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UNL bedbug sniffing dog uncertified Frannie SProuls Daily Nebraskan

Of the eight dogs brought in to complete a 3,256-room bedbug sweep of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln residence halls, one dog has not been certified for 2012. Tracker, a beagle mix, was due for recertification by the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDCA) in mid-January, but came to UNL because of the severity of the bedbug issue, said

MaryLou Wick of Plunkett’s Pest Control’s marketing department in a telephone interview. NESDCA’s website lists three of the eight dogs used at UNL: Tracker, Ricky from Plunkett and June from Sprague Pest Control. Tracker, with Plunkett’s Pest Control’s, was the only dog due back for recertification: His last certification date was Jan. 19, 2011. Wick said certification is important. “It’s how professional

handlers are, and that the handlers stay true to the dog’s training,” Wick said. But the dogs and their handlers have 12 months to get recertified, said Matt Skogen, training director at Iron Heart High Performance Working Dogs in Shawnee, Kan., in a telephone interview. “If 12 months go by and they don’t get recertified, it’s not going to be good,” he said. Tracker has not been certified in more than 13

months. Without the daily training, the dog’s ability to search for bedbugs diminishes because the bedbug scent is not fresh in its mind, experts have said. The inability of the dog to accurately find bedbugs can result in false positives, where the dog indicates bedbugs might be in the room but none were present. “Those dogs are pretty darn accurate,” Wick said. “On a general basis, we will confirm a human sighting of

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a bedbug ... We’ve had customers who didn’t need to see one ... all they needed to know was that the dog saw one there.” When it comes to ordering a heat treatment, both Wick and Skogen agreed that it was up to the customer to order it; a live bedbug did not have to be found by a human. At UNL, rooms were treated whether or not live bedbugs were found, wrote University of Housing Director Sue Gildersleeve in

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Kate Miller presidatential and sophomore philosophy major Blake Rostine, internal vice presidential candidate and sophomore political science and German major Dillon Jones, external vice presidential candidate and sophomore English major

Impact party platform The party’s first platform is to improve academics and lower the dropout rate by creating a General Studies Student Advisory Board to improve communication between General Studies and students. The idea is if students can find a major they’re passionate about, they will stick with it and graduate on time. Impact’s second platform is communications, something they hope to combat through the creation of a smartphone app. While an app currently exists, the party feels it isn’t as user-friendly as it could be. The new app would be available on smartphones as well as online and would potentially feature a bus route, registered student organization database, an Association of Students of the University of Nebraska calendar and an

Party PARTY platform The Party Party’s first platform is outreach to RSOs. They want to create a plan to for RSOs to come to ASUN each week as well as create a fund for RSOs from existing ASUN funds. The party’s goal is to be able to use ASUN’s promoting power to increase attendance at RSO events and co-sponsor a number of events from the RSO fund. “It comes from not always wearing suits and not using all those ASUN buzzwords (excessive acronyms),” Miller said. The second platform for the Party Party is ASUN accessibility. The goal would be to relax the culture of ASUN as well as help international students become more involved in student government. Miller has said the plan would create

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RSO quiz that would match up students with potential RSOs. “It will hopefully be a transitional tool for new students,” Kamler said. Impact Party’s final platform is student outreach, though communication with Nebraska Athletics is the biggest point. According to Kamler, the party has felt there is a strong need for communication with the Athletic Department about student-ticket seating. The plan is to create a student advisory council for athletics composed of faculty and students that will act as a think tank to improve communications. Platform changes Throughout the campaigning, the Impact Party has only made minor tweaks to its platforms, keeping to the

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an international student task force to deal with the issues that they face and translate the bylaws of ASUN into multiple languages to better increase international student involvement. Also in the second platform is the tonguein-cheek “shenanigans” the Party Party executive members have been jokingly suggesting throughout the campaign. While tee-peeing Chancellor Harvey Perlman’s house has been thrown out, Party Party members did promise to have a red Solo Cup tattooed somewhere on their bodies if they win in an earlier interview. It’s through these lighthearted segments that Party Party hopes to lighten up, as Rostine puts it, “the

