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The Revive Party executive candidates are (from left) junior economics and finance major Sam Adams, junior marketing major Sierra Allen and junior business administration major Zach Stull.
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students to the resources available at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and make college more affordable. Revive Party’s executive candiRevive Party announced its intention dates consider themselves the unto run for the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska in the derdogs of the election because they Nebraska Union and on East Campus haven’t been involved in ASUN. “Unless you get plugged into Wednesday. “We bring a different kind of fire ASUN early, it’s hard to get involved,” and passion,” said Zach Stull, a junior Adams said. “We’ve had to take initiative and form our business administraown party. We want tion major and candianyone to be able to Unless you date for ASUN presifor these posident. “We’re not stuck get plugged run tions and have the in the same rut.” best candidates fill Stull, along with into ASUN early, these spots.” his running mates Si- it’s hard to get The executive erra Allen, a junior candidates said marketing major and involved.” there are about 50 candidate for ASUN Sam Adams people signed up internal vice president, junior economics and finance to help with Revive and Sam Adams, a jumajor Party’s campaign, nior economics and fiincluding current nance major and candiASUN senators and date for ASUN external advisory board members. vice president, decided to run during “The whole revive thing is that we last semester’s finals week. “We were talking about ways to know these people don’t have a ton of improve the university, but then we experience in ASUN, but they have a decided we not only want to talk but lot of leadership,” Stull said. Stull is president of Sigma Phi also take action,” Stull said. Epsilon fraternity and a member of Revive Party has three platforms. Lincoln’s TeamMates Mentoring ProThe three executive candidates said gram. He said as president, he would they want to increase student involvement in student government, connect
The Engage Party executive candidates are (from left) junior marketing and finance major Eric Reznicek, junior finance, economics and management major Kaitlin Coziahr and sophomore political science and English major Jeff Story.
Engage Party seeks to connect students across campus through UNL organizations, encourage sustainability
How to get involved with ASUN campaigns Students who want to get involved with a party’s campaign should visit the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska office in the Nebraska Union. • If a student wants to run as an elected candidate, he or she must receive a certain amount of student signatures and turn in the forms to the ASUN office. Forms for each running party can be picked up in the ASUN office. Elected candidates will fill the role of ASUN senators and certain committee positions. • If a student wants to be involved with a campaign but doesn’t want to be an elected candidate on the ballot, he or she can contact any of the running parties’ executives in the ASUN office at any time during the election season. • Information regarding the running parties can be found in the ASUN office and on the parties’ Facebook pages. • Many committees on ASUN, such as the Environmental Sustainability and Government Liaison committees, are appointed positions, which will take place after the election season. Any student can put his or her name forward for an appointed position.
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Eric Reznicek, a junior marketing and finance major and candidate for ASUN president, and Jeff Story, a sophomore political science and Kaitlin Coziahr wants to engage English major and candidate for the student body. ASUN external vice president. Since her freshman year, the “Students are what make this junior finance, economics and university tick,” Reznicek said. management major has been in“They are the life, the meaning and volved with the Association of the motivation behind this camStudents of the University of Nepus.” braska. Last year, Engage Party Coziahr ran in the Students has three platforms: ASUN elections engage students, enas a member of are what gage sustainability the Impact Party. and engage the stumake this She was elected as dent organizations a member of the university tick. at the University of 2012-2013 ASUN Nebraska-Lincoln. Senate and chair Eric Reznicek Engage Party of the Communica- junior marketing and finance wants to engage tions Committee. major students to become After three involved at UNL. years of service to Coziahr said there ASUN, Coziahr are more than 400 organizations on said she’s ready to take the reins. “There’s a lot of projects I campus. Thus, she believes everyfeel really strong about,” Coziahr one should find one thing they want said. “My drive to get those done to be involved in while they’re attending UNL. got me to want to run for an exec “I can’t imagine someone feelposition.” And so Coziahr is running ing like they don’t have a group to join or somewhere they can belong as Engage Party’s internal vice president in the upcoming ASUN elections alongside running mates engage: see page 2
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King’s message of equality inspires open mic night Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center hosts Open Mic MLK Tribute Night Heather Haskins DN On a fateful day in 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger. “Like Martin Luther King Jr., she was armed with enough courage to impact the world,” said junior journalism major Brianna Foster in her poem, “Picture of Courage,” which won the Open Mic MLK Tribute Night Wednesday. The Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center and the Office of the Chancellor held the open mic night, inviting all students to perform poetry, music and spoken word in honor of MLK Week. “It’s a great tool for exposure to the multicultural center,” said
Billy Coby, program coordinator at the Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services. “We want to promote our program, which is open and inclusive to everyone.” The first half of the evening allowed any student to come up to the mic and recite poetry or speak about King’s message. “(King is an) inspirational icon that will forever live,” said Aron Sanders, a nutrition and health sciences major. “It is nice to see that whites and blacks can get along together.” Sanders, who identifies as mixed race, said that he felt King’s holiday was “a blessing.” One student had a unique style of poetry reading that included beat boxing, while another talked about her experience visiting the site in Washington, D.C., where King gave his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech. “Just to stand there … it was amazing,” the student said. “It was very spiritual. Just to see how (people) age 60 and age 10 came together for a greater cause, (it
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Stacey Waite, an English professor at UNL, performs a poem titled, “On the Occasion of Being Mistaken for a Man by Security Personnel at Newark International Airport,” at Outspoken: Open Mic MLK Tribute Night at the Nebraska Union Wednesday night. was) just amazing.” Another student explained the
impact King’s words have had on him.
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“The things (King) said about unique experiences of different not being silent in the things that cultures. matter, I have really taken that to “The requirement for perheart,” he said. formers is to touch upon (King’s) During the second half, stumessage,” Coby said. “We want to dents who signed up ahead of promote Dr. King’s legacy of intime performed in a contest. clusiveness.” Foster, the winner, read a Snacks were provided for the poem that discussed Rosa Parks event. Free mugs and gift cards to as well the Little Caffina Café were Rock Nine and given to audience King is an Barack Obama. She members as a thank received an iPad2 for attending. inspirational youAll for her poem. performers “I wanted to icon that will received prizes: a write a poem that forever live. It’s choice of a sweater, acknowledges the a hat and scarf or a struggles that peo- nice to see that T-shirt. These items ple went through were provided by whites and blacks for their rights,” the UNL Recreation Foster said. Center. can get along Foster spent After her iPad2 two weeks writ- together. ” was presented, ing her poem and a smiling Foster Aron Sanders wrote it specifically showed off her nutriton and health sciences for the open mic prize. major night. “I am so excited Other poems for this; I really apperformed discussed a variety of preciate this,” Foster said. news@ topics including gender identity, dailynebraskan.com love, American values and the
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what: MLK Week: Panel Discussion, “Race, Immigration, and the Transforming of a Nation: America in the 21st Century.” where: Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center when: 7:30 p.m. more information: Contact the Gaughan Center at 402-472-5500
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Adam Morfeld, a candidate for Nebraska State Legislature, expresses his views on Bill 41 at the Capitol on Wednesday.
