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Ignite introduces fresh start platform

ASUN candidates propose keeping first-time MIP charges within UNL records

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REECE RISTAU DN Students who receive a first-time minor in possession charge will have the option of keeping it within University of Nebraska– Lincoln records, if a proposed plan goes into effect. The proposal would allow students who get their first MIP to take a university diversion class. The citation would be kept on record, but wouldn’t go to the City of Lincoln and would likely not be able to be traced by future employers. The program is one of Ignite for ASUN’s platforms, a party campaigning for the upcoming Association of Students of the University of Nebraska elections. Sen. Kevin Knudson, the presidential candidate for Ignite for ASUN and a junior political science student, said the climate of campus is ready for such a program. “There are so many alcohol violations on campus,” Knudson said. “You really don’t want the rest of students’ lives messed up by one weekend.” UNL tested a pilot program for a semester in 2011 similar to the current proposal. UNL Chief of Police Owen Yardley proposed the original plan with support from Lancaster County Commissioner Joe Kelly and Linda Major, the assistant to the vice chancellor for student affairs. The three are supporters of Ignite for ASUN’s plan. “If UNL students met a certain set of criteria, those students could be referred to an internal diversion program,” Major said. “If (the criteria was) completed as required, their ticket was not sent to the county attorney’s office for prosecution.” Knudson said to qualify students have to be a first-time offender with no previous criminal record, and the citation had to be issued on campus by a UNLPD officer. Students could appeal within three days to be placed in the diversion program. The pilot didn’t continue past a semester because it was interfering with the third party that led the county diversion program and Kelly didn’t think he could continue supporting it, Major said. That contract has since expired and the county runs the diversion program. Yardley couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon. Kelly was out of his office for the week. Knudson said the party will be working with Major to mirror the program after the successes of the old system. There would likely not be any change in cost for students, Knudson said.

Launched at the beginning of the fall 2013 semester, the red2go initiative pushes for both students and teachers in the Glenn Korff School of Music to purchase or rent an Apple iPad to use for e-textbooks and other educational tools. Owning an iPad isn’t currently mandatory for music students, but the red2go initiative strongly recommends it.

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tion, began the red2go program with colleague Tony Bushard. Freshmen in MUSC 160 – music as art, discipline and performance – were encouraged to use iPads to read the interactive e-textbook that Moore and Bushard wrote. About 80 percent of the first semester freshmen who enrolled in MUSC 160 got an iPad. Moore conducted exit interviews and course evaluations and said that about 95 percent of the students supported the idea of requiring or suggesting iPads for future music majors. Freshman music performance major Mark Germer took the course last semester. His parents bought him a $700 iPad with retina display for the class. Though it wasn’t a requirement, Germer said it was strongly suggested, and he was excited to use it. “I liked the textbook and the convenience of it but honestly, I know I won’t use (the iPad) for my


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And that goes for studying a major again,” he said. piece, too. Say students are studyGermer is a music perforing a Beethoven symphony, the mance major and piano player and sees the iPads being of more use to first movement alone is about six minutes long. On a laptop, listenmusic education majors than him. “It would have been better off ing and watching the score takes downloading, streaming and for me to just use my laptop bescrolling through cause I’m not goa PDF file. On the ing to be teaching,” laptop, the score There are Germer said. moves along as the Moore said perso many music plays. formance students “There are just can find ways to interactive so many interactive use the iPad for opportunities opportunities that their work. iPads make pos“We have stu- that iPads make sible and easier,” dents – even one possible.” Moore said. “And professor – who we don’t just have are reading all of Brian Moore the students get an their music off the associate music education professor iPad and say ‘go,’ iPad and loving it,” we really teach Moore said. them how to use it With a Blueand its capabilities.” tooth foot pedal, a musician can Moore is teaching a course that go to the next page on the iPad without having to stop and turn a shows students how to develop their own music applications, a physical page.

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Regents cite uncertain terms in tabling ice center vote Board asks university to pursue better deal with city, will look at Breslow Ice Center proposal in March Gabrielle Lazaro dn Former Nebraska State Auditor John Breslow once had a dream of seeing a local hockey player make it to the NHL, so he donated $7 million to build an ice rink in Lincoln, Husker hockey coach Larry Taylor said. More than six years later, it’s uncertain whether Breslow’s dream will come to fruition. Last Friday, the University of Nebraska Board of Regents tabled a vote on the program statement for the $11 million Breslow Ice Center until March, citing uncertainty

about the deal between the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the City of Lincoln. The 55,393-square-foot ice center would be built on land south and west of Haymarket Park. It’s to have one professional-sized ice rink, 700 seats, locker rooms, maintenance and storage areas along with room for expansion. UNL’s hockey, curling and broomball club teams, some of which currently travel to Fremont and Ralston to practice and compete, could use the facilities. UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman said at the regents meeting that in addition to Breslow’s $7 million, the University of Nebraska Foundation will provide $3 million, and $1 million would come from Campus Recreation reserves. The city agreed to donate $40,000 to operating costs, but after that, the university would be responsible for those costs. At the meeting, Perlman said he was confident revenue from public skating could cover operating costs. But regents said they didn’t

Courtesy photo The Breslow Ice Center would give Husker Hockey the publicity needed to consider applying to be a NCAA division 1 hockey program, according to coach Larry Taylor. want to approve the program statement until UNL pursued a better deal with the city. Only Regent

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bling the vote. About 10 different entities compete for ice time at the Ice Box, Lincoln’s only ice arena. Hockey coach Taylor said the Breslow Ice Center would free up ice time, reduce player costs and possibly give Husker Hockey enough publicity for the university to one day consider filling a NCAA division 1 hockey program “Big Ten hockey is pretty big right now,” he said. “I could see Nebraska jumping into it down the road. We’d have to establish enough interest to go forward with something like that. But last summer we were able to get two games at the Ice Box and we packed in 600 people – and that’s without a lot of advertising. In Fremont we have a small 200-people type of fan base.” The Husker Hockey team currently plays games at the Sidner Ice Arena in Fremont. Next year, however, the arena will be inherited by Midland College NAIA division 3 men’s and women’s hockey team. That leaves Husker Hockey players unsure of whether they’ll get ice

time. Club Broomball president and senior computer science major Blake Adams said the team has trouble recruiting members due to its inconvenient practice time. “The city of Lincoln definitely needs (Breslow Ice Center) right now,” he said. “We practice at the Icebox where the Lincoln Stars play, but we can only practice two hours a week, and I know it’s really hard to find ice time there. Our practices are 10 p.m. until midnight on Thursdays and that’s the only time we can get.” Taylor said he understood the regents’ concerns. “Operating an ice rink is always a gamble,” Taylor said. “I know the city and university were going back and forth over who’s going to absorb the cost of that. If you get enough interest you can fill the ice time slots, and if you have a good director you can bring in public skating and all kinds of things. But it is a challenge.” news@


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staff report dn The Nebraska Crew Club is recruiting new members. Club representatives will be available this week and the next in the Campus Recreation lobby wearing their red Crew jackets at 5 p.m. Interested students will then be taken to the boathouse to learn more about the sport. “It’s really become kind of my motivation and my passion on this campus,” coach Paul Smith said. “It’s what has gotten me and kept me in shape.” The Crew Club teaches members more than physical skills, Smith said. “It’s taught me a lot about leadership positions, coaching positions, like how to run a team, how to run a club, how to coordinate with people,” he said. “And then, I think, the most important part is the teamwork that you build over the years.” New members who join the club, which has been a University of Nebraska–Lincoln student organization since 1969 and currently has 25 members, have the chance to prove themselves against other teams at their skill level. “We take the novice that we get in the semester and train them over spring break,” Smith said. “We’re going to Austin this year to train – novice and varsity – and just have a good time. And then for the competitions that we go to, they all get in a boat with the other novices and race all the other school’s novice rowers. It’s actually a good way to get a feel for the


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National foundation recognizes UNL as one of 16 colleges protected by free speech policies Jacob Elliott dn The University of Nebraska– Lincoln received top marks in a recent report examining free speech policies on college campuses nationwide. The Foundation of Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) released a report commenting on universities’ and colleges’ policies affect on free speech. The report is issued every year, and the foundation reviews more than 400 colleges and universities nationwide, assigning them a red


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Illinois and Kansas. The most important competition, the American Club Rowing Association National Rowing Club Championship, takes place in Gainesville, Ga., in May. “Two of our varsity members from the men’s team and two of the varsity members of the women’s team are training in two-people boats to go down [to the championship],” Smith said. Although the Crew Club expects more people in the fall, it urges inter-

ested students to give it a try and join whenever they’d like. “We’re looking for people all year round, and if someone wants to join at any time, come talk to us,” Smith said. The team practices early in the morning, which dissuades some students. “Right now we’re getting up at 6 a.m., and then during the water season we typically push that back to 5 a.m. It’s a pretty early morning, but it pays off,” Smith

said, mentioning the bonds the sport builds between its members. “To go practice every single morning, going to races, traveling, just building a team and keeping it over the entire length of your college career is really something that I think helps with life,” he said. “So it’s a great experience and one that you treasure forever.” news@

light, yellow light or green light rating based on whether school policies inhibit First Amendment rights. UNL was one of 16 colleges and universities to receive a green light rating, meaning FIRE observed no policies that clearly or substantially interfered with free speech. About 59 percent of colleges had at least one policy “clearly and substantially” restrictive of First Amendment Rights, according to the report, earning them a red light rating. Yellow light ratings – assigned to 36 percent of schools – indicate some policies that “could ban or excessively regulate protected speech.” “The Supreme Court of the United States has memorably identified the college campus as the ‘marketplace of ideas,’” said William Creeley, director of legal and public advocacy for FIRE. “As a result, FIRE in our 15 years of extending student-faculty rights conducts such a report an-



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nually to determine whether or not colleges and universities are meeting the supreme courts understanding of what the American university should be.” Unrated schools were private universities that clearly stated that they put their own values above that of freedom of speech. In the report, 427 schools were reviewed. Of these schools, nine of the schools were left unrated.