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The Nebraska University Students Against ModernDay Slavery meeting Tuesday afternoon welcomed a speaker who is making headway in state legislation to address human trafficking — the illegal trade of unpaid human labor, often for prostitution. Sen. Amanda McGill of Lincoln returned to her alma mater to speak to students about her human trafficking legislation. McGill has introduced two bills to address the issue. One (LB1146) would allocate $20,000 in funding to the Nebraska Prostitution Intervention and Treatment Act and one (LB1145) addresses numerous aspects of human trafficking, from penalties for pimps to training for law enforcement. “One of the biggest problems we have ­— and I hear this from Omaha and Lincoln police officers — is that they’ll pick up a woman for prostitution, but that woman is not at all willing to say who her boss is,” McGill said. “They can never get to the person actually doing the trafficking, because she’s either afraid of him or dependent on him. Law enforcement needs to treat these women as victims of abuse, not as lawbreakers.” McGill said the bills have gained bi-partisan support in the legislature, but seeing LB1146 to fruition could be a challenge because of a lack of support from

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Gov. Dave Heineman. The governor has twice vetoed funding for the Nebraska Prostitution Intervention and Treatment Act. McGill said he denied the funding because he did not wish to provide rehabilitation programs for those who actively break the law, but she argued that most prostitutes do not enter the practice willingly. “It’s mind-boggling that (Gov. Heineman) wouldn’t be able to fund this on that rationale, but also that he (doesn’t) understand that being a prostitute is often not a choice,” McGill said. As human trafficking legislation has progressed in the legislature, issues have arisen with some specifics of LB1145, including the public posting of human trafficking hotlines in locations like truck stops and strip clubs. McGill said it’s too difficult to mandate the posting, so the bill would create a task force to coordinate grassroots efforts to do so. But quibbles remain about which hotlines to post. “We’re trying to get women out of being sex slaves,” McGill said. “Why are we fighting about this? Politics starts getting in the middle of everything.” Before the legislative session ends in mid-April, members of Nebraska University Students Against Modern-Day Slavery aim to collect 10,000 signatures on a petition encouraging the governor and the legislators to maintain human trafficking as a priority. The group, which meets every other Tuesday in Room 15 of Andersen Hall, is planning a “Freedom March” from the

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an email. “It is true that in many cases the protocol is to heat treat only after visual confirmation,” Gildersleeve wrote. “While that would have been less costly, it would have taken significantly more time for us to complete our sweep process, and in the meantime, we knew that some students were unnecessarily

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bedbugs: from 1 concerned.” Gildersleeve wrote she was not aware if there were rooms when the dogs weren’t performing well, and the rooms were treated just in case. “I believe it is more than likely that we treated some false-positive rooms,” she wrote. “If we’d known which ones were falsepositives, of course, we wouldn’t have treated them.” Despite the concern of the dogs’ certifications, Gildersleeve wrote Housing was very comfortable with its selection of Plunkett’s as the primary provider of the bedbug-sniffing dogs. “All along our concern was to expedite the search process so we could allay any fears and concerns that students had that they might have bedbugs in their room,” she wrote. “While we’re glad we are almost finished with the process, I don’t second-guess the decision to do everything possible to put our students’ minds at ease as completely and quickly as possible.” With the urgency of the bedbug sweep, Plunkett brought in June and another dog named Fern, a German shepherd/beagle mix with Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. Fern was trained at Iron Heart High Performance Working Dogs and is NESDCA-certified, Wick

If 12 months go by and they don’t get recertified, it’s not going to be good.” Matt Skogen

