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Bedbugs as infestation spreads, amount of media coverage, cooperation of university housing also come under scrutiny.
JAN. 24 ··Housing releases second online update confirming bugs in four more Abel rooms. Housing states it will investigate Selleck 8000. The Courtyards report proves false. ··Phi Delta Theta fraternity house investigates possibility of bugs. ··At RHA meeting, Housing Director Sue Gildersleeve says she “would’ve done it differently” in hindsight of “news media (taking) it much further than what (she) would’ve thought.”
JAN. 21 KOLN 10/11 interviews more students outside dorms. JAN. 20 Housing posts online confirmation of bedbugs in Abel and The Village.
JAN. 6, 2012 Two Abel Hall residents find bedbugs in their shared room. Housing fumigates within the week. Investigators find bugs had been breeding in corkboards attached to the walls and likely entered in August.
JAN. 19 Housing holds private floor meetings to address students for first time.
JAN. 23 ··DN publishes editorial criticizing Housing’s lack of communication and indictment of students who reported bedbugs. ··Housing begins daily online updates regarding the bedbugs. ··Housing confirms bedbugs in two more Abel rooms, acknowledges unconfirmed reports of bugs in two other Abel rooms and The Courtyards. The Village room continues to be monitored. A beagle sniffs out bedbugs in Abel. A single dead bedbug is found in the Selleck 8000. ··KMTV Action 3 News asks students if they feel information has been withheld. ··Housing announces no media will be allowed to enter dorms or interview students or staff.
JUNE 9, 2011 Small bedbug infestation reported in engineering lab. Treated the following day. No other reports.
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n January 2011, University of Nebraska-Lincoln students returned to campus with two snow days before classes began. This year, students returned to campus with rumors of bedbugs in UNL residence halls. Rumors spread across campus as students checked their rooms for bedbugs after the initial contamination was confirmed in Abel Hall. A room in The Village residence hall reported bedbugs and other rooms in Abel were suspected. On Monday night at 6:30, a beagle was brought in to sniff through nine suspected rooms on Abel floors eight, nine, 10 and 12. Four rooms were confirmed by the dog. “If it was a single bedbug or multiples, we don’t know,” said Sue Gildersleeve, director of University Housing. “We’ll be moving forward and treating those rooms.” A room in the Selleck Quadrangle 8000 building confirmed bedbugs as well. All locations of bedbugs have been posted on the University Housing website. A report of bedbugs in the Courtyards Monday has since been proven false. The resident who suspected bug bites had a rash. Since Jan. 20, Gildersleeve has updated the website twice, once Monday afternoon and once Tuesday afternoon. But two girls reported bedbugs in their Abel room two weeks before the email was sent out last Friday. “I know it was the first week of school and (the girls) right away told the RA,” said an anonymous source with Housing, who declined to be named for fear of losing employment. “Housing tried to keep it contained.” Taylor Francis, a freshman psychology major and resident on Abel 11, said she had heard about the bedbugs on the news before the three-day weekend. “I think (Housing) should’ve come out with a warning earlier,” Francis said. “That rumor spread around campus too fast and it was over-dramatized. They should’ve warned us before.” On floors where bedbugs were confirmed, the Housing employee said there were a few people scared about having bedbugs. “They asked the residence director to check their room,” the employee said. “There weren’t too many people freaking out about it.”
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JAN. 13 First public report of Abel bedbugs runs in DN.
JAN. 18 Housing speaks on bedbugs again in a Lincoln Journal Star article. Keith Zaborowski, associate director of Housing Residence Life, claims Housing is now confident the bedbugs were not in the room at the beginning of the year. The same day, KOLN 10/11 becomes the first local broadcast media outlet to cover the incident, interviewing students outside Abel Hall.
what you need to know ··Bedbugs are parasitic insects that suck people’s blood while they sleep. ··They are between 1 mm and 7 mm. ··Often, bedbugs travel in the crevices and folds of furniture, luggage and bedding. ··Infestations are not in any way related to the cleanliness of the room. ··Bedbugs are not associated with carrying disease, but can leave some nasty, itchy bites.
TODAY ONWARD Continue to check updates from Housing at www.housing.unl.edu/ bedbugs.shtml
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RHA addresses three new bills UNL to participate Conor dunn daily nebraskan
The University of NebraskaLincoln Residence Hall Association addressed three new bills Tuesday night, including approval for an upcoming concert for students, a weekly poker night and improved entertainment for Neihardt Residence Hall. University Housing also addressed the bedbug situation on campus. RHA first addressed Senate Bill 16, which asked RHA to allocate $3,500 to the University Program Council to fund an opening musical artist or band for its large-scale concert planned for April 12 on the Nebraska Union green. UPC President Jason Dunn, a senior film studies major,
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said if UPC received the requested funding, RHA would get to choose the opening artist, which will be voted on at next week’s RHA meeting. “This is the perfect opportunity for RHA to be a partner in the show,” Dunn said. According to Dunn, the last event RHA and UPC planned together failed due to miscommunication. “Homecoming was messy,” Dunn said. “This is the perfect opportunity for RHA and UPC to begin working together again.” Even though UPC asked for $3,500 in allocated funds from RHA, Dunn said the opening artist could cost up to $5,000. However, he said UPC wasn’t worried about the financial difference because the Association of
Students at the University of Nebraska said they’d pay whatever charge remained. Dunn said UPC is working with the Gaughan Multicultural Center to host the event. The vote on SB16 passed 34 yes, with one abstaining. Sen. Jonathan Larson, a junior political science major, presented SB14, which sparked nearly a half-hour of debate between the senators. Neihardt Residence Hall asked RHA for $300 to help pay for three Blu-ray/DVD players and the Settlers of Catan board game. Neihardt planned to have the new items accessible to its residents for checkout at its front desk. “Our Residential Enhancement Committee has learned that these are improvements
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our residents would like to see to improve their living experience,” Larson said. However, various senators didn’t see eye-to-eye with Larson. “Why would you ask for money from RHA on something like this as opposed to an actual event?” asked RHA Sen. Sabrina Stewart, a freshman general studies major. Larson said Neihardt’s Residential Enhancement Committee had the funds they
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, along with 14 other universities, will participate in CareerEco’s International Virtual Career Fair on Jan. 25 and 26. The event will connect students and alumni to employers through chat rooms, video chats akin to Skype and an online folder allowing employers to see the students’ resumes. Participants also have the chance to win an iPod Nano. While there is a time limit on the event, students can
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participate from home. Students can register at www. international.careereco.net and follow the instructions on the page. Potential employees can drop their resumes into the appropriate file. Then they will be given the option to view employers present at the time, log into a chat room or to view company profiles. “I would recommend looking at the company profile,” said Gayle
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Marketing jobs draw students
cops briefs Friday night MIPs Officers stopped Benjamin Tyler Schulte, a freshman pre-criminology and criminal justice major, for a routine traffic stop on North 10th Street. They detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle, according to University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police. Schulte refused a Breathalyzer test, but two of his passengers submitted for tests. All three people in the car were cited for MIPs, police said. Marijuana found in Harper Hall Friday morning officers were called to Harper Hall because someone detected the smell of marijuana. Police made contact with Christian John Quartoroli, a freshman chemistry major. Because Quartoroli wasn’t the resident of the room, officers waited for the residents to arrive. Upon their return, a search warrant was obtained and marijuana was found, along with a half-full Miller High Life. Quartoroli was charged with possession of narcotics. Tyler Louis Williams, a freshman biological sciences major, returned with the residents and was charged with a MIP for a BAC of .048. Student taken into custody Ethan Robert Kenney, a senior mechanical engineering major, stumbled into Abel Hall at 1:54 a.m. Saturday. Desk workers noticed he exhibited signs of intoxication and called Campus Police. Kenney was taken into protective custody. He admitted to be drinking in downtown Lincoln and was sent to detox. Kenney had a BAC of .32. Compiled by Daniel Wheaton DANIELWHEATON@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COm
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Holly Nordmeyer, 25, of Lincoln is an independent sales director for Mary Kay. She has personally observed the recent trend of college students turning from more traditional jobs to network marketing, to make an income in today’s depressed economy. “I think the reason why (this trend has become popular) is because it is more flexible around their schedule,” Nordmeyer said. “Their schedule changes weekly. They can put tests before work and put their education first.” Normeyer said most college-age beauty consultants make about $500 each month. Freshman Nathaniel Pfeifer, a general studies major, recently began network marketing. He works as a representative for WorldVentures, a company that buys travel-related products in bulk and then sells them for a cheap price to its members. Representatives like
Pfeifer sell memberships to the organization to students and friends, receiving a $20 commission for each new member they recruit. “It is just starting out in Nebraska,” Pfeifer said, “but hopefully we are about to make a big impact.” Pfeifer said it’s important to start as soon as possible to succeed with network marketing, specifically with WorldVentures. “Get out there right away,” he said. “Don’t wait. Talk to your friends. Get them to come to our presentations – we can help them join.” Even in the short time Pfeifer has been working for WorldVentures, he has already experienced success. “So far I have sold memberships to four more people,” Pfeifer said. Jess Rowe, a freshman general studies major, became a Mary Kay beauty consultant in the hopes of making some extra money on top of her other job. She said she enjoys the freedom that network marketing provides. “I am my own boss,” Rowe said.
Despite the flexibility of network marketing jobs, there are still rules to follow. “You have to meet a certain quota a month,” Rowe said. “I am my own boss, but it is not like I can just slide on by.” Rowe said she has had success working for Mary Kay, in part due to another beauty consultant who pushes her to do her best. But not every student is as lucky. Junior English major Leslie Kravitz became a Mary Kay beauty consultant in 2011. “I started (working for) Mary Kay because I thought it would be an easy way to make money fast,” she said. However, Kravitz soon discovered the task was more difficult than it appeared. “At first, I was somewhat successful,” she said, “but it was difficult to do on a college campus because people don’t have money to buy the things I was selling.” Eventually, Kravitz started spending more money buying items in bulk to sell than she was earning in profits.
