friday, march 1, 2013 volume 112, issue 112
Should players be compensated for their work?
Middle East war films fail to draw viewer interest
Jim Butler wears some of his Husker gear in his home on Thursday. Seventy-seven years ago, Butler went to his first Husker football game in 1936. He now has season tickets to football and men’s and women’s basketball games.
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$10 ticket to the game. Sitting on the hard bleacher seats in the end zone with a crowd of fewer than 31,000 fans. There is no tunnel walk. But Husker pride is alive and well. The Nebraska Cornhuskers are playing the Pittsburgh Panthers. It’s Nov. 14, 1936. This is Jim Butler ’s first Husker game. “It seems like it was 19-6,” said Butler, 94. “They won.” He doesn’t let much get by – nearly 77 years later, and that memory is spot on. “’Course the crowd is much bigger and much louder,” Butler said. “The teams nowadays are better. Bigger. Faster. Stronger.” Butler wakes up every day at 6 a.m. But on Feb. 6, he woke up with determination. That was the day spring game football tickets went on sale. When he got down to the ticket office at 7:15 a.m., there were already 15 people in line. “I kept telling them the oldest guy should be first in line. They didn’t go for that,” Butler said with a laugh. Fourteen tickets and $140 later, he was all set. With a fan that’s lived so long, one might expect even more of the typical gear – the hats, the jerseys, the jackets, the photos, the autographs – but Butler ’s love for the game hardly appears to have touched his Lincoln apartment. Instead, antique furniture that he refinished as a hobby fills the space. Pictures of his late wife, Donna, and her sisters adorn the wall in his bedroom. It’s not an obsession, but a quiet love for the Huskers with a few modest reminders: a red couch, red walls and a 42-inch flat-screen TV, just in case he can’t make the game. His son disagrees. “The whole apartment is a homage,” Curt Butler said. “He always says he likes any color, as long as it’s red.” Butler ’s no loud fanatic sporting his lucky underwear and a painted chest in the thick of the crowd. He is the calm fan sitting wearing a spotless Husker shirt, cap and jacket. He doesn’t have a lucky shirt to pull in the win for the Huskers, but Butler does believe in luck. “Well, it seems like most of my life I’ve been pretty lucky to be in the right place at the right time,” he said. “To get Donna, that was the luckiest day of my life.“
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The Revive party – consisting of Sierra Allen, Zach Stull and Sam Adams – rapped out its opening statements during the Mass Debate in the Nebraska Union Thursday night. The satirical debate was sponsored by the DailyER Nebraskan.
DailyER hosts witty ASUN Mass Debate DANIEL WHEATON DN The third of four debates for the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska Thursday night swapped prepared statements with witty banter and snappy comebacks. The fourth annual DailyER Nebraskan Mass Debate challenged the three parties running to deal with a series of off-thewall requests from the editorial staff of the DailyER. The paper’s editor-in-chief Mitch McCann, a senior psychology major, moderated most of the debate and invited the parties to laugh at each other. “Because we all know how embarrassing it is when someone walks into you mass debating,” McCann said. The Nebraska Union Crib was filled with roughly 125 students, with most of the chairs occupied and some spectators standing in the back. Members of the DailyER were spread among the audience. Catherine Larsen, a senior po-
litical science major and DailyER writer, welcomed in the audience holding a picket sign reading “God hates mass debaters,” mocking the protests of the Westboro Baptist Church. After introducing himself, McCann asked the parties to state their platforms with a twist. Engage Party external vice presidential candidate Jeff Story, a sophomore political science and English major, was asked to state his platform as Christian Bale’s interpretation of Batman. Revive’s external vice presidential candidate Sam Adams, junior economics and finance major, was asked to answer in a haiku, but opted to rap the platform with the other two members of Revive. McCann cut off Adams’ beats after a few verses. Engage’s sustainability program “Do it in the Dark” was brought into question by DailyER sports editor and junior exploratory major Alex Wunrow, who asked Kaitlin Coziahr,
Jim Butler holds up the 14 tickets he bought for himself and his family members to go to the Spring Game on April 14. Butler was at the ticket office at 7:15 a.m. to get in line for the tickets.
Jim Butler’s door in Eastmont Towers Community is decorated in Husker merchandise.
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Despite legislation, ASUN evades privatization stance Senate votes down attempt to establish disapproval, elects to wait for student vote Conor Dunn DN The Association of Students of the University of Nebraska failed to take a stance on the privatization of the University Health Center at its Thursday meeting. The senate held the meeting
because only 17 senators were at the Wednesday meeting, which meant the senate failed to meet quorum and couldn’t address legislation. Senators petitioned to hold a meeting Thursday to vote on legislation to include the question “Do you support the Bryan/ University Health Center proposal to privatize the University Health Center operations?” on the March 6 ASUN election ballot. The legislation passed. Senate Speaker Natalia Santos, a senior nutrition and health sciences major, submitted legislation recommending the disapproval of
I don’t think we should preemptively make a decision for the student body.” Sen. edward hanline
senior business administration major
the UHC privatization. However, it failed to win the senate’s support. The legislation would’ve stated that ASUN was concerned about whether the university had explored other options to build a new health center without raising student fees. The leg-
islation would’ve also voiced concern with the lack of student input gathered from University of Nebraska-Lincoln administration throughout the process and said ASUN doubts how privatization will positively affect students dur-
asun: see page 3
more Inside Coverage:
Health center lacks transgender services Guest to seek trained providers after privatization decision
No place like home Huskers to play next five games at home after seven on road
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Legislation addressed at ASUN’s meeting • The senate approved legislation to add a question to the March 6 ASUN election ballot to gauge student opinion on the privatization of the University Health Center. • Sen. Natalia Santos introduced legislation that would have established ASUN’s disapproval of privatization. • Santos’ legislation failed with four approvals, 18 disapprovals and two abstaining. • Senators rejected Sen. Mike Dunn’s attempt to submit legislation to approve privatization.
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On campus what: Science & Gender Matters: No Limits 2013, an interdisciplinary conference where: Nebraska East Union when: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. what:
First Friday reception Great Plains Art Museum when: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. where:
Health center provides few transgender services Guest says training wouldn’t be difficult, plans to seek providers in March Conor Dunn DN For some transgender students at the University of NebraskaLincoln, the University Health Center lacks accommodating healthcare. The health center doesn’t have any providers who have the experience, skills or knowledge to offer transgender healthcare, according to UHC Director Dr. James Guest. This means transgender students can’t receive hormonal continuation therapy from the health center after they’ve started the transitioning process. UHC providers also can’t prescribe transgender patients with the prescriptions they need during the transitioning process. Transgender students can
only receive hormone prescriptions from the health center if the prescriptions have been prescribed by an outside doctor and are commercially available. The UHC doesn’t do pharmaceutical compounding, which is the creation of a particular pharmaceutical product to fit the needs of a patient. When transgender students visit the health center, they are referred to Planned Parenthood in Lincoln, a nonprofit organization that researches and gives advice on contraception, family planning and reproductive problems and also offers transgender health services. Transgender student Scott Schneider, a senior biology and psychology major, has been in the transitioning process for more than four years. He said being referred to a provider outside the health center is inconvenient because he has pay out-ofpocket when he could visit the health center for free. Students receive free visits to the health center because they pay student fees.
They have to figure out transportation across town, it’s time-consuming and it’s also very costly.”
lgbtqa resource center director
“They have to figure out transportation across town,” LGBTQA Resource Center Director Pat Tetreault said. “It’s time-consuming and it’s also very costly,” Schneider and Tetreault said transgender healthcare “doesn’t require much training.” In 2010, Tetreault sent a survey to medical providers in Nebraska and Iowa asking them about the care they offer transgender patients. “The majority were like, ‘No, I didn’t get any training. I realized I have LGBT clients and educated myself,’” she said. “I don’t think it’s that (the health center employee doesn’t want to offer transgender services), it’s more about the physician’s comfort level and wanting to be trained.” Guest agreed that the training
to handle transgender patients shouldn’t be difficult. “However, in the learning process, you have to learn what might go wrong,” he said. “You have to know the complications and side-effects. These are common medicines, but they’re not being used in the common way.” And because of Chancellor Harvey Perlman’s intent to privatize the health center to local provider Bryan Health by May 1, Guest said he can’t yet hire a physician to handle transgender care. Until the University of Nebraska Board of Regents votes on the university’s contract with Bryan Health on March 15, Guest is unable to guarantee employment length or benefits to anyone he hires because he doesn’t know who will operate the health cen-
ter in May. Regardless of whether the university continues to operate the health center, Guest said the next provider he hires will be asked to have experience in transgender care. It won’t be required, but it will be preferred, he said. Guest also said he is willing to offer space within the health center for a specialist to come in to provide transgender healthcare to students. “It’s a service I see as important as we move forward as a community,” Guest said. “Whether or not (the transgender student population is) growing, I don’t know, because it’s a population that is hard to track and count.” In the health center ’s fall 2011 patient satisfaction survey, two of 380 students identified as transgender, according to Guest. “If you only have two responding, it’s hard to generate a lot of services for that small of a population,” he said. news@ dailynebraskan.com
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Third Annual Arts & Music Extravaganza where: Bourbon Theatre, 1415 O St. when: 7 p.m. how much: $10 at the door
Well, it seems like most of my life I’ve been pretty lucky to be in the right place at the right time.”
correction In a story printed on Thursday, the Daily Nebraskan incorrectly stated the scope of federal research grant cuts in the story. Continuing grants from the National Institutes of Health may be cut by ten percent if Congress does not act on the sequestration.
