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Saving the animals

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UNL club advocates for no-kill animal shelters

Theriot’s 1st doubledouble leads NU in rout of Michigan

thursday, january 30, 2014 volume 113, issue 085

joining forces story by Nam Tran

photos by Stacie Hecker

HOW TO RUN FOR ASUN Elections for the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska will be March 12. The deadline to apply is Feb. 5, although the senate will vote on that day to possibly extend the deadline to Feb. 12. Read below to find out what steps to take to apply.


Planned merger of UNL, UNO engineering departments has students, faculty on edge


The party must choose a candidate for president and internal vice president. A choice for external vice president is not necessary to run. All necessary paperwork can be found in the ASUN office in the Nebraska Union.


Candidates would then complete the form by getting the appropriate number of signatures. Prior to filing the form, it would need to be notarized, which could be done in the ASUN office by Marlene Beyke, ASUN director.

Miles Wynn, a senior mechanical engineering major, and Tyler Troyer, a senior electrical engineering major, are working on a Wave Energy Converter. Wynn has been on this project with David Admiraal, an associate professor of civil engineering,for two years.


he Varner Hall Board Room had more guests than usual during the Jan. 24 University of Nebraska Board of Regents meeting. About 25 people showed up to oppose the upcoming merger of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s engineering programs. Six of them spoke, and the board even made an exception for a couple speakers who hadn’t given 24 hours of advance notice. Their arguments against the merger, which they say would compromise the integrity of UNO’s Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering, took about a half hour block of the meeting. But university officials say the speakers’ points are moot: The merger, one part of NU’s plan to boost the Peter Kiewit Institute, will go on as scheduled. “(UNL) Chancellor (Harvey) Perlman confirmed that the campus is moving forward with it,” board communications manager Melissa Lee wrote in an email. “It of course will be subject to an open Academic Planning Committee hearing at UNL. The UNL faculty are overwhelmingly supportive.”

The Wave Energy Converter is one of many projects situated in the Structures Lab in the Scott Engineering Center. Lee emphasized that Omaha’s engineering curriculum won’t change. The issue, controversial since its introduction in 2012, might be a little hard to understand for students not part of the UNL College of Engineering.

The University of Nebraska system has only one college of engineering: UNL’s College of Engineering. Programs offered in Omaha’s Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering are a part of UNL. The

engineering courses taught at the Omaha campus are by UNL faculty, and engineering students at UNO are technically classified as UNL students. In Fall 2012, UNL leaders suggested merging the Omaha and Lincoln programs but backed down after Omaha department heads opposed the move. After NU President James B. Milliken commissioned for a study of the Peter Kiewit Institute by Georgia Tech professors, the Board of Regents Academic Affairs Committee had UNL Chancellor Perlman and UNO Chancellor John Christensen develop a plan addressing the issues the Georgia Tech professors raised. Lee believes that by combining the two programs it would “improve efficiency by eliminating duplicative courses on the two campuses.” “The more important, bigger-picture topic here is the very ambitious plans we have for the Peter Kiewit Institute,” she said. “The chancellors of UNO and UNL presented these plans on Friday. This is great news for our students. We plan to increase enrollment significantly – both in Omaha and Lincoln – hire more faculty, grow our research activity, expand academic programming, and increase part-


The president and internal vice president candidates are required to get 400 signatures from students. The external vice president is required to get 250. All candidates for senate, CFA and AFAC are required to get 50 signatures from the student body. Advisory Board candidates are required to get their signatures from their college.


During the campaigning, fundraising by candidates gets matched 1 to 1, which is sponsored by Pepsi.


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Students do not have to create a party to run.

UPC to request same budget Colleen Fell DN The University Program Council could use extra funding to attract more students to its events, but the group won’t be asking for it on Thursday. UPC will request the same 20142015 budget allocation from the Committee for Fees Allocation that it received this year: $250,734 The group has and continues to face struggles attracting students to its events, which range from concerts to movie showings to hypnotist acts, partially because high costs prevent it from bringing in highprofile speakers and entertainers. With a larger budget, Matt Heng, former financial manager and current council member of UPC, said the possibilities for potential entertainers – and student attendants – are endless. But UPC just received an increase last year to fund a larger Homecoming concert, and Heng, a senior advertising and public relations major, said members would rather test out using that amount

for at least a few years before asking for another increase. “We decided that this way would be the best use of student fees,” he said. And members say smaller crowds at UPC events don’t put a damper on the occasion, especially when the attendance is steady. Heng said many of the smaller events might draw fewer people, but still have importance. “There’s definitely events that might not appeal to everyone, but we try to have a variety,” Heng said. “In the end, we have something for everybody.” UPC puts on the events for students and the UNL community such as comedians, concerts and speakers. The most recent UPC event was Jan. 24 when hypnotist Jim Wand performed at the Nebraska East Union. Heng said there were 845 students in attendance at the event. Heng said UPC tries to get as much input as possible before choosing events to bring to campus. “We conduct surveys at the events we put on,” Heng said.

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UPC brings in comedians, concerts and speakers for students and the UNL community. The group conducts surveys and uses social media to discover what people want to see. “Also, the people that work for UPC are vocal so people know who we are. I have people come up to me to tell me what they want to see.”

He said the group also uses social media outlets such as Facebook

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Each individual would need to fill out the necessary paperwork and get signatures.

The next steps are the same as above, however independent non-executive candidates are matched $50.

Questions regarding the application process or campaigning can be answered by ASUN President Eric Reznicek, Internal Vice President Kaitlin Coziahr, External Vice President Jeff Story or Beyke. The ASUN office is located on the first floor of the Nebraska Union.


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ON CAMPUS what: Library Commons Project Forum when: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. where: Love Library South, Room 110

what: STEM Education Seminar when: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. where: Andrews Hall, Room 228


Nebraska Wesleyan University Production: “The Importance of Being Earnest” when: 7:30 p.m. where: Miller Theatre, 51st Street & Huntington Ave.

Selleck to host Chinese New Year celebration Kelli Rollin DN Selleck Dining Hall will be the center of Chinese celebrations Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Chinese New Year’s, which is Friday, will be celebrated with authentic Chinese food and activities with the help of University of Nebraska-Lincoln intercultural aides. The intercultural aide program aims to make international students feel welcome on campus, build connections between domestic and international students and help students learn about different cultures. Junlin “Winnie” Zhang, a junior accounting major and intercultural aide, came to UNL as a transfer student last year and said she didn’t know many people, as is the case for many international students when they first come to campus. She said she received an email from an intercultural aide inviting her to the Chinese New Year celebration, which she said she was excited about. “I went, ‘Wow, somebody really cares about me and cares about international students,’” Zhang said. “For us, the Chinese New Year is like Christmas for America.” She said the event can help students feel at home and celebrate their culture while teaching other students about their culture as well. She said the event can be good for international students who miss their country and family. Zhang said when she went to the event last year and was impressed by all the activities, food and decorations, which included the traditional Chinese lion dance. She said the event made her feel welcome. Yoo Hee Kang, a senior marketing major and intercultural aide, said the event will feature four stations: Chinese calligraphy, fortune telling, a rice ball station and a photo booth. At the rice ball station, students can make the traditional

ASUN postpones volunteering requirement bill REECE RISTAU DN A measure requiring student government senators to volunteer in the community was met with protest on Wednesday. The bill would mandate that Association of Students of the University of Nebraska senators volunteer twice this semester, once at a domestic abuse shelter and once at an undecided event or organization. Some senators said the requirement was too much. “I’m worried about requiring senators to do something,” said Sen. Jessop Adams, a law student. “I want to make sure ASUN is staying within the scope of its abilities.” Other senators said they already volunteer and the requirement was too strict. Many said they preferred that the bill encourage the volunteering, not require it. “If you look around the room, the people around this table are very involved already,” said Sen. Jared McKeever, a junior animal science major. “And like Adams said, if I can make the time requirement, I have no problem with volunteering. I have a problem with requiring you to do it.” The bill was proposed by Sen. Annie Himes, a junior global studies, Russian and history major. She said she created the bill to generate more ASUN visibility in the community. “I would hope that everyone would want to volunteer,” Himes said after debate. “I think it’s something that people should want to do.” After the bill was amended to strike the word “require” and replace it with “encourage,” Himes postponed it indefinitely. The postponement received the necessary majority vote. ASUN President Eric Reznicek, a senior finance and marketing major, announced that the What-to-Fix UNL

Facebook page, nicknamed WTFUNL, is operational as of Wednesday night. Students can post issues they have around campus on the page and the appropriate campus organization would look into the matter. “It’s been getting pretty cold lately and my heater in my dorm hasn’t been working very well,” an anonymous student posted Wednesday. The senate passed a bill adopting increased technology fees. ASUN’s Academic Fees Advisory Committee is charged with evaluating students’ technology fees. Encompassing services such as outdoor wireless Internet and updating general technology standards, the fees will be raised to $9.25 per credit hour. The fees have not been changed in several years. Two Freshman Campus Leadership Associates presented legislation about their personal projects. The first project is an event called the “Evening of Arts.” It will be an art festival for students to show off their work to faculty, students and staff. The festival would include theatre, dance and music performances and is scheduled for the end of March. The FCLA organizer is Desiree Bartels, a freshman theatre major. The second project is a Facebook page that would allow out-of-state students to attempt to find a ride home. The project is being led by Tim Blaser, a freshman actuarial science and finance major. Senators voted on appropriation bills for the budgets of various campus organizations. After the Committee for Fees Allocation passed the budgets, the senate vote was the final step. The budgets that were passed were for Parking and Transit Services, the University Health Center, the Nebraska Unions, the Collegiate Readership Program and Campus Recreation. NEWS@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM

news briefs Research programs to relocate to Whittier

All Office of Research and Economic Development offices are programs will be moving to the Whittier Research Center in early February. The offices are currently housed in the Alexander West Building and will move between Feb. 6 and Feb. 14. Staff from Research Communications and Research Information Systems as well as Sponsored Programs, Proposal Development and the Research Compliance Services departments will all relocate. The move will make more room for Admissions and other services in Alexander West. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development will remain in the Canfield Administration Building.