Kravitz stopped selling Mary Kay. Kristin Bjorkman, the campus recruiting manager of the Central region of Vector Marketing, discussed the difficulties that representatives have to overcome in order to be a successful network marketer. “The hardest thing is getting out of your shell,” Bjorksam said. But Bjorksam was confident that becoming involved in network marketing is beneficial to college students. “I think that the representatives have a big chance to learn the industry with little risk,” she said. “They have the opportunity to learn leadership skills and business skills.” Emily Wilber, the assistant director of Career Services, warned that not every student can be successful. “It takes a certain type of personality to be a direct salesmen,” Wilber said. “(They need to be) outgoing and not too affected by rejection.” heatherhaskins@ dailynebraskan.com
religion on campus
Christian worker recruits students, shares faith Navigators staff member Jenny Terrell shares her perspective on faith, religion mary rezac daily nebraskan
Jenny Terrell didn’t know that the Christian group she joined freshman year of college at the University of Kansas would become her life. Today, after graduating from KU in December and becoming a full-time staff member on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Navigators ministry, it’s safe to say it has. “I get up around eight, have breakfast and spend 45 minutes to an hour in (God’s) word, listening to God’s message for me that day,” Terrell said. Then Terrell and six other Navigators missionaries head to campus. But a typical day in the life of a campus missionary is difficult to peg, she said. “I never know what the day looks like when comes to campus,” Terrell said. “The joy is that I’m here to help students in their walk with God and answer their questions.” Terrell and other members of the Navigators staff plan and lead Bible studies, meet with students to talk about their spiritual life and engage students in one-on-one spiritual mentoring, which is termed “discipleship.” Chrissy Ritta, a senior agronomy major, meets with Terrell on a weekly basis. Ritta said the idea of discipleship is to imitate Jesus Christ and how he passed on his teachings and words to his apostles. Ritta, who leads a Navigators Bible study, said she and Terrell meet for about an hour or two to discuss scripture, her spiritual life and how to live out their faith. “We strive to know and love God and not just talk about God,” Ritta said. She said having a discipleship
relationship helps her own faith. “It gives me a deeper hunger for the word and someone who encourages me in my spiritual walk,” Ritta said. Terrell said she and her fellow staff members also try to talk to students who aren’t involved in the Navigators. They try to engage students in a conversation about God. “We try to present the Gospel in a non-threatening way,” Terrell said. “People usually don’t blow me off. Everyone at UNL is pretty friendly.” Terrell and her coworkers then try to follow up with those who expressed interest in a Bible study. Terrell said this part of the ministry can be taxing. “Sometimes you feel like all you do is initiate,” Terrell said. “It’d be nice if someone called me for a change.” The seven Navigators staff members on campus all raise his or her own salary through private donations. Part of their training to become a missionary includes training on how to effectively fundraise. “I call people and share with them what I do, go to their house and tell them how excited I am about how God is going to use me on campus,” Terrell said. “I tell them there is a need and I can’t do this without people helping me and supporting me through their donations and prayers.” Terrell said fundraising her entire salary forces her to rely on God and the generosity of others. “It’s a large sum of money to raise,” Terrell said, “but there are weeks when $4,000 will come in and it’s really amazing. It definitely helps me see God’s faithfulness and that this is where God wants me to be.” Terrell said the skills she obtained while majoring in journalism have helped her fundraise. “It’s a lot like the reporting I did,” she said. “I’m making all these phone calls. I think God used that to prepare me.” Terrell said she was
I call people and share with them what I do, go to their house and tell them how excited I am about how God is going to use me on campus.” Jenny terrell navigators staff member
focused on other things throughout high school, but moving from the small town of Lehigh, Kan., to Kansas University in Lawrence, Kan., forced her to reconsider what she was pursuing. For awhile, she was very lonely. That loneliness left her wanting something more. “I needed to believe my faith and actually live it,” Terrell said. “But every day was a battle, with parties this way and this way. But I was wondering, ‘Where do I go to find my worth?’” Terrell said she decided to go to a few different Christian group activities to meet friends. But once she found the Navigators, she didn’t feel the need to try anything else. “I loved what (the Navigators) were about. They wanted to go in-depth and cared about your walk with God and knowledge of [God’s] word,” Terrell said. “And the people were very real. My Bible study leader cared about school, what I did for fun – not just about who I was at church.” The idea of being on staff with the Navigators came to Terrell when she attended the Navigators summer training program in Jacksonville, Fla. “After hearing the testimony of a guy on staff at UNL, I prayed about letting God use a year or two of my life and putting my career on hold in the journalism world,” Terrell said. “But I prayed that if he wanted me to do that, that he would keep that thought in my head.” The experience of being on staff with the Navigators varies with the campus, Terrell said. UNL has one of the
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Navigators missionary Jenny Terrell discusses forgiveness and God’s love with agronomy senior Chrissy Ritta inside the Nebraska Union Monday. Terrell’s favorite Biblical passages come from the book of Jonah. “I relate a lot to Jonah as I go to places I don’t always want to go,” Terrell said.
Terrell reads a passage from the book of Matthew. strongest campuses for the Navigators ministry, in Terrell’s opinion. “There’s a lot of excitement at UNL, like at NavNight,” Terrell said. NavNight is a weekly Navigators event that consists of praise and worship, personal
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testimonies and discussing scripture. “That gets me excited and it’s really helpful that we have a large ministry and have a large leadership team, so we’re able to have Bible studies in all the dorms and greek houses,” Terrell said.
“People are just really excitable and really friendly in Nebraska.” NavNight occurs every Thursday night in the Union auditorium, and is open to all students.
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Students, let Lincoln know what you love! Welcome to the Daily Nebraskanâ€™s first UNL Student Choice Awards, highlighting the best in Lincoln businesses and services as selected by University of Nebraska-Lincoln students. All this week, you can take this sheet, fill out up to three top choices in the categories below and turn it into collection boxes by the Daily Nebraskan stands in both the Nebraska Union and East Campus Union. Students who answer at least 11 of the categories below and provide complete demographic information at the bottom of this page will be entered into a drawing for either a $30 Red Lobster/Olive Garden gift card, a $50 Amigos gift card or a $75 cash prize. The survey will also be available online at www.dailynebraskan.com, but please note that only students who turn in a paper copy to the locations in the East Campus Union and Nebraska Union will be eligible for prizes. This page will run in the Daily Nebraskan every day this week. Results will be run in a special Daily Nebraskan section later this semester. The contest is open only to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Please provide a valid UNL email address where specified below. Winners will be selected via random drawing by a third party and will be contacted to verify their status as a UNL student.
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CFA approves Lied, publications Emily nitcher Daily Nebraskan
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Committee for Fees Allocation approved the budgets for the Lied Center, the DailyER Nebraskan and the Daily Nebraskan Tuesday night. None of the fee users asked for an increase for the 2012-2013 school year. The Lied Center’s budget of $140,000 was passed with 11 yes votes and two absent CFA members. The CFA subcommittee praised the Lied Center for effectively using student fees in the Arts for All program and making the Lied
more student-friendly. “I appreciate having dialogue with CFA and will look for ways to better survey student opinion of the Lied Center in the future,” said Matthew Boring, Marketing and Sales Coordinator for the Lied Center. The DailyER Nebraskan’s budget of $6,400 also passed unanimously, the two previously absent CFA members having arrived in time to vote. The Daily Nebraskan’s budget of $108,974 was passed with 10 yes votes and CFA member Chris Seidholz, a senior mathematics, economics and music major, abstaining from the
vote. The subcommittee for the Daily Nebraskan said it was pleased with the paper’s efforts to use social media to attract more readers and hoped the new advertising manager would help recover some of the advertising revenue lost during the economic downturn. The current Daily Nebraskan advertising manager, Nick Partsch, is retiring. “The meeting went as
The Lied Center — $140,000 DailyER Nebraskan — $6,400 Daily Nebraskan — $108,974 well as could have been expected,” said Nolan Johnson, CFA chair and a junior management major. “Concerns and appreciations were expressed and we look forward to working with them in the future.”