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tion has done to identify when Nebraska has made it harder for certain citizens to vote, for example poor people, has After many successes in his political career at the University of made our elections more open and fair,” Berger said. “He’ll Nebraska-Lincoln, an alumnus have the state’s best interests in is now taking it a step further: mind.” running for the Nebraska State Morfeld has experience in Legislature. the legislature, having worked Adam Morfeld, a UNL and in it for the past six years on votUniversity of Nebraska College of Law 2012 graduate is ing rights issues. His campaign is just getting off the ground. campaigning for the 2014 Uni“A lot of it right now is meetcameral. If elected, Morfeld will represent District 46, which en- ing with community and neighcompasses north central and borhood leaders, and finding northeast Lincoln, including the out what’s important to them,” Morfeld said. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A prevailing issue coming Morfeld, 27, will focus largely on civic reformations, with an out of these talks for youth has emphasis on voter rights, im- been voting accessibility. Morfeld said the probproving educalem is students are tion standards Cutting generally not expeand providing a rienced in election voice for workeducation deadlines and reing families. quirements, and no “Civic en- costs is an amount of civic engagement and economic reality gagement matters participation in if they are turned our democracy ... that the away on Election only creates a legislature should Day. stronger and Morfeld said more represen- be proactive on.” he understands tative democthe importance of adam morfeld racy,” Morfeld student loan debt, Legislative candidate said. “And in because he recently order to do graduated he has a that you have sizeable amount of it. to work both from an educa“Cutting education costs is tion point of view, but you also an economic reality, and somehave to work in the legislature to make sure that elections are ac- thing that the legislature should be proactive on,” Morfeld said. cessible to everybody.” “It’s something I’m passionate Morfeld’s attention to civic about.” reform stems from his involveMorfeld grew up in a singlement with Nebraskans for Civic Reform, which he founded in parent household, and it was UNL’s own Harper Hall in 2008. partly this upbringing that influenced his focus on workingThe organization handles many class families. civic issues, like ensuring better “We need to have our prioriquality K-12 education. Morfeld said civic reform will remain a ties straight,” Morfeld said. When Morfeld isn’t working priority post-election. on civic reforms, he enjoys outEric Berger, an associate professor of law at UNL, taught door hiking and camping trips. Morfeld also enjoys watching Morfeld during his time there. “Mad Men,” reading and is cur“The work his organiza-
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revive: from 1 strengthen communication between the University of Nebraska Board of Regents, UNL alumni and the student body. Allen is a member of Delta Gamma sorority and has held several roles within her sorority. She is also a peer mentor leader for the UNL Honors Program and has been involved with clubs such as the UNL club volleyball team. If elected as internal vice president, Allen said she would be excited to plan The Big Event. Adams is from a family of UNL alumni. He recently served as an intern at the state capitol helping senators. “This isn’t to build resumes,” he said. “I just want to make this place the best place it can be.” Revive Party said its next step will be recruitment for its campaign and making its presence known to the student body. “We came in late, we’re the underdogs, but we definitely have the potential to spread,” Adams said. news@ dailynebraskan.com
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Department officers responded to a reported assault at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house Monday morning. According to police reports, officers around 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 21 were dispatched to Bryan LGH Hospital, 2300 S. 16th St., in regard to the possible assault. Upon interviewing the victim, UNLPD officers were told the student had been in an altercation with his roommate at the house, 1425 R St. The student suffered minor injuries after his roommate struck him in the left eye with his fist, police said. No charges have been filed with the incident, according to Sgt. Casey Johnson of UNLPD. UNLPD has responded to two reports of assault in the past month, according to online records. news@ dailynebraskan.com
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Morfeld discusses his platform for the State Legislature at Cultiva on Tuesday. rently training for a marathon. Morfeld is also a volunteer consultant to the UNL Publications Board, which oversees the Daily Nebraskan and DailyER Nebraskan. “We’re losing a lot of great
senators in the legislature in two years,” Morfeld said. “We need strong voices to pick up those issues that they’ve been strong advocates on.” NEWS@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM
on campus,” Coziahr said. Engage Party wants to engage student organizations. As a senator of ASUN, Coziahr said a common complaint the senate hears is that ASUN isn’t communicating enough with the student organizations. Engage Party hopes to correct that. And finally, Engage Party believes engaging sustainability is an important platform because students aren’t aware of all of ASUN’s Environmental Sustainability Committee’s projects around campus. Engage Party wants to enhance sustainability at UNL and get more students involved. The candidates said they also hope to create a personalized orientation program for international students as well as develop a college preparatory program in South Omaha. Each of the three executive candidates has been involved with ASUN in the past. Coziahr said there is value in understanding the different aspects that make up the organization when running for the senate. “You’re not starting from scratch or trying to catch up, so it makes it a little bit easier with what you’ve been working on,” she said. Since its formal announcement last Thursday, Engage Party has been planning campaigning events and filling out its slate. Coziahr said Engage Party has a combination of current ASUN senators and students who have never been involved in ASUN. “Truly, I love this organization,” Coziahr said. “I know what it can do, and I want to be a part of making that all happen.” news@ dailynebraskan.com
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Bill would benefit Neb. businesses DANIEL WHEATON DN
complete edge,” Mello said. In-state bids still have to be competitively priced to stand a chance, he said. Mello wasn’t certain which industries would initially benefit from the program, but he said he was focused on creating more Nebraska jobs. Janell Ehrke, CEO of GROW Nebraska, said the new bill might help out her business. GROW Nebraska is a non-profit entrepreneurial business that sells and supports Nebraska-made products. Ehrke said her business sells the products of 396 small businesses. Since she started the business in 1998, she has expanded to three locations in central and eastern Nebraska. She said she hopes this will spur more investment in the state. Ehrke said these small businesses are central to the economies of rural Nebraskan communities. She expressed hope for possible growth. “That’ll be the million-dollar question, I suppose,” Ehrke said. Mello said he is hopeful about the bill because it received bipartisan support. Even though Gov. Dave Heineman has proposed to end sales tax exemptions – a means of leveling the economic playing field – Mello said he is confident
those included in the Buy Nebraska Act.” Mello said the bill gives in-state Priority Data of South Omaha al- businesses a 1 to 5 percent advanmost won a contract bid with the tage when the legislature decides Nebraska Game and Parks Com- on bids. Had the law been in place, mission in the last legislative ses- Dewayne Docken of Priority Data sion – but an out-of-state firm out- would have won the bid from the state. bid them by $20. The level of the advantage deState Sen. Heath Mello of Omapends on the cost of the bid. The ha doesn’t want it to happen again. That’s why he introduced legislation gives the 5 percent boost LB372, or the Buy Nebraska Act. to purchases of less than $500,000. The bill gives a 1 percent advantage The legislation would to purchases exceeding change the bid process $1 million. A 3 percent by giving Nebraska advantage is awarded businesses a slight edge to purchases falling in over out-of-state compebetween. tition for state contracts. Mello described the Mello submitted the legbill as a means to keep islation with three other money in the state. senators on Jan. 18. “This push allows “Currently, 46 states us to keep more money have some type of resihere to create more dent bidder preference jobs,” Mello said. either in statute or in the His bill is modeled rules and regulations mello after the Buy Indiana governing their procureBill passed in 2007. Inment processes,” read diana sets specific quoa blog post on Mello’s legislative page. “These preferences tas for in-state bids, Mello said, but vary widely, from provisions that his bill only provides a cost advanaward tie bids to in-state companies tage. “It doesn’t give businesses a to more comprehensive policies like
THE BUY NEBRASKA ACT WOULD: • Give a 5 percent boost to purchases less than $500,000 • Give a 3 percent boost to purchases more than $500,000 but less than $1 million • Give a 1 percent boost to purchases of more than $1 million
Heineman will support the bill as an additional method of leveling the field. Ehrke said the success of GROW Nebraska proves that Nebraskans are willing to buy local products – and that in-state business can triumph. “Nebraskans have the conservative, pull-yourself-up-by-thebootstraps mentality that fits with this bill,” Ehrke said. NEWS@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM
ASUN passes election rules with little reform Senators debate over election committee’s lack of response to suggestions Conor Dunn Dn The Association of Students of the University of Nebraska approved the election rules for the spring ASUN elections in a 17-5-1 vote Wednesday. The 41-page document must be approved by the Senate each semester. The only change to the document was that the general studies department is now known as the Exploratory & PreProfessional Advising Center. If students aren’t classified with a particular college such as the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Business Administration, they now fall under the exploratory center. Senators once again debated why the Electoral Commission didn’t change the election rules according to the suggestions made by a temporary ASUN elec-
We’re told this semester it’s too late to make any changes, last semester we were told to wait until this semester.”