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said. “We had to call in the troops,” Wick said. “(UNL) nosed out our biggest job.” The size of the job is determined by how many rooms are searched, according to Wick. Plunkett has jobs nearly as big, but with more time to complete the sweep, unlike in UNL’s case. Tracker and Ricky attended a conference Monday and Tuesday, where they were recertified by the state of Minnesota. “Everyone should have a third-party certification,” Skogen said. “That’s really the most important thing.” Both Skogen and Wick said certification is important, but more importance is placed on training the dogs every day. “Ultimately, they should be maintaining 16 hours a month and maintaining training records,” Skogen said. “The certification is a small part, but absolutely necessary.” franniesprouls@ dailynebraskan.com

trafficking: from 1 Nebraska Union to the Capitol on April 18. “It’s a $32 billion industry, and we’re trying to fight it with a little volunteer work,” said advertising lecturer Sriyani Tidball, the group’s founder. “Kind of tough, huh? However, we are passionate about it.” Additionally, McGill will hold a meeting March 12 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 1126 of the Capitol Building for supporters of her human

trafficking legislation. The meeting will feature a guest speaker from the Polaris Project, a national organization that works against human trafficking. “I just want people working together,” McGill said. “There’s nothing more annoying than lots of silos of people working when you could pool your resources together and have a bigger impact.” jacymarmaduke@ dailynebraskan.com

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Spring technically doesn’t begin for another two weeks, but the weather isn’t waiting. Propelled by gusty and warm winds from the south, yesterday’s temperatures in Lincoln peaked at 70 degrees — more than 30 degrees above average and 10 below the day’s record — according to the National Weather Service. And students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln came outside to enjoy it. “Everyone’s out,” said Dan Martin, a senior environmental studies major who was throwing a Frisbee, despite the wind, on the Selleck Quadrangle with four others. “Bike racks are full. Shorts are out. I think those are your top indicators that it’s a beautiful day.” In the field around him, other students lounged on the grass or sat against trees reading books. Toward the Nebraska Union, a 20th century fiction class gathered in the still-empty Broyhill fountain outside the Nebraska Union. “It was pretty awesome to get to come out here,” said Jackie Harris, the graduate English student running the class. In six years of teaching, Harris said, she’s never been able to take a class outside in March. “We haven’t had snow cover,” said Becky Kern, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service Omaha station. Relatively dark ground absorbs sunlight and warms up

if snow isn’t there to reflect the sunlight away. The absence of snow can add about 10 degrees to air temperatures, according to the NWS. “That’s a huge thing,” Kern said. “On a day like this, if we had snow cover, we wouldn’t even be approaching the 70s.” Kern also pointed to two temperature cycles — La Niña in the Pacific Ocean and the North Atlantic Oscillation to the east — that conspired to keep the United States unseasonably mild and push snowcarrying storms north into Canada. The warmth, however, would only last a day this time around, Kern said. “We have a cold front coming tonight that’ll bring temperatures back to reality,” she said. Highs are forecasted to remain in the 50s for the rest of the week. The spring-like weather topped off an already unusual winter. The last time Lincoln reached temperatures in the 70s was at the beginning of January, when high-temperature records fell in droves across the U.S. That month turned out to be the country’s fourth warmest on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Locally, Omaha has had its 12th warmest winter since 1871 and didn’t once dip below freezing. The past three months have been the warmest recorded in Fargo, N.D., and Topeka, Kan.’s own

