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Inside Coverage

The Sherman show Acclaimed author Alexie visits UNL for reading

5 A celebration of music and life UNL Music Library receives large donation

2 Dunk after dunk Minnesota lights up the Nebraska defense

10 Stories from the middle Foreign students reflect on their UNL connections


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Nebraska senior diver Kaitlin Walker is recovering from a left foot injury and wears a boot over the foot after having surgery. She is also attempting to gain duel citizenship in her native country, the Philippines, to be able to swim for the Filipino national team.

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orey Rumann wants student veterans to have support. That’s the purpose behind a new handbook he co-edited. Rumann, an assistant professor of practice in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Department of Educational Administration, wanted to help faculty in higher education to be supportive of student veterans and the challenges they may face. “Called to Serve: A Handbook on Student Veterans and Higher Education,” which was released in November, is described on as a comprehensive volume that includes information to help “student affairs professionals, academic administrators and faculty understand, serve and support student veterans.” It also suggests ways to help strengthen current programs and encourage coordination among various veteran services. The chapters, many written by contributing authors, focus on individual topics and conclude with a list of related resources and an assessment that readers can use for their own campus. “It doesn’t go into depth in any one particular area, but it gives a nice, broad overview,” said Rumann, who isn’t a veteran himself. “It’s a nice handbook and a good reference source for people to have on their desk to use.” Editor Florence Hamrick, professor and director of the College Student Affairs program at Rutgers University, feels the book’s message can be found in the title’s double meaning. “Although the phrase has clear military connotations, the name of the book means that colleges and universities are ‘called to serve’ the increasing numbers of veterans and service members,” Hamrick said. “Called to Serve” is the culmination of more than seven years of research. The project had a humble start, with a one participant study for introduction to qualitative research course Rumann took from Hamrick while pursuing his Ph.D. at Iowa State University. “It took off from there,” Rumann said. The one participant study turned into a six-participant qualitative research project. Rumann did a series of three interviews on students who had attended some college prior to deployment and then returned to college after their service. Though the book does not include the stories of the veterans from this study, it does have a case study chapter and vignettes from other student veterans. Without personal military experience,

Corey Rumann, a UNL educational administration professor, stands outside Love Library on Tuesday. Rumann’s new book focuses on student veterans, a group that often gets lost in the shuffle at universities.

If somebody told me, ‘Oh, by the way, you are going to Iraq for a year of your life,’ I don’t know how I would have reacted to that.”

Corey Rumann

assistant professor of practice

Rumann found it hard to imagine putting himself in the shoes of those he interviewed. While counseling students at Northwest College in Powell, Wyo., he was moved by those who joined the military in the wake of 9/11. “I thought about when I was 19 or 20 years old,” he said. “If somebody told me, ‘Oh, by the way, you are going to Iraq for

a year of your life,’ I don’t know how I would have reacted to that.” Rumann remembers how inspired he was by the students’ lack of complaining and said he was able to develop strong relationships with the interviewees. “I was able to establish a lot of trust with the participants in my study,” he said. “I think you can still be supportive

Women to serve on front lines STAFF REPORT DN Women in the military will soon be allowed to serve alongside men on the front lines. Last Thursday, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced the new policy, which will allow women to have the same opportunities for rank advancement. The shift in policy will open up combat roles to women by 2016. The decision overturns a 1994 Pentagon rule restricting women from artillery, armor, infantry and other combat roles, according to The New York Times. Even with this rule, more than 20,000 women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2012, more than 800 women had been wounded in the two wars and more than 130 had died. In the military, serving in combat positions results in career advancement by obtaining higher ranks. Panetta’s decision came after he received a Jan. 9 letter

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and not have that shared military experience.” UNL’s Student Veterans Organization as well as the Student Veterans Task Force each has a copy of the book and on Friday, Rumann gave a presentation to UNL faculty at a mentoring training session. He also hopes to teach a course on the book this summer. Rumann is on the subcommittee for the UNL Student Veterans Mentor Program, a recent campus initiative aimed at building a support system of trained faculty mentors that student veterans can reach out to. Rumann said “Called to Serve” may be used as a resource for the mentors, and the

UHC requests $94,500 decrease Staff Report DN

This is a matter of equality. Women should be able to serve in the same facets as men do.” john henthorn

junior chemistry major

This is a great opportunity for females because it opens many jobs. Personally, I don’t like serving in the front lines but many Nebraskans do like that idea.” sarah petsche

sophomore business administration major and member of the army rotc

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Representatives from the University Health Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln proposed a slight decrease in their budget for the 2013-14 academic year at a Committee for Fees Allocation meeting Tuesday evening. If approved, funding for the UHC would decrease 1.6 percent next year, or to about $94,500. The health center currently receives 31 percent of student fees, or a little more than $143 per student per semester. Student fees would decrease about $2 per student per semester for the 2013-14 academic year with the UHC proposal. James Guest, director of the UHC, said the center has attempted to consolidate many of its expenses. “I’ve reallocated from a number of areas without increasing UPFF (University Program and Facilities Fees),” Guest said. “This fiscal year, we can manage with it because we have a lot of staff open-

ings due to resignations.” Last semester, UNL officials proposed a move to privatize the health center and received a bid from Bryan Health to build and operate a new center. UNL officials are still negotiating with Bryan Health about the possibility of the new health center and have not announced their decisions yet. Guest presented the health center’s budget to CFA as though the health center will continue to be operated by the university next year. Even with the proposed funding reduction, Guest said the UHC was able to hire several new staff members for the health center. “We’ve hired on a new alcohol and drug counselor and are adding a psychologist with an emphasis on diversity,” he said. “We’re not going to have much trouble cashwise this next year. I have the resignations of two physicians. We’ll still have some unfilled positions.” Guest said he decided not to

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Music Library features Berman Collection sarah cohen dn More than 7,500 new music artifacts, books, videos, CDs and LPs now grace the walls and shelves of the University of NebraskaLincoln Music Library. Originally housed in the Burkholder Project building in the Haymarket, the Berman Music Collection was in need of a new home. It wasn’t getting enough foot traffic, and the Berman Music Foundation was moving to a new building. So the foundation donated the collection to UNL. Anita Breckbill, music librarian and University Libraries professor, helped facilitate the donation. “The collection came at a very opportune time for the music library,” Breckbill said. “The collection has added almost 4,000 jazz CDs and LPs and about 2,500 rock CDs and LPs to the university just at the time when we need it most.” Since fall of 2012, the university has been expanding its music programs to offer masters and doctoral degrees in jazz studies and jazz composition. Anthony Rager, a trustee with the Berman Foundation, worked with Breckbill on the donation. The Berman Music Foundation started in 1995 with the help of Byron “Butch” Berman, who died in 2008. This collection is the testament of Berman’s life work, love and philosophy, Rager said. “I personally think that Butch would just be ecstatic knowing that the collection is now at the university,” Rager said, “and knowing that the music depart-

A great deal of what was given to us is longer in circulation.” Scott anderson music professor


The Berman Music Foundation recently donated thousands of items to the UNL Music Library. The collection includes a variety of unique jazz albums. ment will utilize it, and a new generation of individuals will get to listen to something they have never heard before.” School of Music professor Scott Anderson said he was thrilled about what this collection could add to his curriculum.

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cops briefs We promote equality so much, I feel this gives them what they want.”

Two students cited for drug paraphernalia

University of NebraskaLincoln police cited two freshmen for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the 19th and Vine parking garage on Saturday. At 11:59 p.m., officers arrived at the parking garage in response to a report of possible marijuana use. Police said the odor of burnt marijuana was detectable. The two students, Reggie Breitkreutz, a freshman exploratory major, and Alexandra Oberg, a freshman psychology major, were cooperative when asked whether they were in possession of marijuana, police said. Breitkreutz told officers the marijuana was his. He was cited and released on possession of less than 1 oz. of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia charges. Oberg was cited and released for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cars keyed in 14th and Avery parking garage

Six vehicles were found keyed in the 14th and Avery parking garage on Jan. 20, police said. University police responded to a report of a damaged vehicle at around 9:30 p.m. One car owner reported the damage, and officers notified the other car owners. The damage to each vehicle ranges from $150 to $2,000. University police said they’re still investigating and don’t have any suspects.

erandi herndon

sophomore psychology and spanish major

If they want to go, they’re more than welcome to. I have no problems with that.” felipe alves

junior exploratory major

It’s pretty good for those who want it, but the standard should be upheld for both men and women.” rachel hofstra

junior child, youth and family studies major

from Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He stated the armed service chiefs agreed “the time has come to rescind the direct combat exclusion rule for women and to eliminate all unnecessary gender-based barriers to service.” There has also been increased support for policy change allowing women to serve. According to a Jan. 25 Gallup poll, 74 percent of adults would vote for an amendment allowing women to serve in combat. Panetta has the power to lift the ban as a regulatory decision. But he must give Congress a 30day notice of the change. Congress doesn’t need to approve the decision. If they disagreed,

Congress could pass legislation to nullify it. Illinois congresswoman Tammy Duckworth — a former army pilot who lost both of her legs in Iraq when her helicopter was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade – said the decision would allow for the “best man or woman to serve on the frontline.” This move will likely define Panetta’s legacy; he is expected to step down soon. President Barack Obama nominated former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense. Hagel’s confirmation hearing is set for Thursday morning. NEWS@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM

cfa: from 1 fill the positions of several other health center employees who resigned or retired in order to cut down on expenses. The UHC’s budget proposal included a more than $142,000 reduction in personnel expenses for the 2013-14 academic year. The health center will also be contracting with another company to conduct drug tests, Guest said, which will cut down on supplies expenses by $20,000 next year. CFA will vote on the UHC’s

budget proposal at their meeting on Thursday night. At Tuesday’s meeting, CFA members also voted unanimously to approve the budget requests for Campus Recreation which asked for a 4.5 percent increase in student fee funding, or about $6.08 per student per semester. CFA also approved the budgets for Nebraska Unions, which requested unchanged funding, and the College Readership program, which would decrease. news@

Anderson said the collection was very diverse, and there are a few pieces he has never even seen before. “A great deal of what was given to us is rare, and some of it is actually out of print or no longer in circulation,” Anderson

said. “It will be easy for me to use the material in my lectures that I haven’t had access to before now.” According to Anderson, UNL has one of the most impressive rock collections in the country. Once the donation is cataloged,

Anderson said, the potential for research and ability for listening to very limited music will make the donation invaluable. “There are really rare pieces in this collection,” Rager said. “Some of the live recordings would be really difficult to find. Butch never wanted these rare pieces of music to sit in a display cabinet gathering dust. At the university, people will actually get to experience the music.” Joan Barnes, an associate professor of practice for University Libraries, said students and faculty are excited. “Right now they are in the midst of processing everything,” Barnes said. “I’ve already heard from one professor that he’s interested in trying to start a new class inspired by and revolving around the pieces in this collection.” Rager said Berman was all about getting people listening to and enjoying music. “Anyone would tell you if you went over to Butch Berman’s house, there was always music playing,” Rager said. news@

UHC awards $6,000 to tackle health disparities James Pace-Cornsilk dn

Addressing Campus Health Disparities The University Health Center awarded almost $6,000