mike rendowski | dn New Year’s food, tangyuan, and take it home with them. Tangyuan, which translates to “round dumplings,” is usually topped with sesame paste. Kang said the Chinese New Year is a time for people to spend time with their family. But since international students aren’t with their family while at school, the event provides another way for students to be with their families. The photo booth station isn’t typical. Students can take pictures of themselves but international students can also write their families a letter to send home with the picture. International stamps will be provided for free. Zhang said she remembers when she sent a picture and postcard to her family in China at last year’s celebration. “My mom was so happy when she got that,” Zhang said. Students will be able to write messages, such as “Happy New Year,” in calligraphy on provided paper to hang on their dorm room doors. The fortune telling station will tell students what

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is hosting the second speaker of the Learning Management Showcase on Friday. The vendor, Desire2Learn, is the second in a series of public forums organized by Information and Technology Services. The session begins at 8:30 a.m. and will last until 10:30 a.m. in room 115 of Burnett Hall. The event is free and open to faculty, staff and students, and Desire2Learn will present on how it differs from others like Canvas by Infrastructure and Blackboard. Questions will be taken at the end of the presentation. The last speaker of the showcase is Blackboard and is scheduled for Feb. 7.



Chinese New Year celebration when: Thursday, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. where: Selleck Dining Hall animal they are, according to the Chinese calendar. Students will assess their year based on actions and decisions to find out what animal they are. Michelle Ng, a junior actuarial science major, said she hopes students will learn from and enjoy the Chinese New Year’s Eve celebration. She said all students, both international and domestic, are welcome. “We want students to see what other cultures are like,” Ng said. news@

Advanced graduate students in UNL’s Counseling and School Psychology Clinic are offering free counseling services to students, faculty and staff. The clinic is located at 49 Teachers College Hall and offers flexible hours for its patients. It is designed to provide counseling that improves well-being, experience positive emotions, manage stress-related problems and overcome relationship difficulties. Although the graduate students are providing the counseling services, they are being supervised by licensed psychologists. Services include individual, couple and family, career and assessment, group and culturally sensitive counseling. For more information, call 402-472-1152.


UNL will host its next surplus inventory auction on Saturday. The auction serves as part of UNL Surplus Solutions program that provides goods no longer useful to the university to the public. The auction will take place at 4825 Doris Bair Circle and the doors will open at 7:30 a.m. for viewing. The auction closes at 4 p.m. The auction sale bill can be found online at

Student group supports no-kill shelters Nicole Rauner DN The No Kill Advocacy Club is turning president and founder Lizz Whitacre’s dream of helping animals into a reality. The club partners with no-kill animal shelters and assists them by volunteering, advertising and fundraising. Whitacre thought of the idea for the club last summer and wanted to meet with people that had common interests. She filled out the paper work and started the official student organization. “I’ve been a fan of animals since I could remember. I started working with humane societies when I was 13,” said Whitacre, a sophomore business administration and veterinary science major. “That’s when I decided I wanted my own shelter and to be way more involved.” Secretary and social chair Jenna Rifer has a similar goal to Whitacre. “I’ve always had an interest in animals,” said Rifer, a sophomore veterinary science major. “The club deals heavily with pretty much what I want to do with my whole life.” The club held two fundraisers last semester as well as multiple volunteer events. Rifer believes the club is making a difference in the local community. “They (shelters) don’t have a lot of help for the most part,” she said. “And we tell them if they need help with anything let us know.” Besides helping just local shelters, the club has attended the horse expo and helped with a horse rescue. Whitacre said the club has gotten to know the shelters in Lincoln and wants to help them as well as educate other people. “The most rewarding part is I love our meetings and getting to educate people what’s going on,” Whitacre said. “We teach the myth and the facts of pit bulls, when they’re educated they can spread the word. People who are educated are more capable of making a change.”

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The No Kill Advocacy Club partners with local no-kill animal shelters to educate the community about facts and myths about animals like pitbulls, which are commonly considered dangerous.

“We teach the myth and the facts of pit bulls, when they’re educated they can spread the word. People who are educated are more capable of making a change.” lizz whitacre

no kill advocacy club president and founder

Rifer has had a similar rewarding experience. “I think the most rewarding part for me is knowing I’m a part of something great,” Rifer said. “Knowing I’m a part of this no kill movement we have going on.” The club’s goal is to make Lincoln a no-kill community by 2015. The members hope to accomplish

this by educating shelters and continuing to partner with no-kill shelters to keep them operating, according to Rifer. Club leaders are trying to use social media to promote their club and educate people who can’t come to the meetings. “Most of the people I think have probably heard about the

club off of Facebook or Twitter or Instagram,” Rifer said. “We have people that are not even attending UNL or in other cities or states even. I think it’s a great marketing opportunity too.” The leaders of the club are doing what they want to do when they graduate now. Whitacre hopes to start an animal shelter of her own. Rifer wants to go into vet training and was already a volunteer at the Capital Humane Society before the club. Whitacre said she knows that club is making a difference. “At the end of last semester … I had every single one of our partners contact me and tell me how grateful they were that they were here,” she said. “To the rescues, we’re being such a help.” news@

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cops briefs UNLPD find racial vandalism in smith hall

The discovery of racial language written on a residence hall display board prompted University Housing to call the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Department Tuesday night. The display board was in a second-floor hallway. The board, which originally displayed a positive message, was written on to distort the meaning of it. Police would not say exactly what the board said, but that it had racial undertones directed toward African Americans. The paper on the board was taken down quickly after it was discovered, and there was no monetary damage. Police said they have groups of suspects in mind, and the investigation is ongoing.


A man was issued a UNL Trespass Policy Letter Tuesday morning after attempting to contact a member of the UNL History Department multiple times. Police said the man wanted assistance from the History Department with some Civil War documents that he had. The man sent emails to the professor before he visited. The department told the man that it would not be able to assist him. The man visited Oldfather Hall a few times during the past week in attempt to meet with the professor. Police told the man he was not welcome in the building. The man was cooperative, and police gave him the trespass policy letter. He was not cited.

Two $1,000 stuffed horses stolen from rec center

Police were called Friday after booth workers at the Campus Recreation event “Get Rec’d” realized something was missing: two giant stuffed horses. The horses, which are valued at about $1,000 each, were a part of the Wells Fargo bank setup at the event. Police said workers weren’t sure as to when the giant custom-designed horses went missing, but they were gone during the cleanup after the event. The investigation is ongoing.


Lockers at the Campus Recreation Center were damaged late Monday morning from by an unknown man who had tried to pull open several lockers. Police said the man had not been able to find his clothing, prompting him to force open many of the day-use lockers. Damage to the lockers is estimated to be $300.


Two men were cited were urinating on the floor of the men’s locker room of the Pinnacle Back Arena Sunday during a basketball game. Police said Matthew Dunlap, 24, a law student at UNL, and Daniel Dahl, 24, a non-student, were seen entering the locker room and were found to have urinated on the concrete floor, carpet and wall. Both Dunlap and Dahl admitted to the accusations. Police said alcohol was a factor. Both were cited for criminal mischief. Damage is estimated at $40 to replace carpeting. news@

Observatory looks to boost visits Tyler Williams DN Marina Bradaric spends a lot of Behlen Observatory public nights by herself on top of the Memorial Stadium parking garage. The observatory at the corner of Stadium Drive and T Street offers free public viewings of the moon, planets and stars from January through April on the third Friday of the month from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., weather permitting. This semester, Bradaric, coordinator of astronomy outreach for the UNL astronomy and physics department, said she’s hoping for increased attendance. “We always encourage the public to come because most of the time it’s not well advertised,” Bradaric said. The student observatory has been in use at its present location since the mid ’90s. “It’s a big 16-inch Cassegrain that’s housed in a little dome,” Bradaric said, describing the telescope used by the student observatory. Bradaric said the telescope is a relatively powerful one, but because of the telescope’s position and the light pollution from downtown, the telescope can not see “deep sky” objects. “Lights from the stadium and the championship club greatly impede what we can see with it,” said Kevin Lee, a research associate professor for UNL’s Department of Astronomy and Physics and the observatory coordinator. The stadium location was not the university’s first choice for the observatory. Originally the observatory was planned to sit atop the now torn down Ferguson building, but fire safety concerns halted the observatory’s construction until they found a new location at the stadium parking garage. “When we first put it in, there was a debate to either put it close to campus where we cannot see as much, or to put it further out where there is less light pollution and make it inconvenient for stu-

nerships within the community.” Lee said these new plans will be beneficial for students and that they will have more academic opportunities, internship opportunities and more. But UNO faculty were skeptical. They asked regents to halt the merger and consider making UNO’s engineering department a freestanding college. “The proposed loss of an Omaha engineering department will remove all independence from Omaha engineering,” said John Smith, an emeritus engineering professor. Bing Chen, a computer and electronics engineering professor on the UNO campus, said the merger will hurt diversity of Nebraska’s offerings to engineering students. “Ultimately (computer and electrical engineering) will look more like (electrical engineering),” he said. “New computer and electrical engineering faculty will be obliged to follow the Big Ten research model or risk their professional futures.” A UNL engineering student said he thought the merger was a good idea. “I won’t be as affected as the students at UNO, but I still think that by combining the programs it will be a good idea,” junior electrical engineering major Alex Hinton

I would’ve gone to go see the hypnotist, but I didn’t know about it. I heard about it after. Everyone was raising a hoot about it.” lubna al-azri

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Although UPC’s largest events are the Homecoming and Spring concerts, it brings in several educational speakers as well. the two screenings of the movie. Fatma Al-Sharji, a freshman chemical engineering major at UNL, hasn’t been to any UPC events this year but said she is interested in the movies. “If I know about them, I would take advantage of more movies,” AlSharij said. But she said doesn’t know if she would attend other events. She said she’s glad that UPC hosts speakers who discuss topics such as diversity and would like to see more topics surrounding student success. “Maybe something to do with being successful as a college student,” she said.