rha: from 1 were asking for from RHA, but he said they wanted to save that money for upcoming events. The response caused other senators to suggest that if they passed this bill, Neihardt would just come back later asking for more money. Larson denied their suggestions, saying he believed Neihardt wouldn’t need any more funding from RHA for some time. In the end, SB14 failed with 13 approvals, 22 denials and 1 abstaining. Sen. Katherina Sanderson, a freshman biochemistry and chemical engineering major, presented SB15, the last bill of the night. She said Abel-Sandoz Residence Halls planned to establish a poker night for students every Wednesday Feb. 1 through April 18. Sanderson said the winners of each poker night would receive Wal-Mart gift cards for up to $30. Abel would give $300
toward the events, Sandoz would pay $400 for food and the 90 gift cards and the requested $600 from RHA would pay for the rest. This bill sparked no debate as the senate passed the bill unanimously. Director of University Housing Sue Gildersleeve and assistant director Keith Zaborowski also attended the meeting, reporting on the bedbug situation in the residence halls. Gildersleeve gave information on where the bedbugs are, how the situation has been treated and what Housing’s interaction with the media has been. She wanted to dispel any rumors RHA was hearing as well as take questions the senators had. One student asked Gildersleeve why Housing wasn’t sending the dog they had been using to locate the bedbugs around each residence hall to ensure students they would be
rha meeting, Jan. 24 bills 1. SB16 — $3,500 for UPC upcoming concert 2. SB14 — $300 for Neihardt Residence Hall Bluray/DVD player and board game 3. SB15 — $600 for Abel-Sandoz Residence Halls’ weekly poker night with prizes votes 1. Passed 34-0-1 2. Failed 13-22-1 3. Passed 33-0-0 safe. “I wish we could,” Gildersleeve said. “I would send the dog to every room of every floor to clear it out of everyone’s minds. But we only have one dog and that dog can only do so much.” Mike Dunn, a junior communication major and RHA’s vicepresident, closed the meeting by telling RHA members to
keep their eyes out for any rumors on the bedbug situation floating around campus. “It hurts everyone in the residence community when rumors are floating around that aren’t true,” Dunn said. “People often look to RHA as the voice of the community. You are expected to be leaders around campus.” conordunn@ dailynebraskan.com
bedbugs: from 1 The fear even spread to Phi Delta Theta, a fraternity on the corner of R and 16th Streets. Zach Watson, the chapter president and a junior business management major, said one of the members had been to Abel and was not sure if he brought back any bedbugs. Currently, the chapter is working with a specialist to check for bedbugs. “There has not been any confirmation in Phi Delta Theta,” Watson said. “As far as we know, we do not have an infestation of bedbugs.” Gildersleeve was not too concerned with the possibility of bedbugs spreading quickly throughout the
building, but said she wants people to be prepared if bedbugs are found. “We don’t want students to be unkind to each other,” Gildersleeve said. “If you’ve got someone (with bedbugs) on your floor, treat them how you would want to be treated in that situation.” She said if the bedbugs cannot be controlled, Housing will look at all options. ‘We aren’t approaching that at this point,” Gildersleeve said. “The best thing we can do is keep trying to treat it. At this point, we aren’t looking into shutting down a (residence) hall.” The Housing employee said Housing is trying to alleviate the bedbug situation
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Abel Hall is one of two buildings on campus confirmed to have bedbugs. Bugs have spread to at least two floors. as quickly as possible. “They’re going to find the most effective way to fix it,
regardless of cost,” the employee said.
need to know: from 1 ··Bites can take as long as 14 days to develop in some people. ··The bugs inject an anesthetic and an anticoagulant that prevents people from knowing they’ve been bitten. ··Bedbugs leave exoskeletons and rusty-colored blood spots from their blood-filled excretions. ··If you have bedbugs, wash and dry all clothing at high
temperatures. Dry for at least 30 minutes. Call a fumigator. ··If you live on campus and suspect you have bedbugs, contact your residence director or University Housing. Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention and University Housing website
IFC addresses bylaw issue, bedbugs Weston poor Daily nebraskan
The Interfraternity Council (President’s Council) addressed the issues of bylaw changes, open positions and bed bugs at its meeting Tuesday night. Jeff Beavers, assistant director of Admissions and an educational studies graduate student, spoke on the importance of awareness of bedbugs. “There’s a good chance of bedbugs spreading to chapter houses,” Beavers said. “We hope it doesn’t happen, but we just don’t know.” He said Greek Affairs is telling chapter presidents to watch out for (greek) members bringing students who have been exposed into houses, and urged members to be cautious of coming in contact with bedbugs. If someone is thought to have contracted the bugs, Beavers said to notify Barb Ogg, extension educator for the Southeast Research & Extension Center at 402-441-7180. She will not contact an exterminator, but will instead give
initial instructions. A revision to a bylaw was addressed at the meeting. The revision stated that all delegates from fraternities needed to be part of the executive team, in order to help increase attendance. The former bylaw, Article XII, which was voted to be removed concurrently, did not require delegates to be on the executive team to attend IFC meetings. “Nothing was followed through with that (article), basically a defunct section of the bylaws, so that will be completely removed,” said Tyson Johnson, IFC president and senior economics and political science major. So instead of pressing the matter, it was taken out all together, he said. The position for Greek Affairs recruitment director was also addressed in the meeting. Two applicants have already been submitted, and two names were suggested at the meeting. The deadline for applicants was set for Jan. 27 by 5 p.m. westonpoor@ dailynebraskan.com
virtual: from 1 Oliver-Plath, CEO of CareerEco. “You go to a virtual career fair tab and there is a listing of all the chat time that shows links.” For UNL students and alumni, CareerEco’s international fair provides a networking opportunity without borders along with streamlined communication with multiple employers at the same time, she said. While video chatting with an employer, professional attire is still to be expected, Oliver-Plath said, but there can be many distractions taken out of the office setting. A roommate walking in, loud music from across the hall, a ridiculous or unsightly poster hanging in the background or even a messy room could lower your chance of being hired by a prospective employer, she said. Desi Botica, a freshman marketing major, recently connected with a North Carolina-based marketing firm without leaving Nebraska. She did her interview online. “They’re quite weird,” she said of video chats. “Talking about yourself for 10 to 15 minutes answering their awkward questions.” Botica now has a summer internship through their UNL campus office. Oliver-Plath’s advice for
these new interviews extends beyond video interviews and into the chatroom as well. Professionalism must be maintained, she said, just the same as when one would be speaking face-to-face to an interviewer. “As far as the chat sessions go, it’s important that they are aware that other people are in the chatrooms,” Oliver-Plath said. “And when you are trying to interact, if you get impatient, you could wind up missing an opportunity. And, in writing, people tend to find things easier to say than if they were spoken.” In the midst of a recession, online or virtual communication allows companies to reach out to students and graduates without spending the money necessary for travel, she said. For students, it provides wider networking and more career potential than traditional interviews, she said. “You definitely owe a big thank you to your career center for being progressive and choosing to be a part of this career fair,” OliverPlath said. “This trend in online recruitment is here to stay and it would benefit students to become good at it now.” ryankopelke@ dailynebraskan.com
Career, not scandal, defines Paterno’s legacy
’ve been a Husker fan my entire life. I was born and raised in Omaha, brought up by a family that loves football at the high school, college and professional levels, and now I’m a sophomore here. I’ve spent my entire life cheering for the Nebraska Cornhuskers – but I’ve also spent it rooting for the Penn State Nittany Lions. I get it from my dad. He’s a Pennsylvania native and a Penn State alumnus, and even here in the Midwest, he’s maintained an undying loyalty to the blue and white. More than a bit of that loyalty has rubbed off on
me. For as far back as I can remember, the ratio of Nebraska games to Penn State games my family watched has been 1:1. The regular seasons of 2002 and 2003 stand out with particular clarity because, for reasons I can’t remember, Nebraska and Penn State played each other those years. I was only 11 or 12 at the time, but I still remember the tension in our house as my family’s two favorite college teams squared off. Nebraska and Penn State each got a win during that twoseason series, and up until Nebraska’s move to the Big Ten, that was all she wrote. But that’s not what this column is about. This column is about Joe Paterno. I’ll go ahead and assume you know he died Sunday. I’ll also go ahead and assume you know about the series of events that preceded his death – the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the crucifixion by the media and the firing.
The guy didn’t deserve it. He didn’t deserve a bit of it. During the days and weeks following the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, I heard several individuals say that before the scandal became news, they’d never heard of Paterno or anyone else on the Penn State coaching staff. While that was certainly mind-boggling in its own right, what came next amazed me even more. Those same people, who had just admitted to knowing nothing of Paterno, proceeded to condemn him for the part he supposedly played in the sex abuse scandal at Penn State. It was unbelievable to me then, and in some measure still is. The fact that the media took a similarly damning stance on the matter is even worse – they took an incomplete set of facts and ran with it, making the 85-yearold man known as “JoePa” out to be a conceited megalomaniac who only cared
about his reputation and the reputation of his employer. Forget for a moment that once all the facts were out in the open, it was clear that Paterno had done nothing wrong. Forget, just for a moment, that he is both the winningest (yes, it’s a word) and longest-serving head coach in the history of college football. Forget about the $4 million he and his family has donated to Penn State over the years, as well as the fact that through his donations, he helped turn Penn State from a cow college into a world-renowned research university. Forget about all that for a second, and think instead about Joe Paterno, the man. That’s all I can think about. When I was a kid, watching both Nebraska and Penn State play football every weekend, I knew all about Joe Paterno. My dad told me about how he’d been coaching college football longer than anyone else, about how
he made sure that the players on his team did as well in the classroom as they did on the field and about how he gave loads of money to Penn State in order to make it better. To him, Joe was an icon, a legend, and to be frank, that was the impression I got from watching Paterno on the sideline week in and week out. He was a good man – one who influenced the lives of millions, and one whose monumental legacy has been unfairly tainted by the wrongdoings of others. On Jan. 13, just more than a week before he died, Paterno granted an interview to a reporter from the Washington Post, the first since news of the scandal broke. The interview described what was, essentially, the final image of Paterno to be released to the public before his death: “racked by radiation and chemotherapy, in a wheelchair with a broken pelvis”. Joe Paterno died on
Sunday, Jan. 22, just over a week after giving the interview. It saddens me that he had to leave in such an undignified fashion – confined to a wheelchair, ousted by his superiors, and all but condemned by a large portion of the general public in spite of the amazing life and career he led. Even in his final days, Joe was haunted by scathing accusations that he had actively protected Jerry Sandusky, for no other reason than to maintain Penn State’s reputation. I think about these accusations and those making them, both on UNL’s campus and elsewhere, and I can’t help but wonder: Ff it were some other coach – say, Bo Pelini – instead of Joe Paterno, would they feel the same way? I’d imagine not.
david smith is a sophomore news-editorial major. reach him at davidsmith@ dailynebraskan.com.