Green light ratings were more common among public schools, with 13 of the 16 green light ratings awarded to public institutions. Eric Reznicek, Association of Students of the University of Nebraska president and a senior finance and marketing major, said he could see why UNL got a positive rating. “We operate an unofficial policy that, you’re more than wel-

come to say whatever you’re going to say, but we’re not going to neglect the fact that there are going to be social consequences,” he said. “So we’re not going to hinder your free speech just for the sake of, someone might say something, but at the same time we do make it apparent that there are consequences.” news@

RHA approves DJ fund allocation for formal If You Go

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competition.” The sessions in this recruitment drive will give students a chance to know the equipment the Crew Club uses to train, which includes indoor rowing machines called ergometers. They’ll also see the boats they’ll be rowing in, if they choose to participate in the club. The boathouse is located on the corner of 16th and X streets. This semester the Crew Club will participate in a number of competitions in places such as Omaha,

UNL receives ‘green light’ rating on free speech policies


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During its spring semester recruitment drive, the Nebraska Crew Club will give students a chance to know the training equipment and visit the boathouse at 16th and X streets.

The show will go on for the 70thsome year. The annual Love Memorial Hall East Campus Formal, which has been a tradition since the 1940s, will be held Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. and is free for all residence hall students. The event, which the all-female East Campus cooperative residence hall will host in the Great Plains Room of the Nebraska East Union, will have refreshments, cookies, party mix, and – thanks to the Residence Hall Association – a disc jockey. The Residence Hall Association at its meeting Tuesday night approved a $445 allocation to pay for a DJ at the Love Memorial Hall East Campus Formal with a unanimous voice vote. “I think this is a good idea,” said Ethan Schwarten, RHA events committee chair and a sophomore biology major. “They don’t come to RHA for money at all and they’re putting most of their money towards this, so that shows that it’s actually a big deal to them. I don’t think a lot of people on City Campus know about East Campus and I think this event might help a little bit.”

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Love Memorial Hall is hosting its annual East Campus formal on Feb. 28 in the Nebraska East Union. RHA allotted funds for the cooperative residence hall to hire a disc jockey. Sen. Samantha Hogan, a sophomore pre-criminology and criminal justice major, said RHA should do its part to keep up its tradition of partially funding the event. RHA has donated funds to the formal for about seven years, RHA primary adviser Melissa Peters said. Some of the questions that

arose included: How many people usually attend? Why isn’t a student DJ or someone from UNL’s DJ Club being used? How will the event be advertised? And how will it be monitored that those attending are actual residents? Love formal committee chair and junior agricultural education major Lacey Peterson said last

year about 100 people attended. “This year we really want to bring that number up,” she said. “I know 100 people isn’t a lot, but we’re a dorm of 35 girls. We really want to promote it, especially to East Campus residents. We want to get bigger and better – we have a lot of good things planned to make it over the top.”

Sen. Francisco GuzmanJimenez, a sophomore mechanical engineering major, said getting 100 people to an event put on by such a small dorm shows initiative. “Selleck has 500 people, and we have trouble getting people to our events,” he said. Peterson also said organizers didn’t know any students who were DJs or have that type of connection. For all parties attending, it’s only required that one person have an NCard. As for advertising, flyers will be put up in all residence halls on both campuses, and a Facebook event and RSOs will also advertise. A few RHA members questioned the cost of the DJ being so high. Peterson said the DJ package originally cost $1,000, but they were able to meet with him and negotiate. “Since we’re a UNL group putting on an event, he brought the price down,” she said. news@

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Contact with the banned pesticide DDT may be linked with increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study by researchers at RutgersRobert Wood Johnson Medical School. Blood samples from Alzheimer’s patients contained DDT byproduct levels nearly four times higher than blood from healthy participants. Researchers said it’s too soon to say if the pesticide interacts with genetic factors that contribute to Alzheimer’s risk. DDT has been banned since 1972 in the U.S. and since 2004 worldwide. Researchers said people are still exposed through contamination and the pesticide’s byproducts can stay in a person’s body for up to a decade.

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Students Grant Garrison, Kevin Knudson and Christina Guthmann (left to right) announced their candidacy in the ASUN elections as Ignite for ASUN on Jan. 23. Students who qualify would receive the same educational and community service aspects as county diversion programs. Major said the program would be based off the successful aspects of the 2011 plan. “We implement what we call evidence-based programs,” she said. “We knew that we would have success, and that’s what Owen (Yardley) suggested for this time.” The plan would not apply

to students who live off campus or who get a citation by the Lincoln Police Department. Knudson said the candidates’ haven’t reached out to LPD to find out their view. “I think we would use the lessons we learned from the previous pilot, possibly with small tweaks,” Major said. “The broad concepts of the program were solid.” NEWS@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM

Most minimum wage sponsors don’t pay interns

Of the House and Senate sponsors of the minimum wage bill, 96 percent don’t pay their interns, according to the Employment Policies Institute. That percentage includes many of the lead bill sponsors. Unpaid interns are commonplace in Congress, and the positions are pitches as educational and resumebuilding experiences. The Employment Poilicies Institute argues the practice show “sponsors are legislating with a ‘do as I say, not as I do’ approach.” If passed, the bill would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour over two years. This would be the first increase since 2009.

ipad: from 1 course that music technology minors can take. “We want students to use what’s out there and find ways to develop their own programs and apps too,” he said. Laura Olson, a sophomore elementary education major, bought an iPad for her classes as well. She got an email this summer from the Teacher’s College telling her she needed to purchase a tablet. She bought a 32 GB iPad for about $550. Like Germer, she doesn’t see herself using it beyond her coursework and personal use. “I would like to use it in the classroom, but I don’t want to depend on it,” Olson said. “I don’t want my classroom to be based around applications and technology like it seems it’s moving toward.” Guy Trainin, an associate professor of teacher education, said he expects teachers and students to embrace more and more educational technology in the future. Trainin is behind the tablet requirement and sees it as preparation for the classrooms of the future. “The iPad as a learning and


teaching device is a game changer,” Trainin said. “It’s the direction we are moving toward, even having a one-to-one ratio where all the school kids will have one too. The possibilities are endless, so having our students work with it now is important.” Olson hopes to work with special education students and said she sees the possibilities of using applications that would help meet their individual needs. But Olson said those applications and uses aren’t being taught in the elementary technology courses she’s taken so far. “My parent’s keep asking me, ‘Why did you need the iPad now?’” Olson said. “Honestly, I keep telling them I’m not entirely sure. They told me to buy it, and I will find ways to use it in my practicum with my students.” Germer agreed. “No, it’s great to have one,” he said. “But I don’t use it for schoolwork or music stuff. I use it for watching Netflix.” news@

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Men’s brains more affected by heavy drinking than females

Heavy drinking causes faster decline in cognitive ability in men in comparison to women, according to a study by researchers at the University College London. The study assessed alcohol consumption of middle-aged men and women over 10 years, measuring memory and brain function in the subjects. Heavy drinking was defined as consuming 36 grams of alcohol daily for men and 19 grams for women, about 4 shots and 2 shots respectively. The results showed that heavy drinking men had rapid decline in mental function, results they didn’t similarly find for the women subjects.

study: Body’s response to disease has a smell Human sickness may be detectable by smell, according to a new Swedish study. The study injected eight subjects with a bacterial toxin that produces a strong immune response. The other subjects were injected with a salt water placebo. Researchers then cut out the armpits of the T-shirts the subjects were wearing and asked 40 participants to rate the fabric cutouts on the perceived health of the odor. The samples from the subjects injected with the toxins were reported to smell unhealthy. The findings suggest human immune system strength may be detectable by odor, though the study needs to be repeated with other toxins and environments.

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University should allow students a fresh start after MIP A university is a place for new experiences, some admittedly wiser than others. Students have the chance to build resumes, knowledge and connections. Sometimes, though, students can find themselves in social situations that lead to less than wise decisions. And unfortunately, some of these poorer choices made in college can haunt students into adulthood. A future program could allow students to recover from those choices a little sooner. One of Ignite for ASUN’s platforms for the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska elections is focused on protecting student rights. Part of this involves a proposal to let students cited with a minor in possession, for the first time and on campus by university police, keep the citation within university records. By handling the matter at the university level, students are both reprimanded and allowed to maintain some privacy. The university would continue to enforce its policies as a dry campus. At the same time, though, students have a chance to learn from the mistake without getting the law involved. The program would make the citation less visible to potential employers and less likely to interfere with a student’s potential as an employee. The DN Editorial Board makes no excuses for underage drinking. Students should and will be held accountable for their actions. But no one should have to face years of punishment for a mistake that wasn’t repeated and was made while he or she was young. Ignite for ASUN’s proposed program gives students, even those who may have made a bad decision, the chance to continue to build their futures. After all, that is the ultimate goal of a university.