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The on-campus observatory is free for UNL students on the third Friday of each month. The observatory is atop the parking garage directly west of Memorial Stadium.

All year around you at least see one giant planet ... That’s why they come back.” marina bradaric

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dents,” Lee said. However the telescope is capable of seeing some of the more far flung planets “The public, they see Jupiter and Saturn, those are kind of the big things,” Bradaric said. “You see Saturn in the spring and summer time, and you see Jupiter in the fall and winter time, so all year around you at least see one

giant planet. Everyone really likes that. That’s why they come back.” Lee said the observatory’s purpose is to give students an opportunity to observe the universe. The observatory serves astronomy students by allowing them to complete one of several projects for their semester. One of these projects focuses on the moon and observing its craters. Another

said. “They’ll be pooling their resources … and still be able to keep the great faculty they have in both places.” No UNL engineering professors could be reached for comment, but UNL Faculty Senate President Rigoberto Guevara spoke in support of the merger at the regents meeting.

In a university press release, Perlman emphasized the broader implications of the Peter Kiewit Institute strategic plan. “For the first time, PKI has a chance to fulfill the high expectations that animated its founding,” he said. “Through the work of the senior vice chancellors, deans and interim director of PKI, there are

focuses on the moons of Jupiter which can be seen through the telescope. Finally, students can do a project on double stars, or when two stars orbit each other, which can also be viewed from the observatory. “So basically it’s observe, and write about what you see and try to connect it with class material — that’s the point,” Bradaric said. The observatory is also open more often for students doing projects and is available for academic student use three times a week instead of just once a month for the public. “The night is beautiful and there is a lot of things to see,” she said. “It’s definitely worth coming out, even in the cold.” news@

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and Twitter to reach students. Some students said they don’t attend UPC events because they are not aware of them. Lubna Al-azri, a sophomore geology major at UNL, said it is difficult for her to hear about events because she lives off campus. “I would’ve gone to go see the hypnotist, but I didn’t know about it,” Al-azri said. “I heard about it after. Everyone was raising a hoot about it.” Al-azri said she has not attended any UPC events this year, but she would be interested in seeing inspirational speakers. The selection process for UPC events begins well before the semester in which they are taking place, Heng said. He said the first step of the process takes place at the beginning of the previous semester with choosing possible events and contacting agents. Formal selection of events takes place in March during a six and a half hour process of UPC members proposing events. “We might have four or five comedians proposed, but obviously we can’t have them all,” Heng said. UPC also relies on its relationships with entertainment agencies and those working within the industry to help select events. “We rely on their radar to know what’s happening nationally,” Heng said. One current popular pick for many students is Second-Chance Cinema, where they can see a film late in its theater cycle for $1. UPC showed “Captain Phillips” last Thursday. A total of 336 students attended


The largest events for UPC each year continue to be the Homecoming and spring concerts. “Attendance for the Homecoming concerts has drastically increased,” Heng said. “During my three years, it’s been a priority to bring people out to events on East Campus.” Despite being rained out, the Fall 2013 Homecoming concert with country artist Craig Morgan drew huge crowds, Heng said. As for the Spring concert, the artist is still under wraps. But according to Heng, “Don’t worry, it’s definitely happening.” news@

real collaborative efforts underway to provide exciting educational opportunities for students in Omaha, to provide valuable engagement of the private sector, and to construct a research agenda that could put Omaha and the University of Nebraska on the map.” NEWS@



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Private president selection process betters NU in future


Daily Nebraskan editorial this week criticized proposed legislation that would allow the University of Nebraska to publicly identify a single finalist in searches for senior leaders as an attempt to exclude the public from the selection process. On behalf of the Board of Regents, I want to make clear that we support this legislation (LB 1018) precisely because we believe it is in the best interest of Nebraska’s taxpayers and their only public university. There is perhaps no greater responsibility for members of the Board of Regents — who are elected to govern the university on behalf of the citizens of the state — than our duty to appoint the best possible NU president and confirm the chancellors. These senior leaders are responsible for growing enrollment, raising private support and building quality teaching and research programs that serve Nebraskans. They set the tone for the university and ensure we’re doing what is necessary to benefit the state. Taxpayers, policymakers and others rightfully expect the Board to recruit and retain the best talent to serve in these critical leadership positions. Soon we will begin a search for a new president of the University of Nebraska. We hope to be able to attract outstanding candidates — including those who are presidents and chancellors at other institutions already — in order to identify the right person who can build on the university’s impressive trajectory. There is no doubt in our minds that the compromise regarding searches that was reached almost 10 years ago is no longer effective and will keep sitting presidents and chancellors from pursuing those jobs here. Let me repeat: There is no doubt! While it is true that turnover in higher education leadership positions is common, there is compelling evidence that candidates in secure leadership positions often are unwilling to jeopardize their standing and effectiveness at their current jobs by being one of several publicly named finalists for another position. That’s why states with search processes like Nebraska’s tend to have smaller applicant pools with few seated presidents and chancellors — exactly the kind of experienced, knowledgeable candidates we hope to attract — advancing to the “publicly disclosed” stage. For these reasons, many other states — including Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Missouri and others — provide for university searches similar to what we propose. As we begin our search for a new president in a highly competitive market, we think it’s critical for Nebraska to be on an even playing field. We recognize, of course, that any policy change must balance two vitally important priorities: the public’s right to know and the university’s ability to attract outstanding talent. Transparency and accountability to those who invest their resources in the university are among the Board of Regents’ highest priorities. We understand the strong interest the news media, policymakers, university community and others have in the selection of our next president. Let me be clear that if LB 1018 is successful, we would remain fully committed to including the public in the presidential search. The Board of Regents will appoint an advisory committee that will play an active role in the search process. The committee will assist the Board in engaging the public, constituents and stakeholders within and outside the university and will actively seek input on the profile of the next president and priority issues impacting the university in the coming years. The Board also will welcome nominations from members of the university community. The search process will include a site visit when a finalist is named, with public sessions that will allow for input, prior to the Board’s public meeting to consider that individual’s appointment. All of this feedback will be invaluable to us. The University of Nebraska has an obligation to keep the public informed of its business. We will do so. We also have an obligation to hire the type of high-caliber leaders the taxpayers expect of us. In the Board’s view, a search process that allows us to publicly identify a single finalist who will then be brought to Nebraska for a public visit puts us in the best position to fulfill that expectation. LB 1018 is prudent public policy, and we hope members of the Legislature will agree. Our best candidate will almost certainly be someone who is not willing to publicly seek our presidency. Howard Hawks Chairman, University of Nebraska Board of Regents

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Democrats need to get involved


idterm elections generally have lower importance to people than the general election every four years, but that is not necessarily the case for Nebraska. In the 2012 election, we had a 60.8 percent voter turnout according to the United States Elections Project at George Mason University. For a state with only five electoral votes, almost two-thirds of the population is a great turnout. This is why it is exceedingly irritating to have five Republicans representing 1.8 million Nebraskans when – according to the Nebraska Secretary of State’s office – 558,145 are registered Republicans, only 475,064 of whom voted for president in the 2012 election. I know midterm elections don’t carry the electoral weight and pizazz of a general election, but please get out and vote! It’s an easy task and will make a general difference — that is, if you are registered to a party and vote in each election. The midterm election in Nebraska this year has fairly lopsided options; this is possibly because of the 2012 election’s voting representation. The Nebraska Secretary of State’s office found that in 2012, only 302,081 registered Democrats voted for President compared with 475,064 Republicans. Between the elections for Senate and governor, the Democrats have only four candidates and the Republicans have 11. There is a significant number of Democrats in the state who are underrepresented at the federal level with no Democratic members of Congress, and a disproportionate number in the state legislature and the governor ’s mansion. What do we do from here? My advice is simple and clichéd: Get informed and vote in both the May primary and the general election in November. This will hopefully cause a shift in the way the parties represent

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Nebraska at the state and federal level. When you go to the polls, you’re probably thinking about what you saw on CNN or Fox News last night. However, I have some news for you: These federal issues mean almost nothing for a midterm election unless we have an outspokenly crazy member in the House of Representatives — which we do not. Federal politics has an unneeded influence on voters in state and local elections. My advice to the average voter is to not let Congress or the president influence your vote for state legislators and members of the city council. Understand the local issues in your neighborhoods, your communities and your universities and vote for who and what you are passionate about and what is important to you. Nebraska voters need to understand that national politics are wildly different from the state and local politics we encounter on a daily basis. With the recent government shutdown, the overhaul of the health care system and talk of immigration and firearm reform, voters begin to make judgments of Nebraska politicians and the parties themselves. This is a poor practice when trying to understand the political spectrum at a state level, and I advise all voters to understand the subtle differences between the levels of our government. With