The University Health Center in funding to three UNL RSOs funded three Resident Student Or• Among the awarded were PREVENT, Men @ ganizations’ projects to address and Nebraska and the Psychology of Gender Student eliminate gaps in health quality on campus through peer education. Organization The UHC distributed $6,000 •  M oney will fund projects that aim to eliminate gaps among Men @ Nebraska, PREVENT in health quality at UNL and Psychology of Gender Student Organization on Jan. 7. The money will fund separate projects designed to eliminate health disparities through education. The RSOs will at presentations, training manuals hegemonic masculinity is and it is coordinate interactive presentations for its student presenters, T-shirts leading them to participate in very on sexual violence prevention, ad- to identify presenters and paying risky behaviors,” Chatters said. dress male body image issues via a student liaisons $100, according to Psychology of Gender Student giant “man box” and discuss female Caitlinn Sullivan, president of PREOrganization, the third recipient to body image issues by crafting more VENT. receive funding, has developed a realistic Barbie dolls, respectively. The group is looking to bring in program to educate women of col“Who better to know what 14 student liaisons representing all or about a healthy body image and students need than asking the stuUNL groups. Student liaisons will psychological well-being through dents?” said Suzanne Forkner, lead attend six of PREVENT’s Monday reconstructing Barbie. wellness educator at the health cenafternoon meetings and set up one “We don’t hate Barbie, we ter. presentation with their respective don’t want to eliminate Barbie,” The UHC reached out to all organization to help PREVENT said Melissa Will, president of RSOs last fall willing to create a reach a broader range of students PGSO. Will explained that the project that addresses a concisely and hopefully bring in more memprogram takes a look at the myth defined health disparity on campus. bers. about Barbie, and also takes into Six RSOs applied for the pilot proMen @ Nebraska, which Deeds consideration what Barbie repgram the UHC hopes to continue in also advises, plans to address male resents and unhealthy notions of subsequent years. body image issues and hegemonic that body image. The UHC defines health dismasculinity through the construcDuring the reconstructing parities as “gaps in the quality of tion of an 8-foot-by-4-foot “man Barbie program, participants will health that reflect differences bebox,” decorated with the four pildress and modify actual Barbies tween groups.” The differences in lars of hegemonic masculinity. to make more realistic representathese groups can be “The four piltions. caused by socioecolars are: no sissy “Anything you weren’t alWho better nomic standing, racial stuff, be a sturdy lowed to do with Barbies as a kid or ethnic background oak, be a big you’re allowed to do here,” Will to know and education level. wheel and give said. “Draw on it, tattoos, cut the what students In previous years, the ‘em hell,” said hair, just make it more of a repreUHC has “collabo- need than asking Lawrence Chatsentation of who the individual rated with the Jackie ters, president of is.” Gaughan Multicultur- the students?” Men @ Nebraska. PGSO is particularly interested al Center on a diabetes “We’re trying to in purchasing ethnic Barbies for suzanne forkner awareness and screen- lead wellness educator at the help them realize women to reconstruct. ing event,” according that these pillars “A lot of Barbies are blonde, helatlth center to the Health Dispariare very restric- blue-eyed and very stereotypities on Campus applitive, and they cal,” she said. “So we really want cation. don’t have to de- to focus also at looking at women With its funding, PREVENT fine what true manhood and mas- of color and different minority will address what it perceives as culinity are in our society.” groups…the stereotypes exist for an absence of knowledge about reThe idea of the man box, Chat- them as well.” lationship violence and sexual asters said, is for men to break out of In addition to purchasing Barsault between those who have been it and not be constrained by it. bies from the store, PGSO will educated and those who have not, In addition to buying the foam spend its money on other materiaccording to Jan Deeds, Women’s board and wood needed to rebuild als to reconstruct the dolls, as well Center director and PREVENT ad- the man box, Men @ Nebraska has as printing informational sheets to viser. PREVENT’s project aims to purchased T-shirts for people who hand out at the workshops. educate students by fellow students come see the man box and fill out The health center is working through interactive presentations an evaluation. After filling out an on improving the application proand scenario discussions about how evaluation, students will be eligi- cess and giving advice to RSOs to protect yourself from becoming a ble for prizes such as iPod shuffles that didn’t make the cut this year victim. and an iPad mini. The group will on how to better their chances for “I know from my research and also use the money to print pam- funding next year. from other people’s research that phlets. “It’s a great opportunity for peer education is the most effective Chatters explained that the the health center to collaborate way of talking with students about disparity here is men not under- with students and hear what stuhealth-related issues,” Deeds said. standing the implications of being dents feel are needs on campus “So I knew that we needed more displeased with your body image and serve a greater, broader scope,” peers to be able to do this educa- due to how men are portrayed by said Forkner, lead wellness educator tion.” the media and falling into the trap at the UHC. PREVENT, which began in of hegemonic masculinity. news@ 1998-1999, will spend its earnings “What we’ve found is that a on printing pamphlets to hand out lot of men do not understand what

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Desire2Learn predicts success Desire2Learn software suggests classes based on academic history kelli rollin dn Many college students across the country may soon have a crystal ball in their hands during class registration – one that allows them to see how well they will do in a class before they even enroll. The course registration software belongs to Degree Compass and relies on predictive analytics technology that mines a student’s past grades, SAT scores and GPAs to recommend courses to students. The technology was developed at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee and recently acquired by Desire2Learn, a company that offers online education products similar to Blackboard or MyRed. Degree Compass, inspired by the designs of Amazon and Netflix, suggests courses based on students’ academic interests, grades and the success rates of prior graduates with similar interests. Desire2Learn officials said they anticipate the new software to reduce the amount of time to earn a degree with the course-selection strategy. Big Ten universities such as Ohio State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison use the Desire-

2Learn learning management system. “It seems like it would be a good tool to help raise awareness of courses students haven’t heard about,” said Jeff Bohrer, senior learning technology manager for DoIT Academic Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “It was developed at another university, which is a good sign.” The University of Wisconsin system has been with Desire2Learn since 2003, Bohrer said. Desire2Learn is not releasing the software to its clients until spring, according to Virginia Jamieson, senior director of corporate communications for Desire2Learn Inc., so it’s unclear what impact it will have client schools, But Bohrer said the software could be controversial once implemented. If a university gets the algorithm that powers the suggestion system wrong, students could be misinformed and take the wrong classes, he said. “The larger the campus, the more courses there are,” Bohrer said. “It’s a really complex environment that when you talk about connecting systems, there is a risk of getting it wrong.” He said the new system could also put students at a disadvantage by relying too heavily on it. Students might miss out on other valuable courses that are not included in their suggestions, he said. Bohrer also mentioned the pos-

sible controversy of the grade-prediction feature. He said students might have high grade expectations in a class because the system told them they would. This could cause them to not work as hard or have a sense of entitlement to success, which would leave them disappointed. “The question is: How valuable is that tool to students when they are selecting courses?” Bohrer said. He also wondered if advisers would feel threatened because the software could affect their jobs. Bohrer said it’s too early to tell what impact it will have. “I think there are a lot of questions to be answered,” Bohrer said. UNL is “committed to Blackboard,” said Earl Hawkey, the university registrar at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He said UNL has a contract with Blackboard, so the university will be with them for a while. And because Blackboard doesn’t currently offer services like Degree Compass, Hawkey said UNL relies on conversations with advisers and the degree audit system for course suggestions. Amanda Prescott, a marketing representative for Blackboard Inc., said she is unaware if Blackboard is going to create its own software similar to Degree Compass. “I haven’t heard that we are looking into it,” Prescott said. news@

Proposal takes aim at council contracts Groups propose amendment to stop politicians from holding city contracts staff report DN A cluster of Lincoln organizations and residents have asked for a city charter amendment to stop Lincoln’s city council members and mayor from holding city contracts. The amendment aims to prevent conflicts of interest for the city officials during business transactions. It prohibits contracts with a “significant financial interest” for the officials. The groups hope to have the amendment on the ballot for the May 2013 election. Under the amendment, no city councilor or mayor would be able to have more than a $5,000 or 5 percent ownership in the business or have an annual income from the business of over 5 percent of his or her annual


income, according to a press release. Common Cause, the League of Women Voters of Lincoln and Lancaster County, Nebraskans for Civic Reform and Nebraska Appleseed were among Lincoln organizations asking for the amendment. “This is about good government, fair competition and accountability,” said Jack Gould of Common Cause Nebraska in a press release. “It protects the mayor and council members from the appearance of bias, ends potential conflicts of interest and brings Lincoln in line with other cities around the country.” The Charter Revision Committee recommended the change five years ago, but the city council decided not to place the amendment on the ballot that year. “We have asked the mayor’s office to re-introduce this amendment and are asking for the current council to put it on the ballot,” said Patte Newman, former Lincoln city councilwoman and past member of the Charter Revision Committee, in a press release. “This is a new council

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with no sitting member with existing contracts with the city. The time is right to try again.” Councilman Doug Emery, the District 1 representative, said the reason the charter was not put on the ballot five years ago was because the council at the time ran on a different philosophy. He said that the public expects council members not to act out of self-interest. “It is hard for the public to look at something and (have it) not appear to be a conflict if (council members) own property,” Emery said. “I think the idea is that the clearer you can make it for the public, the easier it is for the public to have confidence.” Emery said that he did not think the vote to put the amendment on the ballot would be unanimous. In 1957, Omaha amended its city charter to prohibit its selected officials and employees from holding any contracts, regardless of size of the financial interest. news@

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rumann: from 1 development of the mentoring program is a sign of progress. “I do think that we, as a campus, need to have an all-campus approach to helping student veterans, and I see that that is the goal of the mentoring program and the task force,” he said. “I’ve been impressed with the proactive steps.” Tom Allison, assistant director of Career Services and an active developer of the mentoring program, called the book a “great read” and praised Rumann on his work. “Dr. Rumann’s commitment to student veterans and military service members is incredible,” Allison said. “Without the outreach and research that Dr. Rumann has done in the past and continues to do, the Student Veteran Mentoring program would not be where it is today.” Hamrick also had words of praise for Rumann. “Dr. Rumann is an outstanding scholar with a true passion for making a difference in the lives of students,” he said.