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unny or not, here they come again, and again and again. Each sitcom I find myself watching is a broken laugh track. With each predictable joke, the same eerie, soulless voices of empty-bellied audience guffaws begin to haunt the room, and I have an odd need to reach for the nearest blankie. The stereotypical characters give me further reason to be fearful when I click that dial. Television shows are evolving, and with the higher caliber television available, networks should leave their dying sitcom franchises behind. Then we can actually enjoy what we’re watching before they become a different kind of walking dead. Not to say that all sitcoms are going down the gutter. Primarily, the shows I’m referring to are the ones shot with multiple cameras. These are the shows like “Two and a Half Men,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “The Big Bang Theory.” Although these shows are still doing great in the ratings, it’s primarily due to their digestibility. As a Salon article suggests, their success isn’t due to quality, but rather because they’re one of the last few things we can watch in a communal setting. Although the faux laughter can be unsettling at times, and may make you look for some ghost exterminators to call, it doesn’t make us feel alone. Which can be a good thing when you find yourself forever alone binging on Netflix and Nutella. But that doesn’t defend why they should continually be put on the air. When looking at the mere quality of writing alone, it’s enough to get you sick. Although many of these shows start off strong in the first few seasons, they simply live too long and slowly allow themselves to become the villain. Take “How I Met Your Mother,” for example. I was hooked on that show for the first three seasons. Ted, Marshall, Lilly, Robin and Barney welcomed me with open arms into their pub, and I got to watch their relationships grow. I felt like a real New Yorker, listening to their city folk troubles. It was a summer romance where ev-

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erything was perfect, and the only thing in the world was me and them. Then, everything changed. Or rather, it didn’t change. Storylines got recycled. Ted kept falling in and out of love with Robin, Barney was in a constant struggle of pimp-ery and settling down. My patience was wearing thin. All of a sudden, I didn’t care if Ted ever found a woman to love. I just wanted the series to end so that I could at least know that those children weren’t a mirage. So, I needed to clear my head. The show and I went on a hiatus for about a month to try to see if maybe all we needed was a little time apart. Yet, alas, my heart was broken. I’ve had my heart broken by a multitude of comedies this way. I hate leaving them, because I love the characters so much and all of their little quirks and catchphrases. And this is precisely what keeps them on the air — guilt. Even when you’re simply trying to watch a football game, all of a sudden Penny from “The Big Bang Theory” is jumping along the bottom of the screen in one of those little teaser bars. Yet, no matter how tempting it might be to pick up that remote and see them again, we have to remind ourselves that we don’t need them. We deserve better. There are other comedies. I’ve seen them, and they’re good to me. They’ll be good to you. When you compare single camera comedies like “30 Rock,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Modern Family” to these other traditional sitcoms, it’s no contest. If you go off of episodic story development alone, you can’t help

but feel the difference. Whereas traditional sitcoms get lazier with time, relying upon sexual humor and not so pithy one-liners, single camera comedies are able to offer something different. What’s more, the characters have more substance to them. I don’t mean those “daww” moments egged on by the audience-bots that are played when a jerk character has a change of heart. No, it’s more than that. If you look at “Modern Family,” each of the characters is real. Each of them is genuine. Sure, they have their comedic tics and might have even been built around stereotypes. Rather than having those quirks define them, they act as a driving force to build up the show’s dramatic tension. In doing this, the show’s creators find a way to avoid typical character clichés. Which, as college students, I think we all can come to enjoy. How many times have you seen a stoner college arts student on a sitcom? I have yet to find a perfectly sane one on TV … as if telling people I’m an English major isn’t hard enough already. Let’s play the stereotype game. Try to count out how many characters in traditional comedy shows solely rely upon stereotypes to sustain them. Practically all of the characters fall into the same pool as the next show’s. You have your flamboyant gay friend, the sexy idiot daughter, the jock son and the overly-protective mother figure. In an age where we’re constantly trying to breakdown these stereotypes, these sitcoms are exactly what keep them in our society’s pool of thought. What the new breed of comedy shows are offering us is a way out. Television can be a driving force for good, but only if we allow it to be. So with what little free time we have in our daily lives, why not tune in to some quality television, knowing now that such a thing exists. Emily Kuklinski is a sophomore English and theatre major. Follow her on Twitter @TheFunnyEmily. Reach her at opinion@

Vanity brings healthier, happier life


e live in a society where our appearance means a lot. Being vain means you simply acknowledge that and use it to your advantage. Vanity is oftentimes viewed as a vice. It’s seen as a negative rather than a positive. The term implies insecurity or an obsession with one’s appearance. But I don’t see it that way. I’d argue that being vain can actually be a good thing. Two guys walk into a job interview. One is wearing a suit, looking like he walked off the pages of GQ magazine. The other guy? He’s wearing sweats and a T-shirt. Who gets the job? Probably not the guy in sweats. Seems like common sense, and it is to a point. But it illustrates that being aware of one’s appearance can open many doors. According to Meg Selig’s column in Psychology Today, vanity is considered a “not-so-noblebut-still-effective motivator.” She continues to say that “when it leads to an unhealthy obsession with looks or to eating disorders, there’s certainly a problem. But if you make sure your vanity serves a health goal, you run less risk of crossing over to the Dark Side.” An example of one’s vanity leading to positive results could be deciding to exercise more. Spring break is coming up. You decide to get a gym membership and start eating healthier. Why? Because you want to look like a Greek god when you set foot on the beach. If wanting to have a good physique leads to a gym membership and healthier eating habits, does your motivation matter? Healthier eating habits are one potential positive outcome of being vain. Another is having more job opportunities. Looking wellrested is an asset in the workplace. It pays to look like you got all of your beauty rest. As college students, who are often sleep-deprived and buried underneath an avalanche of academia, it’s not always possible to get that full night of sleep. After those tortuous cram studying sessions, washing your face (and applying moisturizers) will not only wake you up, it will also

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reinvigorate your skin. Invest in facial moisturizers that have some SPF in them for the daytime. The SPF will help prevent wrinkles and sun damage (yes, sun damage can occur in the winter, since the sun is out). And simply moisturizing in morning will help give your skin a healthier glow. At night, use a thicker face lotion, maybe even try out an eye cream if you have dark circles. After all, it’s better to have your boss notice your attire rather than your tired facial expression. You skin is healthier as a result of your vanity. According to the Mayo Clinic, facial moisturizers “protect sensitive skin, improve skin tone and texture, and mask imperfections.” Your healthier skin communicates a sense of welcoming brightness as opposed to giving off a tired, overworked vibe. However, taking care of your skin is only part of the job hunt. Purchasing nice clothes is the next key component. People view expensive clothes as frivolous and unnecessary. People need to keep in mind that buying something that’s expensive and well-made once is less expensive then replacing cheaply made clothes several times. In other words, being cheap can be more expensive. For example, shopping at “fast fashion” outlets such as Forever 21, Wet Seal, or Charlotte Russe might work in regards to finding things to wear downtown. However, as many shoppers at those stores are aware, the clothes can change in appearance after 1-2 washes. Colors fade, stitching comes undone. Spending $25 on a top rather than $10 more than likely means your $25 shirt will last longer. A vain person might spend more money on

clothes, but oftentimes those clothes will be a part of his or her wardrobe for years to come. That $200 coat will likely be around for more winters than the $50 one you bought simply because it was cheaper. I used the word expensive earlier, but that’s not exactly right. It’s entirely possible to spend too much money on poorly-made clothing, as “Today” anchor Tamron Hall demonstrated Monday when her $760 skirt and $695 sweater from designer Cedric Charlier fell apart on air upon first wear. Even high-end yoga pant company Lululemon has had issues with customers claiming their $100+ pants are entirely see-through. In terms of quality of clothing, you (usually) get what you pay for. However, shopping the sales racks will always do you some good. Keep an eye out for discounts. That’s not being cheap, it’s being smart. That being said, vanity doesn’t just correlate with the types of clothes you wear or how you shop. Being vain can also benefit your dating life immensely. If you want to catch the attention of someone you’re interested in, chances are caring about your appearance will help you. We’re all looking for that person who can see our “inner beauty.” But what’s the motivation to get to know you if your sweatpants/ messy hair look isn’t doing it for them? I mean, do any of us imagine our Prince/Princess Charming looking like a hot mess the first time we lay eyes on them? Didn’t think so. Now, this doesn’t mean you have to enter the public sphere looking great every time. It means taking the time to at least wash your face twice a day, brush your teeth in the morning and maybe throwing on comfy jeans rather than sweatpants. Being vain means grabbing your crush’s attention. It means taking pride in your appearance, which can result in being healthier and help in regards to employment. Vanity is a virtue, not a vice. Damien Croghan is a senior newseditorial and global studies major. Reach him at opinion@



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Listeners should critique music Criticizing content remains necessary to challenge social status quos

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Jeazlepeats is a local band that recently reinvented itself with new members and new songs. Self-described as “psychedelic indie rock” music, the band has performed all around Lincoln, most recently at Vega in the Railyard.