…we need to grasp the fact that there are more than 300,000 voting Democrats in this state without a single vote in Congress.”

the social influence that federal politics has on voters in every election, Nebraskans still need to understand the federal government will have a very small, direct impact on the state or our local communities. This brings us back to the midterm elections and the importance of understanding the impact an individual can and wants to make on Nebraska and not simply their party affiliation. When the U.S. has federal politics shake up the government and the media, people tend to start lumping all levels of government together. Nebraskans need to take a step back and stop blaming either the president, Congress or the Supreme Court and look in the mirror. This is our nation, these are our representatives and this is our state. We elect these leaders every two to four years, and we need to grasp the fact that there are more than 300,000 voting Democrats in this state without a single vote in Congress. When a Republican is elected, there is a very small chance he or she will have a challenger in the primary election, and there is an even smaller chance he or she will be defeated by a Democrat in the general election. In fact, since 1933, Nebraska has only elected seven Democratic members to the U.S. Senate. That number should shock every member of every party. Nebraska has a history of disproportionate representation that needs to be changed. This is our problem as Nebraskans, not just as Democrats, and we need to step up and make a difference. Don’t just step back and think about this. Get involved, read the paper, watch C-SPAN, and develop opinions about current issues that are entirely your own. Become engulfed in a world of government and politics that has the opportunity to provide opportunities for you, your children and for generations to come. I like to live by the motto, “Put your country before your state, and your state before your party” — a derivation from John F. Kennedy we could all learn from. Mark Batt is a junior political science major. Reach him at opinion@

Hyphenated names spell out uncertainty in marriage


ollege, as we are often reminded, is where we (ideally) go to prepare for how we want to live out the rest of our lives. It’s also sometimes a place where we find the person we always want by our side. Lately, conversations are buzzing with who’s just gotten engaged, who finally got together and who’s getting married next summer. Someone asked me recently if, when I eventually tie the knot, I would hyphenate my last name rather than take on an entirely new one. The question honestly caught me off guard. If I have made the decision to marry this person, why would I have any inhibitions of forever being associated with his name? Retention of a woman’s maiden name after marriage isn’t entirely unheard of. Nearly 10 percent of women in the United States and 30 percent of women in the United Kingdom keep their names if they marry in their twenties, according to Women’s Health and Mail Online. Many

journals and magazines claim this to be a sure sign that younger women are turning more toward feminism. Grammatically speaking, perhaps it is overly patriarchal that a married woman’s title “Mrs.” is a small punctuation mark away from being “Mr ’s.” More often than not, however, the maiden name stays merely for convenience. In an age where women are finally making a name for themselves in professional circles, changing that name in the midst of a glowing career often seems counterproductive. Actress Anne Hathaway married a designer in 2012, but as she already has such a well-known presence on the screen, it would be confusing to her audiences if she changed her name now. Others come from allgirl families and decide to pass on their fathers’ name. Often, whether or not a woman has brothers aplenty, she will keep her father ’s name to honor where she comes from. For example, a very good friend of mine is Polish. Her heritage is one of struggle, war and endurance. They are, historically, a frequently conquered people who retain an unconquerable spirit. Kuklinski will

Although wellintended, ‘union’ is not what comes to mind when I see a hyphenated last name. I see uncertainty. Single-married.”

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always be Kuklinski. These are reasons I understand and can deeply respect. But the very idea of a hyphenated last name still confuses me. I know several women who look at the tradition of taking the husband’s name with a note of fear, as though the new name erases everything associated with the old — so the old one stays. Yet at the same time, women want to show that they are committed to their new spouse, so the new name is tacked on with a hyphen. This alternative is meant to honor both members of a marriage as a visual union. Although well-intended, “union” is not what comes to mind when I see a hyphenated name. I see uncertainty. SingleMarried. Clinging to both names suggests indecision rather than independence, as though this person can’t decide who she

really wants to be. A recent Huffington Post article cites Phillip Cohen’s 2011 study that relates the improving economy to divorce rates: The rate lowered from 20.9 divorces per 1000 women in 2008 to 19.5 in 2009 but raised 0.3 points again in 2010. Essentially, divorce increases when couples can afford the cost of separating. And as divorce rates continue to climb, I see impermanence in those combination last names. That little hyphen may as well be a piece of Scotch tape holding the two names together, very easily removed again. Thinking in terms of language, an object or concept can’t be truly understood without the word that describes it. Names work in the same way. I could tell you a story that involves a mutual friend, recounting her mannerisms and the things she said, but unless I also give you her name, you can’t be absolutely sure of who I’m talking about. Names carry with them history and meaning, just like every other word. To ask someone to change the word they are identified by is, frankly, daunting. Even so, a name is just a word. You can fill it up with as much personality and history as you like, but it’s still just a word. I could go around calling every chair a cat from now on. People would think I’m crazy, sitting on cats, but the

fact that I am calling it something other than its known name doesn’t change its substance, its existence or its purpose. And in time, when I say I spent the whole weekend curled up on a cat with a book, others would understand that I was relaxing, not being cruel to felines. Perhaps this is an extreme example, but the basics remain: If Jane Doe takes her husband’s name and becomes Jane Smith, she hasn’t changed in substance, existence or purpose. Her story is not erased but continued in a new direction. In a society where relationships frequently fall into disrepair, whether out of neglect or inconvenience, it’s important to remember what marriage is really meant to be: a commitment. It isn’t easy; in fact, it can be the most difficult thing to manage. It hardly even begins with the possible name change. So I encourage all of you young lovers to forget the hyphen and commit to one name. It doesn’t matter which one. Marriage isn’t a merging of our past selves and our new selves, but a merging of our whole selves to someone who has chosen to call us “beloved.” It is the continuation of our life’s story, not the rewriting of it. Annie Stokely is a sophomore English major. Reach her at opinion@



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Despite professional advice, students continue to procrastinate responsibilities

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Tackle tasks bit by bit to beat procrastination hannah eads dn The key word at the academic success workshop is “manage.” “What I hear a lot is, ‘What I did in high school doesn’t work now,’” said Cheryl Pflueger, an academic success coach. The Motivation/Procrastination and Time Management workshop in Love Library South on Tuesday did not give away any secret formula to success. “We can’t actually save time,” Pflueger told the group. The key to motivation and less procrastination, Pflueger said, is budgeting time and finding out what works for each person and his or her unique schedule. The first step is using the syllabi students are provided with

and a planner to build a weekly and monthly schedule. That means every due date is accounted for and every daily or weekly reoccurring activity is budgeted in the calendar. Using a monthly calendar helps students get a one-glance perspective of busy periods coming up, which in turn helps give them a sense of when to start preparing for midterms, exams or internship interviews. Pflueger advised that any form of calendar works, whether it’s on paper, on a phone or on a laptop. “Weekly planning is to have you think about the things that happen every single week,” Pflueger said. According to Pflueger, it’s important to separate tasks while budgeting them into two categories: fixed and flexible. Budget the fixed, or permanent activities such

as class or work, into a weekly schedule before adding in the flexible activities, such as working out or studying. Pflueger emphasized the amount of studying students should commit to, which she said should be the amount of credit hours a student takes multiplied by two. As for sleep, she recommended no naps. Whatsoever. Instead, she suggested using a set bedtime and sticking to it so that there are no periods of exhaustion during classes. For meals, Pflueger recommended a half hour for breakfast, an hour for lunch and an hour and half for dinner, in case some socializing is in order. These fixed periods of sleep and meals are important to Pflueger ’s key to less procrastination because, while motivation is also important,

she said nourishing the body helps, too. The biggest problem anyone has with procrastination, she said, is tackling the smaller problems first because the bigger things on the to-do list seem too overwhelming. For this, Pflueger recommended breaking the bigger activities into smaller ones, so accomplishing the smaller tasks seems less daunting. Break it down, make it manageable. And finally, after completing the set tasks, she said a reward is the next important step and that ice cream is a good way to go. According to Pflueger, it takes 21 days to form a new habit, and starting today, students have 20 to go. arts@