Faculty senate hears plans for new campus “This is all very exciting and visionary and all daily nebraskan that stuff, but there’s a little As plans for the Nebraska In- bit of an element of field novation Campus approach of dreams in this — if you completion, the once-vague build it, they will come,” vision of an environment statistics professor Kent Eswhere ideas can thrive is be- kridge said. “But where are coming more clear. these people going to come Dan Duncan, executive from?” director of Nebraska InnoDuncan said compelling vation Campus, attended design could help convince the March faculty Senate private sector companies to meeting participate in Tuesday projects on InWe have to make afternoon Cama good impression novation to discuss pus. Current plans for with companies plans include Innovation social areas, we want to work Campus art and a reswith. We need facilities. taurant in one He said some bling and of the buildconstrucings. pizazz in this area. tion for the “We have to campus, make a good which will Dan Duncan i m p r e s s i o n facilitate compaExecutive director of with research Nebraska Innovation Campus nies we want between to work with,” the univerDuncan said. sity and the private sector, “We need some bling and should break ground in some pizazz in this area.” June. Research will initially Architectural plans for focus on the areas of food, dramatic arches and plentifuel and water, with a pri- ful greenhouses in the formary focus on food. mer Industrial Arts building “People ask me, ‘Is this will do just that, Duncan all we’re going to do?’” said. Duncan said. “No, it’s not “You know how those all we’re going to do, but greenhouses glow if you you have to have an initial come up Antelope Valley area of focus and some- Parkway from the south at thing that you can drive night, past the (George W. forward.” Beadle Center for Genetics Plans for the campus in- Research)?” Duncan said. clude more than 2 million “These greenhouses on the square feet and as many as roof of this building double 7,000 workers spread across what we have at the Beadle three buildings, but some Center. It’s going to be this faculty senate members said huge beacon.” the numbers sounded too jacymarmaduke@ dailynebraskan.com good to be true.

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Chad Staehr, 26, enjoys the weather outside the Nebraska Union on March 6. “It was the nicest I’ve seen it out here in awhile,” Staehr said. “I’d break a little bit of a sweat and the breeze would roll through. It was perfect.” winter was its second warmest, Natalie Umphlett, regional climatologist for UNL’s High Plains Regional Climate Center, said by phone Tuesday. “While it’s unusual, it’s not unheard of,” Umphlett said when asked if climate change played a role in the warmth, adding she’d be concerned “if this became the new normal for winter.” “I think it’s really hard to attribute a season to climate change,” she said. “Usually we try to look at trends over time.” But Nebraska has been warming for quite a while, she said. Over the past century, averages in the winter have crept up about 2 degrees. North Dakota’s winter averages have risen by 5 degrees.

That small change translates into a lot of extra energy when applied over hundreds of square miles of land and as many cubic miles of air. Most climate scientists agree that human combustion of fossil fuels, which releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, is responsible for the warming. Almost comically, before winter began, officials were forecasting it would be cold and harsh. A sudden switch in the Atlantic oscillation nipped that in the bud, Umphlett said. “It can happen quickly,” Umphlett said. “We don’t have a lot of lead time. Sometimes you get those wild cards in there.” danholtmeyer@ dailynebraskan.com

impact party: from 1 same general ideas but changing the ways the platforms would be put into motion. According to Kamler, this is one of the major assets of the Impact party — a set of stable platforms.

water bottles, doughnuts and koozies to hand out. Impact Party members will be passing out these purchases to students at stations around the two campuses.

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Best DailyER Mass Debate quotes “To say that race has anything to do with diversity is wrong. We come from three very different white communities,” Mazour said. “We’re pro-gun and prowrestling,” Wroblewski said.

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research, Kamler said the largest difference between the two parties is the research the Impact Party has put into its platforms. “We do take great pride in the amount of work we did, and I think that’s very reflective of our entire party as well,” Kamler said. “I believe our platform is much more achievable and much more realistic.” Last 48 hours of campaigning On Sunday, the party went on a shopping spree and purchased nachos,

Where they’ll be election night The Impact Party members have reserved a room at Buffalo Wild Wings where they’ll be awaiting the election results somewhere between the hours of 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. K

party party: from 1 stuffy aura,” of ASUN. Platform changes While much has changed, according to Miller, “the overarching passion has not.” The central goals of improving ASUN accessibility and assisting international students have been the talking points for the party from the get-go. Party differences The major difference between the two groups, according to Miller, is the overall philosophy of the Party Party. Each party has a different view of the role of ASUN. “We think that we should be able to help other students with their goals rather than take over and lead them ourselves,” Miller said. “I think it should be helping students get their ideas off the ground.”

Final 48 hours of campaigning The Party Party has made a giant social media push through Twitter and Facebook. Party Party executives have left handing out materials to the colleges to their various senators. Best DailyER Mass Debate quotes “I wish I could’ve talked more, but as the diversity candidate we felt I should just sit and be black,” Jones said. “As the Party Party, we’re decidedly pro-sausage-fest, right Blake?” Miller said. Where they’ll be election night The Party Party will be hanging out at executive member Dillon Jones’ apartment while they wait to hear the election results.

