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More than 300 college leaders petition U.S. policymakers in support of tougher gun laws Story by Cristina Woodworth | Photo Illustration by Andrew Dickinson

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n the wake of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings on Dec. 14, more than 300 college presidents voiced their support for tougher gun laws in an open letter to President Barack Obama and Congress. Neither University of Nebraska President J.B. Milliken nor the four NU chancellors signed the letter that mostly included signatures from leaders of private, liberal arts colleges around the U.S. Three college leaders from Nebraska did sign the letter, including the presidents of Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Bellevue University and College of Saint Mary in Omaha. The letter, which was made public on Dec. 19, calls for the reinstatement of a ban on militarystyle semi-automatic assault weapons and for requiring consumer safety standards for all guns, such as safety locks and regulations to prevent manufacturing defects. The letter also expresses opposition to any legislation allowing guns in university classrooms or on college campuses. Lawrence Schall, president of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, was one of the co-writers of the letter along with Elizabeth Kiss of Agnes Scott College in Atlanta. In a blog post about the letter, Schall said he

wrote the first draft of the letter after watching a televised vigil for the 26 victims of the mass shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. Twenty of the victims were young students at the school. “I got into bed and just could not fall asleep,” Schall wrote on his blog. “It often helps me to write down what I was feeling and that’s what I did. The next morning I decided to share it with a few friends who are also college presidents.” The letter was originally circulated by several different groups of private colleges including the Georgia Independent College Association, according to Renee Vary, director of university communications at Oglethorpe University. About 160 signatures had been gathered before the letter was made public, which was when the number of signatures grew to around 320, Vary said. Only a few leaders of public universities signed the letter, including Marc Johnson, president of the University of Nevada, Reno. “I signed the letter to express the position of this university that concealed carry weapons should be permitted only in certain circumstances, such as, evidence of a direct, specific threat to an individual,” Johnson said. Johnson said he believes the letter wasn’t

widely circulated to public university presidents, which is why it mainly includes signatures from private college leaders. UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman said he had not been provided an opportunity to sign the letter. “I generally do not sign petitions that are not directly related to university issues,” Perlman said. “I am opposed to guns on campus.” Doug Kristensen, chancellor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, said he also had not heard about the letter. “I was not aware of the letter,” Kristensen said. “My focus is on safety at the Kearney campus, and we have a policy of no guns on campus. I think my time is best spent enhancing our local procedures and policies.” Milliken could not be reached for comment. As of August 2012, 49 states had concealed carry weapons laws, with Illinois in the process of passing concealed carry legislation. Nebraska is among the 21 states that ban carrying a concealed weapon on a college campus, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Students honor Sandy Hook victims Abel-Sandoz residents decorate dorm windows with paper snowflakes Melissa Allen dn Inside Abel and Sandoz residence halls, it’s a winter wonderland. As University of NebraskaLincoln students arrived back from winter break on Sunday, they were asked by resident assistants to cut paper snowflakes and attach them outside their windows for all to see. But these snowflakes resemble more than just decoration, said Amy Fellhoelter, the residence director of Sandoz. “We are going to put up snowflakes in our residence windows and send the picture to the (Parent-Teacher Association) of Sandy Hook Elementary to share with the families and show support for this difficult tragedy,” she said. News of the Dec. 14 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. that killed 20 students and six faculty members spread across the country, and relief and aid have come from around the world.

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Residents of Abel-Sandoz cut out paper snowflakes and hung them on their windows Tuesday to show their support for the Newtown, Conn., school shooting victims. The PTA of Sandy Hook asked for donations of snowflakes to be sent to school to decorate for the children on their first week back from break. The response was im-

mediate and overwhelming. “At this time, we have enough beautiful snowflakes to blanket the community of Newtown,” states the Sandy Hook Fund page

on the Connecticut PTA’s website which hosts donations sent for Sandy Hook. Instead, the Sandy Hook Fund is now accepting pictures of buildings decorated in snowflakes in honor of the victims and donations raised by fundraising events like walk-a-thons, pajama days and coin-raising competitions. On Tuesday, Fellhoelter and Abel Residence Director Alan Frizzell took pictures of the dorm windows decorated with snowflakes and sent them to the PTA. “We want to deliver the message that we’re thinking of people affected, even though we can’t be there,” Fellhoelter said. Fellhoelter said she thinks students can learn a valuable lesson through the snowflakes. “We want our students and staff to show their support during this difficult tragedy,” she said. “We’re hoping that they understand the significance of the greater impact they create by participating.” Resident assistants like Amaris Baker were asked to spread the word and encouraged students to make paper snowflakes for the pictures. “It’s important that the fami-

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Former UNL student faces trial Charges of breaching NeSIS may result in up to five years in prison LIS ARNESON DN The case against a former University of Nebraska-Lincoln student accused of hacking into the University of Nebraska’s Nebraska Student Information System on May 23 will head to trial. Daniel Stratman, 22, refused to enter a plea during his arraignment Tuesday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl Zwart. As a result, the district court entered a plea of not guilty. The U.S. Attorneys’ Office filed charges against Stratman on Dec. 6. In court documents, Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Russell said that between April 24 and May 24, Stratman intentionally accessed a protected computer without authorization, which resulted in reckless damage. The charge claims that Stratman’s conduct caused a loss of at least $5,000. NU spokeswoman Melissa Lee

said that Stratman is not a student at UNL at this time. In the of spring 2012, he was a senior math and computer science major at UNL. Stratman was enrolled from Fall 2008 until Spring 2012. Following the breach, the university re-evaluated its computer system, Lee said in a Jan. 4 interview. The Nebraska State College System and NU have used the shared student information system NeSIS since 2009, according to the NeSIS website. The shared student information system contains the records of over 650,000 students, alumni, employees, parents and applicants. Lee said university officials do not yet know if Stratman “misused any of the information that he was able to access.” If convicted, Stratman could face up to five years in prison, three years supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The case will return to district court March 13 for a status conference, where deadlines – such as when evidence will be turned over – will be discussed. NEWS@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM


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Wellness Wednesday, have a wellness profile drawn by UHC staff where: University Health Center lab when: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. more information: Contact Gaye Homer at ghomer1@unl.edu ABOVE: Rachel Davidson, a junior elementary education major, stretches in her pilates class at Campus Recreation Center Monday. During the first week of the semester, yoga and fitness classes are free for students to try before they buy a pass.

in lincoln What: Weekly beer pong tournament and karaoke Where: The UnderGround, 3233 S. 13th St. When: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. more information: Call 402-423-8637 what: “What’s Up With Christianity: Christian Faith and Real Life” fourweek class where: Trinity United Methodist Church, 7130 Kentwell Lane when: 6 p.m. more information: Contact Laurie Fraser at laurie@trinitylincoln.org

snowflakes: from 1 lies of Sandy Hook are feeling our support,” said Baker, a sophomore psychology major. “It feels good to give back in some way to the school, even if it’s just by making snowflakes.” Like most students living in his residence hall, the Abel Hall dorm window of Ryan Wood, a freshman broadcasting major, is taped over with a paper snowflake. Wood and Baker agree that the snowflakes represent the national support for Sandy Hook. “The snowflakes and support shows that we were all affected by this tragedy,” Woods said. “And our hearts go out to the families of Sandy Hook.” news@ dailynebraskan.com

correction An article in Monday’s issue of the Daily Nebraskan titled “Heineman proposes tuition freeze” omitted that the tuition freeze would only apply to Nebraska residents. Tuition could still increase for outof-state and international students. If you spot a factual error in the Daily Nebraskan, please report it by calling (402) 472-2588. An editor will place the correction that will run in the print edition, also using bold type.

correction An article in Monday’s edition of the Daily Nebraska titled “Hittin’ the gym” incorrectly stated the estimated usage of the Campus Rec Center for this week. The correct estimate of students using the Rec is 5,000 to 6,000 per day. If you spot a factual error in the Daily Nebraskan, please report it by calling (402) 472-2588. An editor will place the correction that will run in the print edition, also using bold type.

RIGHT: Jessica Sierk, a fitness instructor for Campus Recreation, leads her Zumba class on Monday. The class uses fast music and dance moves to get participants sweating.