tion rules review committee. The committee’s suggestions, all outlined in Senate Resolution No. 4 during the fall semester, included shortening the election campaign and removing a candidate’s party from his or her name on the ballot. They also asked the commission to examine the definition of a campaign event. The resolution originally passed. However, ASUN President Eric Kamler, a senior agricultural economics major, vetoed the legislation and the senate failed to override the veto 6-12 with two abstaining from voting. Electoral Commission Director LJ McElravy, a human sciences graduate student, said the Electoral Commission didn’t change the rules according to the suggestions because the majority of the senate didn’t present a clear message of what it wanted. And “shortening the campaign season at this point would be impossible,” McElravy said. Sen. Mike Dunn, a senior communication studies major, said he was frustrated because he felt the process was broken. “We’re told this semester it’s too late to make any changes, last
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semester we were told to wait till this semester,” Dunn said. “Which semester is not going to be too late to change something?” Other senators like Sen. Micah Wullschleger, a senior anthropology and English major, suggested the Electoral Commission did not do its job in “appropriately analyzing and reviewing” the election rules. “These are the issues that we are elected to investigate and attempt to reform,” he said. “It’s the Electoral Commission’s responsibility, not just the Senate’s. This was a failure of governments.” Senate Speaker Natalia Santos, on the other hand, felt the senators were beating a dead horse. “It’s been discussed to death,” said Santos, a senior nutrition and health sciences major. “The frustration is having the same sermon every single time this comes up. Blaming people for not
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causing change and how the system is corrupt – I will not tolerate that. I will not tolerate the whole, entire student government being blamed for one piece of legislation that has been denied.” The senate also asked McElravy what could be done in the future to make the document shorter and easier to read. McElravy said the document is extensive because more than half of the document includes Nebraska Union and residence hall policies, which are required to be listed in the election rules. He said the commission will look into shortening the document during the summer. “It is a little lengthy,” said Sen. Eddie Hanline, a senior business administration major. “However, the people who read this document are the ones who care.” news@ dailynebraskan.com
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‘Buy Nebraska Act’ would boost jobs, economy With 46 other states possessing similar measures as the proposed “Buy Nebraska Act,” it only makes sense that our state would pass this legislation in order to give local businesses in Nebraska a fighting chance against national and other out-of-state companies. This bill, which would give Nebraskan businesses an advantage and preference on in-state bids from 1 to 5 percent, would be very beneficial for our state. The state of Nebraska already awards around $2 billion in contracts every year, so it would be good to know a majority of that money is putting Nebraskans to work first – not bringing in employees from other parts of the nation. However, the state government doesn’t even know where that $2 billion is being spent, or how much of it is going out-of-state. In light of this, the bill would ensure that state agencies would have to track state purchases of all goods and services in order to know their origins and how much is being spent in-state compared to out-of-state. This addition to the bill would substantially help in recording purchasing information and would allow Nebraskans to know where their tax dollars are being spent. And while some might argue that this bill would give Nebraskans an unfair advantage, which would in turn deter competitive wages and other companies from coming to this state, this is not true. Other companies will certainly still be able to outbid Nebraskan companies, and the level of advantage depends on the cost of the bid. This is a great step toward creating more jobs in Nebraska and hopefully allowing local companies more room to grow and become successful. Also, this bill would provide an incentive for our state taxes to stay in Nebraska and not be spent elsewhere. What can be better than paying Nebraskans to work in Nebraska with Nebraskan tax money? And if the money was being spent elsewhere, the passing of this bill would allow us to see where, making the government purchases much more transparent. We at the Daily Nebraskan hope this legislation is passed to help the growth and development of local businesses statewide. It seems to us a very natural step in keeping our state’s economy sound, as well as ensuring that businesses in Nebraska maintain a competitive edge over out-of-state companies – many of which, as mentioned above, have similar legislation already in effect.
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Friendships need confrontations
here comes a time in every friendship when someone needs to get punched in the face. Sometimes metaphorically, sometimes literally. Before any friendship can be considered fully legitimate, it needs to reach the confrontation phase. It’s in this phase that a considerable amount of stress is applied to the immaterial bonds of friendship; wherein two (or more) individuals calculate the value of the relationship and determine if it’s worth saving. For context’s sake, let me present my three phases of friendship: stories, experience and confrontation. While separate, these phases don’t always unfold in the same order, and often share characteristics. The relationship between stories and experiences is particularly fluid, and could really be considered much the same thing. However, I ask that you accept the distinction for the duration of this column. The stories phase, as you might have guessed, consists of storytelling. Storytelling has a very special function, especially early in a friendship. Through stories about our experiences, we explain both how certain experiences have shaped our perceptions and contributed to our constructed world view. In addition, whether we mean to or not, we also relay our values, expectations, dreams and fears. This phase can also be pretty awkward – the standard when strangers become more and more familiar. You don’t have inside jokes or routine salutations to ease your way into interactions. More likely, you opt for a straight forward handshake when meeting, or maybe you don’t touch at all. At the end, if all goes well, there’s a stiff hug or high-five and you’ll walk away feeling uncomfortable and uncool. This awkwardness resolves itself in the experience phase. This phase consists of the activities completed while in each other ’s company. Here’s where you create the memories you’ll fondly reference for an indeterminate amount of time. Here’s where you find the fodder needed to fashion inside jokes. Here’s where you learn what a twist of the mouth
you to expend a considerable amount of energy in order to reach a conclusion. If both participants decide the friendship is important to them, that the other is someone of value, then hostilities will cease, concessions will be made, an embrace will occur and the friendship will emerge reinvigorated and intact. The opposite is certainly possible. Both participants might determine that the relationship was toxic and stressful or an impediment to personal growth, and mutually decide to call it quits; though likely not without a row or two. The most undesirable of outcomes surfaces DILLON JONES when there’s an unequal valuation: One person feels the friendship is valuable, while the means and what types of quips to expect when other doesn’t. The result is an awkward shadwearing a pair of shoes that doesn’t quite match your personality. Here’s where you dis- ow friendship that presents the appearance of cover if what someone has told you about him- an intact friendship, but lacks the trust and intimacy present pre-confrontation. You should self or herself is really true. In other words, to endeavor, at all costs, to avoid this particular make use of that cliché: Actions speak louder than words; this is the time when you should friendship, for it’s the most burdensome and disingenuous of them pay attention to each other ’s actions, all. and make note of the discrepancies. Here’s the thing: The The discrepancies are important. Every friendship evenDiscrepancies are the precursors of confrontation tually gets to the conconfrontations. To be clear: a mild frontation phase. If you disagreement doesn’t constitute a phase is the only haven’t reached it yet, confrontation. A capital-C Confrontime you’ll be either you haven’t been tation refers to a moment of spirited friends long enough or intensity, which results in a schism forced to assess you’re not being very that positions both participants on the value of a honest with each other. opposite sides. You know, like an explosive argument over Twitter, Face- given relationship.” The confrontation phase is the only time you’ll book, Snapchat or in person – which be forced to assess the occurs rarely these days – that leaves value of a given relationship. In other words, you standing there, mouth agape, searing with rage. A confrontation muddies a heretofore- this phase makes or breaks a friendship. So, if you’re eager to expedite this whole process amiable relationship and asks an absolutely just punch your friend in the face three times. terrifying question of those involved: How It’ll totally be worth it. At the very least, you’ll much does this friendship mean to you? Part of the reason why this question is find out if they’re a true friend or not. Dillon Jones has been punched absolutely terrifying is that you pretty much in the face three times. Reach him at have to reflect on the entire history of the relaopinion@ tionship as a whole in order to find the answer. dailynebraskan.com What sucks about this process is it requires
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When first joining you’re told to chose esigning my own layouts, an account type. You’re a musician, phoadding photos and listentographer, filmmaker, curator, designer, ing to new music. These entertainer, DJ/producer, brand, venue, were the things that I cherwriter/journalist, promoter, fan or coished about Myspace. I median. In other words, to be on New would spend hours each week – let’s be honest, each day – trying Myspace you must be creative. After choosing my account type I was to perfect my profile page with the newbeyond stoked to swag out my profile est icons and coolest HTML codes. Unforjust like the good old days. Under the tunately, those days ended in 2008 when profile settings the site reads “Let’s keep Facebook topped the social networking things simple.” Excuse me … simple? My list, leaving Myspace in the dust. swag can’t be summed I’ve dreaded Facebook up with 150 characters from the beginning. No perNew about me, one large cover sonalization, no music, no Myspace photo and a song. Unacicons or quotes pages. My ceptable. creative mind hit a brick is no longer in Wiping away my wall and has been waiting tears and any hopes of refor the day that Myspace the industry to living my middle school would make a comeback. beat out social years, I came to terms In late 2012, Myspace networks like with this change. introduced a beta version New Myspace is comof new.myspace.com. My Facebook and pletely different than hopes were very high for what the company now this up-and-coming site Twitter.” calls Myspace Classic. which launched publicly on It’s set up in a Pinterest-esque format but Jan. 13, 2013. Alas, I’m not as lucky as I thought. New Myspace is mentally messy with many different features. These features range from video to online radio, and has similar downfalls to its predemusic searching and of course social netcessor. And while it may not disappear working. It seems as though it’s a comentirely, it will never make it to the top bination of every popular site all in one. among more popular sites.
SAMEE CALLAHAN All of these random features put New Myspace in a bit of an awkward position. It’s very difficult to tell what their truest objective is. Should I be connecting with friends or perspective partners in my job market? Should I be interested in music that is trending or should I be digging deeper? Am I posting these things to my profile for myself or for others? Overall, it’s mentally cluttering. New Myspace is seemingly a tool for networking with people that have similar tastes. The target for the group is aimed at people 10 to 25 years old. It is formatted for the scatter-brained kids of the next generation.
