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‘Jazz in June’ finally kicks off with Latin flare GABRIELLE LAZARO dn Concert one of Lincoln’s Jazz in June festival was rained out, but the series is in full swing this week with global spice blaring from group, CALJE: Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble. This jazz concert series was originally started in 1991 by Kathy Shipley, former executive director of the Nebraska Art Association, now known as the Sheldon Art Association. The idea was to attempt to draw a younger, more diverse crowd into the Sheldon Museum of Art, Jazz in June chairwoman, Martha Florence, said. With little money and little hope that the event would make it past the first year, Jazz in June has beat the odds. More than 20 years later, thousands of people now gather on the same lawn. The first night of Jazz in June only had about 500 attendees, ac-

cording to the Jazz in June website. Notable figures such as Florence and Butch Berman, founder of the Berman Music Foundation, have helped Jazz in June flourish over the years. Florence has served as chairwoman for over 10 years and has been involved in 22 of the 23 concert series. Her job title ranges from travel agent to negotiator – anything that has to do with the actual band or group, she said. On the other hand, it was Berman’s influence that led to getting performers that drew record number audiences such as the Kendra Shank Quartet and Eldar Djangirov and his trio. “With the caliber of bands we bring, there’s not a place in this area that’ll get you this kind of music for free,” said Florence. “It’s just not going to happen anywhere in the region.”

The Daily Nebraskan has been putting out the reading material for Jazz in June for 15 years. In this particular issue, you will find a little bit of everything - a feature story on tonight’s performing artist, CALJE: Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble; an interview with Nebraska basketball coach Tim Miles; a review of the new restaurant, Longwell’s Bar and Grill; a preview of the upcoming football season; and other Jazz in June related stories. Look for our Jazz in June issue distributed each Tuesday at the show. Also, check out our website DailyNebraskan. com, like our Facebook page, The Daily Nebraskan, download our app and follow us on Twitter @DailyNeb. So, kick back, relax, enjoy your reading material and enjoy the show! arts@

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Local bar fuses wine and jazz in June Annie Bohling DN As Jazz in June brings local eats, treats and greets into the area of 12th and N, Jazz in June is brought to businesses outside those streets. At 14th and P streets, blocks away from the event, Jake’s Cigars and Spirits is offering wine tastings every Tuesday this month in tandem with Jazz in June. “Jazz and wine seem to go together,” bar manager of Jake’s Cigars, Diana Gutsche, said. The tastings start at 5 p.m., and cost ten dollars per person for four different types of wine samples.

“At most restaurants, they’ll pour a six ounce glass of wine,” Gutsche said. “So you’re getting a heck of a deal with four four-ounce samples for ten dollars.” Additionally, wine tasters receive 10 percent off of any bottle of wine at Jake’s. The participants can take the unopened bottles home, but, no, they cannot take them on over to Jazz and June and have an adult picnic. Gutsche said that Jake’s sells bottles of most all of the wines that they provide as samples. Many customers, she said, are unaware that they sell wine by the bottle. “It’s a good way to introduce people to our wines and

let them know that we don’t serve just beer and liquor,” Gutsche said of the tastings. “It makes it super accessible for people to try our wines.” The bottles range in price from 10 to 20 dollars, according to Gutsche. “We try to keep it reasonably priced,” she said. Gutsche said the tastings usually feature two red wines and two white wines. “It’s a nice way to get a little buzz in before the show,” Gutsche said. The wine tastings usually wrap up around 6:30, just in time for patrons to walk over will stott | dn for a sit-down listen of jazz in Patron’s at Jake’s share a hookah while enjoying their the June night air. drinks. Customers are welcomed to buy and smoke a ARTs@ variety of tobacco products while in-house, although cigaDailyNebraskan

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Football preview: Additions ignite exciting new season UNL students give insight into what hype makes the fall Husker season unique and exciting MASON REED DN