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The Butlers make Husker games a way to convene on gameday. Butler has season tickets for football and men’s and women’s basketball, which he shares with his five sons and their families, many of whom have their own tickets. “He intensely follows the action, but he’s reserved in the reaction,” his son said. Butler was once a player himself. He remembers playing for Chadron Preparatory School wearing a helmet that was just a thick piece of leather with a bit of padding inside. “I can watch the game and see the plays develop,” he said. “I like to watch the quarterback and watch the blocking develop. I like to watch Taylor Martinez. He is really good.” Out of all the years and all the coaches and all the conferences, one set of memorabilia remains. “I kept all of the ticket stubs in the last year of Tom Osborne’s coaching,” Butler said. “Just ‘cause he was such a great coach and such a great guy.” Butler remembers just shortly before a game standing in a line for Tom Osborne autographs. He was three people away from the coach when time ran out. Osborne had
Jim Butler shows the back of one of his many pieces of Husker gear in his home on Thursday. to go. Telling the story, Butler ’s eyes tint with regret. But then he turns around. He is just as happy telling about the autograph of
Miss Nebraska he did get. Butler doesn’t have any advice for Bo Pelini, but he does have a message for former quar-
terback Scott Frost. “I hope Scott Frost can come back and be the head coach,” he said. “I hope he comes back to
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Feel the Chill, an event hosted by Campus Night Life, built an indoor ice skating rink in the Nebraska Union’s Centennial Ballroom on Thursday. Students could check out skates and circle the makeshift rink, as well as play Nintendo Wii games, enjoy food with friends and get their photo taken in a blow-up snow globe.
thin‘ice’ Tasha Sanderson, a freshman biological systems engineering major, puts her ballet skills to work on the ice skating rink at “Feel the Chill” in the Nebraska Union’s Centennial Ballroom on Thursday. The event also featured a DJ, free photos in a blow-up snow globe and Nintendo Wii games.
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UNL admissions changes scholarship application process Increased applicant pool has created more competition for scholarships
arships to more than 1,700 Nebraska high school graduates. Of those awards, 367 were Regents Scholarships, 69 were David Distinguished Scholarships and 29 were Chancellor ’s Scholarships, according to university data. Last fall, UNL began looking Cristina Woodworth at unweighted grades for appliDN cants as well as at high school class rank and scores on standardSeeing increasing competition for ized tests like the ACT and SAT, scholarships at the University of Cerveny said. Nebraska-Lincoln, university ofUnweighted grades refer to ficials have made changes to the the actual grade a student reapplication process, but not to the ceives in a class and do not factor number of awards distributed. in whether the class was an honAlan Cerveny, UNL dean of ors or Advanced Placement class, Enrollment Management, said which is a course a student can the university has seen increased take in high school to attain colcompetition for scholarships like lege credit. the full-tuition Regents ScholarSome have said this change ship and others because of an in criteria will deter high school overall increase in the number of students from taking these more applicants to the university. rigorous courses because it could “It’s a good hurt their scholthing, but when arship chances if We are it comes to comthey receive a poor petition for scholsimply grade in the course. arships, it does Jadi Miller, make it more com- looking at a more director of curpetitive,” Cerveny holistic view of riculum and professaid. sional development Cerveny said scholarships.” for Lincoln Public he did not know Schools, said she Alan Cervaney the actual number dean of enrollment is not overly conof applicants UNL management cerned about the has had in recent change. years but said the “I can underincreased competition for schol- stand the reasoning and the ratioarships can also be seen in the nale the university had for makacademic credentials of incoming ing the change,” Miller said. “I’m freshmen classes. in favor of a balanced approach The university has set all- any time we’re looking at a portime records for the average ACT trayal of student achievement.” scores of incoming freshmen for LPS currently offers 21 difeight of the past 10 years, accord- ferent AP courses for students, ing to Cerveny. according to Miller. Students tak“Clearly, we’re getting more ing these courses have the opporand better prepared students than tunity to either dual enroll in the ever in our history,” he said. course or take an AP standardized UNL Director of Admissions test in order to receive college Amber Hunter could not be credit. reached to provide the total numCerveny said the change in ber of applicants to the university scholarship criteria shouldn’t over the past several years. UNL negatively affect students, begives out a number of scholar- cause the majority of students ships to high school graduates who are taking honors and AP including the Regents, the half- courses are most likely doing well tuition David Distinguished in those classes already. Scholarship and the Chancellor ’s “We are simply looking at a Scholarship – a full-tuition award more holistic view of scholarplus an additional $2,000 annual ships,” Cerveny said. “We have stipend that is awarded to stu- certainly been promoting it as a dents who are finalists in nation- good thing. It’s making for better ally recognized scholarship com- decisions.” petitions. news@ In 2012, the university awarddailynebraskan.com ed about $14.5 million in schol-
Dressed as Doctor Who, Connor Collingsworth, 11, a sixth grade student at Scott Middle School informs attendees at the Make a Difference Fair about the Khan Academy. Collingsworth, a user of the Khan Academy’s free online education tools said, “it (the Khan Academy) provides a good service to people; especially if you need a brushing up on subjects like math and science.” Students at Scott Middle School each chose an organization to research and made a display about the information they found. The end result comes in the form of donations given to specific charities that attendees chose to give to.
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Madelyn Davenport, 7, a student at Hill Elementary School, pets a cat from The Cat House in Lincoln. The Cat House was one of the organizations chosen by students to inform the community on issues and causes that are local, as well as worldwide. The event showcased 50 different organizations in poster board presentations put together by students at Scott Middle School.
mass debate: from 1 “Would you like to do it in the dark candidate, how he felt about a plan to spay and neuter Greeks. afterwards?” “They’re growing in rapid Coziahr, Engage Party’s internumbers,” Rostine said. “They are nal vice presidential candidate and a junior finance, economics and going to have to fit in their houses management major, dodged the somehow.” Sense’s plan to gauge student question. opinion on making UNL a desigEarly in the debate, the nine candidates were asked to choose nated-smoking-area campus also wasn’t spared. Wunrow asked a tie provided by the DailyER Anders Olson, a staff based on “which junior agribusione best represented This was ness major and America.” Coziahr one of the external vice chose a white tie presidential canbecause she said it funniest Mass didate, “What do was a major part of you have against American flag. Daily- Debates ever.” cool people?” OlER staffers, acting as Christina mayer son responded by humorous “judges,” senior political science and joking about his held up white boards russian major height. with commentary. M c C a n n Matt Sueper, a junior asked the candiadvertising and pubdates a series of quick questions lic relations major, held up a board responding to Coziahr reading: during the debate’s “lightning round.” The questions ranged “the white one seems racist.” from the color of the candidates’ Moderators also attacked Reunderwear to which first-generavive’s Greek-focused platforms, suggesting their plan to offer seg- tion starter Pokemon they would choose. Sense chose Squirtle, Enregated seating for Greeks and Recognized Student Organizations gage chose Charmander and Rein Memorial Stadium should come vive did not provide an answer. Judges mocked Revive’s lack of rewith separate water fountains for sponse, holding up a sign reading Greeks and non-Greeks. Modera“MIA: Childhood.” tors asked Blake Rostine, a junior Humor aside, candidates anGerman and political science major and Sense for ASUN presidential swered some questions regard-
ing the efficacy of their proposals. Sense executives reiterated that their platform is the cheapest for students, while the other two would ask for an increase in student fees. When given the rare opportunity, the party members mentioned how they would “revive” RSOs, “engage” larger portions of the student body and make sure new programs made “sense.” In an attempt at “tri-partisanship,” the candidates were asked to complete a trust fall with a member of an opposing party. Revive’s Adams dropped Sense’s Olson. Claire Wieger, a freshman business administration major, said she enjoyed the humor in the debate. “Some of my questions were answered in quite a unique way,” Wieger said. Annie Himes, a freshman history, global studies and Russian major, said she was glad the debate remained civil even though it was funny. Christina Mayer, a senior political science and Russian major, said “this was one of the funniest Mass Debates ever.” The next ASUN debate will be in the Blue TV Lounge in Neihardt Residence Center at 7 p.m Monday. Elections will be held March 6. NEWS@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM
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Taylor Skudlarek, a member of the DailyER Nebraskan, holds a child during the Mass Debate Thursday night, stating that Eric Reznicek, a member of the Engage party, fathered the child. This was one of the many jokes prepared for the Mass Debate put on by the DailyER Nebraskan.