Dietitian: BMI misleads public A new study suggests a slightly higher BMI may prove healthier DANIEL WHEATON DN A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that adults with slightly higher body mass index may have a lower risk of mortality. The study, “Association of All-Cause Mortality With Overweight and Obesity Using Standard Body Mass Index Categories,” by Katherine Flegal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was published on Jan. 2. It analyzed data from nearly three million people, looking at the correlation between body mass index and mortality. Body mass index is used to estimate the amount of body fat a person has. It is determined by height and weight. The study’s findings suggested that people in the “overweight” category, with a body mass index between 25 and 30, had the same chance of dying as people whose indexes were in the “normal” range. “Estimates of the relative mortality risks associated with normal weight, overweight and obesity may help to inform decision making in the clinical setting,” the study states. However, some nutritionists fear that the study could be misinterpreted to justify being slightly overweight. Anne Widga, a registered dietitian at the University Health

Center, said she advises individ- or weight. Widga said she thought the uals to look at their own health reason why the study found backgrounds before considering those results was because of peothe study. ple who may have had more lean “Body mass index is meant to measure the amount of body fat, mass in their bodies. She also said set norms may but it does not consider muscle not fit every person – some have mass,” Widga said. “If you were called for the lower numbers to measure the BMIs of some of the Husker football players they in the “normal” weight to be trimmed because it may be too would be morbidly obese.” Rex Burkhead’s body mass thin. Natalie Sehi, assistant extenindex is 29.3, putting him on the cusp of obesity, according to sion educator of the Nutrition data from on the Athletic Depart- Education Program, agreed with Widga about the potential for ment’s website. Also, according misinterpretation. Sehi said she to data from the Nebraska Deteaches basic nupartment of Health trition courses to and Human Seradults by focusvices roughly 26.4 People ing on the basics. percent of Nebrasneed to She drives home kans are obese. the importance Widga said the understand BMI of eating healthy claims made by the and daily activity. study about mor- has little to do “It is very imtality were mis- with health.” portant to take leading. into consider“I always have Anne Widga uhc dietician ation other facto laugh when tors,” Sehi said. I look at these For people with things, it says it dechronic conditions, losing just a creases your hazard risk for morfew pounds could drastically imtality,” Widga said. “Nobody can prove health, she said. do that, we all have a 100 percent “Sometimes losing 10 pounds chance of mortality.” is all you need to get closer to Widga said body mass index your healthy weight,” Sehi said. must be taken into consideration Widga said that the study along with other factors. A person’s waist-to-hip ratio, blood proved some of the flaws in using pressure, cholesterol levels, fam- body mass index to determine ily history and blood glucose health. The diverse population used also may have impacted the levels are much more useful to results, Widga said. measure health, Widga said. “People need to understand “My concern is it could be that BMI has little to do with misinterpreted,” Widga said. health,” Widga said. “And not to She said she would rather see college students focus on read too much into what is said healthier habits rather than be in the popular press.” NEWS@ concerned with body mass index DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM

letter: from 1 NU has their own policy that also prohibits the possession of concealed weapons on property controlled by the university. Five states currently have provisions that allow the carrying of concealed weapons on postsecondary campuses, including Colorado, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin, according to the NCSL. The signed letter voices the signees’ opposition to provisions like these, also stating that gun legislation will not prevent all future gun crimes. “As a group, we do not oppose gun ownership,” the letter states. “But, in many of our states, legislation has been introduced or passed that would allow gun possession on college campuses. We oppose such laws. We fully understand that reasonable gun safety legislation will not prevent every future murder. Identification and treatment of the mental health issues that lie beneath so many of the mass murders to which we increasingly bear witness must also be addressed.” In his blog post, Schall wrote that he believes more college presidents need to speak out about issues they feel strongly about.

significant college presidents who signed • Amherst College • Ball State University • Nebraska Wesleyan University • Bellevue University • College of Saint Mary • Butler University • Concordia College • Emerson College • Wake Forest University

I generally do not sign petitions that are not directly related to university issues.” Harvey Perlman unl chancellor

“Anything important we say can and will offend someone and what if, God forbid, that person is or could be a donor?” Schall said. “So, for the most part, we stay quiet, each focused on the work of our own schools. This was

not always the case. A century ago, college presidents spoke out all the time on the issues of the day and sometimes people even listened to us.” news@ dailynebraskan.com

Zipcar buyout to create no changes staff Report Dn Car rental company Avis purchased Zipcar, a car-sharing company, on Jan. 2. The move expanded the normally airport-bound Avis rental company to include Zipcar’s numerous car-sharing vehicles including two on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s campus. Though it may have been an interesting business move for the Avis Budget Group, UNL Director of Parking & Transit Services Dan Carpenter said the purchase will make no difference to users of the Zipcar service. “We contacted them, and they

said there would be no changes,” Carpenter said. “The two services will remain separate.” The Boston Globe reported Avis Budget Group, around the largest U.S. rental car companies, agreed to buy Zipcar Inc. for nearly $500 million and will make it a subsidiary. Zipcar has 760,000 members, which are mostly college students and residents from big cities like New York City or Los Angeles, according to CNBC. Zipcar’s services have been on UNL’s campus since August 2012 and are available for any student of 18 years or older. news@ dailyNebraskan.com

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7, with plans to return June 29 or 30. While the trip will be Williams’ first visit to China, he recommends the program to any student. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln “I think traveling abroad anyCollege of Business Administration’s study abroad program to where is just a wonderful experiChina will be under new leadership ence,” he said. He said China broadens stuthe summer of 2013. dents’ horizons and has become a After Weixing Li’s detainment on CBA’s summer 2012 trip to central part of the world’s economy. “It’s an excellent opportunity to China, Glenn Williams, assistant professor of practice in finance, was see that firsthand,” he said. Specifically, Williams is excited appointed to the study abroad proto visit two of the world’s largest citgram. ies and tour businesses Li, also an assisthere. Just “being a tourtant professor of pracist in a bustling foreign tice in management, market” is exciting, he was detained in Chisaid. na after he borrowed Amanda Caffrey, a a car from a friend junior business manageof a friend to visit his ment major, went on last late father’s grave. summer’s CBA trip to He told Kim HachiChina. Visiting the variya from University ous businesses showed Communications that her the cultural differhe intended to clean ences in how Chinese his father’s grave, a WILLIAMS businesses are run, she Chinese ritual. He did said. not realize the car con“This is such a vital tained a medical kit understanding to have as the busicontaining pharmaceuticals, which required a certain license Weixing ness world is becoming so global,” didn’t have. At a routine checkpoint she said. Caffrey said she would love to by police, Weixing was detained, return to China and recommends Hachiya reported. studying abroad to all students. Williams came to UNL last July, “Everyone has these warped after spending three years in Cairo. perceptions of what other countries There, he taught finance at the American University in Cairo and are like, and the only way to get later brought students from Egypt rid of those perceptions is by going to New York City. Because of his ex- there and seeing for yourself,” she perience in taking students abroad, said. The trip is not limited to busiWilliams agreed to the UNL CBA ness administration majors, and study abroad job, he said. any UNL student in good academic The revamped summer program will spend most of its time standing with at least a 2.5 GPA is welcome to apply for the program in Shanghai, where the students online by Feb. 1. will visit several businesses and the Students can apply at educaShanghai World Financial Center. The students will also spend some tionabroad.unl.edu by searching “UNL Faculty-Led: Economic and time in Beijing, mostly for the tourCultural Discovery in China.” ism, as well as Hangzhou, Williams news@ said. dailynebraskan.com The students will leave on June

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UNL leaders must take a stance on gun control It takes guts to express your opinion – especially when you’re a college president. The Daily Nebraskan commends the more than 300 college presidents who signed an open letter to U.S. policy makers supporting tougher gun laws. As Lawrence Schall, president of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, said, it’s difficult to speak out as a college president. “Anything important we say can and will offend someone and what if, God forbid, that person is or could be a donor?” Schall said. But this shouldn’t stop leaders in higher education from taking a stand on important issues like gun control, especially when those issues directly affect their campuses. University of Nebraska leaders weren’t given the opportunity to sign the open letter. But the Daily Nebraskan urges the University of Nebraska’s leaders to take a stand too, in the future, regardless of what that their opinions may be.

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letters Bus driver notes changes in StarTran bus stops, routes Yesterday marked not only the start of a new semester, but for many students at UNL, it brought a change in the bus service between campuses. The change is that StarTran is now operating both routes that go between city and east campus. While driving the 24 Holdrege yesterday, I noticed many students standing on east campus waiting for a bus that would never come — the red bus. I tried to let as many as I could know about the change. The 24 Holdrege is the same as it has

been. It goes by the Union first before going around the west side of the stadium and then to Henzlik. The 25 Vine is the StarTran bus that replaced the 24 Vine operated by UNL. It travels the exact same route as the old Vine by entering city campus by Henzlik first and around campus until it comes by the Union. The added benefit of the change is that, unlike the UNL buses, we will stop between campuses to drop off and pick up passengers just like all other StarTran buses. Hope this helps students, faculty and staff out at the start of the new semester. See you on the bus,

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Grammar guardians stand down