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eazlepeats is a band both old and new. While the current lineup (consisting of Steven DeLair on lead vocals and guitar, Collin McCarthy on lead guitar and backing vocals, Brandon Elwell on guitar, Hunter Maude on bass, Brad Clevinger on drums, Joel Morrow on keys and Kyle Brunner on sax and trumpet) has been playing since November, Maude has been writing and playing in Jeazlepeats for nearly five years. “When we started, I had only been playing bass for a few months,” Maude said. “We just kept evolving, and it was a lot of fun.” The original members met while in a school production of the musical “The Music Man.” They got their name from a slang term frequently used in the musical, “jeezle pete.” “It was a way to say Jesus Christ without getting in trouble,” Maude said. “We thought it was kinda fitting.” During high school, Maude continued to play in Jeazlepeats, while other members came and went. DeLair joined the band in 2013, and the other five members joined shortly thereafter. Many of the current members had their first musical experiences either in school choirs or in the Academy of Rock program in Lincoln and played music in high

school together. “We all did choir, so that helped us with harmonies,” DeLair said. “Five of us would jam, and we’d always talked about making a band. And then this opportunity arose, and we said ‘OK, let’s go for it.’” Along with the band members was their manager, Aaron Lee. Lee helps book shows and provides input on the band’s writing and performing. “Aaron’s another ear for the band,” Maude said. “He hears things we don’t. Also, without him, we would have all fallen off stage.” Having seven full-time members has changed everything about the band, from its sound, to its live performance, to the music itself. “The energy’s way up,” Maude said. “That’s one of the best parts of our performance now.” In the last few months, the band has played numerous shows around Lincoln and has gained a

small, but mighty, following. “Since we’ve had the seven-person lineup, we’ve had at least three times as many people as the shows before,” Elwell said. “We love our fans.” Currently, the band members’ live performances are the only way to hear their music — none of their new music is currently recorded, and they don’t play songs from their earlier recordings anymore. The band had recorded an EP at Fuse Studios in 2009 and also released a selftitled EP in early 2013, which the band released on its Bandcamp page. Both recordings predate the current lineup. “All of our previous stuff had been recorded with other members, and then half the band quit.” Maude said. “We didn’t want to play songs that had been written by other members,” DeLair said.

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A good friend of mine points out every time a rapper says the word “bitch.” I found it so annoying. Why was my friend derailing our conversation? Sure, the use of the expletive may be excessive and problematic, but I thought we already knew that. All this trivial talk was getting in the way. “Bitch” pops up some 47 times in all of “Yeezus,” but since the same goes for pretty much any hip-hop record worth talking about, there’s no reason to point it out. I felt that way about a lot of things my friend pointed out — well, no, I felt that way whenever he brought up materialism and misogyny. Week-long discussions of the politics of racism, wordplay, poetic devices and style within lyrics are fair game. But it’s a waste of time to discuss the rampant objectification and abuse of women and excessive materialistic values because “we all know it’s a bad thing.” But one night, I asked myself whether I really was aware. I call out misogyny and sexism in my life each day, whether it’s from friends, those in authority or the online spaces I frequent. I even call it out in what I read and watch. I sure acted like it was a bad thing. So why did I flip the script when it came to music? Music I enjoy? We are taught to challenge misogyny, racism, homophobia and other problematic attacks on human rights and dignity when we see it where we live, work and play, and in our friends, family and those in power. But we often forget we must first challenge ourselves because we all hold a stake in preserving some degree of the status quo. We must examine our dreams and aspirations, our own values and principles. We must question what we hold most dear — like our music. Many of us find music serves as an escape from the day to day, but these issues, such as racism and xenophobia, are always present in world, whether it’s in song or not. It was and is in the world of those musicians behind the music we listen to. These are the realities of our lives just as much theirs. Realities that surely influenced their music. The two are inseparable. If you were to say, “Toby Keith writes great melodies and lyrics, but some of those lyrics advocate lynching,” why say “But?” You must worry that those pro-lynching lyrics could take away from those sweet melodies you may enjoy. Don’t believe me? The next

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Beatrice features homestead films Homestead National Monument hosts historical-themed film festival during February weekends

‘Too True’ gives listeners a flashback to the 1980s with nostalgic sounds

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Tucked away in Beatrice is one of Nebraska’s more obscure gems. The Homestead National Monument was originally established in 1936 and has continued to grow. Although the park now operates on more than 200 acres, the purpose of the national park remains the same. “At the park, we have an original homestead cabin and a restored tall grass prairie to give visitors an idea (of) what it was like for those that moved to the Great Plains and help them see how difficult the process would have been,” historian Blake Bell said. Homestead offers learning opportunities through museum exhibits, day camps and an education center. But currently, the national park is offering something a bit off the beaten path: the Homestead Film Festival. The festival began in 2010 and was centered around a train theme. Now the movies that

Dum Dum Girls capture ‘80s vibe in album

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ally frame | DN make up the festival are typically more varied. The festival spans to the end of February. Films are always shown at 2 p.m., but attendees can choose to view the weekend’s film either Saturday or Sunday. While the six episode series, “Frontier House,” has already been

shown, this upcoming weekend the second part of “The Dust Bowl” by Ken Burns will be viewed. After the completion of the series, other historical documentaries, specials and movies will be projected. The event organizer, Molly Watters, said she wants to offer a variety for viewers but also keep with his-

torical themes. “We try to pick a selection of different, relevant films,” Watters said. “We just think about our audience and what they would like to see. We try to make if feel like a classic day at the movies as much as we

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Last semester, sitting in my America in the 1960s history class, I was feeling nostalgic for The Beatles. But one of my classmates shared his affection for the sub-pop, post-punk sounds of the 1980s. There was a little confession of how a class on the ‘80s would have been preferred, but a class on the ‘60s was pretty close, so why not? Is this true, University of Nebraska-Lincoln? Are you hungry for the leather-bound, leopard-print listening experience of the enigmatic ‘80s? I hope so because, like Blondie said, “One way or another I’m

gonna get ya’, get ya’, get ya’, get ya’.” The new album “Too True,” by the Dum Dum Girls, is a retro-fantastic-fitting collection of songs for your playlist. This is the third studio album from the band and was released Jan. 28. Comprised of 10 songs but having a mere 30-minute playtime, “Too True” is the perfect soundtrack for applying copious amounts of hairspray while getting ready for a night on the town or detention on Saturday, such as in the movie “The Breakfast Club.” Some cult-classic junkies might remember the romantic coming-of-age, rebellious feeling of restless angst, which accompanies the transition from the childhood toy box to the cigar box hidden for fear of nosy parents finding it. Y’know, the kinda thing for hiding nudie pictures, vibrators or joints in. It’s cool, I’m not here to judge.

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Isaiah Rashad debuts strong album

growth spurt: from 5 attract an audience at them. Despite the exclusion of the band’s older material, the members “Sometimes it’s hard to set up have a full set list of original music shows, because we pretty much and are writing new music con- have to have 18 or older shows.” stantly. They’ve spent the winter Maude said. “Our audience is trying to get their name out, hoping largely younger people.” they can go into the studio and re“It was extremely difficult for cord the new music later this year. us to get started,” Maude said, re“We’ve got about seven or eight ferring to their early years. “It took songs, and we would like to have a long time for us to start getting four or five more songs,” Elwell shows.” said. “By summer, we hope to have But Maude believes keeping 15.” the Jeazlepeats name has helped The band members write all them in some ways. The band has of their music together as a group, been playing in Lincoln for five which allows for a wide variety of years, and that commitment is seeideas and sounds. ing some return “There’s not now. one person dictat“As the new We’ve been ing; it’s very freelineup, we were able to flowing,” Morrow fortunate, in a said. way,” Maude use a lot more “Writing is said. “We had aldifficult, but it’s interesting sounds ready been playso rewarding in ing shows as the that we couldn’t the end,” Delair old band for a long added. time, so when we before.” Since the new started the new lineup, the band’s lineup, JeazleHunter maude music has evolved peats was already bass player quickly. With sevknown by people en members, it has booking shows.” been able to add In the band’s more diverse sounds to live perfor- earlier days, it often played at venmances, sometimes incorporating ues such as Duffy’s Tavern and up to three guitars or two pianos the Bourbon Theatre, but the band or saxophone and trumpet into the recently performed a couple of songs. shows at Lincoln’s newest venue, “We’ve been able to use a lot Vega. more interesting sounds that we “We’re really thankful to Vega; couldn’t before,” Maude said. “We we’ve played two shows there, have a lot more flexibility.” and we have a third coming up in Their musical style is broad. March,” Maude said. “We’ve had a When asked about what genre the really fun time there.” music falls under, each band memThe band has never played ber said something different, even- outside of Lincoln but is looking to tually settling on the term “psyche- set up shows in other cities soon to delic indie rock.” create connections. The band has “We’re experimental, but we no plans to stop anytime soon. The stay within the lines,” DeLair said. members have quite a few shows “We want our music to be easy to planned for February and March listen to.” and are looking to establish themDespite its growing fanbase, selves regionally by recording and the band has had some difficulty touring this summer. breaking into the local music scene “Our number one priority is to and getting shows booked. The expand our web; we’d love to get members said they believe this is into Omaha and play regionally,” largely due to their age. Many of Maude said. the members are still attending “Summer’s gonna be good,” high school or are recently graduElwell said. “We want to have our ated. In Lincoln, a majority of mu- music ready to take wherever we sic venues require patrons to be 21 want to go.” arts@ or older, and it can be difficult for those under 21 to book shows, or