ASUN: from 1 ing a period of health care reform. “I believe we were elected for a reason,” Santos said. “Not every single student will be doing this research on their own. They voted us to make these hard decisions.” But many senators were uncomfortable taking a stance before the students vote their opinion on the health center privatization survey on the ASUN election ballot. “I don’t think we should preemptively make a decision for the student body,” said Sen. Edward Hanline, a senior business administration major. “We aren’t here just to make a decision and say this is the right decision, now go vote.” Other senators, like Sen. Shannon Pestel, a freshman exploratory major, said ASUN’s voice on privatization may be the basis students need to express their opinions on the ballot. Although many senators agreed the university administration’s handling of the privatization process was poor, it wasn’t enough to persuade them to vote against privatization. Many believed Bryan Health’s proposal to build and operate a new health center to be the most cost-effective way of attaining a new health center without raising student fees. “If we vote this down, I don’t know if we’re going to get another plan this good,” said Sen. Mike Dunn, a senior communication studies major. Santos’ legislation failed with 4 approvals, 18 disapprovals and two abstaining. Dunn then tried to submit legislation that would’ve supported
privatization of the health center. However, the senate voted against addressing the legislation at the meeting. Three senators were repeatedly using their phones during debate on the legislation to disapprove of the UHC privatization, including Hanline, Sen. Kalby Wehrbein, a senior
mechanized systems management major and Sen. William Stock, a junior pre-social science major. All three senators voted against Santos’ legislation. Phone usage during debate is against ASUN bylaws, according to Santos. news@ dailynebraskan.com
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justa game? College athletes walk a fine line between academic and athletic responsibilities; Keenan and Jones debate whether or not student athletes should be compensated for their athletic contributions to their university
art by Lauren Cloyed
Compensation for college athletes builds egos not acdemics; athletes are given special treatment because of their value to the university
n any given weekend in America, you can witness an athletic feat so magnificent it would renew a childlike belief in magic in even the most hardened man. These athletes are our heroes. They’re people we have looked up to since we were young, whom children continue to look up to today. But back in the day, sports were more for love and pride than they were for money. A large part of that pride came from earning the right to be called the AMANDA KEENAN best. perpetuated: great on the field, not That right was earned not only typically as driven in the classroom. on the fields and courts, but also in This by no means is saying this is a the classrooms and communities. certainty and the student-athlete is Now, it seems as though many athincapable of doing well in school. letes, starting from high school, all In the fall of 2012, the Big Ten the way to the professional level, named a total of 816 fall have forgotten what sports student-athletes it means to be a true Is it fair to the Academic, Allhero. Conference team. “To Athletes in the for the be eligible for Academpast were involved ic All-Big Ten selection, in their communi- student athletes student-athletes must ties, helping break to be given grade be letter winners who down barriers and are in at least their secpolicies that made bumps...?” ond academic year at significant impacts their institution and in things like racial carry a cumulative grade-point averintegration and social injustices. They age of 3.0 or higher.” were heroes not just because of their While there are those who are skill but for the contributions that as dedicated to their studies as they their skills allowed them to make in are to their talent, many find other the world. ways to fill their time. Similarly to the Being a true hero means not takoverall graduation rate at the college ing the easy way, as well as not taking level, African-American student-athgifts. Especially at the collegiate level, letes graduate at a rate far less than athletes should earn their grades by that of their Caucasian counterparts. standing on their own two feet and According to Steven Gaither’s arputting in the work. ticle on the website Diverse Issues in Is it fair to students who are classEducation, “The graduation rate for mates with athletes to see them get African-American student-athletes extra considerations because they remains 20 percentage points below play a sport? Is it fair for studentthat of their White counterparts, 62 athletes to be given grade bumps, percent compared to 82 percent.” forgiveness for excessive absences or Those are not good numbers. I even passed if they don’t deserve it? know it must be easy to get caught Other students work full time or up being a BMOC (big man on camtwo or three jobs at a time, manage pus), being a local celebrity, having families, and are heavily involved women throw themselves at you and in extra-curricular activities and the be given free things from people all community. These students don’t get the time for simply being yourself. a break. How fair is that? But isn’t it time to remember that the The only message it sends to the real reason you went to a university rest of the student body, the majority, was to get an education. Not just a is that because student athletes equal degree that was handed to you with dollar signs they are more important little knowledge of what you were and, therefore, more deserving in the studying. eyes of the school. It’s not only grades being handed Also, sports have played one out that we should be concerned with of the largest, if not the single most at the collegiate level, either. Everyinfluential, roles in shaping contemone remembers the fallout from the porary American culture. We groom Ohio State scandal. Football players our children from the moment they trading memorabilia for tattoos. can pick up a ball in hopes they’ll one It cost them a shot at a perfect day throw the winning touchdown season that should have led to a Napass in the Super Bowl. tional Championship. And for what, While we should encourage our ink? children to pursue athletics if that is Another prime example is Reggie something they truly want to do, why Bush, is it that we, as a society, haven’t put more emphasis on what happens in the classrooms and not just the fields? This is something that happens at schools all over the country. The stereotype of the jock is
former University of Southern California running back and winner of the 2005 Heisman Trophy. In 2012, Reggie was the first person to surrender his Heisman amid controversy for having received improper benefits while at USC. Why would anyone risk all of his or her hard work and training for a few A’s or a car? Especially when winning the Heisman Trophy is the goal of any great college football player, reserved only for an elite few. The true sign of greatness all wasted. In his column for ESPN.com, writer Howard Bryant raised a very good point: “There was a time when having a student-athlete on campus – especially one who would not normally have accrued the grade-point average to be admitted into the school – served the higher purpose that exposure to the college environment could spark interest in a variety of subjects beyond sports.” Bryant goes on: “Those days are long over. The NCAA knows this and must finally confront the reality that it needs to institute some form of compensation for the athlete … it’s been common knowledge for at least 30 years now that college athletes with professional-level talent are not held to much of an academic standard.” The madness has to stop. By handing college athletes degrees on a pedestal without requiring that they earn them (show up to classes, do the homework and actually study for tests), all we are doing in the end is failing them. Even the best athlete’s professional career will not last forever. Eventually he or she can be injured or will age and be forced to retire. Don’t we want the athlete to at least have an education to fall back on? After all, knowledge is something that can never be taken away from us. If we continue to reward studentathletes in the way that we have been, all we will be doing is giving them ammunition to turn into the overpaid, often selfish, selfentitled prima donnas that many professional athletes are today. Forever branded as someone who, because they were great, thought themselves so much better than others and never had to prove it off the field. Amanda Keenan is a senior public relations major. Email her at opinion@ dailynebraskan. com
College athletes deserve compensation because they are robbed of their education, explioted by universites
y colleague asserts college athletes don’t deserve any special benefits, and I agree to an extent. I don’t think all college athletes deserve special benefits; however, I do think D1 college athletes, specifically football and basketball players who make their universities millions of dollars do. The main argument that comes out of the “no benefits” camp is that receiving a free college education is in itself a form of payment. This argument is predicated on the idea that these athletes are “studentsfirst and athletes second,” but in reality, the everyday life of a D1 athlete at a prestigious program leaves little time for academics. Consider this quote from Alabama defensive back Vinnie Sunseri from a Jan. 6 AP article: “I have no time during the day. I wake up at 6 a.m., lift, go to class, right after class you come back up to the football complex to watch film and get ready for practice. By the time you get out, you’ve got to go to study hall. By the time you get out of study hall, it’s basically bed time. It is really like a fulltime job.” In a study called “College athletes in high-profile media sports: The consequences of glory,” researchers, who studied the lives of athletes in big-time college basketball programs over the course of five years, discovered the following: “After observing, interviewing, and traveling with them, they concluded that bigtime basketball and being seriously engaged in academics were not compatible. They also found that freshmen had a period of optimism regarding academics when they first arrived on campus, but after about two semesters they found that the social isolation combined with the fatigue of training kept them from becoming in-
passed on through elementary, middle, and high school because he was a good football player. He graduated from high school reading at a second grade level and went to El Camino Junior College. There he took a number of physical activity classes while hoping to be drafted into the NFL. When no offer came, he played at UCLA for a year and a half. When again no offer came and his eligibility expired, he failed out of school within months DILLON JONES with no degree, no offers to play pro ball, and no skills to volved in academic life.” use for employment.” The reality is that for presAccording to a recent article tigious D1 football and baspublished by the Business Inketball programs, high-profile sider titled, “Here athletes are are the Odds that recruited so Your Kid Becomes The reality the university a Professional can profit from is most of Athlete,” only 1.7 their talent, percent and 1.2 not, as some the D1 athletes percent of colargue, so they recruited to lege football and may receive a basketball players college educa- schools...are play professiontion. essentially ally, respectively. In a paTherefore, per tilted, employees of the stories like Fred “Slaves of BigButler ’s are likely Time College university.” the rule, the pro Sports,” D. athletes the excepStanley Eitzen, tions. These players spend four Professor Emeritus of Socioloto five years in college working gy at Colorado State University this full-time job, which robs who specializes in the sociolthose who will not play proogy of sports, makes the analfessionally the opportunity to ogy that the NCAA operates obtain the knowledge and the like the “plantation system of skills needed to secure a job the old south. post-graduation. In the pro“The coaches are the overcess, their performances generseers who get work from the ate enormous revenue for the laborers (players) who provide university. riches for the masters (univerIn 2008, Nebraska’s athletic sities) while receiving little for program received over $75 miltheir efforts[…]the student– lion in revenue, 40 percent of athlete is dominated, managed, which came from ticket sales, and controlled, and they don’t thus the athletes were directly receive a wage commensurate responsible for about $30 milto their contribution as exlion. pressed in dollars earned by Furthermore, it must be the university.” noted that the ones who deThe reality is most of the nounce the idea of athletes reD1 football and basketball athceiving any additional benefits letes recruited to schools like aren’t there on the field or on the University of Nebraskathe court. They aren’t the ones Lincoln are essentially emspending thousands of hours ployees of the university. The training, pushing their bodies student-first, athlete-second to their physical limit so that idea is a misconstruction used few can profit. They aren’t tryto justify the systematic exploiing to satisfy the masses’ need tation of college athletes, who for entertainment, without any are largely African American. legitimate form compensation, This exploitation begins long academic or otherwise. before athletes get to college. Therefore, at the very least, The following is a quote about these players deserve to be a young man named Fred Butcompensated for their work. ler, featured on thesportsDillon Jones is a junior journal.org: English major. Follow “Fred Buthim on twitter @doornut_ ler was jazzy or email him at opinion@ dailynebraskan.com
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AUDIENCE AWOL Story by Andrew Larsen
art by gabriel sanchez
Audiences shy away from Hollywood’s new wars
f you’re a college student in 2013, your most harrowing exposure to the turbulence of the 1960s might be found footage from “Forrest Gump.” The Civil Rights Movement, Women’s Liberation, the Sexual Revolution and Cold War tensions all ratcheted public tension up to a high point, but Hollywood’s interest – across films like “The Deer Hunter,” “Coming Home” and “Platoon” – zones in on the Vietnam War as an access point for the decade. These critically-lauded pieces examine the tensions of war both in the field of combat and the trauma of reassimilation for soldiers.