I began searching for people in the same area as me to start making connections. Then I started connecting with people who had the same account types who could potentially help me grow as a designer and journalist. After awhile I began to notice people connecting to me as well. Out of the 20 people that connected to me, 13 of them were weird guys that had no apparent reason to connect to me. This is when my dreams for a hot, new social network were crushed. New Myspace will never have the potential Myspace Classic once had. To have a worthy social network, you must have the right society. For years, Myspace has been the lame social network. It took too long to revamp and lost its solid user base. Only people as nostalgic as me bother joining the site. New Myspace is no longer in the industry to beat out social networks like Facebook and Twitter. From what I can tell, the social networking aspect of New Myspace is the least of the company’s worries. The clearest intention of New Myspace is to achieve what Myspace Classic first set out to do: enhance music discovery. Along the bottom of every page are links to your profile, notifica-
tions, messages, discover, search and a music player that stays as you navigate various profiles and news feeds. The competition is now on with music services like Pandora and Spotify. New Myspace’s weapon of choice in this battle is the Discover tab. This tab opens a page where you can endlessly sideways-scroll (the cool, new way to scroll) through what is trending: people, music, mixes, videos and radio. This transforms New Myspace into a never-ending portal to the worlds of popular culture and underground music. Aside from the Discover tab, which I can’t convince myself to spend more than 10 minutes on, there’s not much else offered. And while the tab has potential, New Myspace doesn’t have the numbers or users to use it effectively. Regardless, people are always looking for the latest and greatest sites offered. Despite their best efforts, I don’t see New Myspace as anything but the next flop in a long line of failed social sites. As for me? I suppose I’ll begin making money off designing layouts and writing about myself. I was too good for Myspace anyway. Samee Callahan is a freshman Advertising major. Reach her at opinion@ dailynebraskan.com
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Married professors Hans Strum, Jackie Allen make music both together and apart gabriella martinez-garro dn Hans Sturm and Jackie Allen’s love, for music and for one another, has stretched across continents and decades. Sturm, who teaches double bass at the University of NebraskaLincoln, and Allen, who teaches jazz vocals and songwriting at Doane College, first met in college while attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison and playing in various music combos. “We performed together quite a bit. Hans even convinced me to do a little duo with him, just voice and bass, so we would perform in coffee shops and things like that,” Allen said. “I had a quartet that he also played in, but we never dated at the time. Many years later, I was living and working in Chicago in the club scene and Hans was working on his doctorate at Northwestern. He saw me in the listings and remembered his old friend, Jackie, and came out to one of our gigs. We both found out we were available, and that was sort of the end of it.” After a whirlwind audition process, the couple – now married with a nine-year-old son, Wolfgang – relocated to Lincoln after Sturm was offered a job teaching music at UNL. “I hadn’t even seen the house until we closed on it, so he had like two days to find a house and buy it,” Allen said. “I hadn’t even been to Lincoln until we drove down here.” Though they had just moved to Lincoln, Sturm said it didn’t slow them down. “I rented the moving truck to come down here and once we hired the moving company here in Lincoln to unload the truck, I took the shuttle the next morning and flew to China for five weeks to teach and play,” Sturm said. In addition to touring nationally and performing locally, the musical couple has traveled across the globe – sometimes even bringing their son along with them. “Traveling-wise, I’ve done a lot. A lot with Jackie and sometimes just as a duo, just bass and voice stuff,” Sturm said. “As either a duo or a group, we’ve been to Taiwan, China – we were the first jazz artists to play the Beijing Music Festival – Brazil and Europe.” Though the couple does perform together frequently, Allen said their partnership does not translate well into one facet of their music process: songwriting. “We almost never write music together,” Allen said. “Hans is a stronger writer than I am, but Hans is also a faster writer and he
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Hans Sturm, a double bass professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and his wife Jackie Allen, a jazz vocals and song writing professor at Doane College, stand outside their house Tuesday evening for a portrait. The couple has been a musical duo for many years and continue to share their music with the world.
knows my voice and my style and he knows the type of material that I choose. Because we perform so well together, and he knows the combination of musicians that we like to work with, it works well. So when he writes, he’s writing specifically for me.” Since their arrival in Lincoln, Sturm and Allen have also worked and traveled with fellow music professor, Thomas Larson. Sturm said he first met Larson while auditioning for the job at UNL. “I was immediately struck by his phenomenal abilities,” Sturm said. “We’ve played all over the country with different piano players and Tom is a very, very fine pianist, and he’s written a lot of music, so he plays piano with a composer and arranger’s ear. He’s very chameleon-like, and he will find a really wonderful way to play music. You could say he’s not the flashiest pianist, but I don’t care about flashy. I care about making music together, and that’s why I love making music with him so much. Tom is a gem.” Both Sturm and Allen have been involved in numerous recordings both together and apart. Allen, who is currently working on multiple projects, has put out nine albums, while Sturm said he has been involved with nearly 50 recordings. In addition to performing in recordings, Sturm has also worked as either a composer or producer on many projects, in-
cluding Allen’s. “We’re not working on projects that have 500,000-dollar budgets,” Sturm said. “So, you’re always going to get into a situation where you have what you dream to have happen and then you have the reality, there’s a pragmatism. So there’s always going to be a negotiation to get the best thing that you can possibly get, but it’s still a statement of the now. If you try to make everything absolutely perfect, well, you’re never going to succeed.” Allen also said she teaches outside of Doane with a project called Torch Singer 101, in which eight adult singers can work on two standards. The group meets once a week for two-hour sessions for five-to-six weeks. “I teach (“Torch Singer 101”) out of the house,” Allen said. “We meet down at a club and they invite all of their family and friends to a packed house at a free concert. It’s like a lounge singer class, so they get to pull out their inner Frank Sinatra or Billie Holiday.” As for the couple’s upcoming live events, the couple said they will be featured next Tuesday with the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra. “We are also going to be the featured artists at the Sheldon on Valentine’s Day,” Allen said. Hans added, “How romantic.” arts@ dailynebraskan.com
Stars shoots to YouTube fame Lincoln native Bryan Odell interviews variety of musical acts, bands Cynthia todd dn
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Earl Gilliam (left) and Roger Voigt rebuild a bicycle at MAD DADS. Most volunteers put in 40 to 60 hours a week, according to President Rev. Dave Coleman.
MAD DADS volunteers fix bikes, lifestyles Volunteers repair bicycles for low-income youth gabriella martinez-garro dn Even if you don’t have a dime to your name, you still have MAD DADS. MAD DADS, or Men Against Destruction Defending Against Drugs and Social-Disorder, first began in Omaha, and its many national chapters have evolved over time. Though its mission – to bring about positive change within communities – remains the same, Lincoln’s chapter, run by President Rev. Dave Coleman, has done everything from removing graffiti off city property to escorting young women in bad parts of town late at night in the 13 years since its conception. These days, however, Lincoln’s MAD DADS focuses on something they said they believe is something ev-
eryone can relate to: the power of the bicycle. “Everybody wants a bike,” said Dave Green, vice president of Lincoln’s MAD DADS. “It beats walking, and it really is good exercise. If you need a bicycle, if you need a way to get to work and you don’t have a car or enough money to repair a car, there’s something we can do. If you have $10, we can sell you a bike for $10. If you don’t have any money then, and this happens a lot, we’ll donate the bike.” Coleman said since the beginning of the bicycle program here in Lincoln, MAD DADS has worked to successfully give almost 7,000 bicycles to the community. It’s a success he said would not be possible without the hard-working volunteers who ensure that the bicycles are ready to ride. “Everybody here’s a volunteer, nobody gets paid,” Coleman said. “They all spend 40, 50, 60 hours here a week trying to make sure that we have bicycles ready. So, when a
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Big names like Ryan Seacrest and Carson Daly are thrown around in LA, but Bryan Stars is doing the Midwest justice. Bryan Odell, a 22-year-old Lincoln native, is taking the YouTube world by storm with his interviews with popular bands. From All Time Low to Black Veil Brides, Odell has covered the mass majority of the alternative music scene. Odell sat down with the Daily Nebraskan to talk about his journey through the Internet and his rise to YouTube fame. Daily Nebraskan: You are a former University of NebraskaLincoln student. What fueled your decision to take a break and focus more on YouTube and interviewing people? Bryan Odell: I went to UNL for two years and I had a really good experience; I learned a lot. While I was in school I was doing YouTube on the side along with my WOWT (Channel 6) internship. I loved going to concerts and interviewing bands; I thought it was really cool. I would upload the videos, and people were really reacting to it. I starting getting hundreds, thousands of subscribers. I was doing all this while going to the school of journalism. In my classes they were always saying how the Internet was changing, how social media was changing and how these changes would affect journalism. I just had a gut feeling that maybe YouTube was what I was supposed to do. I kind of took a chance. I don’t like to say I “dropped out” of college, but I decided to take a break and pursue YouTube full time. DN: You talk to so many artists within the alternative/indie genre, how exactly do you manage to snag all these interviews? BO: Yeah, I mean I never really listened to that kind of music before. I’m known for wearing blue Aeropostale shirts in my videos and being kind of the nerdy, preppy kid. I didn’t really fit the “rocker” type – I’m not that guy.