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DAILY NEBRASKAN editorial board members IAN SACKS editor-in-chief CHANCE SOLEM-PFEIFER arts & entertainment editor opinion editor HAILEY KONNATH RHIANNON ROOT ZACH SMITH

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Exercise your right to vote in ASUN elections

The day has finally arrived. On Wednesday, students will be able to vote in the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska General Election from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on MyRed. The Daily Nebraskan strongly encourages students to exercise their right to vote tomorrow. Wednesday’s elections represent an opportunity for student voices to be heard on important matters of student-fee distribution and what the makeup of ASUN will be in the 2012-2013 academic year. It’s important for this university that all students vote in tomorrow’s General Election so that the values, interests and needs of UNL students are represented at large, not merely those of the 10 to 15 percent of the student body which has logged on and voted in recent years. This percentage is unacceptably low and symbolizes the inappropriate and unnecessary gap between the average student and ASUN. The only repair is simply to visit MyRed and spend the five minutes it will take to have your voice heard. Simply log on to MyRed tomorrow during the 12hour voting window and click “UNL Online Voting” on the Student tab to find the General Election ballot. Regardless of whether you’ll cast your vote tomorrow for the Impact Party or the Party Party, it’s the civic responsibility of students at this university to take a moment and support the student leaders they want promoting and defending their interests next year. If you’re not yet familiar with the platforms the candidates are running on, it’s not too late. Seek out the Facebook pages for Impact and the Party Party and educate yourself on their goals and aims. Visit dailynebraskan.com for full coverage of the ASUN debates and for an objective look at how the opinions of candidates aligned or diverged on key issues relevant to students. The DN also asks for your support in funding the paper in 2012-2013 fiscal year. Voting “yes” for the DN to receive $2.49 would ensure another year of us bringing high quality and relevant content right to your residence hall, greek house or nearby newsstand. News, arts, sports and multimedia content produced by students for students is worth the annual $2.49 required to have it at your disposal. Vote Wednesday for those candidates you’d like to see comprise your student government. Vote Wednesday to fund the Daily Nebraskan. Vote Wednesday to exercise your right to democracy at this academic institution. Vote Wednesday, period.

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merica needs to reevaluate where it stands on globalization. Throughout the 21st century, and especially today, the American economy has come to rely on the global community for nearly everything. This largely does not impede on our independence. We need these connections to sell our products, just as much as other countries need our markets to buy theirs. These links are vital to our power and have allowed us to remain a global superpower for decades. The exception to this is when it comes to energy — we neither want nor need interdependence on this issue. It’s not difficult to see why relying on others to provide energy for us isn’t in the nation’s best interests. The United States hit a trade-deficit low last May, when high oil prices put a 15 percent gap between our imports and exports. In 2005, the United States hit record high oil dependence at 60 percent. The problem was summarized by thenPresident George W. Bush in his 2006 State of the Union address when he said, “Here we have a serious problem: America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world.” Since then, consumption has dropped, with oil constituting 49 percent of energy usage in 2010, according to the Congressional Research Service. Our dependence on oil has required us to maintain good relations with the country with the largest oil reserves: Saudi Arabia. Support we have provided for this monarch is a source of strife in the region. The root of these complaints stems from the sale of tens of billions of dollars of some of our most advanced military technology, including a $30 billion dollar deal made last December to sell 84 F-15s to the Saudi Air Force. To avoid backlash from fueling the arms race in the Middle East, America needs to take control of its energy consumption. Political concerns aside, there are even clearer reasons to lower oil