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wednesday, january 25, 2012
DAILY NEBRASKAN editorial board members IAN SACKS editor-in-chief CHANCE SOLEM-PFEIFER arts & entertainment editor opinion editor HAILEY KONNATH RHIANNON ROOT ZACH SMITH
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Obama’s tuition recommendation raises concern
When the President of the United States calls a State of the Union address, the nation gathers around its televisions and YouTube windows and listens. Any college student or professor or administrator who tuned in on Tuesday night heard both propositions and ultimatums relevant to their professional futures, as President Barack Obama laid out his thoughts on keeping higher education affordable for all American citizens. Obama began on the topic of college loans and funding by requesting that Congress stop the interest rates on student loans from doubling, as they’re scheduled to in July, as well as extending the tuition tax credit. But the president made plain to all listeners Tuesday night that rendering college affordable moving forward will not be a one-way street. Obama cited his recent meetings “with a group of college presidents” who have taken initiative at the their schools to keep costs down. The Daily Nebraskan supports maintaining the affordability of a college education and helping students fight the uphill battle against rising tuition costs, but with one major and all-important caveat. President Obama referenced universities that have sought to “re-design courses to help students finish more quickly.” There’s a thin and unsettling line between streamlining courses for the sake of practicality and jeopardizing the academic culture of institutions like the University of NebraskaLincoln. The threat of simply making courses easier or more formulaic or limiting the ability of faculty members to structure their classes in the way they feel best promotes a fruitful learning environment looms large with the promise of this encouraged “re-design.” Obama’s vow to limit tax-payer funding to universities unable to keep costs down disappointingly endangers academia even further – an ultimatum which may leave institutions of higher education feeling as though there is no route to eliciting government funding short of simply cutting academic tracks, which, of course should be the absolute last resort in any budgetary crisis. email@example.com
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Grad teachers raise questions
ait, what did she just say?” “I have no idea. I don’t think she knows what she’s talking about. I mean, that didn’t even answer his question.” You’ve probably all heard this conversation in one of your introductory classes taught by a graduate student. Someone in class asks a question and the instructor (who’s just a grad student) doesn’t really know the answer, so he or she ends up going off on some random tangent. There are definitely some pros and cons to being in classes taught by grad students. Let’s first look at both sides: Pros: -They may grade on an easier scale. -They understand (or know) you won’t read the assigned pages. -They know you have better things to do over the weekend than homework. -They know how to use the technology in classrooms. -They’ve probably taken the class themselves. -They know what it’s like to be a student these days. -They are more open to new ideas and aren’t as stubborn as some of the old professors who are set in their ways. Cons: -They don’t know how to answer all of your questions. -They talk in monotone and/or ramble. -They complain about their grad school classes. -You can’t understand their accent … because they’re not from the United States. -They don’t have teaching experience. -They don’t have as much authority over students as other professors do. Obviously, these don’t apply to every
tifanny mewes-dunn grad student instructor, and in the same sense, not every one of them exhibits every pro and con. Now let’s look at it in terms of the university as a whole. We pay a big chunk of change for tuition, yes? Well, it’s coming out of somebody’s pocket. You’d expect to receive a decent education, because you’re paying such a great deal of money and investing your time. Are you receiving the best education when grad students are the ones standing in front of the class? The question appears to be whether grad students are as effective as other professors. It’s nearly impossible to answer this question, as research has shown support for both sides of the controversy. In one study conducted at Princeton University and published in the “Journal of Economic Education,” research showed graduate students were just as effective as the more senior professors in teaching a course on economics. However, in another study published in the same journal and conducted at the University of Nebraska, it’s shown that grad students are significantly less effective. It’s true that each study wasn’t conducted in the same way, and there may be other contributing factors. Of course, there are many factors to consider when deciding if a grad student teaching is effective for students. Every class and instructor varies greatly. The issue that rises is the university’s
dedication to its students. Students pay the same tuition for classes instructed by grad students and professors, but these two don’t receive the same pay. The university doesn’t have to pay grad students the amount of money it pays professors. Is this fair? In the grad student and professor perspective, I believe it is. The professors have more experience, which increases pay in any profession. The grad students are still learning. Therefore, they have little to no experience to show they’ll succeed. Through the eyes of the student, it may not seem as fair. If we’re paying for it, we want the best. We want instructors who know what they’re talking about and have the experience to back it up and help us understand how what we learn applies to the real world. Grad students can’t provide this. Most students would probably choose the lenient grad student over the hardgrading professor. In the short run, this shows greater benefits in good grades and less time spent on the class. However, in the long run, lack of knowledge can hinder future success. Personally, I’d much rather put in the time and effort now if it’ll lead to greater advancement in the future. The truth is, at a big university like UNL, there will always be grad students teaching classes. That won’t change. The only thing for us to do is try to deal with the hardships of these classes and reap the benefits while we can. There are definitely some great gradstudent instructors out there. Some may even be better educators than the professors themselves. We just have to take it for what it is.
tifanny mewes-dunn is a senior international business and psychology major. reach her at tiffanymewesdunn@ dailynebraskan.com.
Suffering still evident at Buchenwald camp
’m sure you’ve noticed, with the growing popularity of Newt Gingrich over the past few weeks, people have started to bring to light his many foibles and flaws, just as they did with the other non-Mitt Romney GOP candidates. And there’s a lot about Gingrich for people not to like. That said, when a blogger for “The Atlantic” found a photo from 2009 in which Gingrich and his wife are standing in front of the main entrance to Auschwitz in Poland and said there was “something distinctly off” about it, I thought it was a cheap shot. From my experience, there are no happy tourists at concentration camps. And I don’t need to think Gingrich and his wife were happy tourists at Auschwitz to prevent me from voting for him. In 2006, when I was in Germany for an academic conference on human rights, I visited the site of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp, where my grandfather was imprisoned for some time in the early 1940s. Although there isn’t much there, I took a lot of pictures. I wanted to show them to others who wouldn’t have the opportunity to travel there, in order to explain more fully and more clearly what I had seen. Accompanying the pictures, I wrote the following letter to my family: I have had some time to think about my experiences today and thought I would put them down before the day was over and I went to sleep. I think that the most general thing I can say is that Buchenwald is the most terrible place I have ever been in my life. It’s about a ten minute bus ride from the city center of Weimar, from the statue of Goethe and Schiller. The bus drops everyone off in front of the complex of buildings that housed the SS. They look new and are painted yellow. They now house a bookstore, information center, and education center for youth. This is on the top of a hill; the whole camp is on a hill, overlooking a beautiful valley. From these buildings, it is a short downhill walk to the main gatehouse. The motto on the gate, like the ones on all of the gates of all of the camps, can only be read from the inside. Of course, all of the other gates said, “Arbeit macht frei”: “Work makes you free.” This one says, “Jedem das seine”: “To each what he deserves.” Inside the gatehouse, there is very little to see. Down the hill, where the barracks used to be, there are only stones and scattered ruins. It is essentially just a desolate hillside. On my way down to the gatehouse from the information center, I had the distinct sense of not wanting to go in, of maybe staying outside. And when I went in, I didn’t go anywhere for a little while; I just stood inside the main gate looking down at the emptiness. There is a feeling that I can’t really explain, like I had to talk myself into seeing the place at each step. Despite the general emptiness and desolation, there are a few buildings left standing inside the camp. The only building that has been left in its original condition is the crematorium. The other buildings that are still standing are a prisoner infirmary barrack (which is reconstructed and locked), the canteen (also not open), the prisoner depot/storehouse (now a museum, but originally where prisoners’ belongings were stored along with material for running the camp), and the decontamination center (which is now a museum of prisoner art). The crematorium is literally a building out of a nightmare and walking inside might be one of the more difficult things I’ve done. I didn’t take any pictures in the crematorium; I just said “Kaddish” and left after I finished it. It was cold today and it rained. I can’t imagine seeing the camp on a sunny day and, in fact, my image is that the sun likely doesn’t shine on this place. The hardest thing to reconcile, I think, is that the sun does shine here and it did while prisoners were starved, beaten, experiment upon, shot, and cremated. The prisoners looked down the hill, into the valley, and on beautiful days it must have seemed so much more cruelly absurd. Having been to Buchenwald, it all seems so much harder to believe than it was when I was listening to survivors’ stories, learning about it in school, or going to a museum. But it becomes almost unthinkable to travel here, a few miles from the Goethe and Schiller houses, and to try to imagine how people could build a place like this one, let alone how they could live in its shadow. They went to the neighborhood bakeries, they read great literature, they played with their children, they walked in the local parks. It is unimaginable to me, especially when I think that these were regular people and not devils. We want them to be monsters because only monsters should be capable of this; but that is one of the principle lessons, I suppose: regular people perpetrated these monstrous crimes and so it is regular people – us, all of us – about whom we must think. This is why we must have the language of human rights, that great legacy of the Holocaust, and it is why we must continually encourage ourselves to think of others as being like us: by expanding our sense of inclusivity and limiting our sense of exclusivity, we prevent ourselves from creating a distance between Us and Them, where others are some undesirable sort that is unworthy of the rights we hold for ourselves. “Never Again” means more than preventing something like this from happening in the future, which is obviously vitally important. It means working harder to care about others, to make the suffering of others more real and immediate for us. Even as it assaults the senses, even as it shocks and horrifies us, Buchenwald should strengthen everyone’s commitment to a better world, in which human rights play a more important role than they do even today. That is where I wind up tonight.
Coming back to this letter after a few years, my thoughts remain essentially unchanged. I took photos and I wrote these words because I wanted to find some way to capture that I had been there. For me, this was something personal; I was living proof that the genocidal project undertaken at this place had failed. But I think the same is true of other visitors, at least to an extent. So long as people continue to visit these places, these crimes will be remembered and future crimes like this one will be recognized and, I hope, fought against. More people should visit these sites and reflect on what they see there, but because the trips can be quite difficult – both logistically and emotionally – I’m glad to have the opportunity to share my experience.
Ari Kohen is Schlesinger Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Forsythe Family Program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs. He blogs at kohenari.net. Reach him at opinion@ dailynebraskan.com.
wednesday, january 25, 2012
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Chantrey Schulke (left) and Amanda Delgado work on ceramic pieces while Riley Agena strums on a guitar in the background at the LPS Arts and Humanities Focus Program Tuesday. “Objects you can use are the most difficult to make,” said Schulke, a high school junior, while working on a coffee mug. “It’s going to be really cool, though – I’m going to put dragons on it.”