Bryan Odell, a.k.a. Bryan Stars, stopped his studies at UNL to pursue his career as an interviewer. He talks with musicians and bands and posts the videos on YouTube. I watch the news and wanted to be Ryan Seacrest. The way I kind of got into it was when my channel started getting really popular publicists (who) started contacting me, asking if I would interview their bands. I’m at that point where I’ve interviewed over 400 bands and now it’s easy to get interviews with people. There was a point where I was begging for interviews, but sometimes you have to establish that you know what you’re doing and once you get over that first
hurdle, people will start taking you seriously. DN: At what point did you realize that what you were doing was really serious? Did any particular video go viral? BO: I think when I started interviewing a band called Black Veil Brides. I interviewed them when they were really small, and only 30 to 40 people would be at their concerts. When I uploaded the video to YouTube – within a couple of months – it
was getting a couple hundred-thousand hits. All the fans were commenting, saying they loved it and wanted a sequel. I quickly realized that if I get the right bands on my show it could become a big deal. DN: The interviews you do go anywhere from screamo to Disney pop. How do you go about who you talk to? Or do you just go with whoever is in town?
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thursday, january 24, 2013
Playground teaches life lessons the side. I watched kids move food around on their plates to make it seem like they’d eaten more than they had or bargain with the cold lunch kids for better food. I’d forgotten to take out my nose ring before going in to the school, but it seemed to work to my advantage. Kids wanted to know why I had it and how they pierced it and if it hurt. Kids told me they liked my bandana and my glasses – even my jeans. Suddenly, the most ordinary things about me were cool, which meant I was the person to play with during recess. Recess was loud. I mean, everything in elementary school is louder than usual (despite the desperate attempts of teachers to stress the “indoor voice”), but recess is out of control. Children ran everywhere, and screamed the whole time. They screamed because they were happy. They screamed because they were sad. They screamed to fight with each other. They screamed to agree with each other. But really, they screamed just to scream. It must have worked, though, because when they got inside, they were a lot quieter, for the first 20 minutes, at least. I began my volunteer work in October, just before the presidential election, and I found myself in the midst of a rather contentious social studies debate between fifth graders. The teacher was in the process of explaining the difference between personal traits and personal characteristics and accidentally cracked open a can of worms when she asked
“Do you smoke?” “No.” “Do you drink?” “Occasionally.” “Do you mind telling me about your religious preferences?” “I gave Jesus up for Lent, once.” “Do you mind telling me about your sexual orientation?” “I think these questions are going a little too far.” I was in my second hour of overly personal questions. The lady sitting across from me was kind enough, but it was clear she’d repeated these questions so often she’d given up beating around the bush on the more personal ones. At this point in the interview, I was not entirely sure why I signed up to volunteer in an elementary school in the first place. I was fairly sure it was linked to some sort of self-righteous need to help others, but I also wasn’t about to quit before I’d even started. Besides, the
question-answer session was one of the better, if not only, counseling sessions I’ve had in years. I was told I would start the following month. There’s really no way to prepare for what lies within the walls of an elementary school. The second I entered the building I was struck by the all too familiar sights, smells and habits: clanking school bells, the lingering smell of cafeteria food, walking in line, asking to use the restroom and the miniature size of everything – most of all, the children. Children are angels or gremlins; there’s no middle ground when you’re that age. They’re a little dirty, but who isn’t? Elementary school is a universe all its own. If I had thought the questions I was asked during my orientation interview were personal, boy was I wrong. At least during that interview I had the option of saying I didn’t feel comfortable answering something or didn’t know the answer fully without also having to answer the infamous, “why?” I got to the school during lunch. Whether it was because I’d forgotten a sack lunch or some sort of sick nostalgia, I paid $3 for a surprise main dish with fruit and veggies on
what traits they want to see in presidents. Of course, the regular “nice,” “tells truth,” “kind” (apparently different from “nice”) came out, and the conversation was rather bipartisan. Then, one boy’s hand shot up. “He can’t like abortion,” he said, obviously proud of himself for using such a big word. Before anyone could say anything else, a girl simultaneously raised her hand, stood up and yelled, “Not Mitt Romney!” And all hell broke loose. Somewhere in the midst of helping the teacher to calm the kids down and desperately trying not to laugh, it hit me: these kids were only repeating what they’d heard from someone older than them, maybe a parent, sibling, teacher or friend. And they listened because they look up to us and because they trust us. They’re us, but smaller and more honest. For some reason we delude ourselves into thinking we have all the answers and they’re the ones who are learning. Funnier still, we think we’re qualified to teach them what we know and to take it upon ourselves to raise them. We make them stand in line; we make them use indoor voices or no voices at all when in reality, we should be the ones listening. We should be the ones learning to run and scream again. And now that I have that opportunity again, I’m going to take it. arts@ dailynebraskan.com
stars: from 5 BO: I really just go by what the fans request. I have a really diverse fan base. I have a lot of people who like Disney stuff and a lot of people who like hardcore music. More than anything, though, I enjoy interviewing bands that are fun to interview. So if I see a Disney band that I think will have interesting answers to my questions, I will definitely try to do the interview – same with rock stars. I would love to interview Marilyn Manson. He is probably one of the most controversial people in music ever. He is known for saying the most bizarre things, and I would love that. I would also love to interview someone like, you know, Justin Bieber. I would like to see how he would respond to some of my questions. DN: You tend to have multiple interviews with various bands. Is there anyone in particular that you
always look forward to seeing and talking to? BO: I would say Black Veil Brides. Another band I really enjoy interviewing is Blood on the Dance Floor. What makes them interesting is they are a really polarizing band. You have people that love them and a lot of people that hate them. They have really extreme personalities, and they’re really fun to interview. They’re wild, fun and crazy. When I put up a video people always have something to say about it. The thing I love the most about interviewing is asking questions and having no idea what the answer is going to be. That’s what I get when I talk to Black Veil Brides. They are so witty and so different from the average person that you literally don’t know what they’re going to say, and that’s what makes interviews really fun. DN: You have a large fan fol-
The thing I love the most about interviewing is asking questions and having no idea what the answer is going to be.” Bryan O’Dell lincoln
lowing across the country, but do you ever feel that being from Nebraska is a disadvantage when it comes to talking to all these established bands? BO: I think it’s actually an advantage because you learn how to be very humble. When I travel to California or New York I get recognized a lot. I went to Colorado for a concert, and I literally spent an hour signing autographs and taking pictures. I felt like a rock star. Here in Nebraska nobody recognizes me, so I think if I got used to it then I wouldn’t take the time to do all that. I just like staying humble and staying the average guy that interviews rock bands. It has helped me stay a normal person. Another advantage to being out here is that there is no one else who wants to talk to the bands, and there’s nothing for them to do. So if I wanted to interview a band, I’m the only one and they get as much time as they need (as) opposed to New York or California where they’re always running around. DN: As an interviewer, have you ever encountered an extremely awkward situation? BO: I did an interview with someone called Never Shout Never over the summer and it went viral, actually. It was an interesting interview because during the middle he got really mad and called my entire show a joke. He stormed off the interview, and it really hurt my feelings. I mean, he questioned the entire format of my show. I cried a little bit. I posted the video and I didn’t know if my audience would support me or not. He is a very popular artist and he has three million likes on Facebook, but my fans supported
me. I think it really strengthened my connection with my audience. I felt like I had to be honest with my fans, and that’s why I decided to post the video. I think it paid off for me, and I’m just going to keep doing what I do best. DN: You recently started doing music yourself. How did that come about? BO: Well, basically, I didn’t want to be known as just an interviewer. I’ve always tried to do things that stand out; I always wear a blue shirt and have signature questions. I just wanted to start doing different things. I went out on my own tour called the Bryan Stars Tour. I took a couple bands out with me and I actually sang on stage every night. The response was really great, and it was nice to get that connection with my viewers. It was a way to show people that you can do things you never thought you would be able to do. DN: What made you decide to go with “Bryan Stars” rather than “Bryan Odell?” BO: Back in high school I used to be a huge Dallas Stars fan. When I was a kid I had to make my first email address and “firstname.lastname@example.org” was taken, so I has to make it “email@example.com.” I had that for a long time, so when I had to make a YouTube account I went with Bryan Stars. I literally did not plan on making it my name and being known by that, but in retrospect it’s catchy. People remember the name so it works. If I was named “Bryan Thompson” I don’t (think) people would remember it. arts@ dailynebraskan.com
New consoles, games could change industry NEW GAME PLUS B