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rammar geeks and word nerds are a rare breed in today’s world. They consider themselves to be protectors of language, crushing those who dare to miss a comma splice or write a sentence with a dangling modifier. They cringe when they wander into a grocery store and see a sign that proudly says “tomato’s” or “onion’s.” These people fall into two categories: Those who suffer in silence, only occasionally pointing out a mistake, and those who proudly — and sometimes obnoxiously — point out every mistake they see. Those in this last category don’t let anyone step a foot out of line without saying something. There’s kind of a joke going around on the Internet that if you want people to pay attention to you, all you need to do is write a typo and you’ll have plenty of people talking to you. I think for many grammar nerds, there’s a certain amount of pride associated with pointing out mistakes. It’s like our good deed for the day is done, although no one really benefits from it. English is an ever-changing language. While I respect those who try to protect the integrity of the English language, it’s an impossible job — and it shouldn’t be a job that anyone should take on alone. With the total immersion of technology in everyday life, even the nerdiest of grammar nerds finds themselves using “lol” and including emoticons in texts and on the Internet. In fact, I’ve discovered they’re really rather useful for sarcasm or metaphor. For example, “I want to eat your baby” versus “I want to eat your baby. Lol.” The first makes you sound like a horrible cannibal. The latter is something women say about other women’s children when said children are being cute. The use of “lol” totally changes the meaning of that sentence. And it’s so simple! So what’s the big deal? A recent Jezebel.com article says, “The problem with this is that the standard for proper/improper language is absolutely arbitrary. What’s standard English today isn’t what was standard English 60 years ago. What was standard English 60 years ago isn’t what

when someone says, “Can I?” instead of “May I?” Embrace the change, but don’t forget how to put together a sentence. Also, give people a break! We’re all human, and we all make mistakes. I like to think I know my way around the English language fairly well, but when I’m typing I’m bound to miss something, especially if it doesn’t go through some careful editing. If you see that someone happened to type “be” when it was supposed to be “me,” let it alone. You might even consider kindly telling the person their mistake in private instead of calling them out for everyone to see. But there’s a difference between typing DANAE LENZ something wrong and just straight not knowing it. If you accidentally switch “there” and “their” around once or twice, I’ll easily forgive was standard English 200 years ago and this goes all the way back to the first time an Anglo you. But if you’re a 22-year-old who still types Facebook statuses that look like a 5-year-old wanted to do it with a Saxon, but wasn’t quite wrote them, then we have a problem. (I tried five sure how to ask about it.” Can you imagine if we were so stuck in times to type an example for the sake of this column, but I physically can’t do it. We all know our ways that we were still speaking Old English in 2013? I’m willing to bet if that were the what these statuses look like anyway.) Language is one of humancase, we’d also still be heating our kind’s greatest traits. Without it, homes with fireplaces instead of Life is we would be just like any other electricity. Culture drives changanimal. We need to cherish this getting es in languages. If technology gift and learn our language(s) weren’t where it is today, then faster, and as well as we can, but there are a lot of the words around today bigger fish to fry than pointing wouldn’t exist. Life is getting language has to out grammatical errors. faster, and language has to keep keep up. ” A Wall Street Journal article up. by Lera Boroditsky says it best: (While we’re talking about the “Language is a uniquely huever-changing English language, man gift. When we study language, we are unI have a couple proposals. 1. Change “pantless” to “pantsless.” 2. Charge people $1 every covering in part what makes us human, getting time they say the following horrible words: a peek at the very nature of human nature … Understanding how knowledge is built will alpiddle, moist, gal, seepage, blouse, crick and bag (because if no one says it, no one can make low us to create ideas that go beyond the curfun of me for the way I say it). 3. Give people rently thinkable.” Grammar nerds, I am one of you, but I am $10 if they manage to use “shenanigans” in a here to say we could be using our collective professional manner.) genius to do something good for the world. That isn’t to say we should throw English rules to the wayside, but we should be open to Stop wasting your brain on people who need change. Some of the best advice ever given to to go back to school. Danae Lenz is a senior journalism me is to be open to change. If you aren’t willmajor. follow her on Twitter at @ ing to change, you will be left behind, and that danaelenz. isn’t a place anyone wants to be. Don’t be that and reach her at opinion@ crotchety English teacher who makes a fuss dailynebraskan.com

ACE requirements stifle student intellect

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normally fill with joy when hear- they learn throughout their education and in their lives. ing my chemistry professor ’s awk●ACE enhances the undergraduate ward pauses and nerdy humor, but experience by providing broad exposure on this day, the standard go-overto multiple disciplines, complementing the-syllabus day, my mood made a turn for the worse. The catalyst: the major, and helping students develop important reasoning, inquiry, and civic ACE requirements. capacities. The very sound brings pangs of regret ●ACE gives students more responsito my tired heart, uninspired by the tedium of having a “well-rounded” education bility for their own learning. ●You will awake when this column forced upon me since elementary school. ends and I clap my hands twice. “Eat up,” they say. “You’ll be big and The intended outcomes of the ACE prostrong and a better human when you fingram consist of lofty aims like becoming ish.” Unlike the value of mother’s veggies, proficient in writing texts, using scientific methods and, my favorite, the notion that a tertiaryproblems in the level institution should ACE’s goals addressing humanities with knowledge, spoon-feed their definition historical perspectives, analof a well-rounded educaare noble ysis, interpretation and critition to young adults conbut unnecessary, cal evaluation. Godspeed, tinues to baffle me. Even if Intro to Literature kids. It we work under the shaky uncalled for and looks like you’ve got a rough assumption that students semester ahead of you. Perneed schools to teach them, probably harm haps you won’t totally fulfill well anything at all, the the student’s the outcome, but you will ACE program still misses start to develop some skills. the mark on its goals and learning.” For example, after analyzwastes the time and money ing and interpreting the list of the 10 ACE of every undergraduate. All entering students obey the ACE outcomes, I have determined that they are a complete joke. The punch line is that overlords, but few understand the purpose of their existence. Listed below are the ACE outcomes aren’t “expected outthe most important points, or rather, the comes,” but merely “desired outcomes,” points I’ve chosen to attack, which lie be- ideals which the one semester course might somewhat work toward, but can’t hind the lazy philosophy of the Universipossibly come close to reaching. ty’s well-rounded nightmare called ACE. Hypothetical scenario: You’re at a job For full effect, read them in a hypnotic magician-esque voice (a pocket-watch interview and the boss explains that she seeks someone who can effectively compendulum is optional, but encouraged): municate ideas orally. Are you going to ●ACE is outcomes-focused. ACE is designed to help students integrate what respond by pulling out your transcript

SHARIQ KHAN and proudly displaying your passing grade in a freshman speech class? Of course not. You’d accompany it with the syllabus saying it’s ACE 2 certified for “demonstrating communication competence.” A hazy specter haunts most students when signing up for classes for the upcoming semester. The reminder that they still need to complete ACE 7, ACE 10, ACE 3, etc. persists in the back of their mind, usually until their last semester. This checklist mentality leads to a fear of taking classes out of pure interest and stifles intellectual curiosity. Even if a student manages to complete the ACE requirements, the time wasted on uninspiring, auditorium-style classes may mean that any new interest developed from taking “for fun” classes may arrive too late in the student’s college career for he or she to pursue it further. However, the most likely scenario, as has been the case for generations put

through the factory-style American education system, is a death of the natural curiosity which exists in all persons. Instead of exposing students to a variety of fields, hopefully sparking their interest in a few, the ACE system shuts the door to entire fields which students dismiss as uninteresting or “too hard.” Young freshman, I know your pain. Memorization and regurgitation of any subject would leave even the strongest feeling sick. What kind of perverse institution requires a battery of torture exercises before allowing students to have fun with their classes? The symbolism behind my 200-person biology class’s location in a movie theater is just too blatant. In lower-level general education classes, students inevitably end up as spectators, removed from the only legitimate reason for the existence of schools — creative discussion. Fortunately, my professor complements clicker questions with “clucker” questions where students catch a rubber chicken and have a personal mini-discussion about the material with the teacher. I’ll admit, deciphering the final point about ACE giving students more responsibility for their own learning left me puzzled. I suppose they’re trying to say that ACE gives students responsibility by allowing them the freedom to pick their own poison. If the administration took the task of holding students accountable for their own learning seriously, then they wouldn’t attempt to force learning outcomes down students’ throats. A more sensible system would remove general education requirements entirely (the way the rest of the world works). Other American universities such as

Brown, Grinnell and Amherst have started to embrace an “open curriculum.” But since that would mean less tuition money spent on cheap, mass “education,” such a reform won’t reach UNL anytime soon (“innovation campus,” my ass). One feasible alternative is to require very loose distribution requirements (two social sciences, two humanities, one science, and one math class). This maximizes freedom and minimizes the checklist mentality, while allowing healthy exposure to different fields. Or, if the university still clings to the belief that they are responsible for teaching students what they didn’t ask for, at least develop a more rigorous and extensive core series of classes that might actually approach the ACE objectives. In short, I came to UNL to get a degree in microbiology, not microbiology plus at least a year’s worth of entry level courses which no one shows up to but still, at least from the administration’s point of view, “develop students reasoning, inquiry, and civic capacities.” ACE’s goals are noble but unnecessary, uncalled for and probably harm the student’s learning. In my younger days, I stared at the plants on my plate and wondered how anyone could call them food. I didn’t trust authority. “Justify yourself!” I commanded the vegetables. Eventually, they did. Today, I still don’t trust authority, especially not with handling something as important as my education. So I stare at the ACE requirements on my schedule. “Justify yourself!” No reply. Shariq Khan is a freshman Microbiology major. Email him at Opinion@ dailynebraskan.com


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Alec Saline, a senior architecture major, sits with some of his past projects in one of the design studios in Architecture Hall on Monday. Saline spends hundreds of hours in the lab and will sometimes spend two days straight in the building to work on projects.

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o most people walking by, a building is a building. To an architect major, the same building means all-nighters, four years of relentless work and ultimately, years and years of certification. For senior architecture major Alec Saline, it’s a reminder of the building he’ll design one day, the vision of which he can’t fall short. Saline first decided to pursue architecture after he took an introductory class in high school and found he really enjoyed it. “I liked mainly the design things and having control over what you do,” Saline said. “I loved being able to see your ideas — you know, putting them out there.” Growing up with an engineer for a dad, Saline said he was constantly around structural drawing. Feeling more artistically inclined, he said he found architecture to be a sort of blend between engineering and the more creative side of things. “I think architecture is more artistic than people realize,” Saline said. “There’s architectural engineering, which sounds more engineering-related, but we actually have to take a lot of prerequisite art classes.” Architecture majors spend their first few years taking composition and art-based labs, but these are no small feat, according to Saline. “It takes a lot of time to work on projects,” he said. “A lot of commitment. A lot of allnighters, as most people have probably heard. At a point it just becomes normal.” Pragmatically-speaking, the road in and out of Arch Hall is a rough one. Most students entering the college find it requires a lot more time and work than they expected.