It is safe to say that many Nebraskans thrive on Husker football. Today marks 82 days until kickoff against Florida Atlantic on Saturday, August 30. Fans in Nebraska live off of expectations. The end of the 2013 season gave fans numerous gossip points regarding the future of coach Bo Pelini and the future of the program as a whole. Bo finished his sixth straight four-loss season last year, leaving a bad taste in some fans’ mouths. But not the mouth of student ticket holder Tom Portwood, a junior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “I believe we have a quality team that can achieve wins against quality opponents,” he said. “I feel that putting everything on Bo’s shoulders creates a bad at-

mosphere for players and fans. Bo is actually doing a lot more in terms of connecting to the fans and making his job not just about football.” The upgrades to Memorial Stadium to improve fan experience have not been quiet. The athletic department put a $12 million speaker system in the stadium as well as Wi-Fi access throughout. Addison Morris, a sophomore at UNL and student worker, in the recruiting office has also noticed the upgrades to fan experience. This season will be Morris’ third season with the athletic department. “This year is a lot more orientated toward the fans,” he said. “Getting better in game performances and social media involvement has definitely been a focus.” Now that the fans are happy with their experience in the stands, what can they expect on the field? “I’m most excited for the defense, and the secondary will be the real question.” Morris said. The blackshirts lost seven defensive players and the secondary took a hit by losing Stanley Jean-Baptiste, and Ciante Evans. Portwood said he’s ex-

Ameer has to be solid in the backfield this year-epically--after ...last season.” tom portwood junior, ticket holder

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Ameer Abdullah attempts to dodge his opponents during a 2013-14 season game against the Iowa Hawkeyes. cited to see what the offense can do while Ameer Abdullah is on pre-season Heisman watch. “Ameer has to be solid in


the backfield this year -- epically -- after the confusion of a starting quarterback last season,” he said. At this time last year,

Tommy Armstrong was the backup quarterback for Taylor Martinez, but ended up starting eight games in the season. The offensive line

only has one full-time starter returning to the lineup this season, and that is one thing that could substantially hinder the offense this upcoming season. The 2014 Nebraska football team is considered young, especially with the linebackers, secondary and the offensive backfield. But if you are like Portwood and Morris, the team is what you look forward to in the fall - in fact, you’ve been ready for football since the spring game. With the addition of Rutgers and Maryland and the scrutiny fired at Bo Pelini, this season will be a grudge match from start to finish. SPORTS@




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Will Hertzler DN The Black Keys have enjoyed increasing success in recent years. In their 2014 release, “Turn Blue,” they’ve departed from their past formula for success to record in a new style. In the past, The Black Keys were best known for their heavy, grungy guitar sounds coupled with hard hitting drum beats. But in “Turn Blue,” a less grungy tone carries throughout the album. This duo’s eighth studio album was released on May 12 and reached number 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart less than a week later, with one pre-release single, “Fever.” “Turn Blue” offers something alternative compared to what fans were used to from The Black Keys. Background singers and multiple levels of singer Dan Auerbach’s voice add to the depth of the songs. There are some new electronic sounds added throughout tracks like “In Time” and “Turn Blue,” which also add interesting aspects. While overall the music seems to have settled down a bit as compared to past songs, this is a welcomed step in the progression of a band’s work. Sound: 10/10 Catchy hooks make the lyrics on tracks like “Fever” and “Turn Blue” stand out. There are overall positive vibes that come from the lyrics on the al-

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bum. Instruments never overpower the lyrics making them difficult to understand. This was an issue for some of The Black Keys previous tracks. Lyrics: 9/10 The album’s opening track, “Weight of Love,” could have best served later in the album as a more climactic tune. As for the organization of tracks, there was little continuity from track to track as for the emotions the tracks exude. Organization: 7/10 This new release makes evident a welcomed sense of growth in the duo’s music. All together, “Turn Blue” offers a nice listen in today’s alternative rock ‘n’ roll genre. Overall: 26/30 ARTS@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM

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Restaurant Week offers affordable fine dining options Lincoln Restaurant Week is an annual, week long event presented by Ground Zero SAVANNAH TYRRELL DN Calling all foodies. The week of June 6 through June 12 is Restaurant Week in Lincoln. Presented by Ground Zero, Lincoln Restaurant Week is “a seven-day celebration of the culinary scene in Lincoln,” according to the website for the annual event. During the week, the sixteen participating Lincoln restaurants temporarily offer three-course meals at discounted prices for any person that