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The Neihardt Council asked for $800 for an iPad 4G to be raffled off in conjunction with a date auction. But RHA members reduced the allocation amount for the Wi-Fi model of the iPad to $530. According to Lauren Geiger, representative for the Neihardt Council, the event raised around $4,000 for the Nebraska Make-a-Wish Foundation. The iPad prize is being included to increase attendance at the event. “I don’t see how more people

Under a larger tax reform bill before the Nebraska Legislature, University of Nebraska-Lincoln residence hall prices could rise by $667 per student for an average residence hall room, according to an estimate from University Housing officials. The estimate released at the Residence Hall Association’s Tuesday night meeting stems from Legislative Bill 405, the larger tax reform bill in front of the Nebraska Legislature, and was announced by RHA President Meg Brannen, who received the estimate from Sue Gildersleeve, director of University Housing. “We’re looking at speaking at the hearing next Wednesday, but that is all I know so far,” said BranMonday-Saturday 10-6 nen, a senior advertising and public Thursday 10-8 relations major. RHA plans on putting together Sunday 12-4 a statement next meeting to bring to the hearing on Feb. 6. “The sales tax issue is a pretty hot-and-heavy issue,” said Melissa Peters, RHA adviser. “Taxing dorm rooms is something we never wanted to do.” In addition to discussion of the tax reform impact on housing prices, RHA allocated $1,130 for Neihardt Hall’s Date Auction and Sandoz Hall’s six Poker Nights, leaving $6,320 in its general programming budget for the remainder of the semester.

will be drawn to the event if you don’t have to be there to win (the raffle) and the prize is being drawn for after the event,” Brannen said. Despite members voicing their reservations on the effectiveness of the prize to draw people to an already crowded event, RHA approved the allocation with 34 members in favor, zero opposed and 1 abstaining. news@


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Technology hinders social skills


ake a look around the party. A few dudes chat next to the keg. Another group is playing pong. A couple canoodles on the stairs. And there’s a group of girls on the couch with phones in hand. Here’s a guy texting awkwardly against the wall, trying not to look lonely. Another girl scrolls through her Facebook news feed. Throughout the room, face-to-face interaction is approaching a standstill. Elsewhere in the world, it’s a phenomenon that seems all too familiar. I’m not sure if this means I go to really lame parties or the phenomenon is just grossly overhyped, but many in university culture are BENJAMIN WELCH aware of similar situations. Before texting, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, people were forced to orally com- while chatting with dozens of others via phone municate with others when they were in the or Internet. Hardly meaningful connections, it aforementioned situations. If you didn’t take would seem. advantage of social opportunities, you simply And how often have you been in a situation wouldn’t find friends. Those days are done. where two people in the same room are texting Don’t get me wrong, I love technology. I each other? Have our communication skills so sit on Facebook more than I should and enjoy drastically declined that, even when faced with some “Super Smash Bros” every now and then. more convenient options, we’re unable to break I’ll even admit to keeping my phone within an away? Granted, this instance is most common arm’s reach while sleeping. But when more time when trying to secretively talk without othand effort is being spent on attempting to make ers hearing, which also says something about a social media appearance than a physical one, how rude social media makes us. Have you participation in actual life expeever gone on a date where riences takes a hit. your partner would not set Communication Our generation is the last to down the phone all night? play outside as children. When Did it make you feel like skills also seem was the last time you saw a you were uninteresting and group playing basketball in the to be falling by the undeserving of someone’s street? When was the last time a undivided attention? wayside.” playground had a large game of Today, culture favors tag? Suburbs are ghost towns as those who maintain a more children huddle inside playing video games. As robust online presence. Expectations to keep a result, we lose the lifelong benefits of interacup with Facebook, Twitter, Delicious, Pintertion that come from imagination and childhood est, Instagram and LinkedIn are so high, you adventures. risk losing social value if you decline to particiIn fact, a 2010 survey by the Pew Research pate. Center found that teens are actually relying on The strangest thing about this whole debacle texts more for social interaction (54 percent) than is that most social media is, well, useless. How actual face-to-face chats (33 percent). Half of them crucial is it we throw a sepia filter on a snapshot send at least 50 texts a day and a third send more of our dinner before showing the world? Does than 100. Those numbers are likely congruent anyone want to watch his or her best friend bicker with the 18-24 demographic. In addition, pres- with an ex on wall comments? Is it necessary to sure to remain in the loop at all times leads to a collect a gallery of wedding dress pictures? The scary amount of texting-while-driving incidents. sheer amount of noise on the Web is baffling and The point is that the way a growing majority overwhelming. of people interact anymore is not engaging. InThis noise – both personal and irrelevant – shared deed, it’s possible to wake up, neglect showering, by our “friends” is also questionable. watch “Duck Dynasty” all day and go to bed, all

For example, in the last few months I’ve viewed the juicy details of a miscarriage, separation, sexual fantasies and diseases just by scanning friends’ profiles. Irrelevant posts like these are why some fear the Internet is going to be full soon. Communication skills also seem to be falling by the wayside. You’d think an increased presence on the information superhighway would teach spelling, grammar and common sense, but as we’ve seen, this is clearly false. Complacency with being connected to a group of friends at all times denies the chance to expand horizons and interact with others. It’s daunting to wonder what we’ve missed out on because of this. What’s next? Becoming even more connected with literal in-your-face social media. Google Glass is essentially a prototype cell phone/tablet/eyewear hybrid. An interesting promotional video on YouTube shows the ability to pull up maps, text, call, check email and social profiles, take pictures and find friends merely by glancing at corners of the lens. With these, you are literally in the know at all waking moments. On one hand, technological capabilities providing for getting out of the house could be the foundation for a new era of networking. Or it could cue the zombie apocalypse and cause everyone to sit staring straight ahead all day long. Not even the thumbs will get a workout. At this point, we’re likely past the point of no return. Social media is here to stay, for better or worse – our addiction to connectedness and rate at which technology is advancing shows us this isn’t just a fad. And that’s why members of society need to make a conscious effort to remain firmly planted in this reality – where our close friends and family are of the utmost importance, not the hundreds of profile pictures we see on the Internet. Social media certainly has its benefits, and creating and belonging in these circles takes networking to new heights. But all things have an appropriate time and place, and virtual reality isn’t quite as good as this one, yet. Life is short, the world is big and the opportunities for adventure are endless. Don’t spend it behind the wheel of a tractor on Farmville. Benjamin Welch is a graduate student of journalism. Contact him through smoke signals, Morse code or reach him at opinion@

Living alone creates allows for freedom, introspection


ome things in life are just plain terrifying: centipedes (human or otherwise), men running through the streets flailing chainsaws, ghosts and that first night alone in the apartment you decided to rent by yourself. You think every sound is a mass murderer hiding in your shower or in your closet. That weird ticking: Is that a pipe about to explode? Oh crap: Did I forget to turn the oven off? What if the apartment burns down while you’re asleep? You might find yourself getting out of bed more than once to make sure you locked the door. Living with roommates is comforting even if it’s not always comfortable. Even if you get annoyed with their habits, you know you won’t ever be really alone. However, I bet once you’ve lived by yourself, you won’t want to have roommates unless you get married. While living alone may be scary at first, it’s also an adventure. And, like most adventures, you eventually get over your fear, and it ends up being worth it in the end. Here are some top reasons why living alone rocks.

1. Wearing whatever you want (or nothing at all) and having no one around to judge you

I’m sure we’ve all been there: You’re living with a roommate or two, and you’re having one of those days where all you want to do is lie around all day without pants

on. Alas, you throw on some sweatpants because you can’t be naked around your roommates. That’s just weird. I’ve lived alone for more than a year now, but for some reason this one took a while for me to start doing. Honestly, though, once you go pantless, you never go back. You might find yourself turning down hanging out with friends because you don’t want to put pants on. That’s OK, but don’t do it too often.

2. The only person you’re responsible for is yourself

Do you have a roommate who constantly leaves dirty dishes lying around? Or maybe he or she has a group of loud friends who always come over right when you’re trying to study. All those annoying quirks disappear when you live alone. You don’t have to worry about picking up after anyone but yourself. There’s something about having a whole apartment to yourself that makes you want to keep it clean. It may not always be clean, but it’s probably a lot tidier than your room in one of the residence halls on campus. It’s totally natural to take pride in your space.

3. Going to the bathroom with the door open

Another one that takes some time to get used to. It’s weird to go to the bathroom with the door open at first. But it grows on you. I promise.

to myself. I’m certain, however, that I’m not the only person who does this. Fact of the matter is, your thoughts can get jumbled in your head, but if you can say them out loud, you’re forced to form cohesive words. If you don’t do this, try it. It doesn’t make you crazy.

6. Bringing anyone in without having anyone interrupting

DANAE LENZ 4. Listening to music and/or movies at high volume

When you live with someone else, it’s easy to feel guilty about listening to your music at full volume. You’re always worried about bothering him or her. When you have a 500-square-foot apartment all to yourself, that’s not something you have to worry about. I am not ashamed to admit I’ve jammed out to Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” at full volume more than once. And I sang and danced to it. The only person who judged me was my futon.

5. Talking out loud to yourself

I have a secret: The easiest way for me to work out my problems is to talk

I once had a roommate I got along with really well, but our groups of friends didn’t like each other. We had to constantly plan around who was going to be in the apartment at what time. It was frustrating. Even if you get along fine with your roommate and his or her friends, it’s still awkward if they walk in on you mid-makeout session.

7. Rearranging/ redecorating without it being a big deal

If you’re anything like me, you need change every once in a while. I can’t have the furniture arranged in the same way or the same decorations hanging up for more than a few months because I start to feel claustrophobic. Change is good. It’s healthy. If you rearrange or redecorate on a semi-regular basis, it brings new light to your old, shabby furniture. And it makes you feel accomplished. It’s an easy way to feel good about yourself. If you have roommates, though, it becomes a big deal. Maybe you have an

artist roommate who wants to decorate with his or her paintings, but you want to put a bunch of band posters on the wall. Maybe you want the couch on one wall, but your roommate thinks it would look better on the other. If it’s your apartment, you don’t run into any of this awkward confrontation. You can do whatever you want.

8. You really get to know yourself

Everybody should live alone at some point in their lifetimes because of this reason. When you live with other people, it’s a great opportunity to be social, but a side effect of that is you really only know who you are when you’re around them. You’re never truly alone. When you’re by yourself, you are forced to be introspective. You have to figure out who you are. A word of caution, though. Don’t get too comfortable with being alone. It’s easy to get caught up in a weekslong “Doctor Who” binge and never talk to another soul except when you’re forced. Remember your friends. Hang out with them. Go outside to study sometimes. And then when you come home after a long night, revel in how awesome it is to come home to an apartment that is all your own. Danae Lenz is a senior journalism major. Reach her on Twitter at @danaelenz or at. opinion@


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A good story photos by Allison Hess

Writer Sherman Alexie was featured at Prairie Schooner’s Winter 2012 issue launch Tuesday night at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center. Alexie has written numerous anthologized short stories and poems and won the National Book Award in 2007. At left, Alexie reads various poems and short stories, including an unreleased poem titled “Arson.” Above, Alexie autographs copies of his books after reading some of his work to a packed audience and participating in an onstage interview with Prairie Schooner’s Kwame Dawes. “You embrace what ever beauty you can, even if you have to make it up,” Alexie said.

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Kendall Reimer, a senior in the School of Music, was awarded the title Singer of the Year, which is given to a student competitor judges feel gave the best performance. Reimer is currently in the school of music’s production of “Candide.”