“My class started with over 80 kids and now I think there’s around 23,” Saline said. Saline said he’s sticking it out, though. He’s focused on what he loves to do. Wayne Drummond, a fellow of the American Institute of Architects since 1996 with nearly 40 years of experience in the architecture field, was the dean of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture for 11 years. Drummond said it takes a tremendous amount of dedication when pursuing the disciplines in the college and architecture in general. “On the other side, though, it also takes a lot of creativity and a lot of rationale — the idea that you have to use both the ‘right’ and ‘left’ side of your brain,” Drummond said. “You need to be able to deal with social issues, human factors, all of those sort of soft social skills, and at the same time you have to be able to deal with the hard communication skills of engineering ... so you have to be good at math and you have to be good at art.” Above all, Drummond said architecture requires a love for the profession. “The students here work extraordinarily long hours and that’s because they really love what they’re doing,” he said. “They’re always trying to make their projects better and better and better.” When it comes to designing, Saline said it’s tough to pinpoint his favorite things to work on, or an individual style when designing, since his projects are “all over the place.” “This last semester we designed skyscrapers and we designed art galleries, instillations, hotels, offices, apartments — I don’t really

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Literary magazine editors tour the state of Nebraska Schooner execs travel state for poetry readings, library visits shelby fleig dn A separate time zone and 210 miles separate Nebraskans living on opposite sides of the state. Kwame Dawes and Marianne Kunkel are closing that daunting gap. Respectively the editor-inchief and managing editor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s literary magazine, the two completed a 10-city tour of the state, stopping in public libraries to do poetry readings, questionand-answer sessions and tout the worth of Prairie Schooner. The tour, one of Dawes’ first commitments upon taking his position in 2011, provided insight on Nebraska’s reading and social culture as soon as the editors packed into a Forrester for their 12-day excursion. For each stop, the pair wrote a blog reflecting on the people they met, places they visited and what they learned. Uploaded throughout the trip by Prairie Schooner web editor Eric Jones, 20 total blogs allowed people to follow the traveling in real time. And as it turns out, Nebraska didn’t disappoint. “Our message to folks around the state was that the journal is their journal,” Dawes said. “I also wanted to remind them that the journal began with the expressed desire to remind the world of the values of hard

work and independent thinking that are part of the Nebraskan culture, and that the dogged survival and thriving of this journal through steady work is a true testament to these values.” Established more than 80 years ago, the Prairie Schooner has received much attention as one of the top literary maga-

zines in the country. As plans for this winter tour materialized, the magazine was featured in an Associated Press story focusing on the fact that editors of a prestigious journal were taking the time and effort to physically visit the libraries in the journal’s home state. “I learned that I have much to learn about the state of Nebraska,” Kunkel said. “I was pleased to learn that Nebraska public libraries are lovely buildings and the people we met even lovelier — generous, enthusiastic and inquisitive.” As town populations greatly varied from 337 in Potter, Neb. to the Omaha metropolitan area, crowd turnouts were unpredictable. Both editors said those who did show up were thirsty for more information about the magazine and how they could

submit work or order subscriptions — many of them young people not attending UNL. “The truth is that this journal was sustained over the years largely because of the support of the students,” Dawes said. “Over the years, students slowed in their

support of the journal. That is a shame. I would love students to know that they can be a part of an international phenomenon that grows of out of what will be their alma mater if they will simply subscribe.” “We’re extremely proud that this 87-year-old journal is one of

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and I can define myself better with rock music.” Macario is a big fan of Aerosmith, The Killers, The Fray, CountIf music is the international language — spread across the world ing Crows, Oasis and Foo Fighters. “I get most of the music I listen and built upon influences molded by various cultures — it stands to to from the soundtracks of the movies I like,” Macario said. “I love ‘500 reason that familiar rhythms and Days of Summer.’ That soundtrack tones could be of some comfort to is awesome, it’s perfect.” students looking for familiarity “You can find Brazilian music thousands and thousands of miles in some American movies too,” from home. Macario added. “Bossa nova-styled “Brazilian music tends to have music is used a lot in ‘Breakfast at a lot of American influences in Tiffany’s’ and in it,” said Marcelo various ‘80s movies, Moreira, a senior Brazilian as well.” electrical engineerAmerican and ing major from music Brazilian influences Brazil, currently can be found within studying at the Uni- tends to have a each other, but they versity of Nebraska- lot of American still hold their differLincoln. ences. A musician him- influences in it.” “Here in Ameriself, Moreira finds ca some artists write American jazz music Marcelo Moreira good lyrics,” said to be “brilliant” but senior electrical Lucas Lommez, a engineering major doesn’t typically lissenior agricultural ten to much Ameriengineering major can music. from Brazil. “But He is a fan of Antonio Carlos Jobim, a Brazilian singer, songwriter most of the stuff on the radio is pornographic and, you know, dirty,” and composer, who helped create Bessie Li, a senior math major bossa nova music. from China, tends to stray away “Bossa nova is a mix of Brazilian rhythms, almost like folk music, but from the radio here. “The radio plays the same songs it has a lot of classical influences,” over and over again,” she said. Moreira said. “Chinese radio isn’t repetitive at Sky Macario, a senior chemical engineering major also from Brazil, all, but that also has to do with the difference between copyright laws agreed that Brazilian and American America and China has.” music are rather similar, but prefers Although Top 40 isn’t Li’s ideal American rock music. playlist, she is a big fan of Eminem. “I think Brazilian music is very “What appeals me to him the good and the musicians are talented, but I find it to be more for old most is his background story,” Li people,” Macario said. “I’m young

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Sherman Alexie guest edits Prairie Schooner jordan bates dn When it comes to contemporary Native American authors, Sherman Alexie is royalty. The Winter 2012 issue of Prairie Schooner, the University of Nebras-

ka-Lincoln literary magazine, celebrated the work of Native American authors, devoting a quarter of its 200 pages to a portfolio containing a diverse blend of Native poetry and fiction. The portfolio was edited by Alexie, a highly regarded Native poet, writer, filmmaker and winner of the 2007 National Book Award. “The section features some remarkable poems by what Alexie describes as a third wave of Na-

tive American writing,” said Prairie Schooner editor-in-chief Kwame Dawes. “He also includes some complex and provocative fiction in the selection. The writing is dynamic, engaged and often quite moving.” Because of the notoriety of Alexie’s work, students may find the issue to be especially appealing. “Many college students read Alexie’s work in their classes,” said Prairie Schooner managing editor Marianne Kunkel. “In this issue they’ll find a lively discussion of Native American experiences, and if t h e y keep reading

beyond the portfolio, they’ll find terrific poems, stories, and essays by writers of many backgrounds.” This isn’t the first time Prairie Schooner has opted to highlight the work of talented Native authors among its pages. In fact, poetry by Native American authors can be found in the pages of the journal dating back to the 1930s, according to Dawes.

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“Given where we are located, and given the progressive sensibilities of the editors of this journal over the years, it is not surprising that the works of Native American writers have appeared in the pages of this journal,” Dawes said. “It is only fitting that we do this kind of work.” Alexie was Prairie Schooner’s first choice to serve as editor of the special portfolio, and the staff was ecstatic to learn he accepted the offer. “We wanted to do a special portfolio on Native American writing, and we thought Mr. Alexie would be perfectly suited to the task,” Dawes said. “To our delight, he agreed when we approached

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Alexie: from 5 him. The enthusiasm and care that he has demonstrated in putting together this anthology assures us that he was pleased to guest edit the issue.” In Dawes’ estimation, Alexie’s work with Prairie Schooner is an extraordinary boon for the journal. Furthermore, the issue’s focus on Native literature bears geographic significance, indicating Prairie Schooner’s consciousness of the many Native American tribes in Nebraska and surrounding regions. “Prairie Schooner is situated in Nebraska, a home to many Native American communities,” Kunkel said. “Making room in the journal for one of the most successful living Native American authors to showcase contemporary voices continues Prairie Schooner’s tradition of publishing writing that addresses current issues and is mindful of its home base.” What’s more, Alexie will visit UNL as the featured author for the issue’s launch event, which will take place at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center at 7 p.m. on Jan. 28 and 29. On the first evening, Prairie Schooner will host a screening of “Smoke Signals,” a film written and co-produced by Alexie, for which he will not be in attendance. On the second evening, Alexie will present a reading of his creative work, after which he will sit down for an onstage interview and a book signing. “(Alexie) is young, provocative and talented,” Dawes said. “Having him associated with the journal is