By contrast, movies which center around Americans in combat in the 21st century have been met with tepid audience receptions and tend to focus on espionage or politics, as opposed to the experience of the solider in the field. It’s an idea some critics are ascribing to the fundamental difference in the impact of the wars on the average American citizen in the audience. “(The Global War on Terror) is a subculture war – the fighting is being done by Americans from small rural communities who are largely invisible, unlike the middle-class college students who were vulnerable to the draft during Vietnam,” wrote Indy Week’s David Fellerath in an
article titled “Why are Iraq War movies tanking?” Hollywood and the military industrial complex have a long, conflicted history together. There are a few widely-accepted World War I films like “All Quiet on the Western Front” and Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory,” but the war ended well before Hollywood’s prime. World War II is considered by some critics as the “golden age” of war films in Hollywood, both because of the sheer quantity of films and their reflection of American heroism and patriotism. Michael Ventre of MSNBC called the second World War “arguably … the richest source of cinematic material in history.”
Aside from standouts, like “The Manchurian Candidate” and “Three Kings,” The Korean War and the first conflict in the Gulf both have negligible Hollywood histories. By far, the most complex and nuanced conflict in the eyes of Hollywood is the United States’ tumultuous stay in Southeast Asia, said University of Nebraska-Lincoln history professor Alexander Vazansky. “Vietnam movies display a much greater ambivalence toward the war and the conflict,” he said. “They reflect the fact that Vietnam was a painful experience.” In Vazansky’s thinking, Hollywood was, per-
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The Deer hunter 1978
apocalypse now 1979
born on the fourth of july | 1989
the kingdom 2007
the hurt locker 2008
zero dark thirty 2012
Criterion immortalizes Ross theater festival to ‘pristine’ versions of cinema celebrate women in film High profile film collection maintains mass availability of cult, popular favorites cameron mount dn On Feb. 15, video-distribution company The Criterion Collection announced its May titles. For the diehard cinephiles, this announcement is one of the most exciting of the year. But for the average movie-watcher, Criterion is an enigma: that daunting collection of titles that comes with a Hulu Plus subscription. Owning a Criterion DVD or Bluray is more than just paying 15 or 20 extra dollars for a disc; the experts say it’s a slice of pure cinema history. “In essence, a Criterion release offers the very best possible transfer of a film from the very best original elements,” said Wheeler Winston Dixon, professor of film studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. “Criterion presents it in a pristine, digitally restored version that becomes the new standard for presentation of the film.”
“Brazil,” “Rushmore,” “Seven Samurai” and “Pickpocket” are a few notable examples of its titles, but the company has almost 1,000 movies in its collection, spanning almost a century. Criterion works with filmmakers and scholars to offer commercial versions of historically important films that reach as close to the film’s original vision as possible. 2013’s upcoming releases include “3:10 to Yuma,” “Naked Lunch” and “Repo Man”. “Clearly their DVDs are by far the best available,” film studies professor Marco Abel said. “‘Best’ in terms of how they are curated in terms of quality of image and sound, quality of scholarly apparatus — essays, interviews, etc. — as well as supplementary materials such as bonus features and commentary tracks. There is no other DVD series that is anywhere close to accomplishing what they have been accomplishing now for a long time.” Abel said Criterion is hugely important for the public’s awareness of films that would normally be lost to history. “Many people become aware of films they would not become aware of if they were not available on DVD or only on DVD from studios, which
usually are of lesser quality,” he said. “If it is a Criterion DVD, people know it is a quality production and the film has some merit and interest beyond ‘mere’ entertainment.” Besides helping to form a popular film canon, Abel said Criterion plays a huge role in academia. “It involves a lot of people from that community, thus allowing academics to ‘popularize’ their work,” he said. “Few people who are not in academia actually read academic publications, so academic experts are given a great opportunity to ‘educate’ outside of the class room and their academic publishing outlets.” Also meaningful, Abel noted, is Criterion’s ability to strengthen the academic conversations around these films and to bring both film and scholarship to future students of film. “It contributes to raising the general quality of discourse about film through its supplementary materials,” he said “It also gives those of us who do not get to screen films on 35mm or 16mm an opportunity to screen films we want to teach in a high quality format.” Criterion’s storing of films for
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Women Make Movies, The Ross team up to showcase ‘master’ director SHELBY FLEIG DN The first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929 announced a tie for Best Director between Lewis Milestone and Frank Borzage. Eighty-one years later, Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to earn the Best Director distinction in 2010 for “Hurt Locker.” Women have historically gone unrecognized in Hollywood’s history, which has inspired groups like Women Make Movies (WMM) to support women directing independent films and documentaries. Women Make Movies, a nonprofit organization that helps to facilitate the production and distribution of films made by women, is celebrating its 40th anniversary, ending its 40-city tour at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts
Kim Longinotto will be one of the focal points of a women in film showcase at the Mary Riepma Ross over the next two weeks. The Ross will partner with the non-profit Women Make Movies. Center in Lincoln. WMM and The Ross have a long-standing relationship that both parties wanted to capital-
ize on. The March 1-14 festival will feature classic films from the
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El Chaparro values family, authentic food treatment because you’re related to the owners.” While the Sanchez family found enough success with their restaurant location at 13th and F to open another location, the process of breaking ground on a second El Chaparro was not an easy one. After opening a resgabriella Martinez-garro taurant in South Lincoln, the family dn was forced to close their second location after losing money with the high Amidst a sea of tacos, burritos, enchilacost of rent and utilities, and a lack of das and refried beans, El Chaparro is a customers. Mexican food safe haven. Still determined to grow their busiArriving in the U.S. from Mexico ness, the Sanchez family decided to try in the 1990s, El Chaparro’s owners their luck and open another El ChapFortunato Sanchez and his family first arro, this time on N. 48th Street. lived in Los Angeles before moving to “In 2007, I opened the second one Lincoln in 1996 for business reasons. here, and this one is only for my famAfter an accident at work, however, ily, my daughters and me to work at,” the family was forced to find another Fortunato said. “We’re usually workway to make ends meet. ing here all day, seven days a week. Af“I thought of doing something ter four years, we started to make a bit. different than what I had been doDuring those three or four years that ing,” said Fortunato Sanchez, owner we didn’t make any money we tried of El Chaparro’s N. 48th St. location. to stay, and right now it’s a little better “I wanted to start a business, so I told and I think it’s almost OK now.” my brothers, my ma, and we decided Though the second location of El to open a Mexican Chaparro has not exrestaurant on 13th perienced the success and F in 2000.” My family of its predecessor, ForWhen the restunato said he wants has to work taurant opened, the to try to keep the resentirety of the staff here becasue we taurant open for its bore the Sanchez loyal customers. don’t make too name. And when “When people the downtown locacome up to us and much money...” tion became more say ‘Hey, your food is Fortunato Sanchez good. It’s really good,’ successful and new el chaparro owner employees were we have more power hired, the famand want to continue ily still kept things with the business,” he close to home. said. “We have some customers (who) “Originally it was all family that come 365 days a year and we try to worked there, my aunts, uncles, and stay in business because of those really cousins, they all worked at that loca- nice customers.” tion,” said Janelli Sanchez, Fortunato’s The loyalty El Chaparro has daughter. “The one on 13th St. is run for its customers goes beyond by my aunt. They do have a few emkeeping the second location open. ployees who aren’t family, but they’re The Sanchez family has also kept mostly good friends with them.” the same prices on their menu Even though Janelli no longer since 2000 as a break for many of works for the family restaurant af- their customers who struggle with ter six years of employment, she said poverty in an ailing economy. Forworking with relatives forced her and tunato highlighted this principle the other employees to put forth their and the authenticity of El Chapbest work. arro as what primarily sets his es“With family being there, they’re tablishments apart from Lincoln’s very forward,” she said. “They don’t many other Mexican restaurants. care to hurt your feelings and they “There’s a lot of Mexican food know they have that trust with you in Lincoln, even though it’s not already, so they’re very honest with a big city,” he said. “For examyou and they know you better. Being ple, at D’Leon’s they do Tex Mex family, they constantly want you to be food and at La Mexicana you get an example for the other employees margaritas. They have almost the and prove that you don’t get favorable same food, but they have almost
Despite slow progress, Sanchez family strives to serve loyal customers
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The “burrito grande” is a menu item from local Mexican restaurant, El Chaparro. The restaurant prepares what owner Fortunato Sanchez calls “authentic Mexican food,” not Tex Mex. 30 to 40 percent more for their prices; that’s the difference. We are a smaller place, but the people they make food fast and we try to serve the best we can.” The El Chaparro on N. 48th St. is a family affair. Though Fortunato said the location’s business is growing little-by-little thanks to their regular customers, he cannot afford to hire new employees yet, and so his wife and four daughters are often there during the week from morning until night. “My family has to work here because we don’t make too much money to pay more employees, but maybe in the future we can make a little bit more money and give someone else work,” he said. It’s not an easy professional life, but more customers turning into repeat customers is some consolation to the family that their personal take on pricing and authentic Mexican cuisine is attracting local attention. “The main thing is we are growing,” Sanchez said. “A little bit, but we’re not going down. We’re going up
cameron mount As “Life of Pi” raked in four major Academy Awards last Sunday, the company primarily responsible for the film’s success was sitting in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Rhythm & Hues, the largest visual effects and CG animation studio in Los Angeles, has won three academy awards, and until filing for bankruptcy on Feb. 11, employed 700 people. But when VFX supervisor Bill Westenhofer began to bring these issues up in his Oscar acceptance speech, the “Jaws” theme started to play and Westenhofer was rushed off-stage with his mic cut off. Most viewers didn’t give a second thought, but outside the Oscar’s Dolby Theatre, hundreds of VFX artists were protesting.