From left, Natalie Dones, a junior management major, Michelle Moreno, junior psychology major, Laura Piñón, a junior biology major, and Janet Sanchez, a business administration major — all members of the multicultural sorority Sigma Lambda Gamma’s — practice one of their strolling routines in the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center Monday evening. Beyond the dance, which strengthens the group’s bond with other members, the sorority’s nine members also give their time to mentorship, cultural awareness and community service throughout the year.
hen the words “fraternity” or “sorority” come to mind, few people think of step teams or Asian Idol. They don’t imagine girls creating Dia de los Muertos altars. Instead, people tend to associate the greek system with negative stereotypes not reflective of houses’ contributions. This is especially evident in multi-cultural houses. The multi-cultural greeks embrace their cultures and individual backgrounds to form a sisterhood or brotherhood that they share with each other and with the community. There are 13 multi-cultural Greek organizations at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, each unique, yet they all share something very similar: the arts and a love for their cultures. Each house has a history that tells the story behind its culture. Janet Sanchez, a junior business administration major, is a member of a Latina-based sorority called Sigma Lambda Gamma. “In 1990, in Iowa, there was a need
for Latina women to have a place of their own.” Sanchez said, “a place where they could have something for themselves and where talented women could receive guidance.” In other words, Sigma Lambda Gamma was like a home away from home. Organizations such as Zeta Phi Beta, Sigma Psi Beta, and Sigma Lambda Gamma and others, have elements within their house that attempt to enrich the the UNL and Lincoln arts communties, as well. Sigma Psi Beta, an Asian-based sorority, volunteers every year with Asian Idol and Invasion. Invasion is an event where people from all over the country come together for the fine artists, musicians and fashion designers, as well as many other artistically talented people. The Sigma Psi Betas help sell tickets, decorate and organize the food. Yadira Bernadac, a sophomore elementary education major, is a member of Sigma Psi Beta. “I used to never pay attention to the
Focus program introduces LPS students to arts Shelby Fleig DAILY NEBRASKAN
multi-cultural greek system roots diversity in fabric of broader unl culture story by sarah lambert | photo by dan holtmeyer arts. But now that I have opened up to the arts, I have come to appreciate it more than I ever have,” said Bernadac. “And especially what all of the art majors have to go through.” Stepping, otherwise known as strolling, is another important part of some of the multi-cultural greek houses. These houses form teams and travel around the country to compete with other greek houses. A member doesn’t need to try out for the stepteam; all they need is a love for strolling and for his or her house. Telesa Madole, a sophomore nursing major in Zeta Phi Beta, said, “My favorite memory was this past weekend when I went on my first road trip to support the step-team. It was my first step show and we got to bond and you get to meet people you feel like you have known your whole life.” Other organizations embrace their artistic creativity specifically through their cultures and the cultural
greek: see page 8
For 80 Lincoln high school students, a public education specially grounded in the arts and the humanities is shaping the rest of their lives. These students attend the Arts & Humanities Focus Program, a Lincoln Public Schools program for especially curious and committed students. Some Arts and Humanities (A&H) students go on to art schools; others choose not to. But all graduates take away a unique education that prepares them for college in an alternative setting. “It’s the small version of what a real art institute is really like,” said Gerardo Meza, A&H art instructor and professional artist. Meza said the 80 students are given freedom and responsibility within the school to be creative and produce quality work. John Clark, the program’s social studies instructor, said the program’s conscious community involvement teaches the students to “figure out their own ways to get things done.” All students attend one of Lincoln’s six public high schools in the morning for core classes before arriving at A&H, located at 643 S. 25th St., for the rest of their day.
Ashley Anderson, a former A&H student now attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, said she considered A&H her main high school because she spent only two hours at Lincoln East each day. “Arts changed my line of thinking, while East hardly challenged me at all,” Anderson said. Classes at A&H are organized as block scheduling. Most students have six classes, each twice a week. Clark compared this schedule to college, saying students are expected to do more outside work to complete assignments. All 80 students attend a humanities class each week, often hearing from prominent speakers on topics related to the semester’s theme. This semester’s theme at A&H is “power.” “The humanities course was one of the special things about Arts and Humanities that built a stronger community with its students,” said Anderson. Clark said not every student comes to study art, so it’s important to be socially and politically aware. “The collective focus on social issues and art makes
art school: see page 9
Students weigh in on worst classes at UNL Compiled by Shelby Fleig | Photos by Matt Masin
Junior history major
Senior biological sciences major
Worst Class: Introduction to Spanish
Worst Class: Organismic Biology
“It was a daily class. I think they’re reorganizing those because nobody shows up on Fridays.”
“It was really boring – basically a review of high school.”
Senior biological sciences and psychology major Worst Class: Physics “I had to study more than I did for all my other classes combined – probably 20 hours a week.”
Senior biological sciences major Worst Class: Rhetoric as Argument “It was pointless. I’m never going to use anything I learned.”
Junior math major Worst Class: Technical Theater “The professor could be severely improved.”
Senior exercise science and dietetics major Worst Class: Science of Food and Preparation
Senior nutrition and pre-dental major
Senior geology major
Worst Class: Physiology
Worst Class: Interpersonal Communication
“The professor was difficult and I couldn’t “You had to know understand him. every small detail And there were because you never multiple correct knew what would answers on multiple be on the tests.” choice questions.”
“I feel like it was taught at a gradschool level and it was extremely hard.”
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Professor brings baboon research to the classroom humans too. He sees and ob- practice in Ethiopia. Cultural cara wilwerding serves things that many others dissonance aside, she’s quickly daily nebraskan wouldn’t see and that’s an ex- adapting to life in the United Shimelis Beyene is fascinated traordinary ability.” States. with monkeys. Willis realizes the stress Beyene’s primatology stuAs a professor of anthropol- dents are given similar oppor- Beyene places on family valogy at the University of Nebras- tunities to observe during lab ues. People around the world ka-Lincoln, he focuses a major- time. With required trips to spend more time with extendity of class time discussing the the zoo, students learn about ed family than Americans do, history of human beings. But behavior measurement. They according to Willis. She said students who take Primatol- form scientific questions for that came as a real shock to ogy: Behavior and Ecology of observation and use these Beyene. Primates get a look at Beyene’s questions to test primates’ be“He comes from a culture area of expertise — baboons. where people don’t spend a havior. “With humans, there are Junior international studies lot of time alone and they’re alemotions and cultures, but and secondary special educa- ways with family,” Willis said. with primates, it’s something tion major, Nate Hall, thinks “It’s been very difficult for him different from yourself,” Bey- Beyene is paving a new path here. He’s much more lively, ene said. cheerful and content since his at UNL. Beyene is a member of the “What he’s done research on family’s been here.” Baboon Research Project in really isn’t being done at the Beyene said the culture in Awash National Park, Ethio- university,” Hall said. “I think America is different from Ethipia. The project is focused on he’s working on a lot of issues opia on many different levels. studying the behavior, ecol- that haven’t been brought up With more choices and freeogy, demography and genetics as much as they should be.” doms, Beyene has more conof primates. For his dissertaAt the present time primatol- trol over his life and teaching tion, Beyene focused on the ogy is not required for any ma- style. behaviors of female baboons. “In my home you are not safe jor or minor and, until recently, During his studies, Beyene this class was only listed as an to say certain things,” Beyene questioned why female ba- elective. Howsaid. “Here boons prefer a certain type of ever, Beyene you have male. He attributes their pref- thinks Ultimately to speak class erences to different social hier- enrollment will your mind. primates are archies. If you want increase now fascinating on “The lower ranking females that primatolyou can tend to go after males that are ogy is listed in their own terms. provide an very protective of females,” the course bulargument. I Most important is Beyene said. “It looks like they letin. just like the how similar a lot are trying to fend off aggresopen-mindWhile his sive action from other males.” of their behavior edness and course is not Naturally baboons would required, Beyreflection is to humans. be shy and scared of humans, ene thinks it from all corBeyene said. But because they can be benefiners.” Shimelis Beyene experience so much human cial to students In the UNL Anthropology professor interaction in Awash National in a number of U.S., matePark, many baboons have be- different fields. rial wealth come more social and mischie- Biological science majors can is not a huge problem, Beyene vous. use primatology to practice said. But in Ethiopia many citiDuring one camping trip, evolutionary behavioral re- zens are going hungry. Beyene Beyene set up his tent be- search. Psychology majors has done research on the onfore going on a walk. When may learn more about the re- going hunger crisis and what he returned, his tent was flat- lationship between evolution can be done to stop it. tened and supplies had been and behavior. Accordingly cultural studdestroyed. Beyene also saw a “Ultimately primates are fas- ies are a big emphasis in Beymonkey steal his daughter’s cinating on their own terms,” ene’s courses, Hall said. He ice cream cone in an outdoor Beyene said. “Most important has learned a lot from Beyene sitting area. is how similar a lot of their be- about current issues in Af“This happens unfortunately havior is to humans. We can rica. While there are focuses because primates learn very trace some of our core ele- on Asian and Latino studies quickly about the social situa- ments to primate ancestry.” at UNL, African studies have tion and they try to capitalize Beyene has been in the been given less attention in on it,” Beyene said. “Baboons United States for nearly seven Hall’s view. and monkeys are common in years. Originally from Ethio“I think that there is almost a hotels, resorts and camping pia, Beyene had to leave be- lack of diversity within the insites (in Ethiopia). They have hind his wife, Alynalem, and ternational professors at UNL,” frequent contact with people 10-year-old daughter, Eledon, Hall said. “I think it’s really and can kind of predict human to pursue a teaching position. awesome to have a professor behavior.” After what Beyene described who was born and raised in As a child, he loved being as a long and painful wait, the Ethiopia and partly educated outdoors, perhaps part of the family has been reunited in there. It’s cool to get both perreason he’s been drawn to Lincoln. spectives on the education systhe savannahs, mountains and “It was challenging, espe- tem.” valleys of Ethiopia for his re- cially missing them and my American culture, however, search. Mary Willis, a fellow daughter growing up without has given some students a UNL anthropology professor, me being there,” Beyene said, different view on education, said Beyene is incredibly ob- though her intellectual curios- according to Willis. Many stuservational while in the field. ity brings him comfort. “She dents refuse to take advantage “To watch a situation and wants to know everything – of the opportunities they are pick up subtle things, that’s how the culture works.” given, she said. a skill that’s absolutely re“Many of us get the chance He said Eledon was shocked quired,” Willis said. “It works to see Americans lick their fin- to go to college,” Willis said. “I and it’s served him well with gers because that’s an impolite think (Beyene) sees students who often times don’t realize how lucky they are to get the education and experiences they get before they have to support a family or go out into the work world.” Ultimately Beyene is held in high regard in his field and in even higher regard as a scholar and individual. “The thing I’ve taken away from our 20-plus years of friendship is that patience really is a virtue,” Willis said. “He embodies that. 