Senior opera student wins Singer of the Year Kendall Reimer juggles practices, performances with strict schedule

“At that time, she had a pretty voice with lots of potential,” Butler said. “I was impressed by her open, unspoiled attitude, her love of music and her good musical instincts.” Throughout college, Butler worked with Reimer for an hour ally phillips a week, as well as during classes. dn “It has been my joy and pleasure to help guide (Reimer ’s) voKendall Reimer ’s instrument of cal development during her four choice is her voice. years of vocal studies at UNL,” A vocal performance major foButler said. cusing on opera, Reimer spends a This November, Reimer comlot of time working on her reperpeted at the National Association toire of songs, technique and the of Teachers of Singing (NATS). different languages in opera. Here, Reimer went up against 30And with all of this, she’s 35 people in concert finals. still responsible for participating She was awarded the title of in competitions and her involveSinger of the Year, which is given ment in school productions. to a student competition judges Now in her senior year of col- feels gave the best performance of lege, Reimer has learned to pace the day. herself, create a schedule and pri“I was really excited,” Reimer oritize. said. “I was not expecting it by “It’s all about being really any shot, but it’s a huge honor careful ... to not exhaust myself,” because you compete against so Reimer said. “Over-practicing is many people.” just as bad as not Currently, Repracticing because imer is balancing Overyou screw yourself her time between up in terms of the practicing practicing for the next day; you’re UNL Mainstage too tired and can’t is just as bad as production of “Cando anything. It’s not practicing dide,” in which she not worth it.” is the female lead Reimer began because you Cunegonde, and taking private screw yourself up preparing herself singing lessons in for the Metropolihigh school. in terms of the tan Opera Council She looked at Auditions, both of next day.” a couple of differwhich are in Februent schools when ary. kendall Reimer thinking about Though she senior music major college. Reimer admits it can get a auditioned at a little crazy with all college in Kansas of the different practice times and City, Mo., and the University of performances to work on, Reimer Nebraska-Lincoln. said it’s worth it. “I went to a couple of places “You have to fully immerse then came here and I fell in love yourself in it,” she said. “Here at with the campus and the faculty UNL they try their best to give and the school in general,” Reimer you a really good taste of what said. it’s going to be like freshman year While on a visit during high to feel you out and see if you’re school, she had a trial practice lesson with vocal performance professor Kate Butler. Opera: see page 7

Students recall global UNL connections cynthia todd dn

»»Editor’s note: The following story is the final installment of our “being here” series, which examines the experiences of international students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. If you grew up in China or Brazil or Eastern Europe, you’ve likely never heard of Nebraska, much less the University of NebraskaLincoln. And yet, any given year UNL plays host to hundreds of international students and provides them the opportunity to study and absorb American culture.

And the state gets high marks from international students when it comes to being a comfortable, homey locale. “It’s a really safe and quiet place to be,” said Tianjian Wang, a freshman financing major from China. “I love being in calm, quiet places and Nebraska is that.” Wang is in her first semester at UNL and previously debated between schools in Minnesota and Iowa when deciding where to pursue her college degree. “Some of my (upperclassmen) friends go to school in Minnesota, so I was thinking about it,” Wang said. “I decided to come to Nebraska and I like the city and university so far. I think

the educational system is better in the United States, especially when it comes to anything business related.” Whether they’re freshmen or have been studying in Nebraska for a few years now, many international students have some sort of UNL connection which motivates their journeys. “I came to Nebraska when I was 18, so I’ve been here for about three years,” said Chen Lei, a senior finance major from China. “My cousin graduated from this school, so my parents wanted me to study here too.” UNL links for other students are more official than personal, but still the challenges of actually

making the trip and fitting in are well-documented. “I’m in an exchange program called Science Without Borders through the Brazilian government,” said Pablo Caldeira, a senior advertising major from Brazil. “The program provides us a scholarship to study here for one year and then we have the opportunity to go back home and find an internship.” “I think one of the biggest fears international students have is socializing and making new friends,” he added. “I’ve made so many friends and it makes being away from home so much easier.”

being here: see page 7

Professor draws on experience Sasha Dobson preaches high value of physicality in UNL acting classes joe wade dn If the small world of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is — as The Bard might assert — a stage, then theater lecturer Sasha Dobson is keenly aware of her role. Dobson works in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film, in addition to being a local actor, director, producer, dialect coach and mother of two. She also works at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, as the outreach coordinator, and is on the board for The Angels Theatre Company and the Flatwater Shakespeare Company. “Movies are fantastic, and I love movies; (but) theater is magical,” Dobson said. “The role of the audience and the role of the performer is palpable; it’s this kinesthetic exchange of energy that you can’t get when you go to a movie.” Dobson is a Lincoln native, and though she’s known by her students for wit and zeal, she was not always so outgoing. Early in life she had aspirations of either becoming a lawyer, like her father, or a genetic biologist. In school she was very shy and it wasn’t until her mother enrolled her in a summer the-

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Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film professor Sasha Dobson discusses monologues with Greg Rishoi, a technical design student. ater program at the Lincoln Community Playhouse that she began to find her confidence. “You could not get me to

raise my hand and participate in class,” she said. “Even if I knew the answer was right, I would not raise my hand to give the an-

swer. I would rather vomit.”

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Super Bowl stories reflect our own

being here: from 5


lauren cloyed | dn Just as with every new student to UNL, the question of whether or not to embrace the Husker spirit and mythology is a key one. “One of my favorite things about UNL is watching football,” Lei said. “I have a friend that plays for the team, and I’ve been to every single game this past season.” Caldeira said most everyone is friendly and welcoming. “Once of my favorite places to go is Jake’s Bar,” Caldeira said. “The people there are so nice, and that just goes back to everyone here being so friendly.” Being in the United States also gives international students the opportunity to visit other cities. “Over winter break I went to New York and Chicago with some of my friends,” Caldeira said. “It was so crowded in New York, but it was so much fun. If

I could go to school anywhere other than Nebraska, I would probably choose Chicago just because it’s so nice there, I love it.” Lei has also had the chance to visit the Windy City, along with Hawaii and Miami. “The shopping in Chicago is so much better than Nebraska, which I liked a lot,” Lei said. “It was really fun to visit other places outside of Nebraska while I’m here.” The Nebraska experience has been positive for these students, but the idea of settling back home is always on the horizon. “I have to go back to Brazil and finish my education,” Caldeira said. “But I do like it here.” “I think I’ll go back to China after graduation,” Lei said. “I am getting a good education here, but I would like to go back home and find a job there afterwards.” arts@ on twitter @dnartsdesk

tyler keown This column brought to you by Pepsi, everything brought to you by Pepsi Grab your pig skin and mental stability issues, we’re talking professional football! This Sunday, Ray “Killed A Guy” Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens will be headed to New Orleans to take on Colin “Football” Kaepernick in Super Bowl XLVII! There’ll be touchdowns, kickings, runnings (cool and otherwise), tears, fears and maybe a bar fight after. It’ll be a spectacle, let me tell you. But in the biggest game of the year, it’s easy to see parallels to our lives here on campus. Maybe it’s because I shoehorned them in there, maybe it’s because they’re

actually real, but either way, football! The biggest and most obvious parallel is that both the Super Bowl and UNL are both sponsored by Pepsi™. There isn’t much to discuss; who wouldn’t want to sponsored by Pepsi™? It’s both delicious and nutritious. Pepsi™: The best drink. The buildup to the Super Bowl is a big part of the fun. As “real” writers debate who will do what on the field, tension grows to a boiling point, only to explode Sunday night as everything happens. This is just like college; your four (or whatever) years here are constantly building toward one big moment: life. Will you explode after college, or will you go 1334 passing and only pick up 39 yards rushing? It’s up to you. Certainly, advertisements are big appeal during the “big game.” Companies (including Pepsi™: The Drink of The King) try their best to make ads that’ll stick with us for the year to come. Look at ASUN elections right

now and tell me they aren’t tryredemption and heart? We watch ing to the same exact thing. Adthese athletes destroy themselves vertising is advertising no matter week after week in search of eterwhere it’s happening. This was nal glory. Who among us has nevnot my strongest point. er once wished for immortality The actual game itself is for their actions, let alone thembound to be interesting; Ray selves? Lewis will probably tackle (and Pepsi™: Immortality. kill) some guys, Colin KaeperAt the end of the game, there nick will continue to be what Taywill be a loser and a winner (and lor Martinez sort also likely a dead of is and Joe Flacco body via Ray Lewwill continue his is). The heartbreak ... Joe Flacco felt by the losing meteoric rise to the B-list of NFL quar- will continue his team will be poiterbacks. There’s gnant for sure; storylines every- meteoric rise to climbing Mount where in this game, Everest, only to the B-list of NFL just like in Pepsi™ fall 95 percent (Pepsi™: The Drink quarterbacks.” of the way up, is of Myths), and just tragic. like in real life. But it is also Everyone has a story. important to see that someThat guy sitting outside the times life doesn’t go as planned. Nebraska Union might have a Sometimes you come close to crippling online poker addiction greatness and get cut short. that he finally addresses tonight That’s part of school as much as in a moment of clarity. That girl anything; sometimes you study you saw fall off her bike outside hard and still fail a test. Someof Andersen Hall once (but you times you wear extra Brut and didn’t laugh because she fell sort you still come home from the of hard) might have had a tumor party alone. that was spotted because she fell The important thing to reon it and it hurt. That professor member is that if you are a prothat just walked you through celfessional athlete, you can take lular whatsit is probably real borout all of your anger on a guy at ing outside class, but maybe not. a bar and kill him. tyler keown is a Isn’t that what the appeal of sophomore journalism sports is, really? major. reach him at arts@ One constant, ever-changing story of failure and success, or

Green Bein’ introduces new name: Gear Five Studio nathan sindelar dn Green Bein’ Productions is changing its name and partying along the way. Whether it’s 200-plus friend-ofa-friend tailgates, gaming nights or just breaking from work for some hacky sack in the courtyard, the Lincoln-based interactive marketing studio mixes business and fun on a daily basis. Since its start three years ago, the company’s talents and goals have evolved. To reflect its new identity, Green Bein’ Productions will launch a new brand, Gear Five Studio, to better represent what it has to offer for clients and possible employees alike. MORGAN SPIEHS | DN Their celebration, “Ring in the Employees Alex Boyle and Thomas Bolte take a break and play New Gear,” will be held at the foosball in Gear Five Studio’s office space on Thursday. They keep Apothecary, located at 140 N. 8 St. in the Haymarket, on Friday at 6 track of their score on a white board in the office. p.m. The event is a gathering for students and anyone else interestwe did it. Through that process line is really difficult,” Ward said. ed in technology-related careers to we learned so much about virtual “They can’t use traditional social come and network with Gear Five media, because, in theory, kids unworlds.” Studio clients and other possible der 13 can’t have Facebooks.” “Kid Command” was an enemployers. So, the bank and the cystic Deana Ward, Gear Five’s chief vironmentally themed game decoordinating officer, is excited to signed to educate children about fibrosis foundation hired Green nature, geography and animals. Bein’ to develop browser games show the company’s new face. And, for Green Bein’, environment that allowed children to create and “Hey, Alex,” Ward yelled. customize avatars while playing was key. “What are the five gears?” arcade games and earning rewards. “It’s a green being, and it’s Alex Boyle, content director, “These are donation machines,” about being green,” walked from where Boyle said while demonstrating Ward said. the other team The inspira- how the virtual worlds play. He We probably members were walked his avatar to a coin machine. for their MMO working, listing were a little tion Here children donate real-world came from similar the specialties. He existing online of- money and, in return, get tokens to didn’t remember stupid, a little experience other games and dress ferings. them all. naïve. But we did “Our kids spent their characters. “You just got The games on display featured so much time on to quiz me,” Ward it.” an option to donate cash that either (other gaming websaid. goes to the foundation or to charity sites), and we just deana ward A nameless chief coordinating officer thought, ‘It’s like with the amount matched by the voice hollered from crack,’” Ward said. bank. Players get in-game loot and the other room. “They love this, but more attempts at the mini games. “Website devel“It’s no lie, you can’t look beopment, interactive branding, virtu- they don’t walk away with any value except wanting to buy crap. yond it that kids will need a credit al worlds, business platforms and, We wanted kids to get smarter as card number,” Boyle said. “They’ll uh, video games.” need their parents’ information.” they played.” These are the five pillars of Both Ward and Boyle agreed; While “Kid Command” is Ward’s new studio. Founded by Ward and her currently offline, the experience these games hold the secret to successful marketing. The interactivbrother, Collin Caneva, Green Bein’ gained through their first venture Productions originally set out to still factors into Gear Five’s core ity and gamification of information develop massively multiplayer on- functions. For companies like keep attention on the brands by line video games (MMOs) for kids Union Bank & Trust and the Boom- awarding badges, status and recognition to players. er Esiason Foundation, they’ve deages 6 to 13. Their first product was As far as the new Gear Five veloped similar virtual spaces for called “Kid Command.” Studio goes, as Green Bein’ began “We probably were a little stu- children to play and learn. working for other companies, mak“Marketing to children onpid, a little naïve,” Ward said. “But