Kerry jarvi consumption. Dependence on finite resources such as oil will have a definitive end when these sources have been exhausted. Some argue that peak oil (the point at which half the oil has been used) has already been passed, and many more suggest that at the current increasing rate of consumption it will be reached soon. The transition to a non-oil based economy will be a long and arduous one, and needs to begin immediately. Some steps have been taken in the right direction, but there are others that deceive the public into thinking they will aid pockets at the pump. Two great examples of this are the Obama administration’s requirement for increased fuel efficiency and the proposition to build the Keystone pipeline connecting Canadian oil fields to refineries in Texas. Fuel efficiency is fantastic feature to have in cars, because it means there is literally more bang for our buck. By the administration’s projection, these proposed standards will reduce oil consumption by 530 million barrels between 2014 and 2018. To contextualize this, the Central Intelligence Agency estimates the United States currently uses about 19 million barrels per day. Although consumption would drop slightly, the problem still remains: We rely on a quickly diminishing resource. The other proposition to save money at the pump is the aforementioned Keystone XL oil pipeline. As Nebraska residents, the feud has been thoroughly debated. Building over the Ogallala Aquifer could be potentially disastrous, no matter how many jobs it would provide. Even if the pipeline is rerouted, the idea of spending $2.3 billion on restructuring the oil distribution

does not alleviate the problem — it reinforces it. The solution to these problems is right in the hands of the consumer. Purchasing power dictates what auto manufacturers produce, and electric cars have rolled out nationwide this year. The market is currently limited in selection, but is widely expanding in variety to address some of the problems. Lithium ion batteries are what electric cars rely on for power. This technology has been in development for the last several years and has reached the point where it can be implemented full time in vehicles. For those who travel outside the battery charge range — there are cars like the Chevy Volt — which carry a combustion engine and a tank of gas for 260 miles of travel after the battery drains. As with all technology, the reliability and duration of these batteries will expand as more money is given to their production. Electricity is cheaper and easier to produce than oil, and is much easier to draw from renewable recourses. There are other simple ways to directly reduce personal oil consumption. Use cloth bags instead of plastic ones — they’re washable and last a lot longer. Try to limit the use of your car — walk, use public transit, bike or try to pick activities nearby that don’t require transport. And next time you have a headache, try a couple glasses of water first. Most headaches are caused by dehydration, and medicines like aspirin use oil in their production. But one of the most important steps you can take is directly contacting those who make the rules. Call, write or email your state or national representative, and tell him or her where you stand on America’s oil addiction. Collective effort can have significant consequences on the market, as well as save you a bit of money. Continued opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline and support of expanded public transportation can have far-reaching effects.

Kerry Jarvi is a sophomore political science major. Reach him at kerryjarvi@ dailynebraskan.com.

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everal years ago, I went on a mission trip to the Philippines. Afterward, when people asked me about it, I told them my favorite thing about the trip was that the people were truly genuine. Yes, they were poor. Yes, they lived in places considered uninhabitable by almost everyone here in the States. But because of that, they had nothing to hide behind. We, as people living in a first world country, have a plethora of things we hide behind: makeup, the Internet, texting, friends, you name it. And many times our actual personalities are buried beneath our masks. I’m guilty of this, too, of course. It’s always easier to take down a person and say other hard things over text than it is in person: “I’m breaking up with you,” “I love you,” “I think that thing you did made you look like a gigantic asshole,” “You really hurt my feelings,” etc. Saying these things is never a walk in the park no matter

what way they are delivered. How much easier is it to hit the “send” button than it is to work up the courage to have a face-to-face conversation with that person? It’s the coward’s way out. The same goes for the Internet. The “Age of the Web” has made it simple to create an online persona who may or may not be exactly like your “in real life” persona. I know I’m not exactly like the person whose face has taken over my Facebook timeline. I probably come across as funnier and nicer than I actually am. I’m not really that snarky, and I rarely have good comebacks when I don’t have time to think about them. In reality, that person is only a mirror image of me. It looks the same, but it’s really quite backward. Ladies, I think we’re especially guilty of hiding. We cower behind makeup and push-up bras, and sometimes, we get so far away from our true selves we aren’t even recognizable anymore. We waste so