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Customers at Rodizio grill in the Lincoln Haymarket enjoy a unique and colorful dining experience. wants to taste the sensations. Every taste is accounted for this year from restaurants like Issara Modern Asian Cuisine, Venue Restaurant and

Lounge, Rodizio Grill the Brazilian Steakhouse and Hiro 88. Each restaurant created a special menu of multi-course meals at affordable prices

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Servers cut pieces of fresh Brazilian Steak from a skewer at the table. crafted just for Restaurant Week. The restaurants continue to provide their traditional menus, as well. Venue Restaurant and Lounge manager, Donna Baker, said she feels Restaurant Week is an opportunity for people in Lincoln to discover and experience high-scale restaurants that they don’t know about or have never been to. Or, it could be that their favorite restaurants are a part of the week, but they don’t go often because of tight budgets. Restaurant Week is a chance for these people to see what the restaurant has to offer, including budget friendly items on the menu. “It’s also the restaurants’ opportunity to showcase what they can do, what they’re really good at to the guests for a reasonable price,” Baker said. This is Venue’s second consecutive year partaking in Restaurant Week. “We participated last year and had a really good turnout,” Baker said. “My favorite part was the amount of first time diners we had show up, then being able to recognize those faces when they returned after restaurant week and again this year. It’s truly a chance for us to make connec-

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It’s truly a chance for us to make connections with our guests and create loyalty with them.” Donna Baker manager, venue

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A waitress at Misty’s Steakhouse in downtown Lincoln sends an order to the kitchen. tions with our guests and create loyalty with them.” Venue is a standout restaurant. From décor to wait-staff to menu options, this eloquent restaurant is a no-brainer for the Restaurant Week list. Ac-

cording to Baker, Venue offers their specialized multi-course menu for under 20 dollars every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the whole year. The distinctive 28-day dry aged steak, which

Baker says chef John Benton puts a lot of love and care into, is one of her favorite items. Issara Modern Asian Cuisine is also a participant of Restaurant Week this year. Robert Collet, who has been

serving at Issara since October, said it’s a great way to bring people out to the restaurant. Collet’s favorite item on the menu is Khao Soi - rice noodles, pickled collard greens, shallot and cilantro in a spiced yellow curry topped with crispy noodles and coconut cream, served with housesmoked chili oil. “It’s a pretty beautiful dish,” he said. If your mouth isn’t watering already, imagine jalapeño cheesecake that Robert

describes as weird, but very good. “And don’t forget the wine that they have selected as features for Restaurant Week,” Collet said. Issara and Venue are only two restaurants out of the sixteen offering a wide variety of cuisines during this year’s Restaurant Week. For a full list of the participating restaurants and more information, visit the Lincoln Restaurant Week website. ARTS@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM


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KZUM Radio tackles role as presenter for concert series in Stransky Park