and publishers to build their own communities. Newell’s intention to turn “Steam” into a user-generated utopia and the amount of crowd-funded titles on sites like “Kickstarter” send a message to nathan sindelar the Activisions and EAs; they may not be deciding what we play for long. I remember how incredulous my An outlier in the coming confreshman civics teacher acted when I told him I’d be skipping sole war, however, is Valve. The “Steambox,” or, the company’s dia couple days for the Playstation 3 launch back in ‘06. He didn’t rect shot at home entertainment, understand what “new consoles” remains a relative mystery. We know it will run on Linux, which meant. He didn’t know the excontinues Valve’s appreciation for citement, and he thought it was a open source formats, and Newell waste of my time. What can I say, mentioned an interest in biometMr. Hoyer? Look at me now. ric feedback and gaze tracking Beyond my self-satisfaction, technology at 2013’s Consumer the video game industry is poised Electronics Show. Both may serve for a new generation in 2013. Both as complimenting inputs for reguSony and Microsoft have played the cards close, but all signs point lar controllers but in what fashion is unknown. to this fall for their behemoths to Power currently plagues game drop. I don’t know about everyone, systems, now in their sixth and seventh years on market. Many but I’m ready for another two titles release a PC or Mac version days in a Wal-Mart Customer Service center. New machines mean with much higher visual capabilinew options, new technology ties than their console brethren, and, of course, new games. After still stuttering with old components. Knowing Valve’s history a year loaded with controversies, with attempting to shorten desurprise hits and triple-A titles velopment cycles (the “Half-Life” taking back seats, the whole inepisodes), I wouldn’t put it past dustry rests at a crossroads. One them to start releasing optional path leads to more of what we’ve system updates every couple had, the other pushes towards unyears. More RAM, better graphmarked territory. ics cards, faster processors – items Just browsing the game-ofthe-year lists littered around usually reserved for tech-savy PC enthusiasts – may become comthe Internet over winter break monplace. Instead of becoming showed a surprising amount of obsolete every half-decade, the variety. Point-and-click adventure game, “The Walking Dead” “Steambox” could adapt and continue performtook the top spot at ing at top tiers. several news outAnd, due to many We can lets. Even Spike TV’s games’ graphics Video Game Awards, expect the scaling options, a show still haunted consumers could by its juvenile past last hoorah’s pick and choose of teabagging nomiof the first HD when and what nees on stage, honupdates to purored “TWD,” an epiconsole cycle chase. sodic game, to boot. in the looming This year may Websites highlighted also witness the indies like “Fez” upheaval.” death of used and “Faster Than games. Sony patLight” routinely, and Thatgamecompany’s “Journey” ented a technology in early Janustamped the industry’s history, ary that blocks a system’s ability to play any game already tied to showing what games as an expeanother box. No more Gamestop; rience are capable. no more Gamers – maybe. Sony Due to this prolonged system should be wary of implementing cycle we currently inhabit, a sense such a feature. Would you buy a of stagnation arose in the big pubPlaystation 4 if it were impossible lishers during these latter years. Seemingly endless sequels and to sell the games you didn’t care for or pick up old games on sale? trilogies came out every holiday season. No doubt they’re fun and Rumors surrounded Microsoft in 2012 about the same issue, but sell exceeding amounts, but the growing attraction for genres long what if they refused to block used dormant and more value being games? Which would the public choose? placed on actual play, instead of Regardless of what comes, flashy cinematics or animations, it’s certainly going to be exciting displays a clear desire for fresh to write about. Several games alideas. ready look quite promising this Valve’s “Steam” leads the charge in user-created content spring, and we can expect the last via “Greenlight,” a service for hoorah’s of the first HD console cycle in the looming upheaval. people to vote on future games Hopefully my professors will and software they’d like to play. be more understanding this time. Gabe Newell, Valve CEO, wants arts@ to create new avenues in his digidailynebraskan.com tal marketplace for developers
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Mad Dads: from 5 kid comes here asking for a bicycle, we have one ready to give to them. We don’t ask questions. If you ask for a bike, you ask, you get.” Though volunteers at MAD DADS do work on repairing and rebuilding bicycles, Green said no prior experience is necessary. Everyone who is willing to work is welcome. “If you’re there, you’re there to work,” he said. “We get volunteers from all ages, sexes, creeds, nationalities – it doesn’t matter to us. If you can’t figure out how to work on the bikes, and that happens, there is something else you can do. There’s mailing to be done, computer work, cleaning, there’s always something to do.” MAD DADS also prides themselves on the quality of their work. All bicycles that are donated are re-
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SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2013 - 7 P.M. ROCOCO THEATRE (13th & P, Lincoln) As seen on E!’s Chelsea Lately.
Buy tickets at www.RococoTheatre.com.
Writer for NBC’s new hit series The New Normal.
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Ready to give away, bicycles line the back door of MAD DADS. Since the beginning of the bicycle program, Lincoln’s chapter has given away almost 7,000 free bikes. built to ensure that each bike is in good condition. “What we like to do is completely tear the bike down to the frame, then completely rebuild it,” Green said. “That way, if someone comes in for a bike, they can get on it and they can just go. I want a kid, if he was dropped off, to be able to ride that bike home.” In addition to rebuilding the basic two-wheeled bikes, Green said sometimes a three-wheeled bike is donated, which can be rebuilt to benefit children with disabilities. “We’ve had kids who will come in with disability problems, and we build them a bike that they can ride,” he said. “It gives them a little bit of normalcy; it helps with balance, and they have so much fun that they don’t realize they’re getting exercise.” A major event for MAD DADS is their Christmas program. Coleman said they work with five local
schools each year to find children who are without a bike. “Every year with our Christmas program, we give out close to 300 bicycles,” Coleman said. “We take a trailer full of bicycles and give each kid five minutes to choose their own. It’s a very successful program that we’ve done for 14 years.” As for the workers, many only plan to stay for a few weeks but find themselves volunteering for months at a time because of their positive experience. Green said helping people get a bicycle is a reward within itself. “When some kids come in, they’ll just be looking down at their feet,” Green said. “Then you get talking to them and give them that bicycle and their heads come up, their chest comes out, and they start talking to you as they’re smiling from ear to ear. There’s no better reward than that.” arts@ dailynebraskan.com
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Nathe perseveres through injury, ready to succeed matt duren dn Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end. Senior Kassandra Nathe, a native of Sartell, Minn., began her Husker women’s gymnastics career in 2009. A 2008 graduate of Sartell High School, she chose Nebraska over offers from Iowa State and Utah State. In her first year, Nathe sparked the Husker lineup and competed as an all-around performer in every competition in 2009. Among her accomplishments her freshman year, she placed ninth in the all-around (38.95), 15th on vault (9.825) and 11th on bars (9.80) at the 2009 NCAA Southeast Regional. Nathe followed up her freshman campaign with a strong sophomore year. In her second year as a Husker, she tallied a career-high 9.85 score on bars and 9.875 on beam, earning two individual event titles. She was also a standout in the classroom, earning first-team Academic All-Big 12 recognition, and also claiming a spot on the Spring Honor Roll. After all the success her first
two years, the middle of her Husk- some,” Nathe said. “My parents came down for both of my surer career would test her. At the start of her junior year, geries, which helped a lot. Coach Nathe was on bars and felt a twitch Kendig and my teammates would call or text me and ask how I was in her elbow. She ended up needdoing. Without their support, I ing Tommy John Surgery and took a redshirt year. Nathe’s outlook don’t know if I could have gotten was positive, though, and she was through it.” Nebraska women’s gymnastics ready for the upcoming year. “I was so happy to finally be coach Dan Kendig praised Nathe out there again after the rehab for the way she came back. “To persevere after everything that I went through,” Nathe said. she went through “I was excited to and have a positive show people what “I am very attitude was great I could do after the to see,” Kendig said. surgery.” excited “She’s an awesome However, anperson and such a other injury struck, about what she hard worker.” this one at the start will bring to our Nathe knew of her redshirt juteam this year.” she would need a nior year. positive attitude Nathe, durdan Kendig throughout and ing warmups, was ’s gymnastics pointed to the trainpracticing a dou- nebraska women coach ers as a source. ble-back flip on the “I always knew floor. She landed I could come back wrong, heard a from the injuries,” Nathe said. snap and ended up needing sur“There was never any doubt. But gery to repair a torn achilles tensome of the rehab is painful, and don. the trainers were so positive and The support she had over that time period was amazing, she said. helped me get through it.” While Nathe wasn’t in the gym “The support I had was awe-
in the classroom,” Nathe said. “Education is very important to me, and those semesters I was injured were some of my best semesters in the classroom.” For her efforts in the classroom, she earned Academic AllAmerican honors. Nathe hopes she can end her Nebraska career on a high note. “It’s awesome to be out here again,” Nathe said. “My body feels better than ever. I am so excited for this year, and I would have it no other way.” Kendig also thinks she has looked good. “She is strong and can help us on beam and bars,” Kendig said. “I am very excited about what she will bring to our team this year.” As for the academic side, Nathe has already earned her undergraduate degree. She is working towards her graduate certificate in family financial planning and plans to be done in August. There is one thing she has learned through all of this. “Don’t take anything for granted,” Nathe said. “It can be there one minute and gone the next.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com
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Kassandra Nathe performs a routine on the beam during a Nebraska gymastics meet. Nathe is a senior gymnast for NU. competing during the injuries, she took her studies very seriously.