Employees of Gear Five Studio work in their office Friday. Previously Green Bein’ Productions, the marketing firm is re-gearing and chose a name that better represented their services. Their launch party is this Friday at the Apothecary in the Haymarket. ing virtual worlds, web pages and business platforms, their name began to hinder the newfound scope. After reassessing the direction Ward and Caneva wanted to take the company, they landed on Gear Five. Gear Five Studio employs 13 people now, and while it doesn’t currently have any positions to offer, the business supports local talent, Ward said. “Right now, everyone in that room is a University of NebraskaLincoln graduate,” said Ward, pointing toward a crop of employees. Alice Bolte, Gear Five’s art director and the person in charge of the rebranding, graduated from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Terry Mowry, web developer intern, graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan and Alex Boyle took his career in his hands when he left UNL after a year and a half.

“This is how it happens sometimes,” Ward said. “These kids come in and they’re like, ‘we really love video games, and we’d love to work or intern for free.’ And we bring them in. We don’t want people to leave Nebraska.” Boyle was one of those kids. At 19 years old, he walked through the door offering to work for free. Now he’s the content director, but titles hold little meaning at Gear Five Studio. “I basically do whatever they need me to do,” said Terry Mowry, self-taught, self-proclaimed jackof-all-trades and web development intern on the side. Ward agreed. “Being small, we all wear a lot of different hats,” Ward said. “Some days I’m cleaning the shitters.” So while the work becomes hectic and stressful at times, a relaxed atmosphere and fluid project

if you go: Gear Five Studio’s “Ring in the New Gear”


Friday, 6 p.m. The Apothecary, 140 N. 8 St. how much: Free where:

options keep things cool. “Not going to lie, it’s awesome having tailgating parties out here,” Boyle said. “We open up the back gameroom, set up a stereo system, have people over for games. It’s nice for employee life.” arts@ on twitter @dnartsdesk

let’s play...will your high school relationship last? LET’S PLAY

chance solem-Pfeifer tyler keown Chance: So there’s no question college is a time of great change. Changing majors, changing bodies, “Changing Lanes.” People watch that movie all the time. Tyler: I’ve not seen it. Chance: Affleck is a slightly selfish white collar worker. Sam

Jackson is a crazy, desperate man. You can’t possibly imagine. Tyler: Huh. People watch that often, I imagine. Chance: As I was saying before you put your ignorance out there for everyone. Ch-ch-ch-changes, that’s what college is all about. Tyler: Inside and out. Chance: A lot of times that past gets crushed under the shoe of the present. A lot of friends fall by the wayside and if you’re lucky you’re able to become someone you’re not and find lots of other manic people doing the same! Relationships are no exception. In fact, they prove the rule. For freshmen with romantic entanglements from pre-college, the question very often is whether Sam & Diane can hang on through the full four years. You’re here to help, Ty! Tyler: Let me help. Chance: Do you go by Ty? That makes you sound like you might start a white rap group. Tyler: Yes, and already did. Ty & the Warmth.

Chance: Yes. Let’s play...WILL YOUR HIGH SCHOOL RELATIONSHIP LAST!? First question: your lady friend is in a meteorology class with the quarterback of the Husker football team (Scott Frost, so far as I know). They really hit it off over a love of banal conversation about the weather. He loves the way “monsoon season” roles off her forked tongue. They decide to platonically hang out at his apartment for a study session. You’re suspicious they might be brewing a monsoon of their own. Will your high school relationship last? Tyler: First off, why would Scott Frost take a meteorology class when his name is Scott FROST. Scott Frost is gonna freeze you OUT! Chance: You’re saying it will not last then? Tyler: Letting her study with Scott Frost is slippery slope. Chance: He might be interested in your girlfriend’s slippery slopes. Tyler: If for some reason her feelings for you seem to ice over, she always has Scott Frost to hang out with. Chance: Good luck weathering that storm. Next question: you’ve been with your adorable boyfriend since the two of you were 13 years old. He’s come a long way. He’s lost all the baby fat and ditched the Yellow Card t-shirts.

By the time you guys arrive on the quad the first day (where else would you go to find the action?), you’re struck by the fact he’s a good-looking young man. But something doesn’t sit well with him in the early months of college and he spends a lot of time in his room. Over dining hall food, he tells you he’d forgotten how great Homestar Runner is. Will your high school relationship last? Tyler: Ha ha, like H*R isn’t great. And yeah, it will. He’ll likely latch on to you as his depression grows. Good luck! Chance: Obsession is just commitment by another name! Tyler: Both words are long! Chance: And when he paints his face like Strong Bad? That’s the 21st century promise ring. Question #3: You and your sweetheart were prom king and queen. You used to spit on nerds and neck at the local drive-in theater. You’ve been using the L-word for years. And you’re both ridiculously good-looking, so why wouldn’t you be? As college moves through its first year, things are going fine, but you swear there’s vocal tick with your prom king... “I lum you,” he says, first as a whisper and then at full volume in every day conversations. What is “lum” you start to won-

der. Is it comparable to love? Tyler: What is lum? Babuh, don’t hurm me. Chance: Your mother warned you there might be a day when love disappears leaving only the cold dead carcass of lum. Will your lum last? Tyler: Your lum has a, ahem, chance. One day, he may arise and find that his love for you has expanded seemingly tenfold! Or perhaps he will not. Or perhaps he is having a stroke? Chance: He starts drafting his own knock-off cartoons with headless, nude characters called “Lum is...” Cause for concern? Tyler: Probably. Chance: Let’s talk long distance. What does that make you think of? Tyler: Let’s go deep. Chance: Gross. Tyler: Like a football play. Chance: Like Scott Frost with your girlfriend. So your boyfriend is attending a prestigious liberal arts college out east. With the Puritans and the Mets and the Civil War and just all that. You’re at UNL and things are rough, but consistent. Your boyfriend texts to say he’s lost in the library and probably will be for at least a few weeks. So no calling each other. Strange excuse. Will you guys last?

Tyler: No way! Because he will probably die in the library. Chance: You don’t think he’s lying? Tyler: It isn’t the lie-brary! Chance: Last one: It’s the second semester of your freshmen year. You’ve both changed a little and you feel like your lives might be moving in different directions. Neither of you wants to say anything, but things just aren’t the same. Will your high school relationship last? This one is for all the marbles. We literally collected them from everyone. Lots of kids out there without small choking hazards to play with. Tyler: Yes! Because you will break up eventually, but then get back together because that seems to happen a lot! Chance: That’s correct! You’ll never be able to tell fantasy from reality! You’ll both be worse off for it. Absolutely amazing, Tyler. How long have you spent studying the human condition? Tyler: Forever, man! These eyes, they’re like life cameras. I see it all. Chance: That’s why you’re always looking at me? Tyler: ... no. Good night everybody! arts@ on twitter @dnartsdesk

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Brewery cultivates beer culture Modern Monks works with local restaurants to provide original beer casey kettler dn The three wise monks of Modern Monks Brewery are generally easygoing. But when it comes to beer, the brewery is a monastery and their beer is sacrosanct. Modern Monks makes beer at the oldest brewing facility in Lincoln, inside Misty’s downtown location at the intersection of 11th and P streets. Formerly the site of the restaurant Crane River, this facility gives the monks a unique ability to peddle their individually crafted, unfiltered microbrews to Misty’s and other local businesses. With his thin handlebar moustache and unique manner of speaking (one that Brother Josh Ames refers to as “Bobanese”), Robert Meyer leads the brothers of the order. He started what is now Modern Monks more than BRIANNA SOUKUP | DN 10 years ago by converting his Robert Myers, the creator of Modern Monk beer, talks to a reporter about their brewery operagarage into an extensive hometion in the basement of Misty’s Steakhouse surrounded by empty beer kegs on Tuesday. brew operation. It was during this time that he met Brother Dave Oenbring at Ames echoed these sentiLincoln Lagers Brew Club, a lo- ments and emphasized the imcal gathering of beer enthusiasts. portance of cultivating a cityTogether they established Mod- wide craft brew community. The ern Monks and began honing trend in the beer community, their recipes. Oenbring, Meyer ’s according to Ames, is a general right-hand man and second in shift from quantity to quality. the order of the Monks, got his “Even in a recession, people start brewing beer a week before are looking to get more bang for Jimmy Carter even signed the bill their buck, not in terms of quanmaking it legal to do so. tity, but in terms of getting a reBrother Josh ally good beer,” he Ames is the busisaid. Even in a ness monk. He Ames cited joined Bob and recession, some numbers to Dave five years back it up. ago, helping them people are looking “Beer sales are to attain legal to get more bang down something standing as comlike 2.2 percent mercial brew- for their buck, worldwide, but ers. They brewed not in terms of craft beer sales briefly at Kearare up ... around BRIANNA SOUKUP | DN ney’s Thunder- quantity, but in 10 percent or so Holly Milburn fills a customer’s pint glass with Modern Monk head facility and terms of getting a by volume, and beer at Misty’s Steakhouse on Monday night. Milburn said Monhad a brief stint at around 12 percent day nights are usually busy because they offer $2 pints of their The Chicken Coop really good beer.” in terms of dolhouse-made Modern Monk beer. in Grand Island, lars,” he said. “It’s josh ames Neb., before enteralways a good “the business monk” ing their symbiotic time to be in the give back to the community, one The Monks are also orgarelationship with beer market.” they have worked hard to cultinizing a bike tour of Lincoln in Misty’s restaurant. The men of Even for these men who are Modern Monks have been culti- conjunction with Blue Blood and vate, in the form of $2 pint night striving to do what they love, vating this craft beer community Zipline Breweries, reminiscent of every Monday. “All of the beers are two dolthe bottom line is important. The not only through cooperation New Belgium’s Tour de Fat. lars,” Meyer said, “It’s kind of a Moving forward, Modern monks have found that Lincoln’s with other brewers, but by loMonks is intent on expanding thank you to everyone who supbrewing community thrives as a cal collaboration, bartering and this community; evident with its ports us. Everything is the same tight knit group; a sort of mutuingenuity. Whenever possible, imminent release of the state’s price, including the beers that ally assured success. Modern Monks uses Nebraska first gluten-free beer, made from cost more to produce. It’s a good “We help them (other local ingredients. They get the majornight for those who like quality Nebraska millet. There is also an breweries) out, and they help us ity of their hops from Rhynald’s indefinite timeline on expand- beer.” out because the more beer they Hops Growers in Prague, Neb., ing to retail, bottling and selling arts@ sell, the more beer we sell,” Meyand their grain comes from in- their meticulously crafted beer. er said. state growers. on twitter @dnartsdesk To cap it all off, the monks