So what’s going on, why haven’t you heard about it and what does it mean for the future of the effects audiences craving more and more? First, I recommend taking a look at the “Before VFX” Tumblr for a look at what this industry means. When the announcers open the envelopes for Best Visual Effects versus Best Cinematography versus Best Art Design (now called “Best Production Design”) how different were the tasks you imagined? For most, and even many Academy voters, this is a gray area. But each is distinct, and this vague understanding is much of the problem. Production design deals with the overall feel of the film from a “big picture” standpoint. Even the Academy is inconsistent on who – among art directors, set directors and production designers – actually receives the award here. Cinematography, meanwhile, is responsible for the visual aesthetic, from camera composition (what is
in focus, what lens to use) to movement (zoom, camera position, depth of field) to what lighting to use. That “Life of Pi” won this category for the work of Roger Deakins (“Skyfall,” “The Shawshank Redemption” and the vast majority of Coen brothers’ films) makes me think strongly that the Academy wrongly considers cinematography a blanket term. Visual effects, most simply, deal with special effects, animation and visual “clean-up.” They integrate generated images with the real world to do what can’t simply be filmed. Take away the visual effects team, and you’re left with literally green screens, animations that don’t move and none of the too-risky, toocostly and often impossible movie magic we expect. Anyone who saw “Life of Pi” in theaters, especially in 3D, knows that it was visually stunning. The Man Booker Prize-winning novel “Life of Pi” was deemed “unfilmable” by many up until its release. One critic considered Ang Lee’s movie to be evidence that anything and everything is now filmable. Suraj Sharma didn’t actually have to act aside an adult Bengal tiger, though this is the basis of the entire story. The luxurious island didn’t have to be covered in untold thousands of
Oliver Stone’s second of three Vietnam-focused films, deals with a veteran (Tom Cruise) who is forced to readjust to life back at home in a wheelchair. Conversely, few of Hollywood’s ventures into exploring the War on Terror have dealt with these themes of isolation and loneliness with which Vietnam films are often preoccupied. “Stop-Loss” and 2009 Best Picture winner “The Hurt Locker” are exceptions. The latter was cited by sophomore film studies major Jack Forey as one of the most popular to deal with Iraq War. With its focus on intense set pieces and gripping action, Forey noted that “The Hurt Locker” is aggressively individualistic by comparison to its Vietnam-era forbearers. “(It) focused on one man’s drive to fight an enemy, but on the other hand this drive was motivated by selfish thrill-seeking and not solidarity toward his country and his comrades resent him for it,” he said. Critically-speaking, the most successful films in dealing with
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The N. 48th St. El Chaparro location is owned and entirely run by the Sanchez family. Fortunato Sanchez, his wife and four daughters staff the eatery from open to close on weekdays. and up a little bit and we can see that in sales. That’s how we can see that we’re going in a good direction and doing
meerkats, though this astounding image from the novel demands to be both fantastical and of utmost realism. The whale, luminous jellyfish and flyingfish, too, burst with life and would be impossible without technology invented only in the last couple years. Films are ever more dependent on this cutting edge technology. Just about any significantly technical film can be dated within a couple years’ accuracy by the look of effects alone. As dependency on and expectations toward effects have increased, the treatment of visual effects workers has become more and more strained. Studios and production companies want these effects quickly and cheaply and they pressure companies like Rhythm & Hues to deliver, or outsource to China, India and other countries. Studios take bids from companies in locations offering tax breaks, and these breaks go to studios rather than effects departments. The demand is for cheap, young labor, and companies (least of all effects workers) have little to no leverage. All the while, profit margins grow thinner and thinner. So what now? An obvious answer would be for effects industries to unionize, but this has complications for the industry at large. If an
hollywood wars: from 5 haps, so entranced with that conflict because the American public was and still is in such a debate over it. “It’s still somewhat of a controversial issue,” he said. “The outcome is still debated. Was it a lost war? A stalemate? If you believe it didn’t go well, was it media coverage, was it lost at home? Was the wrong kind of strategy used? There are still many questions surrounding this (war).” The uncertainty surrounding Vietnam is shown in some of the most essential films of the era, according to Vazansky. Oscar-winner, “The Deer Hunter,” is a more than three-hour investigation into the psychological toll the war had on American soldiers. It was released in 1978, and was the first high-profile film to delve into the war since 1968’s “The Green Berets.” That was a rare pro-war effort film, largely thanks to the presence of conservative icon John Wayne, who Roger Ebert noted boiled in the conflict down to a game of “cowboys and Indians.” “Born on the Fourth of July,”
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existing technology union takes in effects crews, this could mean that studios must make fewer films each year and work is scarcer for everyone. VFX Solidarity International is hitting social media outlets to work toward a brand new organization, but it would need studio and production company respect above all. This isn’t just a big industry problem, however. Internally, as well, effects workers need to be treated less like disposable labor running hi-tech machinery and more like the artists they are. If this was less of a behind-the-scenes process, maybe Ang Lee would have at least mentioned this struggle in his Best Director speech. The choice of play-off music was perhaps the biggest irony of all on Sunday. The creative team was rushed off the stage to the theme to “Jaws,” one of the most innovative effects leaps in cinema’s history, all as relatively few people took notice. Whether purposeful or not, it was a cruel reminder that there’s a long way to go in visual effects recognition. For the sake both of workers and the movies we love, let’s hope this is a spark for change. cameron mount is a senior english education major. reach him at arts@ dailynebraskan.com
“Last Exorcism Part 2”
directed by: Ed GassDonnelly starring: Andrew Sensenig, Ashley Bell, Spencer Treat Clark
Todd Robinson starring: Ed Harris, David Duchovny, William Fichtner
“21 and Over”
Jon Lucas, Scott Moore starring: Miles Teller, Justin Chon, Skylar Astin
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criterion: from 5 The War on Terror have been documentaries, according to a Metacritic piece which compiled reviews of recent movies, and found four of the six highest-reviewed were non-fiction. “Taxi to the Dark Side,” “Restrepo,” “No End In Sight” and “The War Tapes” have all garnered more praise than any recent film not named “The Hurt Locker.” And in terms of box office, it’s been no easy battle for 21st century war films either. According to a 2011 report from Academia. edu, the only war film to top $50 million at the box office between 2006 and 2009 was “Charlie Wilson’s War,” which starred Tom Hanks and focused on the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. “The Hurt Locker” pulled in only $12 million, despite receiving nearly unanimous praise from critics. Most of the films that performed poorly in the United States have done much better overseas, which suggests to Forey that Americans simply don’t want to be reminded of the war when they go to the movies; they just
want to be entertained. “With the nature of media we have these days, people are so saturated with images of the war that they don’t want to go and pay to see more of it,” he said. By comparison to the pallid box office numbers for cinema on Middle Eastern conflict, popular Vietnam-focused films raked it in. “First Blood,” delivered more than $47 million while its inanely titled sequel “Rambo: First Blood Part II” cashed in for more than $150 million, inflation notwithstanding. “The Deer Hunter” won Best Picture in 1978, but unlike “The Hurt Locker,” audiences still flocked to it, as it made nearly $50 mllion. 1979’s “Apocalypse Now” garnered more than $80 mllion in ticket sales, according to Box Office Mojo. To the extent that American wallets speak louder than American mouths, the U.S. moviegoer would prefer to remain off the frontlines of the Middle Eastern battlefields and out of the helmet of the contemporary American soldier. arts@ dailynebraskan.com
rebecca rickertsen | dn the future can sometimes be confused with traditional “film preservation,” though this isn’t necessarily Criterion’s realm. “Film preservation has to take on a different level, in the archives,” Abel said. “Criterion is not in the business of preserving, which includes restoring prints and making sure they are properly stored. Criterion distributes films they deem worthwhile of being in circulation in superb quality.” Impeding these efforts are copyrights, which limit what Criterion can and can not release. Still, diversity appears to be a priority. “Beyond this, their decision has to do with canon formation,” he said. “I think they do a good job balancing between acknowledged classics of film history and lesser known titles – including lesser known to a broader, less specialized public.” When asked what films he would like added to the collection, Abel offered a push to other companies to expand on Criterion’s efforts. “That’s almost impossible to answer,” he said. “In an ideal world, all companies producing DVDs would pick up their game and release DVDs
that are comparable in quality.” Still, Abel’s top suggestion going forward was “Die Sieger,” Dominik Graf’s 1994 German-language action thriller. “It’s currently not at all available on DVD with English subtitles and the German-language DVD is not of high quality,” he said. “Indeed, the 35mm print needs work, so it would be perfect for a Criterion treatment.” Dixon mentioned some of the lesser known of Criterion’s features, from their website’s essays, film appreciations and series. “The Eclipse series from Criterion, which gathers together three or four films by a specific director, or from a specific period in film history, brings to light films that might otherwise be neglected in film history, and films which certainly deserve to reach a wider audience,” Dixon said. “In all cases, Criterion is performing a really valuable public service in preserving and presenting some of the greatest films of all time in their best available version, whether Hollywood films or foreign films.” arts@ dailynebrsakan.com
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women Movies: from 5 WMM archive, new releases and an emphasis on the career of director Kim Longinotto. “We have worked with the Ross for many years and they have always been a great champion of our films and a wonderful support of the organization,” said Kristen Fitzpatrick, public exhibition and acquisitions manager at WMM. Fitzpatrick worked directly with Danny Lee Ladely, director of the Ross, to choose the programming for the festival. In addition to older classics, the festival will show a series of shorts from women auteurs around the world. Both Fitzpatrick and Ladely wanted to highlight the work of Longinotto, whose film “Salma” has been screened at both the Sundance and Berlin film festivals to positive reviews. “She is a master documentarian and her work should be seen and celebrated,” Fitzpatrick said. WMM’s anniversary coincides with another important anniversary – Ladely’s 40th year of operating the Ross. “I’ve done these retrospectives every so often over the years,” Ladely said. “This is my 40th anniversary and their 40th anniversary, so I thought, ‘how appropriate.’” Ladely said WMM has been one of the single most influential organizations in advancing women’s participation in filmmaking. “There’s not a lot of opportunity for women in the film industry, especially in Hollywood,” he said. More and more women are becoming involved in independent films and documentaries instead of directing in Hollywood, Ladely pointed out. The first film WMM helped to produce and distribute was about OBGYN care for women. Because of how controversial the film was considered at the time, WMM decided to distribute the film without outside support. Fitzpatrick said her interest in feminism, film and social issues has fueled her career with WMM. “To be able to work with films by and about women – that in
Women make movies festival schedule all screenings at the Mary riepma ross Media Arts center Friday, March 1 • Salma - 5 p.m. • Sisters in Law- 7 p.m. • Rough Aunties - 9:15 p.m.