here are two types of people: those who start to perspire when a professor warns them that “you can’t start this assignment the night before” and those who accept the challenge. According to Psychology Today, about 20 percent of the population identifies as the latter — a procrastinator. Like many other students, seniors Jackson Hedrick and Cory Soukup sat in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Union Runza last night instead of doing a handful of other things. “I reckon I’ve been a procrastinator since the day I was born,” Hedrick said. Soukup, on the other hand, said his procrastinating tendencies began in the fourth grade. “After 9/11, it hit me that I shouldn’t be in such a rush anymore,” Soukup said. “I started to stop and smell the roses.” The two roommates admitted to enabling each other’s habits. “I would much rather spend time with my friend,” Hedrick said. “Friendship is better than homework; I know that for a fact.” “On your deathbed, you won’t look back at all the times you got your homework done,” Soukup added. “And when I procrastinate, I do the things I want to be doing with much more gusto.” With ample distractions such as Netflix, Facebook and the new Runza renovation in the union, it’s no surprise that many college students find it difficult to study for classes instead. However, the dawn of the Internet didn’t, in fact, bring about the procrastination epidemic. The phenomenon can be traced back thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians had two verbs that have been translated to mean procrastination. Roman philosopher Cicero referred to procrastination as “hateful” in daily life. Leonardo da Vinci took 16 years to finish “Mona Lisa.” The behavior obviously hasn’t moved the human race forward any faster, so why do we do it? UNL academic success coach Cheryl Pflueger said asking this question is imperative to fixing the problem. “If you have a large task in front of you that you’re putting off, ask yourself, why am I procrastinating?” Pflueger said. “Then think about what it’s going to take to get you motivated. If you want a job or internship, you need a good GPA, and if you get a good grade in the class, you have a higher GPA. If you do well on this paper, you’ll get a good grade. There needs to be a reason to get started.” The motivation to not be motivated, however, may come as a surprise. “There are a number of reasons people procrastinate,” Pflueger said. “Some people fear success. They are uncomfortable with the fact that if they start early, they might do really well. It sets them up with the idea that they will have to always be successful beyond that, and they’re not sure if they can keep it up.” Putting off tasks can also serve as a defense mechanism to justify an average or below-average grade. “If they say they were too busy to start earlier, than if the grade comes back lower than they wanted, they have a reason as to why,” Pflueger said. Hedrick and Soukup agreed that their habits were probably self-destructive. “It’s scary to fail, but it’s even scarier to succeed,” Soukup said. “As soon as you realize your potential, you have to live up to it. It’s much better not to cross that line.” “I don’t want to know how powerful I could be when I look in the mirror,” Hedrick added. “That would be very unsettling.” The two noted that these realizations came from watching their favorite movie while procrastinating, the 2006 family drama, “Akeelah and the Bee.” There are no procrastination genes that affect your behavior. Putting off tasks is a learned response, and it’s one that takes a lot of effort to change. “I think as human beings, we will always choose to do fun over not-so-fun,” Pflueger said. “I think another reason is that people have had successes procrastinating. Maybe they waited until the last moment and still got a good grade. If the behavior is reinforced with a success, people will continue to do it.” So is procrastination necessarily a bad thing? Senior geography major Adam Miller said that if the job gets done, it shouldn’t matter how late the work was put in.


Event aims to raise human trafficking awareness kieran kissler dn According to the United State’s State Department’s annual “Trafficking in Persons Report,” an estimated 27 million people were subjected to modern-day slavery and sex trade in 2013. Two members of Lincoln’s community, Carolyn Levtsenyuk and Sydney King, are trying to change that. On Friday the pair are hosting “Raise Your Voice: Awakening Awareness,” a benefit concert at Christ’s Place Church, 1111 Old Cheney Road, to raise money and awareness to combat the global issue of human trafficking. The event starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door and available online for $5 before the event. Many local artists will perform, including University of Nebraska-Lincoln freshman Arden Cornwell, senior Shannon Harris and graduate student Chris Phipps. Cornwell will sing, Harris

will play guitar and Phipps plans to perform original rap songs. All of the proceeds will go to an organization called “Convoy of Hope,” which then donates the proceeds to a safe house for trafficking survivors in Spain. Levtsenyuk and King met last year and discovered they share similar passions: music, performing and serving others. As they became better friends, it became apparent to both of them that modern-day slavery was an issue that needed to be addressed. Last spring, the pair attended an event similar to their own, and it was there they decided to take an active stand against human trafficking. “It’s a burden that we share,” Levtsenyuk said. “We’re really passionate about changing it.” Along with the performances, there will be complimentary baked goods and refreshments. Professor Sriyani Tidball has done extensive research on human trafficking and is the featured speaker at the event.

People hear about human trafficking and they automatically think about another country. But…it happens right here.” Sydney King “raise your voice” organizer

In between performers, there will be short videos that will highlight stories of human trafficking survivors across the globe. “I will actually talk about international trafficking and then about trafficking in the U.S. and bring it to what’s going on in Nebraska,” Tidball said. “I will be sharing that this is a supply and demand model and is demand driven. As long as there is a demand to buy sex, there will be a supply.” Reaching college students is a huge goal for not only Levtsenyuk and King, but also for Tidball. Levtsenyuk said they were very in-

tentional about who they chose as performers. King added that they want the event to entertain a Friday night audience. Tidball said she hopes that drawing in the college crowd will attract more people to join the Nebraska Students Against Modern-Day Slavery club on campus. NUSAMS focuses specifically on trafficking in Nebraska, which both Levtsenyuk and King would like to better inform the audience about. “People hear about human trafficking and they automatically think about another country,” King said. “But what people don’t know

is it happens right here.” Although Levtsenyuk and King are spearheading the event, they have found a great deal of help within their church. Many people have stepped up to help the pair make their vision become a reality, including pastors, graphic designers and an audio/video team. Additionally, most of the advertising that has been done has gone through the church, whether it be included in the church bulletin or hung on posters throughout town. It’s this kind of support that prompted both of them to choose the church as a host for the event. Levtsenyuk and King are preparing and hoping to fill every seat in the auditorium. A large push on social media has attracted a lot of attention among their peers, and they said they’re expecting online ticket sales to boost this week. At the end of the benefit, merchandise from local artists and event organizers will be available to purchase, with all T-shirt sales going directly

IF YOU GO “Raise Your Voice: Awakening Awareness”

when: Friday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. where: Christ’s Place Church, 1111 Old Cheney Road cost: $7 at door,

to support the safe house in Spain. “Our two main goals are to raise money and awareness,” Levtsenyuk said. “And to hopefully ignite something in the audience that makes them want to change this issue as well,” King added. arts@


thursday, january 30, 2014

Lecture exposes life of female pirate akua dawes dn When most people think of pirates, their first thought is a drunken Johnny Depp with nappy dreads or a villainous captain with a hook. One of the few things considered in the pirating world is a female pirate who is just as evil and vile as her male counterparts. Brandie Siegfried is on a mission to tell the tales of female pirates in her presentation about Grainne Ni Mhaille, better know as Grace O’Malley, an Irish pirate queen. Her presentation, “Notorious Irish Queen: Grainne Ni Mhaille, Graven Memory, and the Making of Legend” will be at 5 p.m. in the Dudley Bailey Library in Andrews Hall. Siegfried, a professor of 16th and 17th century literature at Brigham Young University in Utah, was asked to come to the University of NebraskaLincoln by the Convocations Committee. Her interests in the Renaissance, early modern men writers and Irish literature has spurred her to do a great amount of research into the women who often go unnoticed in history. Siegfried said she intends to show the interesting and intriguing aspects of O’Malley’s endeavors in her presentation and to highlight the importance of O’Malley as a historical figure. “I’ll be demonstrating how the artful revival of O’Malley’s 16th-century escapades helped thinkers in 18th-century Dublin sort out some of their own tangled political and ethical issues,” Siegfried said. O’Malley caught Siegfried’s attention early in her life, and she has continued to study O’Malley and her escapades, including genealogical records and various documents recording O’Malley’s raids. “Heavens, what wouldn’t spark my interest in O’Malley?” Siegfried said. “She captained her own ships,

IF YOU GO Notorious Irish Queen: Grainne Ni Mhaille, Graven Memory, and the Making of Legend


Thursday at 5 p.m. where: Dudley Bailey Library Andrews Hall cost: Free

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Professor Brandie Siegfried will speak to UNL students about Grace O’Malley, an infamous 16th century female pirate. led her own men in raids, negotiated military alliances in person and had the men around her doing her bidding with loyal devotion.” Despite O’Malley’s acknowledgment as a ruler of a significant portion of the west coast of Ireland, many students don’t know who O’Malley is or aren’t aware of the impact of women pirates in history.

“I honestly didn’t know that women pirates were a thing,” said Molly Tannehill, a sophomore psychology major. “It seems like a really weird idea to me, like something out of a fairy tale or comic book.” It’s true that much of the story can been chalked up to legend. Siegfried attributes O’Malley’s obscurity to the ambiguity of the story

in the official records. Much of her story has traveled by word of mouth because of the lack of documented evidence available about her. “When you become a legend in your own time, the story of your life often seems more like myth than history,” Siegfried said. “Additionally, subsequent oral traditions (including ballads, poems and stories) often complicates the historical account with augmentations that make for great entertainment but which make the original life even more difficult to think of as history.” Beyond O’Malley, the presentation is meant to change students view on how they view history so that perhaps when thinking about pirates, their mind will wander to female pirates as well. “This is an important lecture on how Grace O’Malley has changed and how legends happen,” said Carole Levin, director of the Nebraska Medieval and Renaissance Studies program at UNL. “Students will find both O’Malley and Siegfried intriguing to listen to.” arts@