is killing me. So I need to talk to people more until I get good at pretending I enjoy it. That sounds pretty sociopathic, yeah, but that’s because I am probably a sociopath, all things considered. Resolved: Read 20 books. This should be pretty doable; it’s break, cut me some slack. The only less than two books a month. Like behaviors I really observed in the past most people I actually talk to (maybe month were those of my dogs: being six?), I should probably read more. adorable and being really adorable. I’ve never regretted reading, except Resolved: make shit. for maybe that time I tried to read Do it. Make shit. Draw dumb the Game of Thrones series. (What is comics in Photoshop. Write more, the appeal there? I stopped after the even if it’s pieces where you make 142nd main character died.) fun of Christmas music. Take 15 Plus, we’re living in the age minutes figuring out the best way to where books are actually dying. word a tweet about Taye Diggs . They’re actually dying! Right now! This is probably the one I’m They’re being replaced by e-books most excited about. It’s so easy to get and internet lists and things that caught up in how people will react aren’t books. If you lived in the age to what you do and of dinosaurs and it’s even easier to let you knew that the I had the yourself not do things meteor was comrealization because of it. Why, ing, wouldn’t you though? It’s cliche, but that I’ve had hang out with the ultimately, you/me/ dinosaurs as much everyone are going a dozen times as possible? to die. Do stuff before before: I can do To be fair, I’d then. hang out with I should probably literally whatever dinosaurs impoint out I’m writing I want. It’s super pending doom or this as much to mynot, but that’s irself as anyone. I don’t empowering, that relevant. I should actually know how to thought.” read books while I live life correctly, I’m still can. just trying to figure it Also, 30 years out and get paid at the same time. from now when books have a huge Resolved: Learn how to do a resurgence, feel free to shoot me a text standing front-flip. (a holo-text at that point, I hope) and This will not happen. laugh at my erroneous assumptions. Resolved: Fake it until I make it. So there’s some of it. I hope all of I don’t really like talking to peomy resolutions are going to help me ple. I’m OK with having a few good out mentally, because I have all but friends who I tell everything to, then given up on my physical being. I’m hiding from everyone else. I don’t treating it as a vessel for my brain to think I really made eye contact with a get around in and that’s all. waiter until I was 17 years old. I can’t Check back next week when I be counted on to answer my home actually keep to my column’s theme phone. and reveal how many more breaths Naturally, I chose journalism you have left. tyler keown is a as a major and picked up a reporter sophomore journalism job, forcing me do things like coldmajor. reach him at arts@ calling potential interviewees and dailynebraskan.com. even worse, talking to them. My job

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National Book Award-winning author Sherman Alexie will visit UNL for a public reading on Tuesday, Jan. 29. tremendous. But having him come to our campus for the launch of this issue is quite the bonus.” For Dawes, the hope is that events such as this one will propel the UNL student body’s engagement with Prairie Schooner. “… I am hoping that more students will become interested in the journal,” Dawes said. “An often overlooked fact about the journal is that during its infancy over half a century ago, it was kept alive by the subscriptions purchased by regular undergraduate students who believed in the value of the journal. As it happens, these subscribers were not just English majors, but students

from all fields and disciplines who had a passion for the arts. In other countries, it is the norm for people from all disciplines to celebrate and engage in the literary arts. I hope (students) will see the value in the kind of work we do and become part of the support system for the journal. It is, after all, our journal, a UNL journal.” Students can show their support for the literary journal by purchasing the Winter 2012 issue in the Prairie Schooner office in Andrews Hall and attending the launch event at 7 p.m. on Jan. 28 and 29 at the Ross. arts@ dailynebraskan.com

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Jason Brody is the king of world. At least, he proclaims as much while skydiving, drinking, dancing and speeding through tropical islands on a jet ski with friends and family. Unfortunately for them, it’s quickly discovered that they picked the wrong place to reign. “Far Cry 3,” Ubisoft’s new video game, delivers shots of adrenaline throughout a gorgeous landscape twisted by violent insanity. When pirates capture the young vacationers on an island torn by warring factions, players partake in and witness Brody’s indoctrination into an otherworldly realm of warriors and hallucinogenic drugs. His story revolves around rescuing the scattered posse and escaping Rook Island while battling a desire for revenge and his acceptance into a native tribe called the Rakyat. The gameplay through which this coming-of-age is told takes the form of an open-world, first-personshooter. Players explore a surprisingly massive range of ocean and island, using an assortment of ground, water and air vehicles to traverse their lush environments. Outside the main plotline, side-missions and other optional distractions — like hunting and skinning animals for better gear — develop a detailed space that’s worth diverting into. “FC3” excels at the chaos these systems provide. Players hang-glide from a mountain and then fall hundreds of feet into a river, only to be attacked by a crocodile. Then they stumble upon a beached, pirate-infested freighter and an explosive firefight (or sneaking bow-and-arrow takedown) follows. Few other titles offer the

fluidity of play-styles “FC3” does. Outposts – enemy controlled landmarks around the islands – particularly support the possibilities. Slip through the game’s dense foliage highlighting targets and enjoy a highly tactical stealth instance. Or shoot the door off the caged tiger they happened to be keeping and leap into the vicious frenzy, guns blazing. The ease and deftness of these transitions, mid-battle, create the true magic of the game’s energetic combat. However, this freedom of movement, coupled with the options given to players, creates occasional dilemmas for the narrative. On one side, the lack of restriction undermines Brody’s spoken determination to rescue his loved ones. “Clearly I should be trying to save my friends that are about to be sold into slavery,” Brody says. *Player continues wrestling shark. On the other side, Brody himself is supposed to be a naïve, scared and, most importantly, green young man, fighting to survive and manage his contrasting feelings toward killing. This illusion falls apart at times depending on players’ already existing skills and the characters’ fairly unexpressive dialogue. The overall design, though, is commendable for the confidence and success with which the game’s writing balances these possibilities. Its finesse subdues their potentially catastrophic disagreement and allows the most effective aspects of each to coexist. For players looking for more than the best single player in the series, “FC3” provides the standard competitive multiplayer and cooperative modes. It appears that no AAA title like “Far Cry” can launch without these two, whether there’s an original idea to do so or not. Essentially, the same competitive design popularized by “Call of Duty 4” in 2007 remains the go-to set up. Play games, get kills, earn experience and unlock new guns, attachments and abilities. Repeat. While derivative, it’s not bad in and of itself. The strength of the game’s outstanding visuals and robust gunplay is enough to make it fun for a few more hours. The same goes with cooperative. This mode deviates from the sprawl of the story and focuses on tight, linear shootouts and quirky scenarios that make for a breath of fresh air. Players take the role of one carica-

ture within a group that’s escaped via cutscene to the pirated islands. It doesn’t do anything special, but it doesn’t take away from the main game. Fun with friends, trivial without. The true star of “FC3,” other than it’s adaptive play, is Vaas, the leader of the pirates and the most intense, menacing and psychotic character video games may have seen yet. Michael Mando expertly delivers Jeffrey Yohalem’s writing in an astounding performance, not only voice acting, but modeling and motion capturing the entire role. His words and gestures surge together out of a flowing excess of rage and pain, mirroring the island’s temperament. It’s just too bad other, less intriguing characters minimize his arc as the story expands. “Far Cry 3” returns to the tropics of the original game and advances the mechanics of the series’ second, culminating the unique designs of its predecessors in definitive fashion. While its tale falters here and there, open-world exploration and the action of highly refined shooters don’t meld this well anywhere else. Long live the king. arts@ dailynebraskan on twitter @dnartsdesk

schooner: from 5 the 10 oldest in the country, and we want UNL students to feel ownership of this as well,” Kunkel said. In one blog post, Kunkel’s observed the beauty of small-town libraries. “Forget IKEA megastores. Better models of architecture and design are public libraries, where visitors can roam from one cozy corner to another. Oak banisters, fulllength-mirror-size windows, soft track lights above bookshelves, a cappuccino machine — these are features that have tempted me to stay in Nebraska libraries long after Kwame and I finish our poetry readings,” she wrote of the stop in Broken Bow, Neb. Dawes fondly remembers the tour as well — particularly the “strange, curious and just before

dark, stunningly beautiful” stop at Carhenge in Alliance, Neb. In an email, Dawes listed what he learned on tour, championing the value of a literary magazine that’s a UNL tradition. “That many people in the east of Nebraska have never been to the west of Nebraska. That many people in the west of Nebraska have rarely been to the east of Nebraska. That Nebraska is very wide. That Nebraska is a state of beautiful and varied landscape. That public libraries continue to be relevant in our world today especially in smaller communities. That people will subscribe to the journal as they are reminded of its value and importance.” arts@ dailynebraskan.com


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andrew Larsen dn Throughout autumn there were rumblings of a new, exciting bar and grill opening at the Westfield (Gateway) Mall. When groups of men got tired of talking Bo’s job security or Martinez’s throwing mechanics, they probably started talking about that new “Scottish Hooters” opening up. “What a better way to pass the time during a long Nebraska winter than by being served copious amounts of alcohol by scantily clad women?” They must have drooled to themselves. If the mission is just to get loaded on drinks, there are plenty of places in town where one could do that for much cheaper. If the goal is to have a good meal, catch a game and soak up the atmosphere of a bustling pub, then Tilted Kilt is a solid choice. Three buddies joined me in my perusal of Tilted Kilt. We decided to go during the National Championship game, which meant at least a 30-minute wait for a table of four. A long wait means an excuse to check out the bar, which takes up a good portion of the restaurant. There’s a dizzying array of beers on tap, from your standard domestics like Coors and Bud to more obscure and delicious brews like Lagunitas and Hoegaarden. The nondomestic drafts run $5.50 and come in a 20-ounce glass. They also have a wide variety of mixed beers which one friend assured me were quite tasty. I went with the “Tilted Tea,” because I’m a sucker for Long Islands and alliteration. It was tasty, as one would expect, although for $6.50 my mouth liked it more than my wallet. The food menu is as varied and attractive as the drink menu, albeit a bit more moderately priced. Nearly everything is $9.99 and under, and the portion sizes are decent. However, Tilted Kilt continues that annoying restaurant tradition in the vein of Outback Steakhouse, where some meals are paired with an ethnic sounding name a la “Danny Boy’s Shepherd’s Pie,” “Gaelic Chicken” and “Quinlan’s Five Cheese Pizza.” If only I could get a pot of gold for dessert. I went with the “Inferno Burger,” which, despite its name, was not spicy at all. What it lacked in kick it made up for in juiciness and the soft, buttery bun. One friend got the “Cali Burger,” which he rated 5 on a scale of