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Modern Monks offers variety of local microbrews casey kettler dn It’s not often one is afforded the opportunity to try eight different locally brewed beers in the same night. But this is possible (if perhaps not advisable) at Misty’s downtown. The restaurant features the full run of Modern Monks beer and on Monday evenings, a pint costs only $2. The experience is different even than, say, The Watering Hole, which features its own “pint night.” Modern Monks has a serious diversity of beers to choose from. Predominately styled after Belgian and German beers, there is a strong opportunity to find a new variety of beer to get excited about. There were eight beers on tap, so naturally I tried them all. I began with Dark Wheat, which had the hue of an amber ale with the nose of a traditional wheat. It was significantly less sweet, and slightly more bitter than say, a Boulevard, but kept the lightness of any good wheat beer. Next I tried what I thought would be my favorite, the Belgian IPA. I’m normally a fan of both of these varieties, and the Monks did a great job of combining them. It would be in the interest of any beer drinker to give this a try. I then tried the Kölsch. Generally, the notes of German beers are too subtle for my clunky American palate, but there were plenty of interesting things going on. The most defining was an enduring flowery note at the finish. The American Pilsner is exactly what you’d expect if Budweiser was brewed by your neighbor, a corn

Modern Monks Brewery Taste: B+ Variety: A Atmosphere: B Value: B+ farmer, who had a library of brewing guides in his attic. I tried the Alt Bier, a darker brew, expecting something strong. Though it was brewed with caramel, it didn’t have a significant sweetness to it. Its flavor lay in a mean between the extremes of hoppiness and sweetness, drawing you in without blowing you away. Then, the Belgian Tripel blew me away. By far the strongest, sweetest and boldest beer on tap, it was also the booziest. It was every bit as good as any trippel I have run across. They had an Espresso Porter, a collaboration with local coffee shop Cultiva Coffee, that was everything you would expect, and finally an Orange Wheat of Shock Top caliber. Modern Monks offers a unique brewery experience for Lincoln. The variety of their meticulously crafted microbrews is unmatched, and one never loses sight of the amount of effort put into these beers. arts@ dailynebrsakan on twitter @dnartsdesk

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Kendall Reimer belts out the last few notes of a song while rehearsing a scene from “Candide.” Reimer plays Cunegonde in the performance and is the center of many scenes.

There’s a lot of experiences here at UNL and it’s about grabbing them and doing them.”

kendall reimer senior music major

ready for that.” Throughout her time at UNL, Reimer has been part of several opera productions put on by the School of Music. “There’s a lot of experiences here at UNL, and it’s about grabbing them and doing them,” she said. “It’s just been great. It’s been a kick to go forward, and I want to kick it up.” Reimer will be graduating in


Metal beer-brewing barrels line the walls in a basement room below Misty’s Steakhouse. The barrels hold gallons of Modern Monk beer, a local Lincoln, Neb. beer.

May and plans to take a year off before applying for graduate school. She plans to stay in Lincoln so she is still able to practice with Butler. “(Reimer) is a remarkable young woman,” Butler said. “She has a gorgeous vocal gift ...I am so happy for her and look forward to her very promising future.” arts@ on twitter @dnartsdesk

During her junior year of high school she decided to officially pursue acting and began looking for a college to attend. “My mother said ‘you can anywhere except for the University of Nebraska’ because she wanted me to get out and explore the world,” Dobson said. “She didn’t want me to stay in Lincoln and get stuck.” Her parents were supportive of her decision and she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, in acting, from Ithaca College in New York. Dobson remembers several hundred people auditioned for the program and she was one of 24 to be accepted. “Once you were in didn’t mean you could stay in because we had cuts,” she said. “By the end of our sophomore year, our class was cut down to 12 and I was still there by the skin of my teeth. It was a struggle for me to be on the same caliber as professional actors. It wasn’t until my senior year when things started to click for me and I was cast in lead roles.” In 2000 Dobson graduated with a master ’s degree in acting from UNL and then moved to the U.K. While there she worked with Cara wilwerding | DN a theater company called ShakeLaughing, Sasha Dobson instructs students in her basic acting technique class. After two speare To Go. Because of the fistudents performed their lip synching assignments, the class focused on funny and dramatic nancial demand in raising a family, however, Dobson returned to monologues. UNL as a lecturer in 2005. “Sasha teaches well, because “They can learn that it always had to have my blood pumping point.” she truly cares about what she pays off to be kind to others, and just that kinesthetic activity An actor cannot show emodoes, and she cares about her to do your best, and to always got me to where I needed to be, students,” said Petra Wahlqvist, tions to an audience, according have a sense of humor about because I needed to come out associate executive director at to Dobson, so it is important to show action in order to de- life. They can learn to take and be a hot mess. You can’t be the Lied. “She makes it fun, and risks, to connect emotionally a hot mess if your blood isn’t velop in-theshe enjoys it.” with what they are doing and to m o m e n t , pumping.” While at Ithaca, Sasha i n t e r e s t i n g enjoy life.” Whether it is on stage or in Dobson was playing Dobson said she is at a point a classroom, in Dobson’s thinkrelationships. teaches the part of Petruchio in enjoying her own life where She said that ing, theater is something to be in a cross-cast version well, because she is a wife and mother first. passionate about. The stage is young acof Shakespeare’s “The For her, if she is “going to do a about relationships and sharing tors, espeTaming of the Shrew.” she truly cares show it’s really got to be mean- the experience with the other cially, have According to her, it about what she ingful.” difficulty deactors onstage, as well as in the was during this show Despite her selectiveness audience. veloping this that she began to de- does, and she and familial obligations, she awareness be“I like to perform, it’s cavelop her physical cares about her continues to do a few shows cause “they’re thartic,” she said. “I like to exsense as an actor. a year. Currently, she is workt h i n k i n g amine why people behave the “I had a hard time students.” ing on the new play, “What The way they behave and explore reabout how dropping into the male physicality,” petra wahlqvist they look or Wind Taught Me” by Becky lationships. And, I like to teach Boesen. According to Dobson, because I like to inspire. I hope lied associate executive ‘am I saying she said. “My direcdirector each performance presents that what I do gets students this right?’” tor said ‘you’re walk“ W h o challenges, but the lessons she excited about theater. A lot of ing too much on your has learned help her to develop cares how you students that I teach have never tip-toes, you need to are saying it?” Dobson likes to a better understanding. been to a live theater perforlower your center, not on your “I don’t have a specific ap- mance before. So, getting them pose to new students. “Are you tip-toes like a female’ and I still couldn’t get it. So, one day he working toward your objective proach to each character; it’s there, talking about the proby playing actions and creating different each time,” she said. cess of how it comes about and came to rehearsal, gave me a “I did a fantastic show with all the different components. I an interesting, dynamic relationwad of socks and made me put Angels Theatre Company a few have had students say ‘I’m goit in my pants then said, ‘lead ship with the other person?” years ago, ‘In My Daughters According to Dobson’s coling to go see more shows’ after from there.’ That was the beleagues, her lessons go beyond Name,’ and I struggled a little the class and that’s what’s truly ginning of understanding that I bit with that. I had to go back to inspiring the skills required for inspiring for me; I love it.” was a physical actor and that I (coming) from a physical standarts@ good acting. approach my roles from a “Students can learn so much point. Before I went on stage I ical standpoint, rather than an on twitter @dnartsdesk had to run as fast as I could. I from Sasha,” Wahlqvist said. intellectual and emotion stand-


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MEN’S: from 10 is you just have to do your job,” Miles said. Minnesota, losers of their last four games prior to Tuesday, had a chip on their shoulder against the Huskers. Williams said negativity had surrounded the Gophers earlier in the week, but they fought through it. “After losing four games in a row, it’s hard to keep your confidence up, but we preach,” he said. Up next for the Huskers is a pair

The Huskers knew coming into the game it would be a struggle to keep up with Minnesota on the glass. Miles expressed concern about the Huskers lack of size and presence inside earlier this week, and his fears turned out to be justified. Nebraska was out-rebounded 34-17 on the night. “Some of it is that they have some length and athleticism that we don’t have, and that will be fixed in the recruiting process, but part of that



of home games against Ohio State and Penn State. The Huskers take on the Buckeyes Saturday in their next contest. “There is another ranked team,” Miles said of the Buckeyes. “I imagine we will play much better than we did tonight. They are doing the same things they always do, so we will have to handle them better than we did the last time we met.” sports@



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Left to right: Emily Cady (23) and Meghin Williams (10) cheer from the Husker bench during a game earlier this season at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Williams is one of many Nebraska women’s basketball players who have to be limited in practice because of injury. who does not practice. Williams’ just like they were to be out there.” But energy will not help develop injured foot and ankle, which was caused by overuse, will not be re- players. Williams has a tough time picking up the new schemes each covered this season either. Williams week, she said, beis set to have surgery cause she doesn’t once the season is It does get the handsover and continues to change your on experience in work through pain, practice. While the even in games, she style. It changes experience of besaid. ing in Nebraska’s “Most of the time who you are...what system for a few I’ll make one sharp years has helped cut, and it’ll go numb you do.” her preparation, for the rest of the connie yori others aren’t so game,” she said. nu women’s basketball coach lucky. Because Williams “I think it’s has to recover from definitely changed her ongoing injury our season because those reps aren’t each week, she sits on the sideline for most of practice, she said. Even from there, that practice isn’t there, so the sideline, though, teammates have those habits aren’t being built,” Williams said. felt each other’s presence. Yori has had to adjust the team “The people on the sidelines who this year with the lack of players aren’t actually in the drill are very enand is cautious not to push the team gaged, bringing a lot of energy from too hard, she said. the sidelines,” senior guard Lindsey “As the season wears on,” Yori Moore said. “So it’s not one of those things where they’re feeling sorry for said, “particularly the situation themselves. They add to our practice we’re in where we just don’t have

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very many kids, you have to be very careful with over practicing.” Nebraska benefited greatly from their bye week this past weekend, as even the girls who are healthy are banged up, Yori said. But it was back to grind this week, which doesn’t exactly amount to full practices in Nebraska’s case. “It’s hard when we don’t have enough healthy bodies to be playing and practicing like we want to,” Moore said. But it’s just one of those seasons you have to fight through, Yori said. That seems to be the way the team has responded too, as players, such as Williams and Rachel Theriot, who is set for surgery at the end of the season, have continued to play through injuries. That represents the type of kids Yori recruits, Williams said. “The fact that we’re dealing with it the way we are dealing with it doesn’t surprise me,” Williams said. sports@