Saturday, March 2 • Divorce, Iranian Style 1 p.m. • Gaea Girls - 2:50 p.m. • Shinjuku boys / Ella es el Matador - 5:05 p.m. • Forbidden Voices 7:30 p.m. • Love and Diane - 9:35 p.m. Sunday, March 3 • El General - 1 p.m. • The Price of Sex - 2:55 p.m. • Rachel - 4:40 p.m. • WMM Shorts - 6:50 p.m. • Salma - 9:25 p.m.
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many instances focus on human rights and social justice issues as they pertain to women – has been crucial for me in my career,” she said. “I am honored and humbled to work with the amazing filmmakers (who) are part of the WMM collection, who continue to make groundbreaking films.” After 40 years, Fitzpatrick said WMM’s core value remains the same: “to give voice to the voiceless.” The festival at the Ross starts Friday and ends Thursday, March 14 as part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s “2013 Women’s Week.” Tickets are available at regu-
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lar Ross screening prices, but an admissions pass for the entire festival will be available for $25 for the public and $20 for seniors, students and members. Ladely said even if students aren’t interested in feminist issues, they will enjoy the films scheduled for the festival. “I would encourage students to come and see the films in the festival simply because they are really, really good,” he said. “I think students will be pleasantly surprised if they come check out even one film in the series.” ARTS@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM ON TWITTER @DNARTSDESK
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Bowlers roll into Greater Ozark Invite with young team Tournament offers chance to improve before NCAA Championships Bailey Neel dn This weekend, the Nebraska bowling team will travel to Kansas City, Mo., for the Greater Ozark Invitational. There they will take on many competitors, all hoping to finish their season strong. “It’s a good tournament, quite a few good teams will be there,” assistant coach Paul Klempa said. “We are just hoping to continue doing what we’ve been doing so far in this season, which is perform well. I see no reason we shouldn’t do just as well as we have been.” This season, the Huskers have finished in the top five of every tournament they have attended, a record coach Bill Straub is proud of. “It’s been a very productive few months,” Straub said, “We have had a lot of new people added to the team, and they have been acclimating well.” Nebraska has seven new bowlers this year, outnumbering the three returning athletes. “We are pretty deep into the season now, so the new girls have had a chance to develop well and the returners are in pretty good shape,” Klempa said. “It was a little rough in the beginning, but everyone’s adjusted well.” The long season, which has been in progress since before November, is something the coaches acknowledge as difficult. The Greater Ozark Invitational is the second to last event in Nebraska’s regular season. “We do our best to keep the girls motivated and working hard throughout the entire season but somewhere in the middle, you can kind of lose sense of the goal,” Klempa said. “Now that we are getting so close to the end of the regular season, it’s motivation in and of itself because the end goal is within sight.” That end goal is the NCAA Championships, a tournament in which only the top eight teams in the country are asked to participate. “The team has had a great season,” Straub said. “If we keep that up this weekend and at the Classic, the hope is that the committee that decides who goes to the championship will view our success as enough for an invitation.” The Greater Ozark Invitational begins today and will end on Sunday. After which, the team will have a week before their last regular season tournament: The Music City Classic. “If everything goes as planned, in a few weeks, we will be heading to the NCAA Championship,” Klempa said. “Then we can see the girls’ hard work pay off.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com
men’s bball: from 10 At times, the Huskers have come out with their hair on fire this season. Games like Michigan State, Ohio State and the first matchup with Wisconsin had the team in the mix late, but other games have gotten away from Miles’ squad. Moving on to another potential blowout, the challenge for Nebraska’s first-year coach is to keep his players motivated as their season winds down. Illinois is another team with the potential to hang a crooked number on the Huskers if they don’t show up. The Fighting Illini put up 79 against Purdue and 94 against USC earlier in the year. Shooters Brandon Paul and Tracy Abrams are hitting on 40.3 and 41.9 percent of their shots from the floor, so Nebraska will need to stay with that pair if they want to keep things interesting. On the offensive end, Dylan Talley has been Nebraska’s man as of late. The guard has scored 21, 18 and 28 in his last three games to lead the Huskers over that stretch. And Nebraska has needed him because the team’s other top option – Ray Gallegos – has gone cold, scoring just six, 11 and one point over the same three game stretch. It will be a challenge for Nebraska Saturday, according to Miles. The Huskers will see if they have the legs to go the distance with yet another superior team. In the future – and Husker fans hope it’s the near future – Nebraska won’t be in so many underdog situations, according to the coach. “The higher you go up, the harder it is because there’s fewer players who can help make a difference,” Miles said. “So that’s the challenge here, but we’ve got to figure it out.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com
Huskers look for 6th-straight win against Denver Mark DiSomma dn Saturday’s match between the Nebraska men’s tennis team and the Denver Pioneers will be a clash of two teams headed in opposite directions. The Huskers have won five straight and have vaulted all the way to No. 40 in the rankings. Denver began the season strong at 3-2, and peaked at No. 52, but the Pioneers have lost their last three matches. The composition of the two teams is very different as well. The Huskers have relied heavily on the stellar play of two freshmen, Dusty Boyer and Marc Herrmann, and a junior, Tom Blackwell. Denver, however, has no freshmen on its roster. Instead it returned eight lettermen from last year, headlined by senior Enij Bonin. Bonin is the No. 58 player in the nation, and along with fifth-year senior Max Krammer, is also a part of a doubles team that was once the No. 43 duo in the country. The Pioneers were dealt a huge blow a few weeks ago when Bonin went down with an injury. They have not been the same team since, dropping matches to Northwestern and Wichita State. Husker coach Kerry McDermott knows Denver is still a very talented team. “They’re hurting,” he said, “but they may be even more dangerous because now they probably feel like they’re the underdogs.” The Huskers certainly cannot afford to lose a match at this point in the season. A tough Big Ten schedule begins March 9, and a loss to Denver could derail all of the momentum the Huskers have put together. Nebraska will play three teams, Northwestern, Ohio State and Illinois – all in the top 20 – over the next month. They could quickly find themselves in a fourgame losing streak if they lose to Denver. Dusty Boyer had a simple strategy for Friday’s match against the Pioneers. “Stay aggressive,” he said, “Try to win the first point of every game and start from there.”
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Husker men’s tennis player Tom Blackwell goes in for a forehand at the Nebraska Tennis Center. Balckwell and the Huskers take on a Denver team that is trailing off as the season winds down.
McDermott stressed the importance of getting off to a hot start Friday. “We gotta take the doubles point right away,” he said, “It’s gonna be important because we’re trying to get some momentum for the singles.” The Huskers will be playing in Denver, making this match tougher still. In their first road game this season the Huskers were demolished by No. 42 Louisville 6-1. They fared much better in their second road trip this season – one to Johnson City, Tenn.
The Huskers knocked off two ranked teams, and pushed themselves back into the rankings. McDermott credits his tennis team for providing a great atmosphere during their second road trip. “Our guys just really made for a good cheering section,” he said, “Even the away match at East Tennessee, our guys were rooting for each other out loud. It almost felt like a home match.” It is also crucial for the Huskers to remain focused. With such a tough part of the schedule
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looming, the Huskers might be tempted to look ahead at bigger games against Northwestern and Ohio State. McDermott said his team is very focused on the match Friday because Denver will be ready to deliver the upset.