n contrast to last Tuesday night’s storms that cancelled the first Jazz in June event, Thursday’s great weather allowed for jazz in the great outdoors at the first of ten summer concerts at Stransky Park in Lincoln. For the last ten summers, the Irvingdale Neighborhood Association has organized the concert series at the park at 17th and Harrison streets. In January, the torch was passed I really to Lincoln’s KZUM radio staenjoyed tion, the new the performance presenter of the Thursday night and appreciated series. the incredible “Our big thing that KZUM is talent of all of the istaking it over bemusicians.” cause it’s a perJackie Allen performs at the first installment of the Stransky Park summer concert series. Allen was the first of many fect community tonya blomenkamp fit for commuperformers who will take the stage for the ten-week concert series. audience member nity radio — this great community music event,” KZUM started booking the ten perAt intermission, Evans and others boundaries is the between the grass, playKZUM Program Director, Ryan Evans, ground and water feature. from KZUM passed around white bags formers in February. Evans said the stasaid. “We couldn’t ask for a better gig.” tion strives for quallabeled with the radio staThe series kicked off on Thursday with The non-profit, non-commercial radio ity performers for the tion’s logo to the audience. jazz vocalist, Jackie Allen, and group. station has been broadcasting in Lincoln Our big thing series. “We pay the bands a “I really enjoyed the performance and for 36 years and boasts 100 plus volunteer appreciated the incredible talent of all of “It’s a lot of very small amount at KZUM is that KZUM is programmers who host an array of music work,” he said. “It just to make sure they keep the musicians,” audience member, Tonya slots and diverse talk shows, according to Blomenkamp, said. “The lead singer had taking it over was basically the the date open and show up,” its website. work of a smaller a beautiful voice and so much soul, and it Evans said. “They are really because it’s a perfect Despite the radio station becoming number of people supported by the donations was just really nice to see such a genuine the new orchestrator of the concert se- group of people who are truly talented do before, but now, from the crowd, so that’s re- community fit for ries, not much about the concert series what they love in such a no-holds-barred KZUM has a commitally important to them.” community radio.” has changed besides the new title, KZUM tee of people running One hundred percent of type of way.” Stransky Park Concert Series. things and seeming the attendees’ donations go Allen and her husband, the bass playryan evans The concerts are still every Thursday er of the group, are both instructors of kzum program director as we didn’t have the to the performers. at 7 p.m., through the summer. The bands music courses at Lincoln colleges. commission take over “I was glad to see the still play under the park’s gazebo. And, until January, we community supporting and “She’s actually a nationally renowned during the concert, the only clear space were kind of pressed for time, honestly.” enjoying it as well,” Blomenkamp said of touring and recording artist,” Evans said. within the small park’s wrought iron Despite the time restraints, the lineup the event. “We’re lucky to have her.”

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jackie allen entertains the crowd at Stransky Park. The Stransky Park summer concert series is free to the public and runs until Aug. 14. includes diverse performers, on Root Music Report’s Top R&B Album Chart for the many of which are Lincolnweek of May based and 30. recognizable “ We ’ r e to those who The bigger hoping to esattended the crowd tablish our Lincoln Callmomentum ing or Lin- really helps keep this year and coln Exposed hopefully it festivals, for the quality acts examples. coming back every gets easier for us as an orga“ T h i s nization every event has year.” summer and it grown over ryan evans will be second the years,” kzum program director nature to run Evans said. the concert “The bigger series,” Evans crowd really helps keep the quality acts said. Along with the sound of coming back every year.” The concert series ends Allen’s smooth, deep voice on August 14 with Lincoln’s and her lounge-style banter with the crowd on Thursday, Josh Hoyer and the Shadowthe park buzzed with adult boxers, the number one band

The concerts, held in the Irvingdale neighborhood, are every Thursday at 7 p.m., until Aug. 14 with the exception of Thursday, July 3. conversation and rang with children’s stomping, laughing, hollering and splashing. The air smelled of the water gushing from the

Stransky Park offers music and entertainment at no cost during their summer concert series newly presented by KZUM Radio.

large, stone fountain — but not of cotton candy or popcorn. Evans said the Irvingdale Neighborhood Association included vendors at the concerts for the past few years. “With our time crunch that we were in, we just wanted to keep it as simple as possible,” he said. “So we


decided this year we’re not going to do that, but next year, we might reexamine that.” The concerts go until about 8:30 or 9 p.m., according to Evans. “It’s in such a great neighborhood setting here and it’s such a family event with really great music,” he

said. “It ties in so nicely with KZUM, a community radio station that focuses on local music. It’s the perfect fit, I think.” With the exception of July 3, Stransky Park will hold a concert every Thursday until Aug. 14. ARTS@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM

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Longwell’s offers bulk of beer and barbecue MASON REED DN Longwell’s, one of the Haymarket’s newest restaurant in its sixth week of business, is relaxed enough for your lunch break, yet classy enough for a dinner date. Longwell’s is the perfect destination, as either a stop during your tour of the new Railyard for a quick drink, or for a delicious meal. When asked what sets Longwell’s apart from other new restaurants, manager and part founder, Tyler Goebel laughed, and said, “barbecue and beer.” Their motto, tried and true, is “76 Strong.” This means that at any given time, there are at least 76 different available beers on tap and at least 190 different tap handles at the ready. One would think with such a surplus of beer, Longwell’s would be a mecca for beer tasters. But the family-friendly environment is a pleasant surprise. “One thing we always talked about is that you can’t really find a place in Lincoln with stellar barbecue,” Goebel said. “And Nebraskans love beer. So we decided to combine both of them.” Longwell’s has a niche that other restaurants in the Haymarket lack. On a normal day, Longwell’s opens at 6:30 a.m. to serve breakfast. They also have a late night menu featured on Fridays and Saturdays serving up flatbread pizzas, select sandwiches, appetizers and of course, 76 different beers. “We have a fairly simple menu,” Goebel said. “One reason we decided to do breakfast here is because of all the hotels that are popping up around.” The unique food on the restaurant’s menu was crafted in part by celebrity chef, Brian Duffy. Sampled from Longwell’s was the Hell Stack Sandwich and the Duffified Burger, named after chef Duffy. The Pulled Hell Sandwich features all of the choices of meats, including pulled ribs, pulled pork, and grilled chicken, piled high on ciabatta and topped with creamy coleslaw. Despite the variation in meats, they com-

plement each other perfectly while maintaining their separate flavors. Served with a side of crisp sweet potato fries, this meal is well worth the 11 dollars. Duffified, recommended by Longwell’s staff, is a savory beef patty topped with bacon, pepper jack cheese and a fried egg. The egg adds a nice touch along with a challenge to avoid a mess. But the challenge is not as fun as that of the Big ARSE Burger, which is 24 ounces yes, 24 ounces of pure Angus beef - topped with whatever you like. If completed, you get your picture on the wall of fame. If you are just in the mood for a drink, Longwell’s can accommodate that, as well. Jim and Kathy Spence visited Longwell’s for their second time celebrating their 31st anniversary. “I would definitely recommend this place to friends and family,” Jim said, while sampling a Nebraska brewed Cardinal Pale Ale. “It’s really a fun environment.” Whether a person is looking for some barbecue or a drink during happy hour, Longwell’s is where it’s at. Lewis culliver | dn ARTS@ A bartender at Longwell’s fills a pint before heading outside to serve a thirsty crowd. Longwell’s beer list features at DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM

least 76 different beers on tap and has more than 190 different tap handles at the ready.

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Customers gather outside of the beer window at Longwell’s Bar and Grill, located in Lincoln’s Haymarket district.

Longwell’s offers a selection of at least 76 different beers at any given time. The list currently includes beers from 17 different states and eight different countries. Here are a few of their selection: • Spilker Hopluia (Nebraska) • Abita Strawator (Louisiana) • Stiegl (Austria) • Anchor Steam (California) • Pacifico (Mexico) • Stone Smoked Porter (California) • Buffalo Sweat (Kansas) • Big Wood Morning Wood (Minnesota) • La Fin du Monde (Canada) • Lucky Bucket Heartland Wheat (Nebraska) • Old Rasputin (California) • Great Divide Seasonal (Colorado) • Free State Storm Chaser (Kansas) • Weihenstephaner (Germany) • Stella Cidre (Belgium) • Founders Rubaeus (Michigan)

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CALJE plays for the love of the music GABRIELLE LAZARO DN