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New rule brings challenges for new, old gymnasts Eric Bertrand DN

gymnast who can score high in events, but not consistently, will be a game-time decision, Chmelka All sports require athletes to be said. “Ultimately, we want to win perfect in competition to be sucevery match,” Chmelka said. “and cessful, and the need for perfecif the benefit outweighs the risk, tion will increase when rules are then we will go with it.” amended. Gymnasts will also be taking A change in men’s gymnastics out the riskier moves in their rourules will be making a difference tines, according to junior in competitions startco-captain Eric Schryver. ing the beginning of The construction of March. The amount smarter and somewhat of competitors per safer routines will be a event will be reduced necessity. from six to five, and “This will make me each routine will go more nitpicky about my toward the score. routines,” junior co-capThis competition tain Mark Ringle said. change doesn’t allow The gymnasts will for teams to make not only be competing many mistakes if against the other teams, they want to come but also against each out victorious. chmelka other for the spots in the “I didn’t vote events. for the change,” Ne“The top three guys, braska coach Chuck Chmelka said. “We will just have to wait and see for each event, are a lock if they are healthy,” Chmelka said. “There if all the other teams like it or not.” will be a dog fight for those last For every match, both teams two spots.” will still need to bring 15 gymnasts, Ringle thinks that the practices but with the new rule going into efwill become more intense with the fect, there will be six less gymnasts gymnasts competing for the final competing for each team. spots on each event. Ringle also “We can’t have as many mistakes, and still expect to win the said the team has at least seven or eight gymnasts who could commeets,” Chmelka said. pete for each event. According to Chmelka, he will “It will provide good competipick the five gymnasts for each tion in the gym for us,” Schryver event based on consistency. The said. “but I hope no one takes it

personally if they get replaced from one week to the next.” According to Chmelka, making the lineup is going to be more difficult for current gymnasts, as well as decrease the chance of competing right away for newer gymnasts. But according to Chmelka, the new rule shouldn’t affect recruiting. “We may experiment with lineups to find the best one possible,” Ringle said. To prepare for the new rule change, Chmelka has been using exhibition routines, which are strongly discouraged by the NCAA. By doing this, Chmelka can give a gymnast an opportunity to compete in a event in a competition environment without their score counting in that meet. “It’s a good way to see if a guy is ready to compete in that event,” Chmelka said. On the bright side for the Huskers, when the new rule comes into effect, their first two matches will be at home. They will host No. 3 Oklahoma on March 3, and then sixth-ranked Minnesota and No. 8 Iowa on March 16 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. “At least we will get a chance to adjust to this [rule change] in the comforts of home,” Chmelka said. Chmelka said it’s going to be interesting to see how those home matches go. sports@


Meditation leads to beam success matt duren dn They sit in silence, focusing. It takes two minutes, about the length of a routine. They focus on a lit candle and become aware of their own thoughts. They focus on breathing and what enters their minds. The Nebraska women’s gymnastics team does this at every practice before starting their workouts. Assistant coach Heather Brink, who coaches the balance beam, found this exercise after doing some research on mental toughness. It is based on the five rings of mental toughness, according to Brink, a former Nebraska AllAmerican. “The mind is a muscle,” Brink said. “Without training, it becomes weak. (The players) do so much physically already that mentally they have to stay just as strong. So we try to focus our mind, and become aware of our own thoughts as they enter our mind.” This focus time is designed to bring about positive thinking and block out the negatives. This is a step that can take the team to the next level, Brink said. “Beam is the most mental event,” Brink said. “We want to stay positive throughout the routine, and only focus on what is go-

fidence, and I now know I will be ing on at that moment.” Brink said it is so easy to get able to hit it.” So far this season, Lauer has lost in negative thoughts during scored a career-best 9.95 on beam the beam routine. She wants the and has not scored lower than a team to think positive and stay fo9.85. cused, instead of thinking, “I hope She gives a lot of that credit to I don’t fall”, or “I hope I can just the focus exercise the team does at get through this.” each practice. “If you can stay focused on “I am focusing more on what I what you’re in control of, and keep am doing and what I can your mind busy with control,” Lauer said. “I positive thinking, it have gotten much better will be a lot easier to at my mental strength get through the rouand thinking more positine,” Brink said. tive.” The Huskers The competition have been seeing the for the six beam spots benefits of mental in meets is also getting training so far, Brink more intense, Brink said. said. Nebraska has “Each girl is pushing had no major falls the next one up to conor mistakes on the tinue to earn that spot,” beam this season. Brink said. “It is tough She hopes the team brink at the end of the week is also doing some of to tell which ones are not the pre-practice ritual competing on beam, but at home each day. I like that each one is pushing one In fact, beam was the driving force in the Huskers’ win over another to succeed.” The positive thinking that Ohio State last Friday. Nebraska comes out of the focus time can has not scored lower than a 49.025 also apply to other aspects of life, on beam so far this season. Brink said. It is about wanting to Sophomore Jennifer Lauer is one of many to be seeing the posi- be the best you can be at what you are doing. tive results from this. “I don’t worry about every“Last year, I would go into thing at once, like assignments and beam being worried about if I homework,” Lauer said. “I focus would hit it or not,” Lauer said. on one thing at a time.” “With the focus time we are doing, sports@ and also the more experience I am getting, I have gained a lot of con-

SWIMMING: from 10 senior, she won state championships. But not without a fair share of nerves. “The main thing is I get intimidated easy by other divers. I see their dives and compare them to mine, and if I just think about it technically, they’re about the same,” Walker said. “Sipping on water helps a lot. And listening to music, because when I listen to music, it loosens me up and I’m not as nervous and it takes me out of the meet for a little bit so I can relax. Abel told me that. He taught me little tricks here and there.” Those tricks help her prepare for dives. And if they weren’t enough, Walker can look at her left hand, where a tattoo saying, “Hakuna Matata” graces her middle finger. She also wears a necklace with a cross. Walker wears it so much that she had to replace the chain – being in the water stretched it too much. “I get scared of dives easily when I’m learning a new dive,” Walker said. “And every time I’m nervous, I just pray and it makes me feel a little bit better.”

The Hurdle

Step one: sit on the edge of the diving board. Hug the knees, hold them close to the chest. Face away from the water three meters below. Step two: tip over. Tilt backward, tumble off the front of the board and fall into the water. Walker calls it a back roll-off lineup – and it’s how she practices entries, because she can’t jump. At the other end of the pool, Nebraska diving coach Natasha Chikina worked with the other divers. During this November practice, Walker could only look on as her teammates drilled real dives. “It’s so hard just watching my teammates,” Walker said. “The worst part about it is being in a cast. Just being immobile and not being able to get in the water.” In August, Walker was practicing at Woods Pool in Lincoln when she slipped off the board and suffered a stress fracture in her left foot. Six weeks in a cast. And just

as she was about to be cleared to dive again, a doctor said she needed surgery to re-anchor a tendon in her left ankle. She had the procedure in November. Six more weeks in a cast. Then rehab and a walking boot. “I absolutely love running and it’s really hard not to,” Walker said. “Riding the bike isn’t the same, and running is one of my favorite things.” Instead of running and practicing with the other divers, Walker works out her shoulders and her abs and does single-leg squats. “I’ve never been injured before, so this was hard to stay motivated and be in a good mood every day. But it’s also been good just to help me step back and watch my teammates improve and cheer for them,” Walker said. “So that’s been the good part of it. But it’s been the lowest point so far.” While the injury roadblock has been challenging, she said one of the high points of her career came when she signed with Nebraska. In three years with the Huskers, Walker has 29 top-five finishes and two event titles. And after taking a medical redshirt this season, Walker will return for a fifth year. “It’s my senior year, and I didn’t want to waste it,” she said. “I could have competed with my torn tendon and not had surgery on it, but this is the last year, so I wanted to make a statement and do really well.” Step one toward coming back: get the boot off Feb. 25. Walker plans to compete in May at the FINA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She won’t be 100 percent, but she’ll be able to jump again. “Oh my gosh,” Walker said. “It’s going to be the best feeling ever.”

The Dive

Don’t let the tattoo fool you. Not the one on her finger. The one on top of her left foot. The injured foot. The foot that’s covered by a walking boot. She got that tattoo with her New Mexico Diving Club teammates: a USA Diving logo.

“I just look down at it,” Walker said, “and, like…I can do this, push through it. It’ll be OK.” But she doesn’t want to dive for the U.S. She wants to dive for the Philippines. She got the idea from Sanchez. “I thought he was crazy, but now I actually think it’s possible,” Walker said. While Walker only lived in the Philippines for the first month of her life, she has visited her mother’s family there a few times. “Distant cousins, second cousins, aunts and uncles,” Walker said. “My great grandma over there, she would always make sure we ate a lot of food. Every time we’d come into the house, she’d be like, ‘Did you eat?’ And we just came back from eating, and she’d be like, ‘Oh, you want some more food.’” Walker doesn’t speak Filipino – her mom would translate for her on family visits – but she is trying to attain a dual citizenship with the Philippines to join its national diving team. “It would be nice to represent where I’m from,” Walker said. Chikina, who competed in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics for Kazakhstan, supports Walker’s effort. “She has a lot of potential,” Chikina said. “I think college is not just a stopping point for her. She’s looking beyond college, and of course she can do it.” Walker hasn’t begun going through the paperwork of applying for dual citizenship, she has contacted people involved in the Philippines’ swimming and diving team and others with the country’s consulate in Chicago. A visit to the Philippines is next. Over spring break, Walker and her mother will travel to Asia to watch a FINA meet in Beijing. “We’ll watch that for the weekend and then go from there to the Philippines and talk to someone about the citizenship,” Walker said. “It’s all up in the air still.” Walker hopes to learn more on the trip. Getting dual citizenship is a long process. And the visit is just step one. sports@


dn Big ten homeroom men’s basketball 1. Michigan (19-1 overall, 6-1 Big Ten)

The Wolverines are rolling through their Big Ten schedule. After blowout wins this week against Purdue and Illinois, Michigan is 6-1 in the conference and has looked good getting there. The schedule gets tougher down the road though, as games with Indiana and Ohio State await the Wolverines in the coming week and a half.

2. Indiana (18-2, 6-1)

Tied atop the conference standings with Michigan, the Hoosiers have been one of the nation’s top teams all season long. Since starting the year at the top of the Associated Press Poll, their only slips have come at the hands of Butler and Wisconsin in close games. The Hoosiers have the most explosive offense in the conference, scoring 83.3 points per game (No. 2 nationally).

7. Illinois (15-6, 2-5)

The Fighting Illini went 1-1 this week, beating Nebraska 71-51 and losing to Michigan 74-60. It looks like much of the momentum first-year coach John Groce brought to the team early in the year has worn off. After recording wins over Butler, Gonzaga and Ohio State, Illinois’ win over Nebraska is its only one since.

8. Purdue (11-9, 4-3)

Purdue is one of the top rebounding teams in the country. Averaging 40.8 boards per game, the Boilermakers are No. 14 nationally. A.J. Hammons (6.3 per game), Terone Johnson (5.1) and D.J. Byrd (4.1) lead the charge.