“We see it as a very dangerous match,” he said, “But if we go in there and take care of business and worry about ourselves, we should be fine.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com
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Swimmers, divers close in on season’s finish line Nebraska has already set its all-time mark for wins in a season with 12 Matt Nathan dn The Nebraska swimming and diving team is nearing the season’s finish line, and it has already had a record-breaking season with 12 wins. Freshman Katarina Sickle reflected on why the team had such a great season. “We’ve had a great year because we’ve had a lot of leadership with the team,” Sickle said. “It really helps. Sometimes it’s
with moving up to the Big Ten just the small stuff that makes a and kind of realizing that we need big difference. At the beginning to step up our game of the season, we set a lot,” Collura said. goals as a team and “Seeing the competiwe reached high. tion last year, I think Each day we came in that really gave people with clear minds, and some high goals to we’re like lets just go shoot for this year.” for it and see what In the end, the happens.” Huskers went to the Sophomore Taryn Big Ten ChampionCollura had an alships where they fintered answer. She felt ished ninth. like the conference Sickle and Collura change (moving to the both felt it was the seBig Ten) along with SICKLE niors who showed the reflecting on the past most leadership durseason is what made ing the season. them realize they “There’s not one in particular,” needed to set up higher goals – Sickle said. “All the girls showed many of which were conquered. leadership, but the seniors were “I think that has a lot to do
been eighth, but the last day Northa big part of it just because they knew what they wanted to see in western got us. But for right now, their senior year as a team, and we’re ninth, but for next year, we they wanted it to hope to improve.” continue after they As for improvleft.“ The girls, we ing, Sickle admitted After the chamNebraska will like to push that pionship, Collura most likely keep didn’t have an ex- each other, you the same weekday act figure to where schedule, but work know?” her team ranks more on dryland overall against othand running activiKatarina Sickle er Big Ten teams. ties. swimmer Even though she “The girls, we did say they lean just like to push toward ninth place each other, you that is not stopping them from imknow? Each time we push each proving next season. other, we all get better, and so the “We took ninth at the meet, but team just keeps building up as we I think we could have easily been go along.” sports@ … eighth or seventh,” Collura said. dailynebraskan.com “After this season we could have
Gillick, Dufford anchor golf team with leadership Two seniors bring Nebraska’s team together on, off golf course becca schollaert dn There’s something to be said of a strong leader. Whether it’s their strong sense of loyalty to the team, or their willingness to lead by example, a team with a strong leader will excel. Seniors Kevin Gillick and Neil Dufford don’t take this role lightly, and have led the men’s golf team through the season. Dufford has been golfing since he was four, starting by watching his dad play while growing up in Midland, Texas. He knew Lincoln was the right fit for him after his college visit, saying he fell in love with every part of the university. Gillick has been golfing since
baseball: from 10 said. “Those starts in Texas were good to build off of but that’s in the past, so it really doesn’t matter.” It’s been a frustrating start to the season, Pierce said. “It’s hard when all your hard work doesn’t pay off and you’re close in a lot of games,” he said. “It can be cruel. But we have a veteran group of guys, and they understand that they’re close. They know that this season is not lost, there’s still a lot of baseball to be played.” Pierce agrees with his coach and said he plans on using the winless record as motivation in his start Friday. “It’s a long season,” the righthanded hurler said. “0-7 won’t matter in May if we’re where we want to be.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com
he was four, as well. After gradu- sistence. “In both golf and school, ating from Pius X in Lincoln, he went to college in Denver and things can be hard,” Dufford said. “You may not always get played golf there for two years. However, something was miss- the best grades or play the best, but you just have to pick yourself ing. up and have a good “I missed the Neattitude.” braska lifestyle,” GilWhen asked how lick said. “I felt like this team compares the athletic departto previous squads, ment here gave me Gillick and Dufford more of a chance to be noted Nebraska’s a happier person.” chemistry. Dufford He transferred to said last year there Nebraska for his juwasn’t a great sense of nior year and hasn’t chemistry and it lead looked back. to difficulties on and After only two off the field. years as a Husker, However, this Gillick embodies all gillick year ’s Nebraska men’s the characteristics of golf team made Dufa leader through his motivation and determination. ford enjoy his decision to come to Nebraska, he said. He described He tries to lead by example and gives off a strong willingness to previous teams as being more individualistic, not having a strong practice. idea of what it meant to be a Similar to Gillick, Dufford teammate. believes he stands out as a leader He and Gillick wanted to through his hard work and per-
avoid this, and stressed early on in the season the importance of team unity. They initiated more team bonding activities, including Thursday night dinners and seeing movies together. They also made sure to eat together as a team at the training table and spend time together off the course. “We kind of forced everyone to get together, but it’s really made a difference,” Gillick said. This has lead to the Huskers’ ability to support one another on and off the course. “If someone plays a good round we congratulate them,” Dufford said. “In the past, that never happened because we were all trying to beat each other. You can’t have that on a team.” The support and bond Nebraska has together made an impact on the players’ scores as well. “It speaks volumes of our team. We’re able to really mesh and push each other to do our
best,” Dufford said. In addition to the team bonding, Gillick stressed the importance of looking at their individual weaknesses. “If each one of us can improve on our weakness and make it a little better, it will give us a chance to show up at conference and play our hardest,” Gillick said. One improvement both Dufford and Gillick hope to work on as a team is their self-talk. Because golf is a mental game, the littlest things can impact a performance, according to Gillick. Dufford added that if they work on being mentally tough, it will help the team overall. After graduation, Dufford plans to move to Washington D.C. and work in the intelligence community, using golf as a recreational activity. On the other hand, Gillick plans to move to Florida and turn professional. sports@ dailynebraskan.com
women’s basketball: from 10 After Wisconsin took a 47-42 lead with just under eight minutes remaining, Nebraska went on a 6-2 run to cut the lead to one. After the teams exchanged baskets, freshman Rachel Theriot, who scored eight points in the last ten minutes, made a reverse layup for a 52-51 Husker lead with 1:43 left. A layup by Paige on the ensuing possession made the game 53-52, and a possession later, Sample made her game-winning layup. “We showed a lot of toughness,” coach Connie Yori said. “It would have been very easy to leave as a losing team tonight.” The loss was Wisconsin’s 10th game this year in which they held a lead or were tied in the final five minutes. Their poor record – the second worst in the Big Ten – is deceiving, according to Yori. “Overall, it’s not a big surprise
it came down to the wire,” Yori said. “Wisconsin has been very good on this court, and most of their games have come down to the last three or four minutes of the game.” Despite Nebraska’s poor shooting, eight Huskers scored. They beat Wisconsin 10-0 in bench points, and all but one player who played scored. Theriot finished with 11 points and two assists. Emily Cady had eight points and 11 rebounds, and Jordan Hooper shot just 3-10 from the floor for seven points and 11 rebounds. The win was Nebraska’s sixth straight Big Ten road win – a program record. Their final home game of the year against No. 7 Penn State at 5 p.m. Sunday, and will honor Moore and Meghin Williams during senior night. sports@ dailynebraskan.com
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Nebraska’s Emily Cady passes the ball during the Minnesota game. Cady scored eight points and added 11 rebounds Thursday night.
friday, march 1, 2013
Ranked Nebraska team hits road for pair of doubleheaders in Oklahoma Josh kelly dn For the first time this season, the Nebraska softball team earned a top 25 ranking this week – No. 25 in the NFCA coaches’ poll. The Huskers take their new ranking to the state of Oklahoma this weekend for a pair of double headers against No. 1 Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The sets begin an eight-game road streak, tying the longest streak in school history. The first double header against Oklahoma is on Saturday in Norman and the doubleheader on Sunday is being held in Stillwater, where Nebraska will play against Oklahoma State. The weekend took a turn because of weather conditions. The Huskers were originally scheduled to compete in the preview event at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City this weekend where the Women’s College World Series is held each year, but their schedule changed because of unplayable field conditions following a pair of recent storms. The Huskers are coming off a weekend at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in California with a 2-3 record, all three losses coming to top 10 teams, including one of this weekend’s opponents, Oklahoma. “Even in a short amount of time playing three teams in the College World Series last year and the fact that we’re feeling like we
stay on the field with them, and we’re not satisfied losing shows that we’ve matured and grown a lot,” head coach Rhonda Revelle said. “We’re hungry to be better and win some of those games.” The second game of the doubleheader against Oklahoma will mark Nebraska’s fifth consecutive game against a ranked team. The Sooners are currently No. 1 with a 15-0 record. This year Oklahoma returns all but one starter to a team that was runner-up in last year ’s Women’s College World Series. So far this season the Sooners have played seven ranked opponents, outscoring them 41-0. Offensively they are averaging 6.9 runs per game. That average fell after playing Nebraska last Friday by only defeating the Huskers 1-0. When Nebraska gets Oklahoma State the next day, it will mark the 31st year in a row that the two teams face off against each other. The Cowgirls are currently 7-7. With their first three tournaments at neutral sites, this will be the first weekend where the Huskers have to face someone as a true road team. After coming so close to No. 1 Oklahoma last weekend, young players like Dawna Tyson are prepared for another outing with the Sooners. “We’re going to come this weekend and give them all we got,” Tyson said. “We’ll be playing as hard as we have all season.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com
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Husker softball coach Rhonda Revelle gives hand signals during a game last season. Her team is in the national rankings for the first time this season as it heads south for a pair of doubleheaders in the state of Oklahoma.
Huskers to take on No. 3 Oklahoma under new rule Eric Bertrand DN
The Huskers will have the home-field advantage in their first chance acclimating to the new rule, and Chmelka feels it The No. 10 Nebraska men’s gymwill aid the team. nastics team will face off against “We are going to get used to the No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners on it, and it won’t take long for us Sunday at the Bob Devaney Sports to get used to it,” Chmelka said. Center. This will be the first match where a new scoring rule comes “The team is so much more at ease at home.” into effect. The Huskers have spread The new rule only allows five out to the student body to try gymnasts – instead of six – to and gain support compete on each for their final two event and all of It opens up home meets, the their scores will be also said. counted. the door for coach “The guys have Husker coach been going around Chuck Chmelka more mistakes to to sororities, the feels the scoring happen.” (Nebraska) Union, change adds more and other places on stress to the comC. J. Schaaf campus to get the petitions. husker men’s gymnast student body in“You just don’t volved,” Chmelka know how the guys said. will react to the high pressure The Huskers also created a situation,” he said. “We just need promotional video, thanks to the to put pressure on them and hope help of team media relations emthey miss and we don’t.” ployee Haley Whisennand. The According to Nebraska junior video is of the team flipping to the all-arounder C.J. Schaaf, the new “Harlem Shake,” and it promotes rule will lead to more mistakes this week’s match-up. during routines. Chmelka seems confident in “With the five up five count rule, it opens the door for more the promotional tactics. “I just have a feeling that it’s mishaps to happen,” Schaaf said.
going to be a really nice crowd out there,” Chmelka said. Not only will the Huskers have to worry about the new rule this weekend, but they also go up against one of the most competitive teams in the nation, according to Chmelka. “Oklahoma is a very sound all-around team,” Chmelka said. “Hands down, they are one of the dynasties in college gymnastics.” Chmelka also said the Oklahoma team has produced many Olympians. According to Schaaf, a win over the Sooners would help improve the Huskers in the national rankings. “You always want to beat the best,” Schaaf said. “It shows that your team is a force to be reckoned with.” The Huskers and Sooners have already matched up twice this season – in the Rocky Mountain Open and Stanford Open. Oklahoma defeated Nebraska in both competitions. “Oklahoma is a strong team, and it will be difficult for us,” Chmelka said. “We just gotta hit our routines.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com
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Husker gymnast C.J. Schaaf performs on the parallel bars at a recent competition. Schaaf will be one of five team members who count their score toward the Nebraska team score this weekend.