‘Cilvia Demo’ shows off creative content, fails to set up compelling narrative Kekeli Dawes DN Isaiah Rashad’s debut has much to live up to. He’s a rookie who’s been drafted to hip-hop’s most promising label, Top Dawg Entertainment, whose artists are committed to producing complete, excellent work — on their own. Other label artists include Kendrick Lamar, who planned his brilliant debut meticulously for years; Schoolboy Q, who has been working on his heavily anticipated debut since the summer of 2012; and Ab-Soul and Jay Rock have both been in the studio for three years crafting their respective major-label debuts. matter — his absent father is a reTop Dawg plans on releasing curring subject, as well as his desix works this year, five of them pendency on his vices, whether it debuts. And Rashad’s “Cilvia be weed, alcohol or women. He Demo” EP is up first. has energy as well — his delivery The good news is Rashad is direct and forceful. Rashad is is the only newcomer emcee at his best when he’s concise and who could ever have a chance stays away from puns and wordat meeting those standards. It’s play. in his style — he “ Tr a n q u i l quietly generated ity” is strong as it buzz out of his Rashad is meditates on the native Tennessee, worst of Rashad’s at his best not by pushing world. In the trap music, but when he’s concise hook, he seems opting for medito take comfort in and stays away tative, lyricismthe complex irony driven rhymes from puns and of the chorus that paired with fluid, sees the shooter, wordplay. “ rolling beats. the murderer, as The bad news a needed blessis this isn’t too ing: “Tranquility strong of a debut by Top Dawg for a Brutus/ And hard road for a standards. But given that the Caesar/ Well, who came from the only precedent is “Good Kid heavens?/ They killed for a blesM.A.D.D. City,” arguably the sin’, they gon’ do it to Jesus …” best album of 2013, this isn’t such “Menthol” is a solid track, tybad news. ing the bad of getting hooked to Rashad has content down. one’s vices with the narrative of His lyrics are of dense subject a guilty drunk dial late at night

courtesy photo without becoming the dreaded “Marvin’s Room.” But as much content he has in his lyrics, he lacks a much-needed narrative. Father issues and one’s vices are certainly serious conflicts, but they run the risk of becoming cliche when not framed within a specific narrative. Because of this, many of the tracks blur into one another. Motifs weave in and out, strong in some points and weak in others. It takes away from the power of the issues he’s discussing. “Cilvia Demo” doesn’t seem very dynamic lyrically or musically, so in that sense, the album is at times redundant and seemingly dull if you choose not to pick apart the lyrics. These are finicky criticisms, however. This is a very strong album and is a very solid lyrical debut from a young artist. The production fits right along with the textures found on EP releases from Kendrick Lamar and Ab Soul and plays well as a complete album. In true Top Dawg fashion, he carries the body of

“CILVIA DEMO” Isaiah Rashad his work on his own, with label mates Jay Rock and Schoolboy Q appearing on the last track, “Shot You Down,” one of the best on “Cilvia Demo.” arts@

DAWES: from 5 When it comes to social issues such as these, we must challenge them on all fronts. At school, at home, with friends and family. But above all, we must challenge ourselves.” time you’re talking about how great Toby Keith is, chances are you’ll never mention how much that guy likes lynching. But if you were to say, “Toby Keith writes great melodies, and some of those lyrics advocate lynching,” those two realities are on the same plane. One is not more important than the other, one is not worth paying more attention to, and one does not negate the other. You’ve got to swallow both of those pills. Every time you think of Toby Keith, you’ll think of those great melodies, as well as those prolynching lyrics. As you should. So, John Lennon was one of most influential songwriters of all time, and he was a racist and domestic abuser. Lennon has written many love songs, such as “Woman,” one of my favorites — but I’m sure its context stretches far beyond those three and a half minutes. This isn’t to say his history of beating women (and his child) takes away from its musical beauty, or that his gross hypocrisy adds unwarranted lyrical complexity. The musical beauty of the work and the songwriter ’s life are two inseparable realities that should be equally recognized and critiqued. R. Kelly is an excellent R&B singer and a known child predator, molester and general sexual deviant. He’s written many love songs as well. Think about why we don’t call out our beloved artists and musicians on this. We know something is wrong, and we worry we won’t be able to enjoy their music anymore. But we

can’t pick and choose what to dance to in a particular song — we can’t dictate where our $15 for that album goes. With music, have to swallow it all; that’s why we worry if it will make us sick. We scarf down the bitter parts because we know we don’t like the taste. We should properly digest what we are listening to fully, savor it all, and then see how easy it goes down. We might eat it less. Now, I’m not telling you what to do with this. If you want to boycott Jay Z, Brad Paisley or Katy Perry, then do so. Do remember that these artists still do make good music, contingent on your taste. I do hope this makes you feel a certain way the next time you listen to music you enjoy. I hope this makes you think about why you haven’t felt that way before, after all those years. I hope this makes you start to figure out why. When it comes to social issues such as these, we must challenge them on all fronts. At school, at home, with friends and with family. But above all, we must challenge ourselves. If we don’t, we aren’t doing what we are morally obligated to do, and this is the hardest of all. We have to examine ourselves to figure out what stakes we have in preserving the status quo. If you criticize misogyny in your family and friends, challenge the patriarchy in your places of work and condemn racism in the spaces you frequent, but continue to dismiss those very issues in the music you listen to, you should question how genuine your values and prin-

Agree or disagree with Kekeli? Let us know at @DNArtsDesk. ciples are. Do not accept these as norms of whatever music you listen to, regardless of genre. These are problems of the world, and it’s seen everywhere from metal to country to folk to hip-hop to alternative indie rock. Don’t pretend one is worse than the other. If you do, then you’re a fool. Anywhere these issues are present, we have a problem. So if you worry that you’ll end up criticizing the music you frequently listen to for all of eternity, then that’s a reality you’ll have to deal with. Because guess what? When you take off your headphones, you’ll have to deal with that same reality. Welcome to the matrix. You’re not going to see Kekeli Dawes without his headphones. Find out why at arts@

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JAM Modest Mouse “Good News For People Who Love Bad News” Amanda Stoffel DN I don’t consider myself an avid rock music fanatic, unless we’re talking about ‘80s hair bands or ‘90s grunge, then that’s another story. Even so, I often find it hard to discover a true connection with the more modern rock bands of the past 10 years. Blame it on nostalgia or “Blame it on the Tetons” (that joke will make sense in a moment), but I can never get enough of Modest Mouse, specifically the band’s 2004 album “Good News for People Who Love Bad News.” Modest Mouse flawlessly holds down the genre of indie rock over the course of its entire discography, but “Good News” offers a mix of horns, mellow mixes and most importantly, songs that were made to be blared on long road trips. Known mostly for the hit “Float On” (which was later sampled in Lupe Fiasco’s “The Show Goes On”), “Good News” presents rock tunes that don’t slam my ears against the walls. While I do enjoy the album’s biggest hit, I am a firm believer it is best experienced when played in sequence with “The World at Large,” which offers a hypnotizing experience from the melodic vocals of the band’s lead singer, Isaac Brock, as well as lyrics that prophesize our tiny lives in the vastness of the universe. On a less philosophical note, Modest Mouse provides variety on its fourth album; the band even include a song about Charles Bukowski. If that doesn’t say indie rock, I don’t know what does. And the song about the famous Teton mountain range in Wyoming is like a lullaby with more


electric guitar. At the end of the day, I have found myself listening to this album at times when I want to reminisce, chill, yell and dance, making it a classic that will always hold a place near the top of my “Most Played” list on iTunes. And that’s why “Good News” will always be my jam. arts@

dum dum girls: from 5 Individually, the songs don’t give the listener a clear favorite out there, but there isn’t a least favorite either.” Lord knows I had my secret stash of treasures, too. Anyway. “Too True” captures that essence and exhales an afterglow similar to those pleasurable moments kept close to the heart or under the bed. Comparatively, the ‘80s vibration is similar to the sweet peppery vocal styling of Debbie Harry from Blondie, the punk attitude of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and just enough New Wave musicality to remind the listener of bands such as a-Ha, Modern English and The Cure. The official single from the album “Rimbaud Eyes,” named after the 19th century French poet who gave up writing before he turned 20, is a candy-coated nostalgic fit of restless fury. The guitar-driven melody is fueled by the up-tempo, synthetic-sounding drumbeat that is iconic of ‘80s music. You’ll know exactly what I’m talking about as soon as you hear it. The sound is so characteristic and similar to that era of music

you’ll forget this is a brand new song. As a single, the song fails to stand out when compared to the rest of the album because, at first, it’s all a little surreal to be hearing this kind of music again. Basically, this doesn’t have to be the first song you check out before you buy the album, but it is worthy of giving a listen to. Individually, the songs don’t give the listener a clear favorite, but there isn’t a least favorite either. All the songs blending together into one fun experience. Just as songs are crafted with a beginning and an end, “Too True” works as an individual composition. It defies the practice of selling itself piece by piece. However, individual listeners will find personal favorites, such as the subtle power-ballad at the end of the album. “Trouble is My Name” begins with the jangly, echoes of strummed guitar chords and drifts into wispy, reverberated vocals sung over the

“TOO TRUE” Dum Dum Girls steadily pulsing hum of a single guitar note. This song doesn’t ever explode with anthemic fury, but the intensity that carries the song gives the listener insight into what the lyricist meant when she sang, “Why be good/Be beautiful and sad” on the song “Evil Blooms,” earlier on the album. Overall, if you are “Hungry Like the Wolf” (by Duran Duran) for ‘80s music, “Too True” is worth perking you’re ears up for. arts@