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The Interdisciplinary Arts Symposium, founded and directed by Professor Rhonda Garelick, begins its third season this spring. Each year Garelick tries to choose a theme that is socially relevant for the IAS, a performancebased series, which aims to present University of Nebraska-Lincoln students and Lincoln residents with unique and meaningful exposure to the arts. Petra Wahlqvist, associate director of IAS, is involved with making the logistics work. “Choosing a theme and programming relevant, varied and interesting performances and lectures is a bit of a jigsaw puzzle,” said Wahlqvist. “Multiple things have to come together, such as artists’ availability, suitable dates and community interest.” “Immigration, Migration and Transplantation,” the theme chosen by Garelick for the 2012 season, begins the lecture and performance portions of the series on Feb. 10 with Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band. “This year’s theme was chosen in part because issues of immigration have been very much in the political news of late and also because Lincoln is a city of many immigrants historically,” she said. Although each season has a theme, Garelick said, the overarching theme is “Performing the Human Signature,” in which each aspect seeks to examine what it means to be human. “By arranging the season around a single theme, and by exploring that theme not only through performance but through lectures, master classes, demonstrations, community outreach and the book series, I hope to offer a
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more well-rounded view of the arts,” she added. According to Garelick, Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band will be a thrilling addition to this year’s season. Described as one of America’s hottest Latin jazz groups, they have worked with people like Christina Aguilera and Tito Puente. Wahlqvist shares Garelick’s enthusiasm for the first performance of the season. “I think it will be an amazing event,” she said, “with a lecture by Chris beforehand, a delicious dinner by The Venue, and then the concert by this fabulous group in their first-ever show in Nebraska! I feel very lucky to be able to bring those kinds of experiences to Lincoln, and think it will be a very memorable event.” The entire season is made up of three lectures and three performances, as well as a seminar and a book, which is currently in the works. The lectures will be given by Washburne; Caroline Brettell, professor at Southern Methodist University; and C. Daniel Dawson, artist, photographer and faculty
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member at New York University. The series this year will also include a movie screening of “West Side Story” at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center theater on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. “My hope,” Garelick said, “in founding IAS was to bring cutting-edge performing arts to UNL and to Lincoln and more than that, to place the performing arts in a broader critical context for people. The theater offers us experiences far more powerful and fulfilling than the merely disposable entertainment we often see. But to appreciate and enjoy those experiences requires a bit of commitment, plus frequent exposure, education, and accessibility.” RACHELSTAATS@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM
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In foreground from left, Laura Piñón, Nina Quiñones and Michelle Moreno stroll as Lia Morales looks on in the background. Members of the group said different strolling routines are mixed and matched for different events, including a performance at a local high school this Friday. holidays. Sigma Lambda Gamma celebrates Dia de los Muertos and creates altars in remembrance of those that have passed away. They use the altars as ways to open their eyes to their own backgrounds as well as opening the community’s eyes as to where different people come from. “It really brings out your roots,” Sanchez said. “Because sometimes we forget about our roots. And bringing that back and connecting to your culture makes you appreciate where you come from and you are more likely to be open to other people’s cultures.” Many of the organizations have accepted customs from the other cultures represented in the other houses, such as strolling. Strolling was predominantly an African American tradition, but since its origination some of the Latino based sororities and fraternities
have adopted stepping and made it their own. “Every year we have a stroll-off at the beginning of the year, and we use it as a recruitment tool, as well as showing the university what all we can offer,” Sanchez said. “We adopted strolling from the other fraternities, but we have made it our own with rules and it is something different. It normally, opens eyes to something you haven’t seen before.” Each house shares these customs and reaches out to the community in many different ways. Yet they still manage to be a tightly-knit family that has a bond that can never be broken. “The bond between everyone is so strong. Everyone has a different background and comes from somewhere different, but we are all still a family,” Madole said. The multi-cultural greek organizations are not as well-known as the
mainstream greeks, but they are slowly growing. Their impact on the community and the greek system here at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is sure to send a message that they are here to stay. “My favorite thing, so far, is to see my sorority grow,” Sanchez said, “When I joined, there were only two active members and now as a junior there are 11 active members. I loved seeing how the alumni reacted to the growth as well as the university.” These women and men, brothers and sisters, are a part of cultural fraternities and sororities that hold onto where they come from and what they believe in. These greeks give their cultures to their community, their university and to each other. The multi-cultural greeks share a bond that is not just a sisterhood or a brotherhood, but it is also a way of life. SARAHLAMBERT@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM
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Vacation antics breed stupidity, great stories nate ruleaux It’s the first night in five 10 p.m.s I’ve been sober enough for a thought that held out of the circle of booze, theater, pals, gals and smokes. I’ve thought a bit here and there – in the hotel sauna or in those 20 to 30 minutes where I truly get the pool or the hot tub alone to myself. In those locations and moments I can feel my brain pulsing with temperature change and the bam-bam-bam of ideas and insight and reflection. But the starter is trying to get started so hard that everything gets all nuts and the engine floods and I’m back out with the guys going to some place. Smoking in the backseat, chugging beers in the hotel room or getting the usual at the bar – an order of a White Russian, followed by a White Russian, followed by tequila shots, then a Bloody Mary and one more White Russian. These drinks were slightly different each time, depending if you bought them from the rough-looking bartender who loved Ellen DeGeneres or the old-man bartender who liked “Cheers.” The hotel lobby is peaceful enough, just a bit too dark. The entire hotel is dark and is just one of the thousand concrete, plain, bland, sunken, spirit monstrosities that riddle the city of Ames, Iowa. Like the rash Nick found under his left armpit. I think they are bedbugs and he thinks they are winter chiggers and Mike says that it’s a stress rash and I still say that it’s bedbugs because every time that those goddamn maids try to get in and change the sheets and throw out the empties and vacuum
the crumbs and sort out the towels, they come in to find Lee and the D-Man, looking like piss-drunk-hangover-mess heads passed out and cuddling in boxers on their bed. That’s the troubling part about it, I know I have been drinking and smoking less than my two best pals, but damn, it’s been a rough binge for me, as well, which does not and cannot explain the reason why there has been no hangover. Is it because I hold a masters of arts in waking up for the morning, popping four Advil in the mouth, rinsing out a dirty ring scotch glass then hitting the tap for two shots of water and then showering? The regiment gets me feeling perfectly right amid all the noise of my snoring companions. You see this whole thing has been just me hopping back and forth between who I was and who I’m shaping up to be. Ames, Iowa, has become a sort of limbo for the soul, where hopes and dreams are smashed up in $8 fresh sandwiches for sale from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the first floor of the theater conference hall. The Scheman Building is some evil architect’s idea of what it would be like to take the world of “1984” and military barracks and morph them together into these concrete prisons. I could never go to school here and that’s not just because around every corner there’s some bimbo doucher in a tux ready to yell and scream and point you across the street because, “We are a no smoking campus.” And all you do is give him the bird and take four steps in some direction to finish up before he gets back. Anyway, one day some girl we know through someone who knows someone starts talking to we three scruffy guys and, boom, D-Man has a phone number and we have plans for the night. All actions lead to the next
HORIZONTAL I.D. NEBRASKA poor decision, which leads to a cycle of the same game, which ends with sleeping on the bathroom floor, which starts again with waking up magically back in my bed next to Nick; the guy who I haven’t really mentioned. This leads to the hangover treatment and back to a drink in the hand. So we were at the bar later and it just so happens that girl and her friends are over at a table. “Switch me seats, so she can see me,” D-Man says. So I make out like I can’t quite see the television behind the bar. It’s a 100 million-inch television and I cant see it. Bullshit. We get back to the second round of White Russians and, sure as shit, here she comes walking over with some pals and they order and we all pretend that we’ve just realized we were all here (by chance, without really remembering that we’d met). Well, I get to talking and get to working my wingman magic for D-Man and the bartender is even working this girl over a bit for D-Man and then after about four more drinks her eyes, dress, hands, laughter and pushing me out of the conversation and into reading a book of poetry tell me that the ball is rolling. I finish my last glass of 21-year-old scotch and lean over and interrupt the conversation. “D-Man, you’re the man for getting my tab, sir,” I said, then to the girl, “This guy is really something else.” I then throw him a thumbsup and head outside for a smoke. Nate ruleaux is a senior news-editorial and theater performance major. Reach him at nateruleaux@ dailynebraskan.com.