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Tracksters look to qualify for NCAA Championships Nebraska’s squad will split between two locations during the weekend
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Husker tennis player Mary Weatherholt swings at a ball at the Nebraska Tennis Center. The Husker women take on No. 65 Kansas State Saturday. The Huskers are ranked No. 15.
Kansas State comes to Lincoln Liz Uehling dn The Nebraska women’s tennis team will face the Kansas State Wildcats this weekend. Play is set to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Nebraska Tennis Center. The Huskers are ranked No. 15 with a 1-0 Big Ten record. Their outof-conference record is 11-1, with the only loss going to Miami during the opening match of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. Kansas State sits at the No. 65 position, their highest ranking since 2009. Although the Huskers and Wildcats seem to be at very different stages of their seasons, senior Mary Weatherholt isn’t underesti-
and injuries caused by consecumating her opponent. “They are a very good team. tive matches. Earlier in the season, coach Scott Jacobson said the They have always brought their farther into the season the women best, and I expect they will this get, the sorer they become. Saturday,” said Weatherholt. “We’re in good The Huskers physical condition, sit in the middle We’re and that’s always a of their season and good thing,” Weathhope to gain anothin good erholt said. er win over the Big Not only are 12 against Kansas physical condition, they healthy and State. Weatherholt and that’s always prepared for Satsaid the Husker urday’s match, but team is in a great a good thing.” they are happy with position for success Mary Weatherholt where they sit. for one main reawomen’s tennis player “We have acson: their physical complished what condition. we set out to do,” Mid-season can Weatherholt said. be a trying time for many tennis As far as Saturday is conplayers because of sore muscles
cerned, Weatherholt said the team will also have to continue to bring their best game to the courts. Full health and the momentum of their previous success will only the aid the already successful Husker team for a win. The Huskers will play in the comfort of their home court this weekend. Weatherholt said the home atmosphere is her favorite part about playing at the Nebraska Tennis Center. Traveling doesn’t bring the same support. “Being able to play on our own courts is really great,” Weatherholt said. “I love the atmosphere of our families and friends cheering us on. It’s great support.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com
meters. Tommy Brinn, Cody Rush, Trevor Vidlak and Connor Gibson will travel to South Bend to compete in the distance medley relay. Brinn and Rush will also run the 800 meters, and Vidlack will be running the men’s mile, too. Jacy Lewis The men’s distance medley dn team is ranked 14th in the nation with a time of 9 minutes The Nebraska track and field 41.67 seconds. team will split its roster between These Huskers hope to bettwo locations this weekend. Part ter their individual rankings of team will be at the NCAA for a spot in the NCAA Indoor qualifier at the Lied Center in Championship. The rest of the Ames, Iowa and the rest will be NU track and field team will be at the Alex Wilson Invitational staying home over the weekend in South Bend, Ind. to work on individAction at the NCAA ual events. Coach Qualifier will begin Gary Pepin believes on Saturday at 10 the other top qualia.m. with the womfying athletes have en’s weight throw. good enough marks The Alex Wilson Into opt out of the vitational starts at 5 meets this weekend. p.m. Friday, and will During his week continue at 10 a.m. off from competiSaturday. Husker tion, Christian Sandathletes at both meets erfer will be worklook to make it to the ing to prepare for NCAA Championthe NCAA Indoor wright ships. Championships. At the NCAA “A lot more disQualifier, Annie Jacktance sprinting,” he said. “Just son will be competing in the trying to keep up speed and shot put on the women’s side, maintain the cardio.” and Chad Wright will do the It’s crunch time for the NU same on the men’s. track and field team. Every meet Jackson’s best throw in the this season has led up to the imshot put is 53-7, and Wright’s peding NCAA Championships, best is 61-10. and some Huskers have only At the Alex Wilson Invitathis one last chance to make the tional, Jessica Furlan will be meet. running the mile and 3,000 mesports@ ters. Shawnice Williams will be dailynebraskan.com competing in the women’s 800
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Husker guard Lindsey Moore looks to make a pass during the Iowa game. Moore and the Huskers narrowly avoided an upset Thursday night in Wisconsin when they hit a pair of late shots for a 55-53 win.
upsetaverted Nebraska makes a pair of clutch shots to keep its win streak alive | story by chris heady
indsey Moore scored a team-high 13 points and had a game-winning no-look assist to Hailie Sample in No. 20 Nebraska’s 55-53 over Wisconsin Thursday night. Moore found Sample under the basket for a layup that put Nebraska up 54-53 with 44 seconds remaining. “I was driving the lane and (the defender) came over to help on me, and Hailie was wide open, and I thought ‘I trust Hailie with that shot,’ and fed it to
her, and she made it,” Moore said. Nebraska escaped an upset over Wisconsin (11-17, 3-12 Big Ten) and extended its win streak to 10, the second-longest in program history. The win sealed the Huskers’ No. 2 seed in the Big Ten tournament next week, and gave them momentum going into their final game ever at the Bob Devaney Sports Center – a matchup with the Big Ten’s top team, No. 7 Penn State.
Poor shooting plagued Nebraska (22-6, 14-3 Big Ten), who finished the game just 2-17 from 3-point land, and 37 percent from the floor. At one point in the second half, the Huskers were just 9-22 from the floor. Wisconsin’s trio of scorers each scored above their averages Thursday. Morgan Paige finished with 14 points, Tiera Steven had 15 points and seven assists and Jacki Gulczynski finished the game
with a game-high of 19 points. Twelve of Gluczynski’s points came in the second half, and nine of them in a row gave Wisconsin a 47-42 lead with just over nine minutes remaining. The trio was a tough task for the Huskers to stop, and in the second half, they simply couldn’t. “We knew coming in it would be a dog fight,” Moore, who finished with six rebounds, four assists and two steals along with her 13 points, said.
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Baseball team returns home after 7-game road trip The Huskers look to get their first win of the year against New Mexico Nedu Izu DN It’s been a rough seven road-game stretch to start the season for the Nebraska baseball team, but the team is hoping a few home games this weekend will change that. After beginning the season with seven straight losses, the Huskers (07, 0-0 Big Ten) will host New Mexico for a three-game series this weekend at Haymarket Park. Nebraska coach Darin Erstad said his team is eager to get back on to the field this weekend and open up its first home stand of the season. “We took Monday off like we always do,” the coach said. “And they came back Tuesday, and I didn’t say a word. They’re ready to rock and roll. They have good energy, taking care of the baseball and all signs are good.” On Thursday, the team announced that game’s two and three will be moved up an hour because of predicted cold temperatures. Saturday’s matchup will now begin at 1:05 p.m. and Sunday’s game will start at 12:05 p.m. Although it won’t be the most comfortable weather to play in, Erstad said his team is well prepared for the weekend’s chilly temperatures. “We have heaters in the dugout, we got hand warmers, we got every thermal shirt you can possibly think of,” Erstad said. “They’re ready to roll.” Junior right-handed pitcher Brandon Pierce (0-2) will take the mound for Nebraska in game one Friday, while New Mexico will send out right-handed hurler A.J. Carman (1-0). Pierce, who goes into the series with a 9.39 ERA, said he’s shaken off
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Nebraska coach Darin Erstad smiles during a game last season. His team hasn’t started off the way he would like, but the coach has been positive thus far.
We have heaters in the dugout, we got hand warmers, we got every thermal shirt you could possibly think of.”
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his early struggles. “You go out there and you try to fall back on the work you’ve put in and trust your stuff,” he said. “I don’t think any of us are going to take the mound and say we’ve got to go out do what we did last week. It’s all about the process. It’s all about finding a way to get guys out.” But don’t read too deep into the losing record. Although the goose egg in the win column isn’t anything to brag about, there was some solid baseball played by the team on their road trip, Erstad said. Nebraska got a pair of quality starts against its old conference foe last weekend and the Husker defense has allowed just three errors (.988 fielding percentage) through seven games.
Erstad said if told prior to the season those statistics would result in seven losses, he wouldn’t have believed it. “I would’ve told you, you were crazy, he said. Besides the 8-2 loss in the series opener against the then No. 25 Longhorns, Husker pitchers went on to allow just six runs the rest of the series, while striking out a total of 16 batters. Although the starters fared better against Texas than any of its first opponents, they know they’re dealing with a different squad this weekend, according to Pierce. “New Mexico’s a completely different team than Texas,” the junior
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Husker guard Dylan Talley drives to the basket against Iowa. The senior has led Nebraska in scoring during the past three games with 21, 18 and 28 points.
Huskers look to put loss behind them, take on Illinois Saturday After losing by 31 points on Tuesday, the Nebraska is back on the court Lanny Holstein dn When Nebraska takes the court Saturday for its game against Illinois, the team will be attempting to put its worst loss of the season behind it. Nebraska is coming off a 77-46 loss to Wisconsin on Tuesday, the worst loss for the Huskers since their 34-point rout at the hands of
Ohio State last year. The Badgers put the chokehold on the Huskers early and never let go. In the second half especially, Wisconsin shooters made just about any shot they wanted as part of a 51 percent shooting night. “We were the Bad News Bears for most of the second half,” Husker coach Tim Miles said. “I told the guys that, and I forgot they don’t even know who the Bad News Bears are.” Nebraska may have been physically tired. After a snowstorm pushed back their previous game with Iowa, the Huskers had minimal recovery time between battles. Senior guard Dylan Talley thought the team just wasn’t right before or
during the game. “I think, as a team, we didn’t come out with that same focus that we need in order to win and compete,” he said. “Every game we go into, this year especially, we’re viewed as the underdog. We’ve got to play with that chip on our shoulders. And as a unit, we didn’t play well (Tuesday), and it showed on the scoreboard.” As always, Miles is stressing mental toughness and effort this week with his team. The coach has harped on it all season, trying to get the most out of a bunch of players he didn’t recruit.
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