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festival: from 5 can. (We) just try to get people out of the house in the dead of winter and give them something fun to do.” Although the shows selected are historical, Watters said she thinks they are relevant to viewers, as they shed light on Nebraska’s spotted past. “We tried to make sure that the films were within our park’s story, so they had to relate to homestead-




made up of adults. However, Watters said the showings can be an enjoyable experience for all ages. “We do gear more towards a historical theme, our main purpose is to tell the history of homesteading,” Watters said. “We want to have that deep history base, usually kids aren’t quite as interested in complex historical documentaries. We really want kids to come out and have fun here;

we’re always trying to get them involved.” In an attempt to attract more children, the final film being aired is Dr. Seuss’s “The Lorax.” This will take place during the weekend of Feb. 22 and 23. These dates align with the Junior Ranger Program the park will hold. “During that day we plan to have a whole event with it,” Watters said. “We plan to have kids

plant a seed, then kids can take it home and plant it in their yard or keep it in their little cup to just kind of get kids thinking about planting.” These weekend festivals offer entertainment and an opportunity to better understand what made Nebraska the state it is today. arts@

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It’s impossible to go on social media without seeing a thousand comments about the weather. This polar vortex is a pain for us all, but there are ways for you to deal with the weather rather than complain about it.

Use an umbrella. By holding an umbrella directly in front of you, you will have a weapon to stop the wind from literally blowing you away. Pro Tip: use this method in between classes when most people are walking around, which will allow you to push them away along with the wind.

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ing, to the prairie or to the environment that most homesteaders lived on — the pioneer era could count as well — and also just any sort of general appreciating our earth messages,” Watters said. Next weekend, the originally aired PBS Special, “Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild,” will be shown. Since all of the films and specials highlighted are full of history, the attendance is largely

Layer Up. Sure, it may be constricting. But wearing three pairs of leggings, two pairs of jeans, three shirts and a jacket is really the best fashion statement you can make. That guy wearing so many pairs of pants that he’s immobile really has his priorities straight.

Use heating pads. Girls are familiar with this life-saving item but, guys, it’s time for you to swallow your masculinity and hop on board. Taping a couple (10 should be fine) of these to your body before putting on your five sweatshirts will ensure warmth for your core. For best results, also place heating pads between your multiple layers.

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Use a full-face ski mask. Most don’t employ this fashion piece for fear they will resemble a robber with the eyes of a psychopath.

Stay inside. Let’s face it, you don’t have that many friends, and you are going to spend your lecture in the back watching Netflix anyway. What’s the point of leaving in the first place? Being a recluse with the thermostat set at 75 is the best way to forget the polar vortex even exists.

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dn Big ten homeroom 1.Penn State (15-4 Overall, 6-1 Big Ten Conference)

9. Indiana (15-5, 2-5)

5. Nebraska (13-5, 3-3)

The Huskers have dropped two consecutive games in late, dramatic fashion. This is why they fall in the rankings. Nebraska finds itself toward the top in most statistical categories, but the team is hitting a rough patch of not being able to close out close games. Scoring margin and defensive rebounds are two areas where the Huskers lead the Big Ten. Senior forward Jordan Hooper and junior forward Emily Cady are ranked second and third in rebounding averages in the conference, respectively. The schedule does no favors this week, as the team hosts Michigan and travels to Iowa.

Senior guard Maggie Lucas leads the Lady Lions to the top of the Big Ten standings. Lucas averages 20.9 points an outing, which is second in the conference. She has only missed 4 of her 118 attempts from the free-throw line, which comes to 96 percent. Lucas is a big reason why Penn State averages 75.7 points a game. The Lady Lions are riding a four-game winning streak and will have a good chance to continue the streak against two middle-ofthe-pack teams this week.

2. Michigan (14-6, 5-2)

6. Purdue (15-5, 5-3)

What do Michigan players do? They get to the boards. The Wolverines hold a Big Ten leading plus-9.5 rebounding margin. Juniors Cyesha Goree and Nicole Elmblad rank fourth and fifth in the conference in rebounding, with 9.5 and 8.4 average rebounds a game, respectively. The rebounds for Goree tend to turn into points, as she’s shooting 56 percent from the field. A big test is in store for the Wolverines as they take on the Huskers on the road on Wednesday.

The Boilermakers have jumped on a four-game winning streak, with the most impressive victory coming against the Huskers. Purdue does have a top 3-point shooter in the lineup in senior Courtney Moses. She is shooting 47 percent from downtown, which ranks third in the Big Ten. On the other end of the court, the Boilermakers defense allows teams to score. They’re allowing teams to shoot 41 percent from the field, second-worst in the conference. The team’s win streak will be on the line against Penn State on Thursday.

3. Iowa (16-5, 4-3)

7. Northwestern (13-7, 3-4)

Defense is a big part of the Wildcats’ game. They are allowing opposing offenses to shoot only 35 percent from the field. Northwestern has continued to pick-pocket opposing teams, as it’s second in the conference in steals with 191. The Wildcats will typically win the size match-up on the court, and that helps the squad lead the Big Ten in blocked shots with 146. Northwestern does struggle to score at times, which will hinder it from moving far up in the standings.

It’s offense or bust in Iowa. If the squad puts up 80 or more points, then odds are the team will win. The Hawkeyes have lost two games all season when scoring more than 80. The buckets aren’t coming from just one player, but from five. The team has five players averaging double-digit points a game. The team’s turnover margin contributes to the high-octane offense, as the Hawkeyes are plus-2.95 and ranked third in the Big Ten.

Sophomore Ameryst Alston leads Ohio State in scoring by averaging 16.7 points per game. Ohio State seems to be able to keep opponents from putting up big points against it, because the squad holds teams to a 36 percent shooting from the field. Outside of these areas, the Buckeyes struggle. Ohio State needs to control the ball better down the stretch to move up in the standings, because the squad has a turnover margin of minus-.3. The Buckeyes catch a break this week, with Illinois and Wisconsin for their two games.

The Spartans just do every thing well. It’s simple. They don’t have the standout scorer, but they have three players who average more than 10 points per game. There are two quality rebounders on the squad who typically grab more than 7 boards a game. Junior guard Kiana Johnson is third in the Big Ten in assists per game (6.3) and leads the conference in assist to turnover ratio (3). Michigan State should improve its Big Ten record on Thursday when it takes on Wisconsin at home.

videtich: from 10 “He is mentally tough,” McDermott said. “I think he can help the team do well in the Big Ten Conference and hopefully a top 45 national ranking at the end of the year.” To get to that championship, Videtich will have to push through his injuries, his self-doubts and the fact that this is his last season as a Husker. “This is the last time for me to compete at a high level in a sport that I love,” Videtich said. “That is definitely going to be in the back of my head, but hopefully I can use it in a positive way.” sports@

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Not much winning is going on at the State Farm Center in Illinois. Illinois does hold the top spots in the Big Ten in turnover margin (plus-6.05) and steals (225). The squad isn’t taking advantage of the amount of possessions it has. The Fighting Illini did manage an upset win over Michigan State in East Lansing, but then followed it up with a loss at home to Purdue.

There aren’t many positives going for the Badgers. They’re the only team with a negative scoring margin (minus-0.3) in the Big Ten. The squad struggles to keep possession of the ball, as they’re minus-2.84 in turnover margin. One bright spot on the Badgers is junior Michala Johnson, who is ninth in the conference with an average of 15.6 points-per-game. The schedule for the Badgers offers few breaks down the stretch, as they will be playing top competitors in the Big Ten. —Compiled by Eric Bertrand

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11. Illinois (9-11, 2-5)

It feels really nice that he kind of leaned on me to help lead the team and make sure the team was ready. It’s really special to be looked at in that way by your coaches; it just makes you feel really important.”

makes you feel really important. “I just want to help Coach Klempa as much as I can because I know how much he’s been through.” Kuhlkin fits the bill well, as she’s constantly dedicated to helping everyone improve. “She always tries to look up everyone on the team and see if By Wayne everyone is OK,” junior bowler Gould Andrea Ruiz said. “That makes her a great team captain.” Every row, The team has rallied behind column and 3x3 her and has accepted Kuhlkin as box should one the captains. contain the “I think the team has respondnumbers 1 thru 9 ed really well,” Kuhlkin said. “I with no repeats really appreciate the respect that I across or down. get from my teammates.” Kuhlkin, a journalism major, earned All-Big Ten academic honYesterday’s ors in 2013 and was on the NeAnswer braska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll during her sophomore year. She has experienced two national championship appearances in her career thus far at Nebraska — one where the team finished third, during her first year on campus, and last year, when the HuskThe New York Times Syndication Sales Corporation 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10018ers reigned supreme and won the Information Call: 1-800-972-3550 program’s ninth national champiSolution, tips and computer program atFor For Release Saturday, December 22, 2012onship. That kind of championship


The Golden Gophers are shooting 47 percent from the field, which is the top in the Big Ten. They’re also the top in 3-point shooting percent at 42 percent. They have junior Rachel Banham, who leads the Big Ten in scoring with 22.8 points per game. This team just can’t finish close games, and then gets blown out by the top teams in the conference. This week doesn’t look good for the Gophers, as they will take on Iowa and Michigan.