Finding time to read opens up new worlds maranda loughlin

I’ll admit it: I don’t read everyday. But, damn, it feels good to hold a book. During winter break, I realized how little I had read during the previous semester. In fact, if it wasn’t for an incredible creative writing class, I probably wouldn’t have read at all. There’s just something about a professor who encourages you to engage in literature as a leisurely activity. Not only can it compel students to read, but it also challenges them to explore things they never considered before. I read “Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut for the first time right before 2014 began, and I was absorbed. I couldn’t believe it had taken me so long to finally pick it up. I mean, really, it’s a doozy. Go buy it. Now. After finishing the hand-sized book, I was then in a SlaughterhouseFive-based trance for the next few days. After my Vonnegut hangover, I needed more. This book had infiltrated my reality, and I didn’t want to go back. I promptly snagged an armload of “must reads” to pile on the stack of books in my room — books I will “someday” read. Reading is a means of escapism into a creative or non-existent world where bookworms let themselves be overcome by the stories they love. It’s the reason we read: to live another life or escape from reality. And although these flighty phrases have been used over and over and over again, they’re absolutely true. Turning the pages can be for more than just escapism as well. There is an infinite amount of reasons a person


picks up a book: to learn, to adopt writing traits into their own style, to glimpse into a person’s world he or she isn’t privy to. This is an evergrowing list, really. However, reading is also an onagain, off-again sport for me. I go through periods of voraciously flipping through the pages of beat-up books, and then I go through periods when I never make the time because, between classes and work, “I just don’t have it.” We’ve all made the same excuses before. And although there are just 24 hours in a day, everyone can find a hidden pocket of spare minutes if they really try. I’m not counting readings for class, either; I’m talking real hardcore stuff — reading for pleasure. One tip before you delve into education’s dessert is to look at your time and see how much you waste. Some might argue with me and say they really don’t waste any or that there’s no such thing as “time wasted.” Well, there is, and we all do it. You’re guilty, too. With all of the BuzzFeeds and Pinterests of the Internet demanding our attention, it’s hard to not succumb to minutes (sometimes hours) of shameless memes and mind-numbing humor. Or maybe you’re an online window shopper. Whatever. The point is, past a certain point, we begin to throw away seconds, minutes and hours into the waste bin of life. Now I’m not making such a bold statement as, “Quit your BuzzFeeding and pick up a damn piece of literature!” because I love BuzzFeed. I love the Internet, and sometimes, I

physically need mindless entertainment, too. But put yourself on an Internet diet. Cut your wasted time in half and try picking up a couple solid novels instead. I guarantee if you cut the fat of your Internet trolling, you’re bound to find a couple spare moments of solitude to nom on. Is there really anything more cool than a pop culture literary reference at a kegger? Didn’t think so. After you salvage those few extra minutes to read, it’s a matter of finding the right space in your schedule to insert them into your day. In my opinion, it’s always nice reading in the morning, that is, if you’re willing to get up early enough to do it. Or you could read at night before you go to bed, instead of staring into the radiating light of your cellphone. The benefit of the morning is that you’ll possibly have an increased alertness while reading, while the benefit of reading at night is that you can possibly lull yourself to sleep. It really just depends what your goal is. Is it a thick book filled with nontraditional vocabulary that’s more strenuous to read and absorb? Morning. Are you sleepy and just want to chew on some dreamy literature before you fall asleep? Night. Reading between classes is an option as well. Remember last semester when you scheduled those two classes with a 30 minute gap? Start there. Short stories are totally underrated when it comes to reading for entertainment. There are some truly compelling 15-page stories out there that hardly take any time to read, while still leaving you gratified that you did. Working through full-length novels one small chunk at a time works, too. The first part of reading is finding the time. During this semester, I will be exploring several facets and intimate details of various types of literature. From poetry to nonfiction and young adult dystopias, each classification lends itself to discussion. I would love

Ten short stories to read in that 30 minute gap between classes: • “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin • “Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates • “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson • “The Telltale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe • “Emergency” by Denis Johnson • “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien (also a novel) • “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. • “The Body” by Stephen King • “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’ Connor • “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway to hear your thoughts and considerations too — what you like to read, what you don’t, how you make time to read or even if you think reading is the absolute worst. Tell me. Until then, go buy “Slaughterhouse-Five.” maranda loughlin is a senior journalism major. reach her at arts@

‘I, Frankenstein’ proves total disaster jack forey dn Before we go any further, I have to ask, what do demons and gargoyles have to do with Frankenstein’s monster? The answer is nothing. Demons and gargoyles have absolutely nothing to do with Frankenstein’s monster. Yet, there they are, attacking the monster as he prepares to bury his creator, Victor Frankenstein. Frankenstein’s monster, whose lumbering menace has been iconic for generations, is agile enough to take on a team of four demons by himself. OK, I can buy that, but what I can’t buy is the idea that 666 legions of demons (see what they did there?) need Victor Frankenstein’s journal to figure out how to reanimate dead bodies so they can possess them. They’re demons. They come from Hell, a place definitively beyond death. Why do they even need to possess human bodies? They seem to go after Frankenstein just fine. If this all sounds dreadfully stupid, it is. The plot of “I, Frankenstein” follows Frankenstein’s monster, played by Aaron Eckhart, as he’s enlisted by The Gargoyle Order to fight the 666 legions led by the demon prince Naberius, played by Bill Nighy, who is trying very hard to stay serious in the midst of all this nonsense. “I, Frankenstein” has many faults, and they add up. There’s the canned symphonic score that sounds like it was lifted straight from a low-budget RPG, the ridiculous premise and the cringeworthy dialogue, but the biggest issue in this film is its main character. Eckhart is simply not an action hero. He

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If you found out I was an exporn star, what would you think of me? Today, 30 percent of all data transferred across the Internet is porn, and all porn sites added up beat Netflix, Amazon and Twitter in number of monthly visitors. But during the past 40 years, the careers of men and women alike in the porn industry have increasingly been getting shorter, from four to 12 years for men and three to nine years for women. In the documentary, “After Porn Ends,” ex-porn star Randy West said, “If you’re looking for a long career in the porn business, you’re looking in the wrong place.” Despite porn being a career option — just as real-estate is a career option — it has somehow translated into something evil and shameful to look at, although I think the bigger problem is how we look at it. But that’s talking about highquality pornography. Amateur porn is not a business. There are no real porn stars. It is homemade video, uploaded to the Internet, sex between two people who would not be able to be recognized in Los Angeles the way Sasha Grey or Nina Hartley would. In other words, there’s a gray area. Is it consensual or is it forced? While men and women choose to enter the porn industry for money, fun or pure interest, we can’t tell exactly what choices were made in amateur porn or who made them. So how should we view porn? The answer isn’t simple. Porn isn’t “right” or “wrong,” neither is it “good” nor “bad.” For one thing, pornography isn’t wrong because it involves casual sex and the act of people having sex with different people. Societal standards tell us having sex with a multitude of people is shameful, and I have no doubt that if I chose to have open casual sex, no matter how safe I was about it, those who found out would think less of me, at the very least, and maybe even call me a “slut” or a “whore.” Unfortunately, this is also true for porn stars. Even in porn productions, where the porn stars are friends, where they get their choice of whom to have sex with and how to do it (i.e. treat each other as human beings doing their job), outside of that

realm, the porn star’s fans still see him or her as a sex object. Porn is a difficult subject, not only because there are so many perspectives on it, but also because of the way it impacts those involved in it. As seen in “After Porn Ends,” leading a “normal” life after a career in pornography is rarely easy. In some cases it is because of the drugs introduced to their lifestyles, but it is also largely due to the way society views those porn stars. In other words, as long as you have a background in having videorecorded sex, you have a large chance of someone “finding out” about you, as if you killed someone or robbed a bank. Especially in the field of education, ex-porn stars are not accepted. Parents don’t want to imagine their children being taught by an ex-porn star because of assumed links to pedophilia or their views of porn stars being bad role models. The amount of sex and partners someone has had should not speak to his or her teaching ability or capability to positively influence others. Pornography is a career choice that everyone should be able to make comfortably and without judgment. The line is crossed when children are involved, when consent is ignored and when the actors are treated as less than human. Porn is not a bad thing, although it can be abused. But it doesn’t have to be a bad influence on kids; it can improve. The first step is eliminating the amount of dehumanization thrown at those involved. Treating porn stars as sex objects is just another way of letting in ideas that treat sex as something foreign and animal-like. Sex is natural, and watching others have sex on our laptops is all too common for us to shame it. “The ones that got out of this business and now are being blighted by the society that jacked off to them … well, the society is the one that’s guilty for that,” porn star and director William Margold said in “After Porn Ends.” “They’re damning (porn stars) for something that gave them pleasure.” People will be less tolerant of the exploitative and non-consensual porn if we start treating porn as just another career and not a low point in someone else’s life. hannah eads is a freshman journalism major. reach her at arts@

PROCRASTINATION: from 5 “I think some people need the pressure of procrastination,” Miller said. “Some people don’t find motivation until they absolutely have to.” Pflueger, however, said she encourages students to think differently. “A procrastinator only thinks that’s the only way they work,” she said. “I would like them to try the other way to see if they could perform equally well without the stress level.” Pflueger’s preferred method to combat procrastination is what she calls the “I Can Stand to do Anything for 10 Minutes” timer. “We think we’ll be in the mood later, so we wait for that feeling of motivation to come over us,” she said. “You actually work better if you act. In acting, motivation comes to you.” Pflueger advises setting a timer for 10 minutes and tackling a task, knowing that you can at least stand to do something for 10 minutes. “For instance, I set the timer and say, ‘for the next 10 minutes I’m going to wash dishes like crazy,’ because I like to procrastinate doing dishes,” she said. “When the timer goes off, I get to decide if I want to keep going. Nine times out of 10,

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when the timer goes off, I’m almost done.” Pflueger said she encourages students to do the same thing. “If you wait for the motivation to start that 15-page paper, you may never start,” she said. “If you break it down into small increments, like finding a topic or going to the library, you can act and find that motivation.” When asked if they had any helpful hints for procrastination, Hedrick and Soukup glanced at each other over half-eaten Runzas and said in unison, “I’ll tell you later.” arts@

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“I, Frankenstein” follows Frankenstein’s monster, Adam, as he wards off a fleet of demons trying to possess humans. tries very hard to scowl and act like a hardened badass, but in the end, he is just terribly miscast. Was Mickey Rourke not available? Eckhart is too handsome, his face too symmetrical to play Frankenstein’s monster. He doesn’t look like he was put together from spare parts. And Frankenstein’s monster, dubbed “Adam” by the Gargoyle Queen, wears a hoodie throughout the entire film. Frankenstein’s monster wears a hoodie. Just let that sink in for a minute. What this movie also lacks is enough clever action set pieces to justify its meathead script. It takes itself too seriously. The actors deliver their overwrought, comic book lines as though they were reciting Shakespeare. One area “I, Frankenstein” excels in is un-

intentionally hilarious dialogue. In one scene, two scientists are trying to reanimate a dead rat, which by the way is the fakest damn rat I’ve ever seen. They turn the current up and see some brain activity. One of the scientists is afraid to turn off the current. “But that we’ll kill it!” he says. His colleague responds, “It’s already dead!” Flaws aside, the action sequences and 3-D are at least competent. The climax is fun: Imagine thousands of reanimated dead bodies at once possessed by fiery demon souls. As the bodies are being reanimated, a little screen attached to each corpse informs us, “reanimating, 92 percent.” Wouldn’t it be something if the loading bar got stuck and foiled the demons’ plans right then and there?