Jazz Festival, Jazz en Clave. It was their performance that kicked off this jazz festival and kicked off this Afro-Latin Less than a year ago, Darwin Noguera said his last prayer. A American and jazz group’s career. combination of mold exposure Studying the business side and Helicobacter pylori stomof music in school also contribach bacterium left this founding member of CALJE: Chi- uted to helping get the band cago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble off the ground, Noguera said. “We started booking gigs fighting for his life. and making music,” he said. Now, several months later, Noguera is feeling good and “I had a lot of information at my disposal to help me put the ready to take on his first perband forward and Victor and I formance back with the band as a musical team. It is really a he helped create. pleasure to have met him and “It was now work with the first time him.” I didn’t go When the Several on tour or do phone of the band shows consism e m b e r s tently,” he said. stops ringing, have known “It was a chaleach other for lenge. Another sometimes you over a decade. person had to have to take Noguera met come in and band member, learn the whole matters into your Rocky Yera, in r e p e r t o i r e . own hands.” the ninth grade Hopefully it has known won’t happen darwin noguera and Garcia since again. I don’t pianist, calje 2002. want to die.” “I know CALJE was their individuformed in 2006 by Nicaraguan pianist and composer, Noguera al styles and tastes,” Noguera said. “It’s been beautiful. and Mexican trumpeter and It’s been really wonderful to composer, Victor Garcia. know people at that level. Our Prior to CALJE, Noguera friendship and the love that’s and Garcia had played in different salsa bands but wanted in the band – it lets us write for each other.” to write original music. Noguera, who lives in “When the phone stops ringing, sometimes you have New York, uses his close-knit to take matters into your own relationship with his band mates in order to write matehands,” Noguera said. rial from a far distance. And that’s exactly what “When I write things, they did. they’re very thoughtful and Noguera was working an internship at HotHouse in Chi- not easy to play so it requires rehearsal,” he said. ”When I go cago when he was asked to get back for a show in Chicago or a band together for the Latin

anywhere in the Midwest, we have to go into high gear. Our rehearsals have to be so focused because there’s so much going on and so much to digest. We all want to make the music sound great. It’s a challenge to not be able to play with them on a consistent basis, which is why I want to keep booking shows in the Midwest so I can keep going back. I have a lot of friends I consider family in Chicago.” The band typically plays with about four to five players. “We do have new material to record for a big band, but you know, it all comes down to money,” Noguera said. “We’re thinking of starting a Kickstart to record the next album.” Noguera said it’s never really about the money. It’s about the music. “The other day I did a 20 dollar gig and people say, ‘Why would you take the courtesy photo whole band out for a 20 dollar gig?’ But for me it’s about the Darwin Noguera and Victor Garcia, founders of CALJE: Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz music,” he said. “Every time Ensemble, the performer for the June 10 Jazz in June concert. you go and play with a big band, you don’t know who’s going to be there. For me, it’s rewarding. I’m not playing for the 20 bucks. I’m playing for the music.” Since Noguera’s near death experience, he began the process of starting an outreach program at his church that goes to local hospitals and plays music for those that are ill. “Music is my life,” he said. “I love what I do. I love to play. It’s a blessing to be able to share the gift that God gave me with people. It’s all about making the world a better place.” ARTS@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM

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Cooper Foundation continues support of the arts The show will go on thanks to the Cooper Foundation’s contribution to Jazz in June SAVANNAH TYRRELL DN The Cooper Foundation has always been a supporter of the arts dating back to when founder, Joseph Cooper immigrated from Russia to work in New York City movie theatres. It was in 1934 that he created the Cooper Foundation in Lincoln, Nebraska. Today the foundation continues to fulfill their mission by “investing its capital in support of people through education, human services, the arts, the humanities, and the environment,” according to their website. This is exemplified in one of their

investments this year, Lincoln’s own Jazz in June. Not only are they supporting a local, historic event for Lincolnites, but they are a huge part as to why Jazz in June is able to commence. The culture at the Cooper Foundation is tight-knit and everyone helps each other because of the small staff, said Victoria Kovar, senior program officer at the Cooper Foundation. Kovar manages grant-making programs and has been a part of the foundation for 20 years, ever since she graduated from the University of NebraskaLincoln. “I worked in some forprofit businesses while in college but I knew I wanted to work at a non-profit out of college,” she said, “I wanted the work to feel meaningful and to know that I was making a difference.” And what a difference Kovar and the Cooper Foundation have made in Lincoln this year. Laura Reznicek, development director at the Sheldon