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day out that they will improve,” McDermott said. “Also, that you have to persevere and rise above any and all injuries that you may encounter over the years and have faith in the unknown. That’s important.” Perseverance will have to carry Videtich this season as he faces internal struggles. “I really hope that the fact that this is the last time for everything doesn’t hinder me,” Videtich said. “I’m really going to work with the training staff to make sure my leg is where it needs to be so I don’t focus on the negativity.” Videtich’s main focus as the season progresses is helping out his team.

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10. Minnesota (138, 2-5)

12. Wisconsin (9-10, 2-5)

8. Ohio State (13-10, 3-4)

4. Michigan State (13-7, 5-2)

Since winning the opening 14 games, the Hoosiers have gone 1-4. Their lone win came in overtime against Minnesota. The more heart-breaking loss came against the Wisconsin Badgers by 5 points. The Hoosiers are a young team, with only one starting senior in Tabitha Gerardot. Freshman Larryn Brooks has been the pace-setter on offense by averaging 17.4 points per game. If the Hoosiers are going to turn it around, it would happen this week. They battle Northwestern at home, and then travel to compete against Illinois.







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ceived more experience. “I could remember being a freshmen, I was the farthest thing from being relaxed,” Kuhlkin said. “You’re not used to the collegiate environment; you’re not used to the loud, and the cheering and the pressure situations. “As a junior now, going into my second semester here, I’ve just had enough experience in collegiate atmosphere and the different types of big tournaments and on Team USA. I’ve just gotten through a lot of situations where there was a lot of pressure, where there was a lot of annoyance. I think those experiences have helped me a lot through my collegiate career.” Despite the serious approach she takes to bowling, even she isn’t immune to some embarrassing moments and making the entire team laugh out loud. “The funniest memories with her is when she falls; she falls down a lot,” Ruiz said. “I remember one time we were here having a conversation with Coach, and it was a really serious conversation, and she fell down.” And after every fall, she gets right back up again ready for more. Ready to lead her team well on into the future. sports@

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with the occasional strike mixed in, and each time knocking the last remaining pins to pick up unrecorded spares. A high five is often given after an impressive spare pick up, along with myriad “good jobs.” Then begin the individual bowls. Each bowler steps up to the lane with the entire team watching them in complete silence. After each roll came a brief round of applause, immediately followed by the return of the dead silence. After a few of the bowlers finish their rolls, some picking up the spares, some not, and some even taking down all 10 pins on the first roll, Kuhlkin comes up. She picks out her ball, walks up to the lane and lets it fly. The ball hooks right, but right as it approaches the gutter, begins to curve back to the left and as it hits the head pin, knocks down seven pins, leaving the three, six, and 10 pin still standing. On the next roll, she takes the remaining pins down to record the spare. Just like she’s done in many practices prior. As important as practicing all the fundamentals are, one of the most important aspects of Kuhlkin’s game that she focuses on is the ability to remain calm. Her ability to calm herself down has improved as she’s re-

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history and success is what drew Kuhlkin here in the first place. “UNL is basically, if not the top then one of the top, bowling schools in the country,” Kuhlkin said. “I took my bowling very seriously in high school. I made a decision, probably my sophomore year in high school, that I wanted to take my bowling to the next level.” This year, Kuhlkin has earned all-tournament honors twice and has averaged a 200-plus points per game average in tournament this year as the Huskers own two second-place finishes and a thirdplace finish. Kuhlkin’s release technique makes her consistent in her game. “Her release is really consistent,” Ruiz said. “Her release is generally the Nebraska style like the push drop; she makes it really good.” The practices for the bowlers begin with a team meeting, where Klempa addresses any questions or concerns the team has or what Klempa wants to focus on for the day’s practice. Then they split up into two groups of four to five people, with the starters going to one group and start to warm-up. Kuhlkin joins Ruiz and the rest of the starting squad in one of the lines. Most of the time they’re knocking seven to nine down at a time,


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After making its debut at No. 8 in the preseason rankings, the Nebraska men’s track and field team opened at No. 9 in the first regular-season rankings of the year. Arkansas is the top-ranked team in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association computer rankings released Tuesday, followed by fellow SEC schools Florida at No. 2 and Texas A&M at No. 5. Nebraska is the third-ranked team in the Big Ten, behind No. 4 Wisconsin and No. 7 Penn State. file photo by jennifer gotrik


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Junior Kelsey Hansen and freshman Rachel Martin tied for the team lead in the air rifle portion of the NebraskaAir Force dual with scores of 591. These two scores helped lift the No. 8 Huskers over the No. 9 Falcons 4,679-4,671 on Sunday. Nebraska won the air rifle portion of competition but fell short in smallbore. The Huskers used a 593 from Hansen to score a season-high 4,685 — the fourthbest team score in program history — in Saturday’s victory against Air Force.

9.9 The Nebraska men’s basketball team will be without its third highest scorer for the rest of the season. Junior guard Deverell Biggs averaged 9.9 points per game off the bench through 15 games this year, but he will not be with the team anymore. He was dismissed from the team on Tuesday.





The Nebraska men’s tennis team won 4-1 against the Wisconsin Badgers in Los Angeles on Sunday. After getting 1 point for winning 2 out of 3 doubles matches, the Huskers won three singles matches to put the win away. The dual included no three-set matches, though, as every singles match was finished in two sets.



The Husker track and field team started the year off with a dominating performance for both the men and women’s teams. The Huskers combined to win 21 individual gold medals at the Bob Devaney Sports Indoor Track in their first scored meet of the season on Saturday. The men’s team won the team title with 212 points. The women’s squad tallied up 196 points and also won the team title.

Huskers bond through book about commitment Women’s gymnastics team improves unity after reading book suggested by volunteer coach Vanessa Daves DN Awareness. If coach Dan Kendig had to narrow it down to one word, that’s what it would be. After spending a month reading “The Commitment Continuum: The Seven Levels of Commitment” by Jeff Janssen, the atmosphere of the women’s gymnastics team has changed and developed, Kendig said. And awareness is the center of that change. “I think it was pretty enlightening, and it gave them some tools to work on, to work up the continuum, and maybe your natural progression, sometimes you’ll move up,” Kendig said. “I think it made us more aware, and I think it won’t just help them be a good teammate or file photo by stacie hecker | dn with championships, but I think Nebraska junior Jessie DeZiel scored a 38.900 in the all-around it will help them when they have to get a job or when they’re in to finish third for the Huskers and help them to a victory charge of a family.” against Iowa on Friday night. It was volunteer coach Alina Weinstein’s idea to read the book the top and make us be aware of help them develop their team. as a team. She met Kendig durour commitment and our every “I learned what it takes to ing a gymnastics camp while she become a national champion,” was in high school and kept in day actions and how that can junior Jessie DeZiel said. “You touch with him when she went help us.” Sophomore Hollie Blanske have to not only be committed on to compete at the collegiate level at Illinois. Her junior year, said the commitment she’s seen but also be compelled — go the she qualified for the National from the team while reading the extra mile. I learned, and I’m book really speaks for how the sure the rest of the girls learned, Championships individually team works tothat to get where we want to be, and was put in gether as a whole. we have to come in every day rotation with NeThe team is They met once a and put our best efforts in on braska. week to discuss a every single event. Not just that, “As my cola lot more chapter, and each but we have to give our teamlege career started gymnast had to mates our best effort too and ending, I tried to positive than present one chaphelp them through it and become imagine my life when we started.” ter. closer as a team.” outside of gym“Every person They finished the last chapnastics and was alina weinstein that’s read it and ter of the book last Friday, right just really unwillvolunteer coach had to present it before they competed against ing to do that,” has been so foIowa, garnering their first Big Weinstein said. cused on how to Ten Conference win 196.450“So I talked to Dan, and the position was open, help the team and pointed out 193.250. Weinstein said reading so many details within the chapthe book has had a constructive and it just all worked out. For me, this year is about learning ter,” Blanske said. “That’s the impact on the way the team comdifference I see with this team petes and practices together. and growing.” compared to my freshman year. “The team is a lot more When she was in college, she did a workshop with Janssen, I feel like this team just wants it positive than when we started,” Weinstein said. “I think we’re the author of the book, and was more. We’re doing anything — asked to do a similar workshop we’re even reading books and a lot more aware of what we’re presenting chapters on how we saying and what we’re doing. with her team. can become better teammates, How they’re acting can have ei“I saw the growth we made leaders, and more committed to ther a positive or a negative efover an entire season,” Weinstein said. “I thought that with the sport inside and outside of fect on their teammates, and I the gym.” can see that shift. I’m excited for our goals being very high (at NeThey’d spend up to two them to just keep growing.” braska), that would be the tool sports@ that would kind of take us over hours discussing the content of each chapter and how it could



Senior Emily Wong walked out of Iowa with the four titles, including the all-around title against No. 9 Iowa on Friday. Her all-around score was 39.550, 1.225 points better than Iowa’s top all-around gymnast. Wong’s scores helped launch the Huskers to their first Big Ten win of the season.