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Tilted Kilt, a Scottish-themed sports bar with a festive atmosphere, opened in the Westfield (Gateway) Mall this past December. The pub and eatery offers an extensive beer selection and an equally pleasing food menu, with most items listed at $9.99 and under. 1-10. The other got the Chicken Finger Wrap. The décor of “Tilted Kilt” could be described as a European T.G.I. Friday’s. Nearly every inch of every wall was covered, either by a large flat-screen television or some sort of knickknack. I counted 25 televisions just from my seat at the bar, which makes it an excellent place to watch a game. There’s also a nice mix of local flavor with several photos of Husker football glory days. Of course there are many nods to Irish/Scottish heritage including the obligatory “Fat Bastard” photo next to the “Lads” and “Lasses” rooms. I advise caution when seeking out the restrooms, if one has consumed enough Tilted Teas, it could be quite easy to mistake a “Lad” for a “Lass.” Also, there are no partitions between urinals, which is never appreciated. Most people probably won’t notice or care about the décor since there are half-naked women walking around. We were there at a really busy time, but they had approximately 15 waitresses and three bartenders on hand, so despite being packed in tight at the bar, we never felt unattended or ignored. That can be a hard thing to accomplish for a newer place on a busy night, but they seemed quite prepared. As a red-blooded, 22-year-old male, I’m obviously not going to complain about seeing a bunch of attractive women in cut-off white shirts, short plaid skirts and long white

“Some movies are so bad they’re good.” If you have even the vaguest interest in film for entertainment, you’ve probably heard this said by some guy who thinks he’s a deconstructionist god for finding “Megalodon vs. Octopus” amusing. “You see it’s funny because, that’s way bigger than shark would be. Besides they have no natural predators.” No, appreciating bad movies is a critical art in and of itself. If “bad” really meant “good,” we wouldn’t have so many unbearable movies. Take a flop factory like Nic Cage. Maybe two or

three of his 20 terrible flicks are truly watchable. A movie is two hours, folks and the diamonds are deep within the rough. You need 120 minutes not of shit, but of failure. The bad movies that really speak to us are polite exercises in sadism. We don’t want to see Larry make a home movie about his cat as he has a good laugh about how campy it is. We want to see Larry try and make a movie about the wonder of some grand horizon and fall off his deck. Here are the three times I enjoyed watching “Larry” fall the hardest.

1. “Shaft In Africa” (1973)

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The trilogy of 1970s Richard Roundtree Shaft films is a treasure trove of over-acting, racism and extremely uncomfortable sexual encounters, but the third film in which the Harlem-based PI travels to Africa (you know, just any of the countries) is the real gem. Shaft is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire to shut down a newly-formed African slave trade, even though it turns out through a small directorial oversight that many of the slaves appear to be European. Instead of his usual revolver, Shaft is armed with a large stick (ripe for phallic inference) that he uses to splatter people’s jelly brains all over the place when they refuse to end their crime ring or something. There is a sex-crazed villain, a dog that dies almost immediately (killed by a giant stick) and some choice humping during a strangulation scene.

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2. “Wicker Man” (2006) The joy of this remake of the 1973 cult classic, is that Nicolas Cage’s impossible-to-understand neurosis finally seems justified when thrust into a matriarchal island society that combines pagan culture with Sylvia Plath nightmares and people dressing up like bears. From moment one, we are as hopelessly lost as our screaming protagonist, who probably spends half the movie biking across the island posing inane questions. “What’s in the bag?” Cage famously asks two people with a bag. “Is it a shark or something?” Is that what people usually carry in bags where you’re from? This movie is also the leading 21st century purveyor of Cage-on-women violence . To be fair, they are trying to kill him even if it won’t bring back their “goddamn honey.”

3. “Big Trouble In Little China” (1986) This crazy egg roll is on everyone’s best bad movie list, and rightfully so. John Carpenter is known for not giving a damn about what looks good, but this Kurt Russell wonder appears to have been shot and edited with palpable desperation. Second takes were not an option. Short scenes are out of order. Characters speak out of turn. Kurt Russell breaks into an enemy stronghold by pretending to be from the phone company, evidenced by the fact that he’s simply holding a landline telephone when he strides in rambling about something called a “central junction box.” The film turns from street culture to orientalism to magic to Chinese sexual politics to made-up sexual politics to American patriotism. It really shakes the pillars of Heaven.

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have a favorite thing to design because it’s all pretty exciting,” he said. As far as architects, Saline has his favorites — Kazuo Sejima and Nicholas Grimshaw. Peter Zumthor’s Therme Vals is one of his favorite buildings. “It’s a bath house in Switzerland,” he said. “It’s very linear — it has a nice quality about it.” Saline said he really hasn’t had any great architectural achievements yet, but it’s all about the small victories and focusing on the little things

here and there in the bigger picture. After graduating from UNL’s four-year bachelors program, Saline will pursue his masters from UNL, as well. Following graduate school, Saline said students usually intern for three years and sit for their architectural exams in order to be certified. Saline’s ultimate goal is to get into hospitality design — working on large-scale projects like hospitals. “I really like the scale of the designs and the large amount of crite-

ria that has to be met for those kind of projects,” Saline said. The life of an architecture major takes enduring determination and a non-stop work ethic, but Saline maintains a positive outlook. “Architecture is important because we all need it, we all use it,” Saline said. “When I do what I do, I accomplish so much more than just the function of something.” arts@ dailynebraskan.com on twitter @dnartsdesk

that Chinese songs are more meaningful, where American music is full of profanity.” Loh typically listens to Chinese and American music and uses YouTube to come across different artists. “I really like Kina Grannis,” Loh said. “She’s really big on YouTube and has a couple of albums, too.” Aside from a few artists, Loh and Lommez like to follow particular songs opposed to individual musicians. “Can you name any other song by Psy other than ‘Gangnam Style?’ No. You can’t,” Lommez said. “I just prefer to follow songs or singles and not the artist.” As far as what music students like Li and Loh experience while in Neb., their access goes beyond YouTube and other streaming sites. “I’m going to see Maroon 5 when they come to Omaha with

Neon Trees and Owl City,” Loh said. “I really like some of their songs so I’m excited to see them live.” Li has seen Bon Jovi and Katy Perry in concert during her time studying at UNL. “I love Katy Perry’s style, probably more than her music, but I like her,” she said. Still it seems with so much to absorb in the United States, interest in the Nebraska music scenes for international students seems genuine, but mostly passing. “Lady Gaga’s boyfriend is from Nebraska, right?” Li asked. “I went to the Zoo Bar once, and I don’t know if they were from Nebraska or not, but there was a group playing music,” Macario said. “They were really good, I really enjoyed listening to them.” arts@ dailynebraskan.com on twitter @dnartsdesk

music: from 5 said. “I like the fact that he had to work for everything he has, he didn’t just take the easy way in.” Familiarizing herself with a musician’s background makes listening to the music they produce more enjoyable for Li. She also finds Christian rock interesting, which is far from common in her native China. Li respects the diversity in the music in the United States opposed to back home. “The reason I don’t like Chinese music is because it’s all about love,” she said. “I’m not a fan of Taylor Swift.” Vivian Loh, a senior business management major from Malaysia, agrees that American music is diverse, but also believes there are a wide range of song topics in Chinese music and that it doesn’t suffer from unnecessary vulgarity. “Not all Chinese songs are about love,” Loh said. “I would say


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wrestling: from 10 senior 141-pounder Ridge Kiley petition, but he still has an imporare the last two stragglers to leave tant job. the wrestling room. Nebraska “When you’re not the guy, coach Mark Manning wanted you’ve got to still work hard because that guy that’s ahead of Grande to help Kiley with a posiyou, he needs to improve. He tion. And Grande obliged. needs that competition,” Grande “I’m there to help,” he said. said. “You’ve just got to keep go“Even though I’m not starting, ing. Get up, go again. Get up, go I’m going to be again. Your hard pushing people.” work isn’t just all He gets on A month earliabout you.” guys. He er, Grande did get Nebraska asa chance to start. sistant coach Bry- shows them how Green had to sit an Snyder said out duels against when Grande to work hard.” Arizona State and graduates, his Wisconsin with an team will lose a bryan snyder injury. A couple leader and a role nu assistant wrestling coach of days before the model. meets, Grande “He gets on weighed 15 pounds too much to guys. He shows them how to work hard,” Snyder said. “If wrestle at 157, but his coaches called on him anyway. people aren’t following suit, he’s “They were like, ‘James is ready to help call them out, lift hurt. We need you in,’” Grande them up and make sure they’re said. “What am I going to say? on the same page.” No? I’m not going to help the Grande uses his experiences to pass wisdom on to younger team? You can’t do that. I will wrestlers on the team, includ- run through a wall for the team. Whatever anybody needs out of ing advice on getting past close me, I’ll do it.” losses. So he cut the weight, wrestled “I see it happening to some of the matches. He lost them both – the guys, and I know what’s goby scores of 1-0 and 4-2. But for ing through their heads,” Grande only the second time since his said. “They’re questioning – are they good enough? Should they sophomore year, Grande wrestled in varsity competition. be starting? Stuff like that.” Each of those nights, everyGrande’s lesson to his teamthing else went on pause. And mates is simple: never accept deRoss Grande scampered around feat. “Nothing good’s ever going the mat beneath the lights for to happen if you give up and roll seven minutes, living the dream once again. over,” sports@ Minutes after the end of a Jandailynebraskan.com uary practice, Grande and fellow

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Tim Miles looks perplexed during a basketball game at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The first-year coach takes his team to Michigan Wednesday.