9. Northwestern (12-9, 3-5)

The Wildcats travel to Michigan Thursday for a chance to knock off the nation’s top team. Northwestern is coming off a 64-49 loss to Nebraska on Saturday and will need to bring more enthusiasm to the court than they did against 3. Michigan State (17-4, 6-2) Indiana snapped the Spartans’ six-game win- the Huskers if they expect to beat the Wolverning streak with a 75-70 win in Bloomington, ines. Look for a close game in the first half beInd., on Sunday. Coach Tom Izzo’s team had fore Michigan pulls away in the second. been rolling prior to that. Included in the streak were wins over Wisconsin and Ohio 10. Iowa (13-7, 2-5) State. This week MSU gets Illinois on Thursday There is a bit of a drop-off from No. 9 to No. 10 in the Big Ten this week. Northwestern, Purbefore taking the weekend off. due and Illinois are all tightly grouped and each have a reasonable chance to knock off one of 4. Ohio State (16-4, 6-2) Ohio State might be the most overrated team the top-tier teams on any given day. But Iowa, in the Big Ten conference. The Buckeyes be- Nebraska and Penn State are a step down from gan the year as a top five team in the AP that. Iowa looks like the best of the three right Poll and are still hovering around the top 10, now, but as their 0-4 record against ranked at No. 11, despite having gone 1-4 against teams shows, they are still a step below conranked teams this season. The only ranked tender status. opponent the Buckeyes have beaten is then11. Nebraska (11-11, 2-7) No. 2 Michigan. The Huskers have two conference wins this season - half of their total from a season ago. 5. Wisconsin (14-7, 5-3) The Badgers fell to Ohio State 58-49 Tuesday The Huskers are playing about at the level they but beat Minnesota by a point Saturday giving were expected to play coming in. If coach Tim them the No. 5 spot in the DN power rankings. Miles can get a marquee win under his belt, this Every game is going to be a grind for this team season will be considered a success to most the rest of the way as they have an offense Husker fans, who didn’t expect much coming that struggles to pull away and a defense that in. won’t let them fall away. It will be interesting to see where this team ends up.

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

It’s been a rough go of it for the Nittany Lions thus far. This week brought another couple 6. Minnesota (15-5, 3-4) The Gophers broke a four-game losing streak losses to a Penn State team still in search of with a win over the Huskers on Tuesday. Re- its first conference win. Penn State’s next four bounding led them to victory as it has all games provide the best chance the team will season. Minnesota is the No. 20 rebounding get to put a mark in the win column. team in the nation, averaging 39.9 rebounds The Nittany Lions get Iowa, Purdue, Nebraska and then Iowa again. per game. compiled by Lanny Holstein

dn Big ten homeroom women’s basketball 1. Penn State (17-2 overall, 7-0 BIG TEN)

7. Illinois (11-8, 4-3)

After a great win against Nebraska, Illinois turned around and lost to Northwestern

The No. 7 team in the country keeps rolling and doesn’t seem to be slowing down soon. The Lady Lions have still yet to lose since Dec. 6 to then No. 2 Connecticut. Maggie Lucas has been dominant for Penn State, averaging 20 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

62-58, keeping their inconsistency at an all-time high. Its longest win streak this year has been two, which the Illini have done twice. The 11-8 Illini will have a tough test with No. 24 Iowa on Jan. 31.

2. Purdue (17-3, 6-1)

8. Minnesota (13-8, 2-5)

Purdue must have it written in the stars that it must win at least one overtime game a week. A 67-62 win over then No. 25 Michigan State in overtime gave Purdue their fourth win this season after regulation. Drey Mingo’s stellar season continued with 22 points and 10 rebounds in that win.

3. Iowa (16-5, 5-2)

Minnesota’s 13-8 record looks great on paper, but their 2-5 conference play also looks awful on paper. The Golden Gophers, who had a five-game winning streak earlier this season, are now on a four-game skid. Rachel Banham has been the constant positive so far this season, averaging 20 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.

Iowa’s three game winning streak has them rolling into the Top 25 this week at No. 24. The Hawkeyes beat No. 23 Michigan 63-57 on Jan. 27 which proved to voters this team is the real deal. Senior guard Jaime Printy was named Big Ten Player of the Week averaging 21.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game with wins over Wisconsin and Michigan State.

9. Northwestern (10-10, 2-5)

4. Michigan (16-4, 5-2)

10. Ohio State (11-9, 1-6)

Northwestern kept up with No. 14 Purdue for as long as it could, only to fall 77-73 on Jan. 24. That resiliency carried over to a 53-39 rout over Indiana a few days later. Though 10-10, the Wildcats have kept things interesting with teams, and could be a problem for Michigan State on Jan. 31.

Michigan played Iowa close but lost 63-57 despite holding a two-point advantage at halftime on Jan. 27. Michigan even led by 10 points at one point, but couldn’t hold off the Hawkeyes. The loss is a good one, though, considering the Wolverines proved they can stick with a team that they’ve beaten previously by a small margin.

A triple overtime loss to Purdue might be the highlight of Ohio State’s disappointing season. The Buckeye defense has been less than stellar, giving up 83 points to Minnesota, 82 to Purdue and 71 to Penn State. A Jan. 31 matchup with Nebraska could be ugly if they can’t get their defense in shape.

5. Nebraska (14-6, 4-3)

Indiana’s longest losing streak could get very, very long if they can’t figure things out quick. The Hoosiers have lost five in a row, and will quite possibly be make it six with a loss to No. 14 Purdue on Jan. 31. If they can’t get a win on Feb. 3 against Ohio State, they may not win another Big Ten game this year.

The Huskers went into their bye week on a high after their 59-54 win over then No. 25 Michigan State and seem to be picking up the pieces of their up and down season. Jordan Hooper scored 25 points in the Huskers win over Michigan State, scoring over 20 points for the first time since mid-December, one of the longest droughts of her career.

6. Michigan State (16-4, 4-3)

Two close losses has the Spartans scratching their heads a bit. Low offensive production (54 points against Nebraska on Jan. 24 and 62 against Purdue on Jan. 27) has Michigan State in a rut. A game against 10-10 Northwestern on Jan. 31 could boost their confidence with a win.

11. Indiana (10-10, 1-6)

12. Wisconsin (9-11, 1-6)

Wisconsin’s sole Big Ten victory comes over a struggling Ohio State team. They showed shades of good play with their 68-49 win, but a 71-60 loss to Iowa a few days later kept the Badgers in check in their woeful season. A Jan. 31 matchup with Penn State could be a 30-point loss if Wisconsin is not careful. COMPILED BY CHRIS HEADY

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Nebraska senior diver Kaitlin Walker prepares to dive during a practice on Tuesday. Walker cannot jump off the board because of a left foot injury, which forced her to redshirt this season.

Injured diver makes a comeback, wants duel citizenship in Philippines sto ry by Z ach T egler | photo by Bet h a n y S c h m idt


tep one: the approach. It’s not the most glamorous part of a dive. The glamorous part is up in the air—the flips and twists. But the preparation makes the dive. Take two strides on the three-meter springboard. If any step is misplaced by a few inches, the entire dive could be compromised. Swing the body forward, land on both feet and hop upward. Step two: the hurdle. The most challenging aspect of the dive to master. Land on the right foot and crane up the left to a 90-degree angle. Jump again, higher this time, and on the way down from the hurdle, push both feet and every ounce of leverage into the board to bend it downward. Then keep both feet on the platform until it springs up and flings you into the air above

the water. Step three: the dive. Flip backward, mid-air – twice. The second time you see the water as the world spins around you, kick the legs out. Then comes the entry. This is the gratifying part. “When you have a really good entry, it’s the best feeling ever,” Nebraska senior diver Kaitlan Walker said. “It’s called ripping the water.” Let another half-rotation pull you into the water head first. Rip the water, hear it rush past your ears as your body shoots through the pool like a torpedo. “I learned that dive in high school,” Walker said, “and I used to be terrified of it. Terrified. I would cry.” It’s called a reverse two-and-a-half and now it’s

the Nebraska senior’s favorite dive. But she can’t do it. She can’t even get through step one. It’s hard to dive when you can’t jump.

The Approach

When Mount Pinatubo, a volcano on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, blew its top in June 1991, it sent a cloud of ash 22 miles into the atmosphere. It also sent 1-month-old Kaitlan Walker to the United States. Her parents – an American dad and a Filipino mom – were in the U.S. Air Force, and they were stationed on Clark Air Force Base 15 miles east of Pinatubo. The volcano’s eruption forced them to evacu-

Huskers lose on Gallegos’ career night lanny holstein dn Husker point guard Benny Parker took the ball from forward Brandon Ubel and headed up the court. But before he could make a move, Minnesota forward Rodney Williams reached in an took the ball out of Parker’s hands. In one swift move, Williams grabbed the steal and threw down an emphatic dunk, igniting the Williams Arena crowd. It was that kind of night for the Huskers. From the get go, Nebraska struggled to keep the Gophers out of the paint and off the rim en route to an 84-65 loss. In fact, Minnesota threw down six dunks in the first half alone. “Before the game, coach put in a couple new plays, and we were able to put them to work for a few dunks and layups,” Williams said in a postgame radio interview. For the Huskers, it was Ray Gallegos that kept them in the game in the first half. The junior guard went 8-10 from the field before halftime, scoring 20 points and taking command of the Husker attack on a handful of possessions. “Ray was super,” Nebraska coach Tim Miles said on the Husker Sports Network postgame radio show. “If it wasn’t for Ray... finish this sentence

right? He was just in rhythm and really smooth. I felt like we just couldn’t do enough to get the ball to him.” Gallegos was answered and then some by Williams and the Gophers. Williams alone scored 23 points and picked up 7 rebounds to lead the team. “I’m glad to see him come out of his shell, and then play the way he did,” Minnesota coach Tubby Smith said in a postgame TV interview with the Big Ten Network. “We needed that.” In the second half, Gallegos cooled off a bit, leaving the Huskers without a consistent source of offense. Shavon Shields and Brandon Ubel did their best to keep the team above water, scoring 13 and 10 points respectively, but it wasn’t enough without Gallegos knocking in as many 3-pointers. Beyond Gallegos, Shields and Ubel, Nebraska didn’t get much help from the rest of its roster. Miles said after the game that it is going to take time for Nebraska to build the depth it needs. “We had some freshman that played like freshman,” the coach said. “Shavon had a few mis-cues that he missed out there, and our young guys did some good things, but they are young.”

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ate, and they moved to Albuquerque, N.M. Even before Walker began Kindergarten, she started doing gymnastics. She did gymnastics for 11 years, and she quit during her freshman year at Eldorado High School in Albuquerque. “I didn’t do a sport for about a week,” Walker said, “and then I picked up diving.” Not much longer after that, she was one of the best divers in New Mexico. She joined the New Mexico Diving Club, where she was coached by Abel Sanchez – who represented Peru in the 2000 Olympics. Her sophomore year, Walker finished as the state runner-up in one-meter diving. As a junior and a

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women’s basketball

Injury-plagued Huskers struggle to practice Nebraska practices only seven players a day because of limited roster kyle cummings dn

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Ray Gallegos attempts to guard a Minnesota ball handler Tuesday. Gallegos finished with 31 points in the Husker loss.

The Nebraska women’s basketball team practices with only seven players. With an injury-plagued roster this season, Nebraska has had to rely heavily on their scout team, coach Connie Yori said. Nebraska was known last year as a pressing man-to-man defense. That was before the slew of injuries this season. Junior center Adrianna

Maurer, freshman guard Courtney Aitken, sophomore guard Brandi Jeffery and freshman guard Sadie Murren – all out with injuries. Plus, senior forward Meghin Williams will participate in a couple of practice drills, but very little else, she said. “It does change your style,” Yori said. “It changes who you are, it changes what you do.” Last year, Nebraska played man-to-man defense on every possession. Against Minnesota earlier this season, though, the Huskers played no possessions of man-toman defense. While Nebraska only practices with seven players, it does play eight in a game, adding Williams

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