—Compiled by Austin Pistulka

women’s bball: from 10 es 14.7 points per game. Freshman guard Siera Thompson is right behind her with 13.5 points. Michigan’s advantage, however, lies in its rebounding game. Junior forward Cyesha Goree averages 11.6 rebounds per game in conference play, which ranks second in the league behind Nebraska junior forward Emily Cady, who averages 11.7. “They are a great rebounding team,” Yori said. “They have really good guard play and a good enough inside game that you have to be very aware of. They’re definitely the surprise team of the

league right now being 5-2.” The only two Big Ten losses for the Wolverines have been on their home court against Michigan State and Ohio State. Besides Purdue and Northwestern, the Huskers have taken a conference loss from Michigan State as well. Currently leading the Huskers is Cady, who has had five straight double-doubles and nine total in the season. Cady averages 14.2 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. Coming off the bench for Nebraska is freshman forward Allie Havers, who just barely missed her first double-double in the last

game against the Wildcats. “It was good to see her be confident,” Yori said. “She told me a couple days earlier, ‘You can trust me, Coach,’ and I said, ‘That’s great, I’m glad you believe in yourself. That helps me believe in you too.’ The one thing I’ve found with her is that she’s a competitive kid, and she doesn’t like when she doesn’t play well.” After facing off against Michigan, Nebraska will prepare for yet another Big Ten game against Iowa on Saturday at 2 p.m. sports@

men’s bball: from 10 New Zealand. He’s not used to the American basketball culture. When Nebraska was recruiting him, assistant coach Chris Harriman asked Webster the top schools he was considering. He mentioned places like Ohio State, Texas and North Carolina. All premium basketball schools. Then he said Hawaii. “I was like, ‘Hawaii? Why do you want to go there when you have all these other options?’” Harriman said. “Tai said, ‘Well, Hawaii seems like a pretty cool place to play.’” I understand this is a process for Webster. But I’m not asking him to score 20 points a game. Sophomore forward Terran Petteway can handle that — a la 35 points against Minnesota. But it’s time to show me more. Show you can lead this team that ranks 324th in assists per game. Show you can dish out more than 2 assists a game on your own. Show you won’t let a ball handler get by you with ease while you’re on defense. Show you can make free throws at the end of games. This team may be a couple years off until it competes for a Big Ten title, but it is still going to give teams fits at home. Look at what happened Sunday against Minnesota. Webster only had 5 points, but he had 4 assists and a pair of steals, and he seemed composed in the final minutes of a big win. That’s the Webster I want to see. The one who blew by Ohio State’s senior guard Aaron Craft — the best defender in college basketball — for a couple of layups. The player who knocks down 3-point jumpers when he’s open. And the guy who iced the Ohio State win with free throws in the clutch. It won’t be easy, but Mr. Webster has the talent to do something. And it’s time for him to show it. Andrew Ward is a senior broadcasting major. You can reach him at sports@

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Freshman guard Tai Webster, who has 17 starts in 19 games this season, is averaging 5.6 points and 2.4 assists per game.

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Nebraska lost a key player for the year, and it’s freshman guard Tai Webster’s chance to shine

Senior Brandon Videtich was injured early in his doubles match against Texas Tech on Saturday, but he played through to win 6-5 (7-1) alongside sophomore Bradford Zitsch.


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enior Brandon Videtich started his tennis career as a Husker in 2008, and this season is his last. He has mixed feelings about it, just as any athlete would. But, Videtich’s tennis journey has been different from most. Videtich is using a sixth year of eligibility this spring. Since becoming a member of the men’s tennis team, Videtich has had his fair share of injuries, which include a shoulder surgery as a freshman and knee surgery to repair a torn ACL two years ago. Having so many injuries early on made him a cautious player. “Last weekend before we went to L.A., I was fine,” Videtich said. “And then the first day there, I re-injured myself. It’s discouraging.” Videtich was playing in the second game of his doubles match against Texas Tech at the ITA Kick Off Tournament when he re-injured his hamstring.

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I had doubts again. I didn’t know if I would be able to get to the ball or serve as well. You just question everything.” brandon videtich senior tennis player

“I had doubts again,” Videtich said. “I didn’t know if I would be able to get to the ball or serve as well. You just question everything.” Questioning everything related to injuries has been a steady theme throughout his tennis career. “It’s just hard,” Videtich said. “I was always talking to my coaches about if I should even play or not because I didn’t want to keep getting hurt.” This was the case last weekend in

Los Angeles, but Videtich decided to push through the pain. He ended up winning the doubles match alongside sophomore Bradford Zitsch. “What kept me going was the fact that this was my last chance to play at a really cool facility like UCLA,” Videtich said. “And I wasn’t going to pass that up.” Returning for his sixth year, he brings a level of leadership to the court. Videtich is a leader both on and off the court for his fellow teammates,

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Nebraska looks to end losing streak against Wolverines After back-to-back losses by 4 points or fewer, unranked Huskers to face Big Ten’s surprise team Natasha Rausch DN With broken ribs, former Husker Kelsey Griffin notched 30 charges in one season. Griffin played through her dad’s fight against cancer. She played through sicknesses and eventually left Nebraska as one of its most decorated players alongside Karen Jennings, Kiera Hardy and Maurtice Ivy. “You don’t get to coach a Kelsey Griffin every single year,” coach Connie Yori said. “I’ve coached a lot of good players, but she’s the best that I’ve coached. With her, what made it all the more special was all the adversities she had to go through.” Now playing in the WNBA for the Connecticut Sun and in Australia for the Bendigo Spirit, Griffin has returned to Nebraska to receive the honor of having her jersey retired

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prior to the Nebraska/Michigan game. “It’s really hard for me to put this into words what it means to me,” Griffin said. “It was never a goal or a plan of mine. I know it’s a personal award, but there’s so many people who helped me accomplish it.” After the pregame ceremonies, the unranked 13-5 Nebraska women’s basketball team will take on the 14-6 Wolverines at Pinnacle Bank Arena at 7 p.m. “It’s harder to be in the role that we’re in as the hunted versus the hunter,” Yori said. “Everybody has played really well against us, so that goes with being ranked, and now we’re out of the rankings, which doesn’t bother me a whole lot.” In the past two Big Ten Conference games, the Huskers just barely lost against Purdue and Northwestern. Although Nebraska will once again have home-court advantage, the Wolverines have an undefeated road record and have won three out of four games in the past two weeks. Despite the fact the Wolverines graduated all but one of their starters last year, they have still managed to maintain a winning record. The team is currently led by junior guard Shannon Smith, who averag-

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coach Kerry McDermott said. “I hope, for Brandon, he is able to achieve his own personal goals of playing both singles and doubles this year,” McDermott said. “But more importantly that he shows good leadership to his teammates.” Videtich is a player who always thinks of his teammates, McDermott said. “I’m really working with the team on positivity,” Videtich said. “I think that I can really teach them a lot through all of the adversity that I’ve faced.” During the 2012-13 season, Videtich did not play any singles matches in the spring. In the fall, he competed in eight, and he went 5-3. Videtich mainly competes in doubles matches. Last season, he earned a 13-18 record, going 9-12 in the spring and 4-6 in the fall. “I think our guys can learn from Brandon that with hard work day in and

Well, it’s time to show me something, Tai Webster. That was my initial reaction when rumors surfaced that junior guard Deverell Biggs was dismissed from the Nebraska basketball team late Monday night. The reaction stayed the same when coach Tim Miles confirmed the dismissal in a press release Tuesday morning. Gone is the short guy with a headband. Gone is 10 points a game off the bench. Gone are the fearless acrobatic layups, the clutch fade away jump shots as the shot clock expired and the energy they brought. This is the first time Nebraska basketball has faced any sort of adversity this season. Yes, it lost five games in a row. Yes, it lost a game by 1 point to the Big Ten leader. Yes, it couldn’t finish at Penn State. But this is big. Real big. (No pun intended.) The Huskers now have to deal with the loss of a teammate. How does this affect chemistry? How does this affect Miles’ rotation? Who replaces Biggs as the team’s main contributor off the bench? The questions continue to flow in my mind. But when I attempt to answer these questions, it all comes down to one thing for me: show me something, Nebraska. More importantly, show me something, Mr. Webster. You were highly recruited coming out of New Zealand. You have the size and tools to become a premiere guard in this league. And you have the maturity to handle any situation. But it’s time to show it. I hate singling out just one player on this team. I really do. Webster is only 18 and should be expected to have some time to develop, especially coming from

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Junior leading in absence of coach Paul Klempa leans on Liz Kuhlkin, who has taken larger role on team since coach’s hospitalization Thomas Beckmann DN The assistant coach and right hand man of the legendary Huskers bowling coach Bill Straub, Paul Klempa is now working diligently to retain normalcy in the program as the interim head coach while Straub is recovering from a surgery. But what about the bowlers? During this adversity, the bowlers have come together to form a cohesive unit that fights on and continues to persevere through whatever gets in the way. At the heart of it all is a junior bowler who shined in the 2013 NCAA championships. A junior bowler who calls home 1,300 miles away in Schenectady, N.Y. A bowler named Liz Kuhlkin. While Klempa has been busy steering the team during his young reign as an interim head coach, he has looked to Kuhlkin as one of the team’s main leaders. She has accepted this role and is grateful for the opportunity. “It feels really nice that he kind of leaned on me to help lead the team and make sure the team was ready,” Kuhlkin said. “It’s really special to be looked at in that way by your coaches; it just

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Junior Liz Kuhlkin was the most valuable bowler in the 2013 NCAA Championships and has helped interim coach Paul Klempa (right) lead while coach Bill Straub is on a leave of absence.

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