Although Gallegos leads the team with 36 baskets behind the arc this season, almost 32 percent, he’s shot 6-for-25 in Nebraska’s last three games and has gone to the foul line a total of 21 times all season. Ubel, who leads the team with 46 free throws made, said he’s hoping to see the Husker offense drive to the paint more against Michigan. “We have to keep doing that. We can’t just relax at any point,” sports@ dailynebraskan.com

field than its 36.7 percent showing against Wisconsin last week. Although Talley and Ubel scored 12 and 10 points in the Huskers’ last game, Gallegos has been the lone Husker to lead the offense to consecutive doubledigit performances with his 14 and 10 point shooting displays against Ohio State and the Badgers last week. “I would like Ray on the attack, I’d like him getting fouled more,” Miles said. “It’s not a natural thing for him – he likes open spaces.”

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dn Big ten homeroom 1. Michigan (15-0 overall, 2-0 Big Ten)

7. Wisconsin (114, 2-0)

The Wolverines are the only undefeated Big Ten team left at 15-0. They started the season ranked No. 3 and have backed it up thus far with wins over then No. 18 N.C. State and West Virginia and already have two wins in Big Ten play. Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. lead the team with 18.2 and 16.4 points per game, respectively.

2. Indiana (14-1, 2-0)

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Purdue’s KK Houser dives for a ball during the Big Ten Championship Game last year in indianapolis against Nebraska. Houser, a graduate of Lincoln Southeast High School, returned to lincoln this weekend to take on the Huskers once again.

Houser returns to hometown, defeats NU Kyle Cummings DN Almost four years had passed before KK Houser played in the Bob Devaney Sports Center again. Almost four years since losing to Bellevue West in the Class A girls state basketball final her senior year. This time, Houser left the Devaney with a win. “We went out my senior year of high school with a loss, so it’s good to come back here and get a win,” Houser said. Houser, a junior guard for Purdue, made her first appearance in Lincoln on the hardwood since her high school career at Lincoln Southeast High School. The loss to Bellevue West was the only time Houser’s Southeast team was beaten her senior year, finishing 26-1 and Class A runner-ups. She was highly recruited in the area, but ended up choosing Purdue over Nebraska. Houser, who averages almost 12 points per game, had a relatively slow game on the scoreboard

against the Huskers, finishing with six points. On the boards though, she grabbed nine, almost double her average. While she didn’t put up her usual numbers, being back in Lincoln still meant a lot to Houser. “It was a very special day,” Houser said. “My grandmother who hasn’t came to a college game was here today. A lot of family, a lot of friends, so it was a good day.” What made the homecoming even sweeter, she said, was finishing the day with a win. The 69-66 overtime win over Nebraska was due in part to Sam Ostarello, who had 19 rebounds and 17 points in the game. Though Ostarello is not from Lincoln like Houser, Saturday’s game at the Devaney Center was a homecoming of sorts for her as well. Lincoln is the closest Ostarello, a native of Fort Pierre, S.D., will play to home. “Even though it was still a seven-hour drive for everybody, I had quite a crowd,” Ostarello said. “My high school coach was here, so that meant a lot to me.” Ostarello said having her fam-

ily and friends in attendance did not motivate or influence her playing style on Saturday, but admitted the win was much sweeter with family present. One of Ostarello’s key contributions in Saturday’s game was winning a rebounding battle against Nebraska’s Jordan Hooper and Emily Cady. Hooper knew Ostarello would prove to be a challenge going in, but could not have predicted her lights-out performance. “She’s real tough any night,” Hooper said, “but tonight she just played amazing, so she was even tougher.” Ostarello’s 19 rebounds, the most at Purdue since 1981, helped the Boilermakers grab nine more rebounds than Nebraska, a stat that helped determined the outcome of the game. Houser and Ostarello are certain to be relieved to leave Lincoln with an undefeated conference record. But more importantly, they shared the win with family and friends. sports@ dailynebraskan.com

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3. Minnesota (14-1, 2-0)

The Golden Gophers already have a couple wins over AP Top-25 opponents this season. Wins over then No. 19 Memphis and then No. 18 Michigan State have Minnesota quickly ascending the Big Ten rankings. A tough stretch awaits the Gophers though, as they get No. 12 Illinois, No. 5 Indiana and No. 2 Michigan in their next three contests.

4. Illinois (14-2, 1-1)

8. Purdue (7-7, 1-1)

Purdue just isn’t the same team that it was a season ago. The Boilermakers graduated seniors Robbie Hummel and Lewis Jackson - the team’s two top scorers - and hasn’t been able to make up for the losses. After falling to a few teams they shouldn’t have lost to early in the year, the Boilermakers just lost 84-61 to Michigan State on Friday and need to turn things around.

9. Iowa (11-4, 0-2)

Iowa’s last two games have resulted in losses, but the Hawkeyes were winners of six straight before that. They take on AP No. 22 Michigan State on Thursday looking to get back in the win column, but it won’t be easy. The Spartans come into Iowa City with a chip on their shoulder after losing to Minnesota last week.

10. Northwestern

Illinois is a tough team to rank. (9-6, 0-2) The Illini have looked good at Northwestern is struggling times this season and poor at with the stronger portion if others. There is no doubt Branit’s schedule. After winning don Paul, Tracy Abrams and comits first six games, the team pany are a team to be reckoned is 3-6 in its last nine. Penn with this season. Where they finish will be simState and Iowa are next up ply be a matter of how they perform in a numfor the Wildcats, so an opber of big games that they will play this conferportunity to change the tide ence season. From what we have seen - wins is there. This is a team that is struggling to over Gonzaga and Ohio State but losses to Misscore, though. At 66.5 points per game, they souri and Purdue - it’s anyone’s guess where are 220th in the nation. the Illini will end up.

11. Nebraska (96, 0-2)

5. Michigan State (12-3, 1-1)

The Spartans opened Big Ten play this past week with a 76-63 loss to Minnesota, but followed it up with an 84-61 win over Purdue. The Spartans are always good under coach Tom Izzo - this year should be no different - but there are a few teams ahead of them in talent this season. The Spartans should roll off a few wins in their next games, but the schedule gets tougher for them later in the year.

6. Ohio State (11-3, 1-1)

The Buckeyes have had three shots at AP Top25 teams this season and are 0-3 in those games. Losses to Kansas, Duke and Illinois have the preseason No. 4 Buckeyes down to No. 15 in the latest poll. The Buckeyes will need to find a way to win against marquee opponents if they want to compete for the Big Ten crown this season. Games with each of the Michigan schools await the Buckeyes this week.

Andrew Ward DN Winter break can be tricky for a student athlete. For the larger and more popular sports, the break is often shorter. The men’s basketball team had six days between games over Christmas. The women’s basketball team’s break wasn’t much longer as it received nine days off from Dec. 20 to Dec. 29. Even wrestling had only a slightly longer break than women’s basketball, with two weeks off. For the smaller sports though, break often lasts over a month, forcing these teams to look at the fall and spring as separate seasons. That’s how coach Stacy Underwood and the Nebraska Rifle team feel as it restarts play this spring semester. The Huskers haven’t been on the range since Nov. 17, a loss in Colorado Springs, Colo., to Air Force. Nebraska will not shoot again until this weekend, making its break between matches nine weeks. To “shake off the cobwebs” Underwood had her squad come back to Lincoln on Jan. 3 to go through a training camp. It was just a series of regular practices for the most part, but the team was able to rebuild its confidence after the long break, according to Underwood. “It gave us an opportunity to do some team building and get our minds in the right spot,” Underwood said. “We have to be together this season.” The team started a series called “The Confident Athlete” during the preseason training camp. It consisted of motivational imagery, audio clips and a lot of selfreflection. “It made you think about what you think,” junior Sunny Russell said. “It told us how detrimental some of things we tell ourselves can be. We learned how to self-talk and we made a confidence resume. Confidence is a belief that you can do something.” Underwood also said she likes the long break because of opportunities to use programs like “The Confident Athlete.” She said the younger members on the team have an opportunity to rest after a tough first semester as a studentathlete as well. “Fall season is a whirlwind,” Underwood said. “It’s competing at a collegiate environment for the first time for some kids. Some people think they don’t need the long break for physical reasons, but they need

Indiana will be a team to watch as we move into Big Ten play. The Hoosiers are a dangerous bunch, as they have the talent to play with anyone in the country, but they will be tested by the meat of the Big Ten schedule. A loss to Butler on Dec. 15 is the only reason the Hoosiers aren’t the top dog right now in the conference, but that could easily change. Indiana takes on the Associated Press No. 8 Minnesota on Saturday.