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Shot putter, discus thrower No. 4 in nation Nebraska’s Chad Wright is one of the best field athletes in the nation Jacy lewis dn The beginning of the 2013 season has been surreal for junior shot putter and discus thrower Chad Wright. “I never expected I would be fourth in the nation, especially since for the past two years I have only been ranked in the top 20,” Wright said. “I am very happy about it.” He is currently ranked first in the Big Ten and fourth in the nation in shot put. Wright came to Nebraska from his home in Kingston, Jamaica. “The overall academic and athletic atmosphere, the history and the support system are the main reasons I (chose) Nebraska,” Wright said. Nebraska track and field coach Gary Pepin said Wright was “one of
the top juniors in the world in dis- first NCAA Outdoor Championship where he finished sixth cus.” with a mark of 184-7 in This was what the discus. Wright also made the recruiters at competed in the Big 12 Nebraska first start to Outdoor Championships look at Wright. and placed sixth in the Wright secured discus with a mark of 185his ranking in the na9 and seventh in the shot tion with a throw of put with a mark of 52-7. 61-4 1/4 at the adidas During Wright’s Classic this last weeksophomore year, he was end. He also earned named the Big Ten Male a victory at the meet Field Athlete of the Week with this mark. wright twice. In 2012, Wright Wright is also competed in the NCAA nominated, along with Outdoor Championship. five other athletes, to receive the Bowerman Award. The He won the national title in discus with a mark of 206-0. That perforaward was created in 2009 and recognizes the most outstanding male mance earned him a second AllAmerican honor. Later on that seaand female college track and field son, he went to the Big Ten Outdoor athletes in the country. The Bowerman Award is named after the Uni- Championships and received fifth versity of Oregon coach and Nike place in shot put with a throw of 61-1 1/2. He also competed in discus and Inc. co-founder, Bill Bowerman. placed second recording a mark of Wright’s freshman year gave him a strong starting point for the 195-1. Wright also threw the secondrest of his collegiate career. He best throw in Husker discus history earned All-American status at his with a mark of 206-3.
Wright prefers competing in outdoor track mostly because discus is his favorite event. It is also the event that attracted the attention of Nebraska recruiters. “It’s what I grew up on,” Wright said. “In high school we didn’t have indoor (track), we only had outdoor (track). I didn’t even think about competing in indoor until I got here.” While most of Wright’s accomplishments have been on the outdoor field, this hasn’t stopped him from improving his indoor routine. “We have really been working on my technique,” he said. “It has been going well, but I still have small details that I need to work on.” This year for the indoor track season, Wright aims to make it to the Big Ten Indoor Championships and go to NCAA Indoor Championship. “We hope that he continues to improve in the shot put and that he carries that improvement through to the national meet,” Pepin said. sports@ dailynebraskan.com
eichorst: from 10 DN: What is the biggest chal- are doing. We are in a great position in our football program. A lot lenge facing Nebraska athletics? of teams would like to be playing SE: I think the challenges here for championships are the challenges and playing in bowl everywhere. You We need games on January want to maintain 1. We need to conthe academic and to continue tinue to support our athletic balance, coaching staff and making sure that to support our our student athyou are putting coaching staff letes. In many ways, the student athwe are in a good poletes in a situation and our student sition with our footto be successful, athletes.” ball program. both on and off the DN: Men’s basfield of play, that ketball has historiwe are being comSHAWN EICHORST nebraska athletics director cally struggled at pliant in a highly Nebraska, but with regulated and the new downtown visible environarena going up and some faciliment, that we are financial viable, ties upgrades, it seems like there that we have a fiscally sustainable is more commitment to the sport model that puts us in a situation to right now. Is getting men’s basketbe successful, and we are fortunate ball competitive a priority for you? to have that at Nebraska. SE: Just like every sport, it’s DN: How do you define suca priority to provide them with cess for the athletic department? SE: Continuing to graduate what they need to be successful. Clearly, with Pinnacle Bank Arena, our students at a high rate, that we are all good citizens and respect- we have made a commitment to ful, represent the university with basketball. Coach Miles is a fantastic, charismatic coach who has great class and integrity, and that everything that I believe is neceswe compete for championships. sary to build a winner, a consistent DN: Football is the most imwinner. portant sport to many people in DN: How do you build a winthis state, what are you going to do to make sure football stays on top? ning baseball program at a northern school like Nebraska? SE: Continue to do what we
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Coach Connie Yori urges her team to play better. Yori and her Huskers host Michigan State Thursday night. Michigan State plays a half court man-to-man, Yori said, but what makes their defense impressive is each player is a tough defender. Following the match-up against the Spartans, which is set to tip-off at 7:05 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, Nebraska will enter a bye week, in which they will have Sunday off.
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Senior leads by example For Schryver, the recruiting Gymnastics captain process was very intense and, at balances sports, times, uncomfortable because he had to brag about himself. Ulticommunity service mately, he wanted to escape the and studies big-city feel of Dallas, Texas, and Nebraska felt just right. “He is a great role model,” eric bertrand Chmelka said. “Not only bedn cause he is a very talented gymnast, but also because he is very Time management is the key to dedicated to his schoolwork and keeping Eric Schryver ’s busy life community outreach service.” under control. The life skills leader on the The junior ’s planner is jamteam is responsible packed, and he puts for finding commureminders on his nity outreach prophone in order to prigrams for the team to oritize all of his activibecome involved in. ties. Schryver has gotten Schryver is not the Huskers to help only a full-time stuout at the Special dent, but also one of Olympics events. the captains on the “This is one of Nebraksa men’s gymour favorite outreach nastics team, a life programs,” he said. skills leader for the “We love sports, so it team, and in preparareally made sense.” tion for the Medical schryver Schryver truly College Admission enjoys giving back Test. to the community be“Sometimes it can get a little cause he feels he has the obligaoverwhelming,” Schryver said. tion to do so. “The opportunity to sleep is get“It is really important to ting harder and harder to come give back,” he said. “We are reby as the semester goes on.” ally blessed to be where we are Coming out of high school, today.” Schryver was a highly sought-afHelping people is something ter recruit and was ranked in the he hopes to continue to do for top 12 for his age, according to the rest of his life. He hopes to Nebraska coach Chuck Chmelka.
A break, Yori said, the team really needs at this point. “Hopefully it’ll benefit us from a health standpoint,” Yori said. “We’re really down to only seven players in practice, and even with the kids that are playing, those kids are beat up too.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com
one day become an orthopedic surgeon. Since he was eight years old, Schryver has known he wants to go into the field of medicine. “The human body is an amazing thing,” Schryver said. “By being an orthopedic surgeon, it’s a way to be involved with sports and medicine at the same time.” Having experienced surgery and spent ample time around sports doctors has furthered his desire to study and go into the medical field. This year he is taking the MCAT, a test required for all students looking to apply into medical school. Schryver plans to apply to the Univeristy of Nebraska Medical Center, as well as other medical schools back in Texas. “Having to take the MCAT this year just adds one more thing to my already busy schedule,” Schryver said. With everything going on, he is also one of the four captains on the gymnastics team. He is a well respected guy, and the newer guys really look up to him, according to Chmelka. “He really leads the team in and outside of the gym with academics and community serivces,” junior co-captain Mark Ringle said. sports@ dailynebraskan.com
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new athletic director shawn eichorst is off to a fast start in lincoln
Shawn Eichorst stands in his office in Memorial Stadium on Jan. 18. Eichorst was instated as Nebraska’s athletic director on Jan. 1. He took over for Husker football coaching legend Tom Osborne, who announced his plans to retire in September 2012.