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Gerardo Meza, a teacher at the Arts and Humanities Focus Program, sits at his desk, surrounded by pieces of art. In addition to a handful of classrooms, the program is home to a large, open art studio, where works by Picasso and da Vinci hang alongside students’ original work. students rounded people,” said Clark. Meza said about five percent of seniors become serious about attending art institutes each year, and many former students have gone on to Kansas City, Minneapolis, San Francisco and Chicago art schools. If students decide to apply for art school, the work starts right away. Students’ entire senior year could be dedicated to putting together a portfolio of artwork and writing an artist’s statement. Amber Stevens, a senior in the program, joined her junior year. She said she has already been accepted to art institutes in Chicago and Savannah, Ga., and plans to pursue a career in painting. She likely wouldn’t be headed down that path without LPS’s focus program, Stevens said. “They’ve helped me a lot as an artist just to mature,” she said while working on a painting of a woman’s silhouette in white against a dark blue background. “I don’t think that most public school art programs do that.”
Meza creates individualized curriculum for each student in his classes, knowing they all have different focuses and goals. “They have to start thinking like an artist,” Meza said. “You can’t just have a pretty picture. You’ve got to have substance.” Once students have a specific message, they must use their technique and creativity to create a portfolio of what should be their best work to date, Meza said. Because of the program’s small student population, teachers can spend more one-onone time with students, helping to prepare materials and relieve unnecessary pressure. “I became more passionate and determined to work on a project because I had a connection with my teacher,” said Anderson. “I wanted to do my best and I wanted to impress my teachers and peers.” Meza said when students are working on different projects, the atmosphere of A&H motivates everybody to try new things. Every one of 15 students interviewed Tuesday agreed.
“I really like the environment here, it’s so relaxed,” said Luke Nispel, a junior whose face was inches away from his canvas, a splayed brush in hand. An open bag of popcorn and an iPod plugged into his ear helped confirm the sentiment. “You can be super creative,” agreed Brittany Coudriet, a senior who was working on a ceramic Triceratops. “You have a lot more freedom here to just mess around with stuff.” None of that was surprising to Meza. “The creative vibe is live, and it rubs off on others,” he said. Anderson warned that despite the negative reputation labeling A&H a “fly-by school,” it is geared to students who are passionate about the arts. “I cannot stress how important it is that just as public school isn’t for everyone, Arts and Humanities isn’t for everyone,” she said. “It’s a focus program based on something that you are passionate about.” Dan holtmeyer contributed to this report. SHELBYFLEIG@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM
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State. “I think if we’re going to be a consistent NCAA Tournament team in this league, you’d better have a six-toeight-point advantage at home,” Sadler said. “Everybody has that everywhere you go. Just to be even, you’ve got to have that. Anything they do to get the students and crowd into it, they better do it.” Boehm also sees the better seats as a way of thanking the students for their loyalty over the years. Even as NU has had double-digit losses to Wisconsin, Michigan State and Ohio State at home, the Red Zone has had a good turnout for nearly every game. Sadler gave some of the credit in the Huskers’ upset over Indiana to the Devaney faithful. “The bottom line is we have been so proud and appreciative of the students that have shown,” Boehm said. “Let’s be honest, we’ve had a tough stretch. To see those students out there every single game, it’s been impressive. The students have been unbelievable in their support over the years.” danhoppen@
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Weech finding stroke during junior season Angela Hensel daily Nebraskan
After the setbacks Nebraska swimmer Ariel Weech suffered last season, most swimmers would be down on their luck and struggling to keep up with competition. For Weech, though, these setbacks have pushed her to be the best. The junior suffered the death of her uncle who was killed in her native Bahamas this past year. In addition, she was unable to compete with the Huskers due to ineligibility and was looking for something to start her back up again. Weech’s answer came in the Pan American games this October. “I had a rough semester that put me back this fall,” Weech said. “I had basically fallen off the face of the earth, and the Pan American games gave me something to work for.” Weech did more than just race in the games. She placed 11th in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 57.97 and was ready to get back into the competition for Nebraska this semester. In her first two meets back, Weech looks like she is right back in the water where she belongs. Against Illinois last weekend, Weech finished second in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.94, behind Illinois’ Kristen Manias. Weech then came back to beat Manias in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.65. “Weech has been ahead of where she has been in past seasons,” NU assistant coach Doug Humphrey said. “Although she has been void in the meets, she has still been an integral part of practices.” Swimming has always been a natural choice for Weech, having lived on an island. She started swimming when she was 3 years old after all of the exposure she got to the water when her grandfather would take her out on his boat. Her improvements have not ceased to continue throughout this long career of swimming, and she said she is looking
forward to some of the best times of her career. “My first two years here have been exceptional,” Weech said. “My freshman year I was able to improve upon my best times, and was then able to improve upon those times last year.” Humphrey instantly noticed Weech’s hard-working attitude during one of the team’s winter training trips to the Bahamas. “We saw what a great character she had and her desire to be better than she was,” Humphrey said. This strong desire is greatly due in part to Weech’s tough mental attitude. “In preparing for a race, I try to be a little bit relaxed,” Weech said. “But as soon as I hop up onto the block I think my race, my time.” After all of the turmoil that Weech endured this past season and the positive attitude she has maintained, things can only start to look up for her. One of the greatest things Weech will have to look forward to this season is the addition of her twin sister Amber, who transferred to the Huskers this semester. Ariel swims more sprint freestyle while Amber is more of a distance freestyle swimmer, so the two won’t have to compete against each other too much. Amber’s presence on the team will be very beneficial to Ariel, she said. “It’s like having a piece of home here,” Weech said. Moving past all of her setbacks from the fall, Weech already has her eyes set on her goals for the future. “At this point, I’m just looking forward to the NCAA championships and hoping to make the A final,” said Weech. “After that, it’s looking to qualify for the Olympics with the Bahamian national team.” Humphrey said Weech is more than capable of accomplishing her goals. “The sky’s the limit for Ariel,” Humphrey said. “We’re ready to get her qualified for the NCAA championships, and get her exposed to that next level.” angelahensel@ dailynebraskan.com
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Gymnast Gabriel Jolley scored a 12.95 on pommel horse against Air Force.
Freshman still learning potential Michelle O’dOnnell daily nebraskan
Gabriel Jolley found his place at Nebraska the moment he set foot on the campus. The freshman all-arounder had offers from many colleges, including Air Force, but knew he belonged at Nebraska. “I didn’t really know much about Nebraska, but when I came here on a recruiting trip I loved everything about it,” Jolley said. Before coming to NU, Jolley was an all-arounder on an All-American gymnastics club team in Utah. Before that, he tried many different sports until he found one where he could use all his energy. “I was in football and soccer, and still got sent to the principal’s office,” Jolley said. “Then my mom put me in gymnastics.” Jolley finally found something he could put all his energy into, and was getting great results back from his efforts. Last year, Jolley registered 12th-place finishes on horse and parallel bars at the 2010 USA Junior National Team Qualifier. Jolley then went on to tie for 32nd in the Level 10 all-around at the 2011 Junior Olympic
National Championships in Long Beach, Calif. “I just hit all my routines. I was struggling because I had shoulder problems and got a cortisone shot right before the match,” Jolley said. The muscle in Jolley’s shoulder was too close to the bone, and when he would move they would grind together and make it hard for him to move his shoulder. He had surgery in September of last year, and is gaining his strength back every day. “His gymnastics is really beautiful, he’s explosive. His execution is really good,” said NU coach Chuck Chmelka. “Overall I’m really pleased with how he’s come along. We didn’t think he’d be this far along. He’s just been working very hard with our trainers and he’s doing really good.” Jolley competed in his first meet as a Husker at the Rocky Mountain Open, where he scored 12.50 on the pommel horse and 13.70 on the vault. “It was pretty scary,” Jolley said. “I didn’t really know what to expect. The meet went good; it helped my confidence go up. The scores were a little low, but they will go up.” Chmelka was proud of
Jolley’s endurance and mentality at the Rocky Mountain Open. “He did unbelievable,” Chmelka said. “He hit mentally and physically as a freshman with all the pressure on him after coming back from surgery. And he handled it, and that’s what made me really proud of him and I even told our coaching staff how tough that is for a kid.” Jolley’s plan for the future is to take it one day at a time. He plans on staying at NU, getting his degree in international business with a minor in Spanish and seeing what happens. “I don’t want to get ahead of myself,” Jolley said. “I just go by what I’m doing now and see where it takes me.” Now that his road led him to Nebraska, Chmelka is proud to have so much potential on the NU team. “It’s unlimited. He’s really good and I think the future is unlimited,” Chmelka said. “It’s up to him, he can go a long way because he is extremely talented.” Jolley found a comfortable fit at NU, and everyone around him can tell he loves what he’s doing and where he’s at.