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On win against Illinois: “The fact that we defended at a really high level, it was the fewest points that Indiana’s defense has given up since the 2008 season. Our defense really grew (Sunday). I was impressed with that in a big way.” On installing new offensive plays: “You try to work to the level of adding things, to the level of your smartest and best players. You don’t get to do any of that if you’re not spending a great deal of time on fundamentals on both ends of the courts.”

On his team’s improvements: “If you recall that Purdue game, I felt that we gave it away; we’ve learned how to go take it. Whatever happened the last play, we didn’t let it affect the next play.” On the freshmen: “Graham Woodward did a great job against Michigan and played well against Purdue. Geno Thorpe made some great defensive plays at the end of the game. We need those two guys to make plays for us, because we can’t play four versus five out there, or three vs. five.

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On Michigan State: “If you’re going to win a championship, any team in this league, you’ve got to go through Michigan State. That’s just the standard that Tom (Izzo) has set.” On getting to the level of Michigan State: “We play with a level of toughness, but the key is to consistently do that, with every possession on every night to do that. Pretty much everybody does it at times. You try to get more and more consistent with that intensity and effort and concentration and focus with everybody on the floor.”

On Northwestern loss: “We simply didn’t execute and make simple plays. We were 8-37 or something in the ballpark from two. We’ve had shots at the rim; we’ve got runners. We simply didn’t execute.” On staying the course: “The emphasis will be the same as any other week. Nothing really changes, whether you win or you lose. You don’t work on different things for the most part. You’re getting into January, beginning of February, you just have to be better at what you do. You don’t get away from the fundamentals or your defensive packages.”

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On positives from the Indiana game: “The effort was really great; I love our guys’ fight right now. They continue to fight through some adversity. The goal is important.” On Indiana freshman guard Stanford Robinson: “He’s a good driver, but the thing that stands out to me is not the offensive end. The thing that stands out to me is how well he defends for a freshman. Abnormally well in my opinion for this early in a guy’s career. What stands out to me is his toughness, his competitiveness.”

On the loss to Michigan: “I thought we played as hard as you needed to play to win. We turned the ball over five times, which is the least in my career. As far as executing, we missed some layups and free throws that really hurt us. That was one of the factors. I felt that down the stretch we didn’t play as smart.” On constantly being labeled as a team’s biggest opponent: “I think it is a badge of honor. I think it’s a privilege. I think it’s a compliment – one that has some tough spots to work around, but I think it’s a position I’d like to be in a lot.”

Northwestern coach Chris Collins

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan

On the team’s lack of turnovers: “They’re pretty smart guys, and I might mention it a few times during practice every day. That might have some effect to it, because it gets emphasized and not just talked about. It’s just a tribute to the way they play.” On if Northwestern playing their starters a lot affects Wisconsin’s game plan: “I don’t think it changes that. We’ve gone years where we’ve had guys playing really heavy minutes. The conditioning nowadays, the media timeouts, all the timeouts and delays in the game, there’s an awful amount of recovery time.”

On his team’s progress: “Overall, I’m really proud of the progress our team has made. We’ve kind of found an identity with ourselves of how we need to play to be competitive in our league, which everyone knows is so tough night in and night out.” On rebounding from 0-3 conference start: “We had a tough beginning but, I think, really rallied around each other; we’ve made a commitment to defense, toughness and trying to play the tempo that’s more conducive of us being competitive. We’ve won some close games.”

Michigan coach John Beilein

On last week: “It was a good week for us; we’ve played some really good teams. Going way back from going to Wisconsin, then going against a really good Iowa team, and going up playing at Michigan State. It feels good getting the wins, but we also know that we’ve only played seven games in the league season and we’ve got 11 to go.” On remaining consistent: “It’s the exact same thing. I don’t think we’ve changed this for all the years that our coaching staff has been together or I’ve been coaching. It’s been a day-to-day thing, and it’s the only way you can approach it.”

Ohio State coach Thad Matta

On rebounding with some wins: “We were fortunate this week to get back on a winning track, which was good for us and good for our guys. We were also able to get a little rest with what would be our bye week, which was well needed by our team.” On unbalanced Big Ten Schedule: “I don’t know if there’s a way that you can really combat it. It’s just kind of luck of the draw if you will. I’ve never really paid a lot attention to it. Whoever they tell us we’ve got to play and when to play, we’re going to do it.”

Minnesota coach Richard Pitino

On the loss to Nebraska: “Hats off to Nebraska. They played a great game, especially on the offensive end. Every time they had to make a big play they made backbreaking shots. It’s a testament to them they did a great job offensively. It’s a great win for them, and we’re happy for them and we’ve just got to learn from it and move on to Northwestern.” On senior guard Malik Smith: “He was one of the best players on the court (Sunday) for sure. He hit eight big-time threes. He did a lot of really good things. He’s improved defensively. He’s shown that he’s one of the better shooters in the country.”

Nebraska coach Tim Miles

On team’s ability to be clutch: “I think it’s a developmental thing with the kids. You’d like to be able to coach it — we all would like that control factor — but at the end of the day if you can just keep getting high-quality shots and get the right guys shooting high-quality shots, then you end up being in good shape.” On sophomore guard Terran Petteway: “His work ethic is through the roof. There’s not a guy in the gym more than Terran Petteway. He’s worked to improve himself in all areas. He has this incredible level of energy, and sometimes for instance that might hurt you discipline-wise.” Compiled by Thomas Beckmann

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lacrosse: from 10 don’t win, because he’s a guy that can get his own shot,” Miles said. “He’s a guy that’s electric with the ball, and we don’t have that. We don’t have another guy that’s going to do that. Certainly you lose that aspect, and that concerns me as a coach. But we just have to become something else. You don’t have to play basketball one way. That’s the glorious part about it.” sports@

doing, Miles said. “He’s really good when somebody else is maybe driving the ball, and now he is the next guy getting it,” Miles said. “Shooting it, driving it, passing it. That’s when he’s at his best.” After winning their only game of the week so far, the Huskers will look to bounce back from an off-the-court loss against Indiana. “There are games we’ve won where if we don’t have Deverell, we

“The freshmen on this team are here to make an impact just as much as the upperclassmen,” Heber said. “The growth of younger players will have a big significance on the success of our season.” The freshman attackers will need to step up more than expected this season with the loss of sophomore business administration major Brett Willms, who is out with a torn ACL. Willms was second on last year’s team, scoring

13 goals in eight games during his freshman season. Despite having a team loaded with underclassmen, Heber knows the importance of upperclassmen leadership. “They must lead our younger players by example, mentally and emotionally if we want to have a strong season,” Heber said. No matter what grade they are in, from freshman to senior, Heber likes his team’s attitude after a few

weeks of winter practices. “The team is confident,” Heber said. “The guys are positive and are all focused on winning game one.” That confidence really showed when Heber was asked about his and his team’s goals for the season. He responded with a long list of what the Huskers are ready to accomplish this season. “Go undefeated at home. Win our division. Win our conference.


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Sophomore guard Terran Petteway had 16 points against Michigan on Jan. 9 in Nebraska’s only home loss of the season.

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Sophomore guard Rachel Theriot had 10 points and 11 assists to record her first career double-double on Wednesday night.