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Museum of Art, thinks that difference is evident. “They are making (Jazz in June) happen,” Reznicek said. “Their gift was transformative in making this year’s events possible.” All of the money put into Jazz in June is private. It is not government funded nor does it come from the University of Nebraska, she said. Without the help of the Cooper Foundation, Reznicek doesn’t know what would have come of the annual Jazz festival. Kovar said being able to help out is extremely gratifying. Lincoln’s Jazz in June is a nationally recognized festival that attracts Jazz musicians from all over the coun-


It’s an iconic, hugely popular Lincoln event, said Kovar. One thing that Jazz in June attendees can do to help is by putting a little bit of money in the buckets being passed around during the event. “It truly makes a difference,” Reznicek said. Reznicek worked with the Cooper Foundation in receiving the grant for Jazz in June this year. They have been supporters of the Sheldon for many years, she said. “We fit their mission because of the work that (the Sheldon) does - educating the community about the arts, especially the young people,” Reznicek said.

But, when approached with a request for a grant, the foundation has to keep in mind their strategic use of funding. “We are not a huge foundation,” Kovar said. “We can’t fund every opportunity that comes our way. We have to ask every single time: How will our funds really be used to make a real difference?” Kovar said she’s pleased the foundation was able to help support Jazz in June this year. “It’s hard to imagine a summer with out it,” she said. The Cooper Foundation also supports the Stransky Park Concerts, Meadowlark Music Festival in Kearney and Friday night concerts at Wells Fargo Bank. “It’s such a tradition in Lincoln,” Kovar said of Jazz in June. “It’s a community get-together,” She said the foundation loves to spread the word about great things people are doing in the community that they are able to support with the foundation. ARTS@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM

cooper foundation history • Founded on Dec. 14, 1934 • First grant of $5,000 made in 1937 • Education, human services, the arts, the humanities and the environment hold priority in grant-making • Over $19 million donated to Nebraskan programs and projects since Foundation was formed • Primarily Lincoln and Lancaster County have been focus of grant-making

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game After a successful 2014 season, men’s basketball coach Tim Miles sets high goals for the upcoming season

story and photos by Will Hertzler


t’s no secret that football is king in the state of Nebraska. Rewind to 2012 when the basketball program at the university entered a new era. The team

hadn’t reached an NCAA Tournament in 14 years and it was time for a change. Enter Tim Miles, an up-andcoming coach who led the Colorado State University

Men’s Basketball head coach Tim Miles stands by the practice court in the Hendricks Training Facility. Miles is concluding his second year as the team’s head coach and has set high goals for himself and his team for the upcoming season. Rams to several upset victories and an NCAA Tournament bid.

Tim Miles sits in his office in the Hendricks Training Facility. Miles led the Nebraska men’s basketball team to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 14 years last season and has set the standard for future seasons.

recruits (has changed),” he Fast-forward to June 2014. In two seasons, Miles said. “Now, we’re more easily approved. There was a has led victories in over half of the team’s games at time that we’d tell a kid, ‘We’re Nebraska’ and that Nebraska and gained the first NCAA Tournament bid wasn’t quite sexy enough… for the Huskers since 1998. Now because we’ve been in the NCAA, we’ve got a nice Looking toward the future, Miles wants his teams to club coming back and we’ve keep achieving their goal fared well in the Big Ten, I think there’s a lot of positive to reach the NCAA Tournavibes across ment. the country.” “We have We want to Being the a standard,” head coach of he said. “We be in the a nationally want to be relevant colin the NCAA NCAA every year. legiate basevery year. I I can’t imagine ketball team can’t imagis all about ine telling a telling a senior in relationships. senior in col- college, well our Miles’ relationlege, well our goal is to go .500.” ships with his goal is to go players may .500.” tim miles be key in the After a s u c c e s s f u l men’s basketball head coach redemption of the basketball 2014 seaprogram. son, Miles “If there’s a fear to commaintains that the team’s goals and practices have not municate honestly in any relationship, that relationship changed. But outside of team is ruined,” he said. operations there is a new If a player isn’t comfortsense of recognition that able in a certain role, Miles wasn’t there before. only asks that he be honest “Recognition media with him. The pressures of wise or perception among

