartridge out, blow real hard on the underside, stick it back in, hit reset and hope for better. That’s essentially what athletic director Tom Osborne did with the Nebraska baseball program after it failed to reach the Big 12 Tournament for the third straight season. Mike Anderson, who coached NU to the 2005 College World Series, was fired and the team promoted Darin Erstad, previously volunteer hitting coach, to replace him. With a new coach, new conference and 12 new players, alongside several returners at new positions, the reset button has been hit hard for the once proud but stagnating program. Yet, at Monday’s start-of-season press conference, the past wasn’t mentioned much. There was no Anderson bashing, no talk of lowered standards for the program, and no use of the word

“rebuilding.” Save for a brief talk about the Huskers’ opening series — against Gonzaga in Peoria, Ariz., starting on Feb. 17 — all Erstad spoke of were his visions for the Husker program. “Right now our goal will be the same goal every year,” he said. “I know I talk about winning a national title, but how do you do that? You get your foot in the door. (That means) getting to a (NCAA Tournament) regional. And when you get to regionals, it’s who gets hot. And that’s going to be our focus every year, to get your foot in the door, because good things happen when you do that.” Erstad has only the one year of coaching experience prior to his first campaign as NU’s head coach. At the press conference, however, he sounded like a veteran and hit all of the new-coach tropes, saying there was “open competition” for every spot on the team, while praising his team’s work ethic and physical fitness. He also noted that one important piece

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Mark Manning and company aren’t abandoning their season after back-to-back losses.

Husker fans don’t need to get antsy yet Zach Tegler The best is still to come. Although the Nebraska wrestling team’s full potential has been tapped into only sporadically so far this season, the Huskers are still a force to be reckoned with. Back-to-back losses against No. 2 Penn State and No. 4 Minnesota don’t change that. Yes, 14-3 Nebraska is a strong squad (just ask No. 6 Ohio State, No. 11 Wyoming and No. 14 Kent State) that is only going to grow stronger as its campaign tapers to a finale. NU’s three defeats have all come at the hands of teams currently ranked in the top five in the nation. Does this mean that the Huskers are far and away a worse team than others rated above them? No. Nebraska coach Mark Manning said following the Big Red’s loss to current No. 5 Iowa that his team was simply outhustled. And a 26-7 defeat on the road at Minnesota was significantly closer on the mat than it was on the scoreboard.

The Huskers are capable of competing stride for stride with the Hawkeyes, Gophers and Nittany Lions. NU just has not put everything together yet against opponents in the upper echelon of the sport. It just hasn’t been ready to own the show on a big stage. That is not a new idea. It certainly is not an insult. Take, for example, the 1980 U.S. hockey team. That unit famously snatched an Olympic gold medal from a seemingly insurmountable Soviet Union team by defeating them 4-3 in the semifinals. Only two weeks earlier, in an exhibition game, the U.S.A. faltered to the same squad 10-3. Manning observed, after falling to Penn State, that present conclusions are not measures of future potential. A team could be pummeled one day and do the pummeling the next. In the case of the Huskers, much of their upcoming success

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No. 20 NU says pressure is good motivator Nedu Izu Daily Nebraskan

Sometimes high expectations can lead to pressure and future disappointment. But for the 2012 softball Huskers, they wouldn’t want it any other way, according to Nikki Haget. “It feels good having that pressure,” she said. “I’d rather have the high expectations than no expectations at all.” The Huskers held their preseason press conference Monday and will begin the season ranked 20th in the ESPN.COM/USA Softball Collegiate Women’s Top 25. Haget said the high expectations will help the team strive to play better. “I think this team can achieve great things,” she said. “We can know we’re good and be confident but we got to work hard and push through those games. I think we’ll go far because every single player on this

team has that drive to work hard.” At the press conference, Nebraska coach Rhonda Revelle revealed the starting positions, which include two new faces, Jordan Bettiol and Mattie Fowler. The two add elements to the team that will help produce a better lineup than last year, according to Revelle. “Bettiol brings some speed, she and Nikki are our two fastest players, and she’s very athletic,” the coach said. “Mattie’s an overall great competitor, that’s the first thing she is, a great competitor. “She’s poised, she’s consistent and just has great composure out there. They both bring a lot.” Throughout the Huskers’ fall season, Bettiol started all eight games going 12for-22 and drove in eight RBIs, leading the team with a .545 batting average. She will be the starting center

fielder for the team this season. Fowler batted .370 in the fall with three doubles and knocked in six RBIs, while starting at third base. But the hot corner is not the only position the freshman will play this season. When the Huskers begin their season in the Kajikawa Classic hosted in Tempe, Ariz., this Wednesday, senior Ashley Hagemann will start the first two games against No. 12 Washington and No. 8 Arizona. But it’s the third game’s starter that might surprise NU fans. “Mattie Fowler is going to make her debut, how about that?” Revelle said with a laugh. Fowler’s competitive attitude is what helped her get inserted into the rotation, the coach said. “Mattie’s mom was her coach and told her ‘We want to win the state championship — we have to

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Nikki Haget will move to second base this season after playing 111 games in center field for NU over the past two seasons. put you back in the circle.’ She hadn’t been in the circle since freshman year,”

Revelle said. “She led her team to the high school state championship.

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