an. 1 began a new era for Nebraska athletics. Tom Osborne stepped down from his post as athletic director, transitioning into retirement and making room for Nebraska’s newest leader, Shawn Eichorst. With Osborne showing him the ropes, it’s been a busy few weeks for Eichorst. The new AD has spent the time getting acclimated to his new position and evaluating the Nebraska program. The Daily Nebraskan stopped by Eichorst’s office to get to know the new AD and hear his thoughts on the future of Nebraska athletics. Daily Nebraskan: What are your impressions of Nebraska thus far? Shawn Eichorst: My impressions have been tremendous. It’s been what it was made out to be before I got my feet on the ground, and then it’s been reaffirmed tenfold since I’ve been here. Great people, great passion, class, integrity. I’ve really been pleased with what I’ve seen. DN: What did you know about Nebraska before this position was on your radar? SE: I’ve always had high regard. I’ve always seen Nebraska as a high-achieving academic institution, particularly as it relates to athletics, and obviously the athletics have been pretty dynamic and high profile, so I’ve always had great admiration and respect for Nebraska. Growing up in Southwestern Wisconsin, I certainly followed the Huskers and the Blackshirts. I remember those Orange Bowls. DN: Have you had a chance to soak in any of Nebraska’s culture? Have you had a Runza? SE: Absolutely. I had a Runza on my first day over at the
student union. Good stuff. DN: Why did you choose to come to Nebraska? What appealed to you about this job? SE: The academics, the balance in athletics, being at the forefront of the academic-athletic pursuit, the state, how much passion and support there is for Husker athletics and just the way people are here at Nebraska – the humble nature. It’s the full package. DN: What is it like following Tom Osborne, a legend in this state? SE: It’s a great opportunity. Tom’s been helpful to me in this transition. He is just one floor above me, and I get to see him on a regular basis. I’m very fortunate and blessed to have an opportunity to follow his life work as a coach and an administrator. Hopefully, I can continue the things that he has put into play. DN: What are your strengths as an athletic director? SE: I think a collaborative nature. I think I have a broad base of experience from a lot of difnebraska ferent places. I think I am cut from the same cloth as these people, with values, high value, high character, doing things the right way even when people aren’t watching. DN: Would you characterize yourself as a hands-on AD, or would you prefer to sit back and let each department or sport run itself? SE: My style is a little bit of a take from the last question that you asked. I try to use a collaborative nature to create vi-
sions and plans and articulate them in a way that people understand what it is we are trying to get done. I try to hire high character-base people and provide them with the resources they need to get the job done. I will let them do their job. I’m not a micro-manager, but I will hold them accountable in a positive and reinforcing way. DN: Have you had a chance to meet with any of the coaches, and what type of relationship have you built with any of them? SE: I have. I’ve had a number of occasions to meet with the coaches during the transition and then over the last few weeks that I’ve been on the job. I have an open door policy with my coaches. That’s the way it’s been where I’ve been before, so I don’t expect it to be any different here. I’m really excited. We have a great group of coaches, assistant coaches, supports staff and student athletes. I mean, we really have a good situation here. athletic director DN: Is it important to have a good relationship with the coaches? SE: I think it is. I think it’s important to know what it is that you are looking for and to give them the resources they need to be successful, and in the same token, you’re letting them do their job in a very positive way. In many ways, I’m trying to do the same thing with them as they are in each of their programs, communicating what it is they want to get done.
I think I have a broad base of experience from a lot of
different places.” shawn eichorst
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NU to face balanced Michigan State Huskers host the Spartans Thursday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center kyle cummings dn
Michigan State coach Suzy Merchant talked a lot about the grind of January during a Monday press conference. The 16-2 Spartan squad, however, has made it through January about as well as any team in women’s college basketball this season. While Merchant’s squad did suffer a loss early in the month to No. 6 Penn State, Michigan State has remained one of the top teams to beat in the Big Ten. Even though Michigan State’s only two losses were to ranked opponents, they’ve made a quiet ascent toward national recognition. The Spartans just cracked the rankings this week as the No. 25 team in the country. Nebraska, on the other hand, has been in and out of the rankings throughout the season. But neither Merchant nor Nebraska coach Connie Yori pay attention to the rankings, they said. “Our league is so tough that you can’t worry about what your record is or worry about who you’re going to play after your next game,” Merchant said. “For us, it really is just about focusing. We have a tough stretch. I mean Nebraska is a very good team, they’re playing extremely well, and it’s going to be a very hard game for us on the road.” Nebraska is preparing shorthanded, as four players are out with injury, for an overall balanced scoring offense from Michigan State. Junior Spartan guard Klarissa Bell leads her team in scoring this season, but not by much. Her 12.9 points per game are only about three or four points higher than teammates; sophomore center Jasmine Hines (9.9 ppg), sophomore forward Becca Mills (9.4 ppg), junior forward Annalise Pickrel (9.3 ppg), sophomore guard Kiana Johnson (9.1 ppg) and senior guard Jasmine Thomas (8.6 ppg). “The one thing I look at their roster and see is they have a lot of kids who can do a lot of stuff,” senior guard Lindsey Moore said. “They’re very balanced in their scoring, which is very scary, because I feel like anyone at any time could have a great game. It’s not like they have a complete leading scorer that’s average 18 or 20 points.” On top of a balanced offense, Yori said Nebraska will have to be ready to face another tough defense. The last team known for a tough defense the Huskers faced in Illinois and caused Nebraska a ton of problems and turnovers. Michigan State, though a different style than Illinois, Yori said, still brings just as fierce of a defense. “It’s hard to get by them,” Yori said. “I think that’s the challenge that you face (against Michigan State’s defense). There are different types of good defenses. This is a tough defense like Illinois was, but in a very different way.”
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Nebraska dominates in-state rivals despite ailments Huskers knock off Creighton even with a number of injured, ill players Liz Uehling dn The Husker women’s tennis team performed to the best of its ability Tuesday afternoon at the Nebraska Tennis Center. After winning the season opener against Eastern Michigan, the Huskers met the Creighton Bluejays on their home court. The Bluejays hoped to give the No. 17 Huskers an added challenge to illness and injury, but Creighton did not succeed. Freshman Maggy Lehmicke and sophomore Izabella Zgierska competed in doubles at the No. 3 spot for Nebraska. Zgierska competed through back pain. “She was hurting before doubles, which had me worried,” Lehmicke said.
Veresova ended her own successZgierska was able to compete ful match with a 6-0, 6-1 victory. through the pain as the duo endBoth seniors were unforgiving ed their match with a 7-3 victory. Seniors Mary Weatherholt to their Creighton competitors. Freshman Maggy Lehmicke also and Patricia Veresova were both healthy during their time of play. competed in singles, earning herself two set victories at 6-0 and The two competed as a team during the doubles portion of the 6-1. “I look up to (the seniors) bemeet. The pair won with ease as cause they’ve been they swept their here for four years Creighton oppoWe have to and know what nents, winning the they’re doing,” match with an 8-1 be positive Lehmicke said. “I score. (also) like them as Nebraska ju- so that we’re nior Maike Zep- really prepared for people.” Zgierska’s back pernick had the pains became her best performance this weekend.” biggest obstacle of the day during singles. She trammaggy lehmicke during her single’s nebraska tennis player match. After winpled her opponent ning her first set with a solid 6-0, with a score of 7-5, 6-0 victory. It was she retired herself from the match her first match of the season. and did not compete in the sec“She came out on fire,” Weatherholt said. “I think it’s a ond set. “The coaches wanted me to testament to her fitness level and mental toughness. I’m always im- stop … We have a big match Satpressed by her fight on the court.” urday.” Zgierska said. “I should Weatherholt also competed in be able to play.” Zgierska is not the only one singles and took the win 6-1, 6-1.
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Nebraska tennis player Maggy Lehmicke returns a serve during a meet against Creighton at the Nebraska Tennis Center Tuesday. struggling to stay well. Senior Stefanie Weinstein holds the No. 3 position in singles and was unable to compete on Tuesday because of the flu. Janine Weinreich,
also a senior, competed through Tuesday’s singles match and defeated her Bluejay opponent though she had a cold. “She played through (illness),
which was really impressive,” Lemicke said. Weatherholt said she was also impressed. Despite injury and illness, the Husker team remains hopeful for Saturday’s match against Tennessee and the many matches to come later in the season. “We have to be positive so that we’re really prepared for this weekend,” Lehmicke said. As for Saturday, the team hopes to be in good health for the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, which will be held at the Nebraska Tennis Center. The Huskers will compete against Tennessee. If Nebraska is victorious, the team will go on to play the winner of the Georgia vs. Notre Dame match. Weatherholt is confident her team will get to that point, she said. “The team atmosphere, as a whole, is awesome,” she said. “Everyone on the team is so teamfocused and approaches it selflessly, and we have fun together and support one another.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com