“He’s a unique person and a lot of fun to be around in the gym. You never see him without a smile on his face, and we need that cause this is not easy,” Chmelka said. Jolley has a way of always cheering up his teammates at practice and putting a smile on every face in the room. “He’s really an entertaining kid, which we never knew when we recruited him,” Chmelka said. “He’s a great dancer. He’s funny, all of a sudden he’ll start to dance and it just takes pressure off and makes it a lighter situation than it really is.” The team usually listens to electronic or dance music during practice, and while it pumps up the gymnasts, it can be a little distracting. “I just like to dance,” Jolley said. “Sometimes I’ll do freestyle or break dance.” With a bright future ahead of him, Jolley is taking things one day at a time, on a team he loves and where he fits in. “We’re all completely different people from completely different places,” Jolley said, “but all the differences make it so much fun and we all work hard together.” michelleOdonnell@ dailynebraskan.com
gymnastics: from 12 beam is that she moves so effortlessly.” The junior recorded a 9.85 score on beam in the first meet of the season, which Brink thought was a huge improvement from the team’s preseason. When Skinner and the team found out about Durante and Garrison’s departure after last season, she said they weren’t sure what to think of Brink’s hiring. “At first, it felt like they were all leaving us along with the seniors,” Skinner said. “Then when Dan hired coach Brink and (Dan) Miller, we thought of the situation as a positive and it helped get our minds back on track.” Skinner didn’t know much about Brink prior to her hiring. “When she was hired, I was
just hoping she’d be as good as they say she is and so far it’s been true,” she said. “She’s very laid-back and has helped us trust ourselves better. She’s all about helping us gain confidence and giving everything we got in the gym.” Brink said one thing she’s been delighted by is how well the team has accepted her coaching style. “I’m really pleased with how they’ve reacted to me,” she said. “Sometimes when you come in you try to fill in big shoes and girls can try to fight against the new technique. But the girls have been open to me and have embraced my coaching style really well.” She added that working with Kendig has made her job easier. “I knew him from being an athlete and I’ve kept in contact with him throughout the years,”
Brink said. “I’ve always considered him a friend, a mentor and someone who can teach me a lot about gymnastics from the coaching perspective. I’ve already learned a lot from (us) working with each other.” Brink’s two passions since college have been Nebraska athletics and NU gymnastics and said she she’s excited to continue her career with the program. “I’m extremely excited to put my mark on the program and just see where it goes,” she said. “I always joke with Dan that he’s going to have to fire me to get me to leave. I just don’t see myself having passion anywhere else. “I feel like I’m in the right place and I’m loving every minute of it.” neduizu@ dailynebraskan.com
women’s: from 12 a close contest into a doubledigit lead, which it held the rest of the game. Not that Yori expected any less. “When Lindsey (got) in foul trouble, Kaitlyn played a pretty good role for us,” Yori said. “KB did a good job coming in and keeping us composed ... she knows what needs to be done. She’s not necessarily an explosive kid that’s going to make every play, but she understands what we need her to do at a given time.” Burke played point guard in high school and wouldn’t say whether she favored playing there as opposed to her usual shooting guard role. She did say, repeatedly, that her favorite position was wherever her team needs her at the time. “I like (both guard spots),” Burke said. “I’ll play wherever my team needs me — whether
it’s the one, the two or, when (Rebecca Woodberry) got hurt, the three.” Burke also performs a second role for the young team – that of a positive role model. One of 30 nominees for the Lowe’s Senior Class Award, the advertising and business administration major carries a 3.54 GPA and was twice named on the Academic AllBig 12 Team. Her presence has undoubtedly been a factor in the blossoming of true freshmen Tear’a Laudermill, Hailie Sample and Cady, the last of whom was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Tuesday. So, as NU gets set to take on Iowa in Lincoln on Thursday, Burke will again be in the starting lineup. For stat geeks who wonder why, the answer is simple: according to Moore,
NU wins because of chemistry – and Burke supplies it in spades. “Her leadership is a huge part (of our success). She knows our system and can lead kids,” Moore said. “She plays within herself. She stays really composed. She cares a lot.” Just like other players did for Burke when she came to Lincoln. “I remember what it was like when I first got here and some of the older players helped me out when I needed it,” Burke said. “Just being there for my teammates is something that’s very important to me, and I know that I valued it a lot when I was a freshman, so I just (help them out) whenever they need it.” seanwhalen@ dailynebraskan.com
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wednesday, january 25, 2012
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Students participate in the Red Zone tradition of tossing ripped newspaper into the air following Nebraska’s first basket of the game.
what’s the difference
According to NU’s Marc Boehm, a lot. When the Huskers move into Pinnacle Bank Arena for the 2013-14 season, Boehm hopes a new student section arrangement will lead to a greater home court advantage for Nebraska. Story by Dan Hoppen.
hree years ago, the Nebraska basketball team travelled to Kansas State to take on the Wildcats. The result, a 77-72 loss, isn’t particularly noteworthy. But Bramlage Coliseum — also known as the Octagon of Doom — left a crucial impression on several members of the Husker staff, including executive associate athletic director Marc Boehm. Opposed to the Bob Devaney Sports Center, which seats students behind each basket, Kansas State had all its students seated behind the team benches, making
it difficult for the Huskers to hear or communicate on the bench. Boehm liked the idea, but it was restricted by the Devaney. If he put students behind the benches there, the spectators behind them wouldn’t be able to see, as students typically stand the entire game. But when the new downtown arena, since named Pinnacle Bank Arena, was approved in May 2010, the opportunity to put the students in a more impactful position arose. NU jumped at the chance and announced the seating plans for the new arena, which will be ready for the 2013-2014 season, this weekend. There will be approximately 450-500 seats available behind the team benches and another 500 behind the basket that opponents will shoot at in the second half. “The students can have such a huge impact on the game,” Boehm said. “They have to be part of the atmosphere. Basketball is such an intimate setting that you need to position the students in great spots.” Boehm said it’s still unclear how the problem about who gets the prime seats will be decided. Several ideas have been discussed, including going by seniority and a lottery system. But if you’re looking to improve your chances, Boehm said there’s a possibility that a loyalty program will be put in place and students who have previously bought tickets will get a better shot at the prized seats. Unlike the Devaney, the new arena won’t be within comfortable walking distance for most students, many of whom don’t have cars. But NU has devised a shuttle system plan to accommodate them. Shuttles will pick up students at dorms,
men’s bball: see page 10
Brink happy to be back at NU Nedu Izu Daily Nebraskan
Heather Brink started her Husker career as an athlete under coach Dan Kendig. Now she’s ready for her first year of coaching the Nebraska women’s gymnastics team. The former Husker gymnast (1997-2000) was hired this past summer and said her dreams came true when she was asked to become one of Nebraska’s assistant coaches. “I knew from the beginning this is where I wanted to be,” Brink said. “It’s a familiar setting for me and I have a brink true passion for Nebraska Athletics. Dan and (Tom) Osborne have given me the opportunity of a lifetime to fulfill my dream job.” Brink, along with assistant coach Dan Miller, replaces assistant coaches Danna Durante and Tim Garrison who left the program to become head coaches at other schools. Durante, who was associate head coach for Nebraska from 2002-2011, was hired at the end of the 2010-2011 season to become the head coach at the University of California. During her tenure, she coached six NU gymnasts to 18 All-America honors on floor and beam. Garrison, who came to the program in 2006 as the vault and floor coach, left the program in May 2011 to become
the head coach at the University of Kentucky. He helped Nebraska produce four All-Americans, including current Huskers Lora Evenstad and Brittany Skinner. This season, Brink will take over coaching duties on balance beam and Kendig said he couldn’t think of a better person for the job. “When Danna left, she (Brink) was the first person and only person I felt can fill that role,” he said. “No one can do the job like she’s been able to do it because of her experience here. She’s one of the best athletes we’ve had here of all time.” As an athlete, Brink holds many records, including being the first Husker female gymnast to win an all-around national title, and the first Husker to score a perfect 10.0, which she did on vault. She recorded the score three more times her senior year. In 2000, she was chosen as the Honda Award winner, which represents the nation’s top collegiate female athlete. She has also been named AllAmerican 11 times and has won two national titles at the NCAA Championships in Boise, Idaho. Besides competing under Kendig for four years, Brink was also a student manager and a volunteer assistant for Nebraska in 2001. Apart from coaching the balance beam lineup and assisting with floor choreography, Brink helps the team with travel accommodations, recruiting and academics. Kendig said he’s already noticed the impact Brink has had on the No. 1 ranked Huskers. “I think she’s done an incredible job,” he said. “I think the biggest thing she brings is
Veteran Burke filling multiple roles for Huskers Sean Whalen daily nebraskan
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NU coach Dan Kendig consoles Heather Brink after a routine in this April 8, 1999 Daily Nebraskan photo. Brink was a standout Husker gymnast from 1997-2000 and is now in her first season as an assistant coach for the Husker women’s gymnastics team. passion. She says what’s on her mind and the team appreciates that. For someone in their first year, she’s been spot on in so many ways. She’s willing to do whatever needs to be done to help this team do better.” So far this season, Brink has helped the Huskers start the 2012 season with a 2-0 record and has helped them capture crown events in both meets against Denver and Iowa State.
One gymnast the coach has enjoyed watching this season is Skinner. “Brittany’s come a long way,” she said. “Her biggest thing during intrasquad meets is that she wasn’t able to get the best numbers because of her injury. The thing I love about her on
gymnastics: see page 11
Kaitlyn Burke’s teammates like to joke that Burke is the “grandma” of the team. In her fifth season playing under coach Connie Yori, the Vancouver native knows the Husker system inside and out, well enough to play any position on the court – though, as she stands 5’7’, the frontcourt would be a bit of a stretch. What isn’t a stretch is the confidence and reburke spect her teammates have for “KB,” the only senior playing major minutes for NU, despite a lack of jaw-dropping numbers (5.2 points, 2.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game). Burke plays an average of 24.1 minutes per game and is one of just four Huskers (Jordan Hooper, Lindsey Moore and Emily Cady being the others) whose minutes have increased since conference play began for non-injury reasons. Speak of Burke to one of
her teammates and you’ll hear some of the following: “Great motor,” “knows the system,” “doesn’t make mistakes,” “great teammate” and, above all, “knows what she can do and does it.” Simply put, Burke’s teammates think NU’s ‘grandma’ has game. So when Burke, who turned 22 in late August, was called upon by Yori to run the offense while Moore sat out 10 minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, it really wasn’t that big of a deal. “We have a fun team and (opposing teams) can kind of pick their poison,” Moore said. “When I was gone, she stepped up and did what needed to be done for us to get a win. I had total confidence in her when she went in, we all did.” As crazy as it sounds, Moore actually sat on the bench more in Sunday’s Minnesota game (19 minutes) due to her three fouls than she did in the entire 17-game Big 12 campaign last season (11 minutes). Suffice to say, Nebraska fans are fairly used to seeing No. 00 lead the ball up the court. But when No. 5 (Burke) took over Moore’s duties, NU went on a 19-10 run to turn
women’s: see page 11