starting for a NCAA Division 1 basketball team can be too much to handle despite a player ’s immense talents. In which case, Miles says it is important for any issues to be vocalized so they can be dealt with properly. Most of Miles’ time is spent with his team, so the limited time with his family makes being a good father and husband that much more important to him. Miles is a new style of coach with a strong social media presence, particularly on Twitter, that allows him to reach more fans than ever before. “I think if people come to our games one time, they’ll be dying to come back,” Miles said. “It’s just a whole new energy level. It’s really good.” The Nebraska basketball future under Miles’ guidance is trending upward. Miles took a team that was little brother to Husker football and transformed it into a team the state couldn’t ignore. SPORTS@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM

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Netflix TV show picks of the week

compiled by Gabrielle Lazaro

New Girl This lighthearted

sitcom is about a recently dumped 31-year-old who moves in with three quirky (also single) males. Zooey Deschanel (“500 Days of Summer,” “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”) stars in this TV series as Jess, the somewhat eccentric yet fun-loving “new girl” and schoolteacher. What this makes show so great is not only how awkwardly hilarious it is but

how well-thought-out each character is. From unambitious and angry, bartender Nick to Jess’ best friend and sassy super model, Cece – each character has their own comical qualms. Much like other sitcoms, each episode’s conflicts are resolved within the half hour. But we do occasionally see problems – like the secret affair of Cece and roommate Schmidt – carry over to the next episodes which leave the viewer wanting more.

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Sons of Anarchy Two words: Charlie. Hunnam. Although I can’t picture

this blue-eyed blondie ever winning an academy award, he certainly isn’t hard on the eyes. This ridiculously unrealistic TV series is about an outlaw motorcycle club in the fictional place of Charming, California. As long as you’re okay with people getting their skull bashed in and lit on fire and the occasional – okay, frequent – cat fight, this show is for you! The seventh and final season of SOA is set to air this September (five of them are on Netflix), so be prepared not to move from the couch for a few days…or weeks.

Walking Dead Because ZOMBIES! This

action-packed, zombiekilling drama has a brilliant story line full of all the betrayal, manipulation and romance any successful television show requires. This series follows a group of once strangers turned family, trying to survive post zombie apocalypse. Al-

though none of the characters are particularly notable (in a good way, at least), the bond between them despite their diverse backgrounds gives off a feel-good vibe. And who doesn’t love some good ole’ zombie killin’? With it’s exceptionally highratings and the comic book series it’s based off not ending any time soon, this series is sure to have quite a few more seasons.

Breaking Bad It’s the classic tale of the

teacher who turns to making and selling meth – alongside his former student - as a form of income. The lies, deception and constant anxiety of Walt’s police officer brother-in-law discovering the truth keep the viewer on the edge of their seat. Sadly, this series ended in 2013. But all five seasons are available on Netflix!

The Returned This hidden gem of a TV

viewer’s attention, along with its gloomy mountainside location, setting the stage for the perfect mystery drama. It’s also filled with love triangles and a secret romance between an innocent young redhead and a serial killer! This International Emmy winning drama is currently in production of its second season. ARTS@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM

underdog. A middle aged, somewhat docile and unsuccessful man, who’s recently been diagnosed with cancer, achieves wealth and power all before the cancer takes over. This crime drama is about Walter White, a high school science

series originally aired in France in 2012 and currently has only one season. Based off of a 2004 French supernatural film, this show focuses on a small town in France where several people believed to be dead suddenly reappear. The many intriguing and somehow interconnected story lines keep hold of the

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Kids are playing. Couples are dancing. Families are spending time together. This is what the Sheldon Art Association is about—bringing people together to enjoy the arts.

Join the Sheldon Art Association tonight.

You’ll receive a t-shirt emblazoned with a Claes Oldenburg sketch for the sculpture “Torn Notebook” as our gift for joining tonight at the membership table near the west entrance to the museum. You may also join online at or by contacting us at 402-472-1454.


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