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oing into another Big Ten competition against Michigan, the Nebraska women’s basketball team got a pep talk from former player Kelsey Griffin, whose jersey was retired in a pregame ceremony. “She just reminds our players of the values of our program and who we want to be,” coach Connie Yori said. “Tonight was a really special night.” Despite their recent drop from the national rankings, two Big Ten losses in a row and an undefeated record in true road games for their Michigan opponent, the Huskers took an 84-51 win against the Wolverines on Wednesday. “I feel like we all just had this determination to get out of that slump that we were in, and we did that,” senior forward Jordan Hooper said. The game started with a turnover by sophomore guard Rachel Theriot. The Wolverines gained possession and gave Michigan junior forward Cyesha Goree a chance to put her team on the board with a layup. Despite missing three other 3-pointers in the first few minutes, the Huskers were able to put them-

selves in the game with a 3-pointer from junior guard Emily Cady from the top of the key, followed a minute and a half later by another from Theriot. In the next couple of minutes, Theriot led the Huskers, draining another 3-pointer and dropping in a layup. The Huskers took advantage of their height under the basket with multiple shots inside the key from Hooper, Cady and junior forward Hailie Sample. With 10 minutes left in the half, the Huskers led the Wolverines 21-11. Neither team got very physical during the first 20 minutes; the first foul was made by Goree with only nine minutes left in the half. Nebraska regained its confidence and increased its lead after Hooper dropped back-to-back 3-pointers from the top of the key and junior guard Tear’a Laudermill bounced the ball off the backboard for a made layup off a steal. The Huskers took a 15-point lead with four minutes left in the half. Michigan struggled to come back against Nebraska’s defense, despite 12 points from junior guard Nicole Elmblad. In several plays Michigan had close calls against

the shot clock and was forced to first two and a half minutes, five fouls were called, two of which put the ball up quickly, which led to missed shots and a 36.4 shooting were on the Huskers in the same possession. percentage for the game. Despite starting the game with “We were really locked in,” Laudermill said. “We executed our a turnover, Theriot turned her play around with a double-double — 11 defense really well as a team.” assists and 10 points on the night. With just 20 seconds left in the Hooper also had half, Theriot mea double-double andered around I feel like we with 25 points the top of the key all just had and 10 rebounds. to run down the “We just shot clock. She then this determination came to play, and lobbed the ball to we were really Hooper for one to get out of that relaxed,” Hoopmore made layup, slump.” er said. “My leaving the first-half last two games score at 44-26. jordan hooper weren’t really the “We were resenior forward best, and I let that ally aggressive,” determine my Yori said. “We really pushed in transition and had a re- play. I just wanted to play better so ally good attack mode. They came I did that tonight.” At the end of the night, Nebrasout in a jump defense on Jordan, and I thought the rest of our play- ka ended Michigan’s three-game ers did a good job of being attack- win streak in conference away games and walked away with a 84minded.” 51 win, making Nebraska’s Big Ten Nebraska continued to increase its lead in the second half af- record 4-3. Now the Huskers look to preter Laudermill dropped a 3-pointer pare themselves for their next Big to start it off. Although fouls were minimal Ten away game against Iowa. sports@ in the first half, the second proved to be a different story. Within the

The Nebraska men’s basketball team has played only one game this week, but make no mistake: The Huskers have had a win and a loss since Sunday. On Tuesday, coach Tim Miles announced that junior guard Deverell Biggs, who averaged 9.9 points per game coming off the bench for Nebraska, was dismissed from the squad. The announcement came two days after the Huskers held off a Minnesota rally in an 82-78 victory against the Golden Gophers, a win in which Biggs did not play. So when Nebraska (10-9, 2-5 Big Ten) hosts Indiana (13-7, 3-5) at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, Miles said the rotation off the bench will be much the same as it was on Sunday. Without Biggs relieving starting point guard Tai Webster, the freshman from New Zealand may play a larger role moving forward. But Miles does not believe Webster carries a heavier load. “I really don’t think Tai looked over his shoulder, and I don’t think there’s more onus on him,” Miles said. “Tai just needs to continue to get better. Bottom line. It’s that simple.” The Huskers, who have six upperclassmen on the roster with Biggs’ departure, are the fifth-youngest squad in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers, though, have only four upperclassmen. “They have a great team,” Miles said. “They’re young. Like us, only younger. You know how it is for young teams. They can play really well, but there’s a maturity process that takes time.” Sophomore guard Yogi Ferrell, who averages 17.5 points per game, leads Indiana. Freshman forward Noah Vonleh has 192 rebounds on the season and an average of 9.6 rebounds

per game; both stats easily lead the Big Ten. “They’re great in transition,” Miles said. “Ferrell is as good a guard as there is in the league. He can straight on drive you, get you in transition. He’s clever with the ball. He makes 3’s. He’s really good. And Noah Vonleh is going to the NBA at some point.” Only three players in the Big Ten score more points per game than Ferrell. One of them is Nebraska sophomore guard Terran Petteway, who averages 18.2 points and had a careerhigh 35 against Minnesota on Sunday. The Huskers’ win against Minnesota gave them a 9-1 home record on the season, with the single loss coming by 1 point to No. 10 Michigan on Jan. 9. Miles said taking care of business in Lincoln is a crucial step toward building the Nebraska program. “Winning the locker room is job one. Getting your guys to believe in the charge, believe in Nebraska, be here for Nebraska,” Miles said. “Job two is rally the troops, get the fans involved, win at home.” Indiana holds the advantage in most offensive statistics, including points per game, field goal percentage and assists. But one area in which Nebraska has the upper hand is 3-point shooting; the Huskers shoot .351 behind the arc, including a .392 clip from Petteway. “Our 3-point shooting, when you look at the math, is far superior to our 2-point field goal shooting,” Miles said. “We’re great at the rim, like anybody is. We’re pretty good, actually, when you look at the numbers from three, and we’re well below average in the 2-point area.” Biggs was fourth on the team in field goal percentage, while Webster is now eighth. But Webster doesn’t have to do anything beyond what he’s been

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Big Ten wrestling dominant, too

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Nebraska men’s lacrosse players face off during the club’s practice on Tuesday night at Cook Pavillion.

austin pistulka So the SEC is pretty good in college football. Can anyone argue otherwise? Many a college football analyst has tried his best to prove otherwise, but looking at the past eight seasons, the numbers do not lie. The SEC won seven straight national championships and came up 13 seconds short of eight straight. No conference had won that many consecutive championships since before 1900. Current Ivy League teams did it when there was only one conference and fewer than 40 teams in college football. During the past eight seasons, the SEC has had 44 top 25 teams — 14 in the past two years combined. The next best is 30 by the Big Ten and the Big 12. Not only does the SEC have superior team statistics, but also the top player stats. Four of the past eight Heisman Trophy winners were from the SEC. In the last eight drafts, the SEC has had an incredible 66 players picked in the first round. The next highest total is the Big 12 with 41. It seems like this kind of dominance could not possibly be matched by any other conference in any other sport. That thinking would be wrong, but it’s not your fault. Today’s media has pushed you to only know about how great football is. If it’s not on ESPN, then that sport does not matter. If it’s not mentioned more than three times a year, then no-

Lacrosse club on ‘hunt’ for successful year file photo by spencer myrlie | DN

Nebraska 184-pounder TJ Dudley (top) wrestles Big Ten opponent Iowa in a top-10 dual on Jan. 17. body knows about how much other sports are being dominated by certain teams. But under the radar, the Big Ten’s wrestling teams have been even more dominant than their SEC football counterparts. Eighteen of the last 23 national team champions have been from the Big Ten Conference. During that span, the only team not to be part of the Big Ten and win the national team title is Oklahoma State. Not only does the Big Ten win the national titles, but it has multiple teams fighting for the top spot. Since 2006, the Big Ten has had 36 teams finish in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships. Next on the list is the Big 12 with 18. Those numbers alone show the dominance of the Big Ten, but that is just the team part of the domination. Since 2006, 38 of the 80 individual

national champions were from the Big Ten conference. That is 20 more than the next highest number, 18 from the Big 12. Four of the past eight Hodge Award winners have been from the Big Ten. The Dan Hodge Trophy is the Heisman trophy in college football. All of the recent success in the Big Ten did not just come over night. There is a long standing tradition of winning in the Big Ten. Iowa has had national title streaks of nine and seven years. Penn State won its first title in 1950. Nebraska was a main cog in the machine in getting collegiate wrestling to where it is now. Raymond G. Clapp was Nebraska’s first head wrestling coach (1911-1926) and actually wrote the rulebook for college wrestling in 1927. What does all of this mean? It means that all of the hype around the SEC is only because foot-

ball is considered the “glamor” sport. There have been hour-long television shows talking entirely about how dominant the SEC is, and that bugs me a lot. Yes, I am slightly biased because I have wrestled my entire life, and I would like to see more coverage of the sport of wrestling. The main point of all of these numbers is that dominance in a sport goes much further than football. Many conferences rule different sports. The SEC has football, the Big Ten has wrestling, the Pac-12 has men’s tennis. So when the national media is focused completely on how amazing the SEC is in football, take a step back and look at some other college sports. Austin Pistulka is a freshman journalism major. You can reach him at sports@

Brett Nierengarten DN The Nebraska men’s lacrosse team is describing this season as “the hunt.” After back-to-back finishes near the bottom of the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference, head coach Chad Heber says this year will be different. “‘The Hunt’ is striving to be the best and being willing to do anything along the way to be the best,” Heber said. “We are on the hunt to do things that have never been done before in program history.” After finishing the fall season with a 19-3 win against Creighton, the team looks to take that energy with them into spring practices. “We were able to exact some revenge from our loss last spring,” Heber said. “However, if we don’t take that momentum into practice as we prepare for this season, it won’t mean a thing.” Freshman exploratory major

Robby O’Connor got his first taste of college lacrosse action in the Creighton game, scoring once and adding 4 assists. Though he is only a freshman, O’Connor knows what the win against the Jays meant to this program. “Beating them as badly as we did boosted our confidence for the season tremendously, especially considering the loss last spring,” O’Connor said. “We clicked on all cylinders and in all aspects of the game.” Along with O’Connor, there are many talented freshmen on the team including business administration major Chris Foster, who scored six times against Creighton, and Caleb Milliken, who scored four times in the team’s fall intrasquad scrimmage. Heber is quick to point out the team must rely on each other equally, but knows the freshmen are important to this year’s team.

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