Wisconsin has not looked like itself this season. The Badgers have already lost four games and fallen out of the AP Poll. They have been playing better as of late, winning their last five games, but the Badgers have struggled to find much offense this season. Coach Bo Ryan has his team fighting, but it should be a tough ride for the Badgers in a strong Big Ten this season.

The Huskers played Wisconsin fairly close their last time out. The 47-41 loss was an ugly game played by two teams that struggle to score, but the Huskers were within three with a minute to go. The schedule gets tougher this week as Nebraska travels to Michigan and Michigan State for their next two games.

12. Penn State (8-6, 0-2)

The Nittany Lions are battling with Nebraska to move up the Big Ten pecking order, but it doesn’t look good this week. Penn State is coming off back-to-back losses and lost to Wisconsin by a couple points more than the Huskers did. Without the help of Tim Frazier to spur the Nittany Lion offense, Nebraska looks a tad better. compiled by LANNY holstein

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Sunny Russel focuses before she takes a shot at the Nebraska Rifle Range. The Huskers begin play this weekend. it mentally. It’s a great way to rest.” Of the 10 members on the Huskers’ roster, half of them are underclassmen, including four freshmen. That’s a tough undertaking for Underwood’s first season as Nebraska’s head rifle coach. So far though, things have been running smoothly, Underwood said. She has the Huskers nationally ranked No. 7 as they head into the spring portion of their season. Underwood also succeeded as a member of the Nebraska rifle squad from 20032007. She said the experience has helped her start out her coaching career at her alma mater. “It is going as well as it can as a new coach,” Underwood said. “Every head coach wants to come back to their alma mater and the people in this town have shown a lot of support.” “Coach is outstanding,” Russell said. “I can’t say a bad thing about her.” Underwood has taken her hometown team and made it her own. Now, she thinks her team can compete with the best in the country. “We didn’t talk about goals at the beginning of the year,” Underwood said. “There is no defense in this sport, so we can only do as good as we allow ourselves to be. I think we are good enough to make the NCAA (Championships) and

become a top-five team.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com

Maurer, a 6-foot, 3-inch center from Shawnee Mission, Kan., has had an injury-plagued career at Nebraska. She missed all but 10 games last season for the Huskers and was forced to have major back surgery mid-January 2012. She was averaging 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds for the Huskers this season before her pain became too unbearable to continue her career in Lincoln. “She has experienced a lot of pain the past two seasons, and

She has experienced a lot of pain the past two seasons, and hopefully with rest she can lead a normal life after basketball.”

Connie yori

nu women’s basketball coach

hopefully with rest she can lead a normal life after basketball,” Yori said. “Adri is an outstanding student, and we expect her to contin-

ue to do a great job as she focuses on academics.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com

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ike any other wrestler, Ross Grande wanted a national title. That’s the dream. In March 2011, Grande entered the Big 12 Championship a few victories away from living the dream. To earn the conference’s lone automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament at 149 pounds, he had to win the conference title. But with a few more triumphs, the Nebraska sophomore could nab a wild card spot. In the opening round, Grande and Iowa State’s Max Mayfield wrestled a three-minute first period, a pair of two-minute periods and a one-minute sudden victory period to a 1-1 tie. Grande, the tournament’s No. 5 seed, could not score in the first period of the ensuing overtime. One second into the next tiebreak period, Mayfield won with an escape. So Grande moved on to the consolation semifinals, against No. 2 seed Matt Lester of Oklahoma. Following a scoreless first period, Lester scored the only point of the match with an escape early in the second period. After losses of 2-1 and 1-0, Grande’s sophomore season ended a couple of takedowns short of the dream. “I win those two matches,” Grande said, “I’d be in the national tournament.” Ross Grande wouldn’t go on his back. He wouldn’t cave, wouldn’t roll over. No way. It didn’t matter that Kyle Ruschell, the No. 2 149-pounder in the country and a reigning All-American, had him in a half

nelson. It didn’t matter that this and suffered two close defeats at the conference championships. was the first varsity match of Going into his junior year, Grande’s Nebraska career. It didn’t matter that Wiscon- Grande moved up to 157 pounds and was confident he would sin’s Ruschell was cranking on Grande’s left shoulder so hard excel without having to cut as it was about to tear his labrum much weight. But the starting spot in that weight class went to and sideline him for five months. If Grande would just give in, he a freshman, James Green, who went on to finish seventh at the could live to fight another day. NCAA Championships. But he wouldn’t go down. “He was an All-American. It “That fight not to go to your back – it really makes a big dif- was a good decision,” Grande said, “and sometimes what’s best ference,” Grande said. “And I wasn’t thinking about the out- for Ross Grande isn’t what’s best come, that I was going to hurt my for Nebraska wrestling.” He would only wrestle once shoulder. I was more focused on during his junior this is for my pride, campaign. Now my team, and I’m I didn’t have a senior still out just not going to let the best of the starting it happen.” Grande Ruschell went technique, but I was lineup, misses the chance on to win the match 12-3, and always stronger and to compete. “When you’re though Grande out there and tried to wrestle the in better shape.” you’re wrestling, next weekend in Ross grande you’re startNov. 2009, his seahusker wrestler ing and you’re son was effectively competing, and over. you’re trying to The recovery time for his torn labrum was six be the best you can. You want to months, but Grande was able to win a national title. And that’s re-strengthen his shoulder in five your dream,” Grande said. “And months. After all, he wants to be- you get to go live part of your come a trainer after he graduates dream when you’re out there for in May 2013. Grande has wanted that seven minutes. Nothing else to work as a personal trainer matters. It’s like everything else since he was in high school in goes on pause. It really is a short Palatine, Ill., where he won a period of time, but that short period of time – it’s yours. The atschool record 128 matches. “I didn’t have the best tech- tention’s on you. The lights are nique, but I was always stronger on. It’s like living a part of one of your dreams.” and in better shape,” Grande He may not be wrestling to said. earn points for Nebraska in comHe returned in time to wrestle a full schedule his sophomore season, in which he went 18-19 wrestling: see page 8

Huskers prepare for Wolverines Nebraska travels to No. 2 Michigan in second Big Ten road game Nedu Izu Dn Break didn’t exactly go the way the Nebraska men’s basketball team imagined. A 60-38 loss Dec. 15 at Oregon wasn’t what Tim Miles and his 16 players envisioned to begin the next three weeks away from the books. And the 22-point defeat wouldn’t be their last loss on the road either. Although Nebraska (9-6 overall, 0-2 Big Ten) defeated Jacksonville State (59-55) and Nicholls State (68-59) at home, they also dropped two of its three games away from the Bob Devaney Sports Center, including a 70-44 loss in its first conference match against Ohio State Jan. 2. After scoring less than 50 points in both of its last two outings against the Buckeyes and most recently Wisconsin Jan. 6 (47-41), Nebraska’s offense must go back to its aggressive play at the beginning of the season to avoid a laborious three game losing streak, according to Miles. “If we’re mentally soft and weak, it’s going to really affect us,” Miles said. “You just can’t... that’s life.” And as if its first two conference opponents weren’t intimidating enough, the Cornhusker ’s next opponent is ranked No. 2 in the nation. Nebraska faces its most

prominent challenge of the season when they take on undefeated Michigan (15-0, 2-0) Wednesday in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Wolverines have showed why they’ve held its prestigious top-5 ranking all season, allowing an average of 59.5 points per game by their opponents, while averaging 82 a game on the offensive side of the ball. “They score anyway you want to – in transition, three (pointers), they drive, they throw it inside,” Miles said. In last week’s two outings, John Beilein’s players demolished their opponents with 94-66 (Northwestern) and 95-67 (Iowa) showings to improve its conference leading team field goal percentage to 52 percent. Since Michigan’s scoring defense trumps Husker ’s conference last 59.1 offensive points per game, Miles admits that it is quite an intimidating factor for his players heading into their next showdown. The Wolverine backcourt’s nine 3-pointers a game has assisted the team to a second spot in the Big Ten, which Miles said he’s hoping to see his defense stop Wednesday night. “We have to get back and get them under control in transition because if they get going, start getting downhill on (us)...it’s hard to stop them,” he said. “I think that’s the most important thing.” On Nebraska’s end of the court, its three leading scorers – Ray Gallegos, Dylan Talley and Brandon Ubel- are going to have be more successful from the

basketball: see page 8

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Adrianna Maurer grabs a rebound at the Bob Devaney Sports Center earlier this season. The junior is leaving the women’s basketball team because of a back injury.

Injured NU center leaves women’s basketball team Maurer announces her departure from the team Staff report dn FILE PHOTO BY BETHANY schmidt | dn

Branden Ubel dunks in a game at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The senior is one of the leading scorers for Nebraska.

The Nebraska women’s basketball team lost its only center on roster this week. Coach Connie Yori announced

late Monday night that junior Adrianna Maurer will no longer be be able to play basketball because of continuing back pain. “Adri put in a tremendous amount of work during the offseason to put herself in a position to get back on the court, but her back pain has returned to the point that it is not in her best interest to continue to play basketball,” Yori said in a press release Monday night.

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