Danae lenz much time making ourselves look “presentable” according to society’s supposed standards. If you were to spend an hour every day getting ready between ages 15 and 50, you’d have spent 12,775 hours just getting ready. Just think about all the things you could accomplish in that many hours. Personally, I like to think of all the books I could read and all the mountains I could hike in that time. Maybe it’s time to think about whom we’re really trying to look good for. A wise person once told me, “Women don’t dress to impress men. Women dress to impress other

women.” And that’s just it. It’s a girleat-girl world out there. Most guys honestly won’t care — or even notice — if you only spend ten minutes getting ready instead of an hour. I remember in the days I read Cosmo, there was some article about what guys like to see in women. For some reason I never forgot what one guy said. It was along the lines of, “I love it when I take a girl into a bedroom and she takes off her bra and I realize her breasts aren’t really that perky.” When it comes down to it, we all want to be attractive. But the fact is it eventually all becomes a mask, a mask you’ve put a lot of unnecessary time and energy into. I have a friend who, lately, has been trying to convince me I’m a feminist, despite my outcries that I most certainly am not. However, I’m beginning to think she’s right. A few weeks ago, I started an experiment — and, no, it wasn’t to go braless. That’s something you’ll never see. I

decided to start going without makeup. I didn’t do it because I thought it was going to change the world. I just wanted to see if my hypothesis came true — and it did. No one even noticed. Call me Aesop: I’m going to give you a moral. There comes a point in everyone’s life when we have to decide if we should take the masks off. We have to decide if who we are in text, or on the Internet or even in person is who we really are and who we really want to be. Don’t trap yourself in a box. Face your fears and confront people in person instead of hiding behind a screen. Decide if spending an hour a day on makeup and hair is really worth it in the end. I promise if you throw away the masks, you’ll be a much better person for it.

Danae Lenz is a junior journalism major. You can reach her on Twitter at @ DanaeLenz or at danaelenz@ dailynebraskan.com.


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embers of the Queer Ally Coalition looked uncomfortable during its meeting in the Nebraska City Union last Thursday. They looked at their feet, at the wall — anywhere that would keep them from answering questions about the relationship between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln greek system and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and ally (LGBTQA) community. Finally, Alejandro Benavente, a freshman general studies major and QAC member, stepped forward. After he left the room, the tension broke and someone whispered, “I don’t know anything about the greek system.” Freshman international studies major and QAC member Anne Johnson added, “I don’t know any of the Alpha, Chi, Delta — I don’t know what that means; going to be honest.” UNL is home to a number of registered student organizations around which student communities form. The greek system is one of the university’s most embedded institutions and the LGBTQA community and QAC are increasingly vocal groups. The two only have one thing in common: they rarely — if ever — share members. Benavente said he has never even considered joining the greek system. “I really don’t like how their system is made,” he said. He said he was discouraged from joining by the rush process. Rush is the process used by the greek system to acquire new members. “I just don’t like that (rush),” he said. “It’s just not my crowd.” Johnson said she isn’t interested in joining the greek system for personal reasons. She added she doesn’t think individuals with sexual preferences other than the heterosexual norm are welcome in the greek system. “I’m sure there isn’t a whole lot of outward discrimination, but they don’t promote equality,” she said. “They

don’t say, ‘Hey, we welcome everybody of every sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity.’” Linda Schwartzkopf, the director of UNL Greek Affairs, said most, if not all, chapters have non-discrimination policies on a national level. UNL’s non-discrimination policy has a specific clause about sexual orientation. Schwartzkopf said some of the chapter’s national policies have non-discrimination clauses about sexual orientation, but others do not. “The local chapters are required to abide by the national policies,” she said. “It doesn’t necessarily mean that the chapter on a particular campus necessarily embraces everything that’s in the national policy, but they certainly are required to abide by their national policies.” Jeff Beavers, the assistant director of UNL Greek Affairs added, “With there being over 50 chapters … it’s hard to know what everyone’s exact rules are, but from what we understand, it certainly appears that everyone has that (sexual orientation non-discrimination policy) or at least the majority.” Schwartzkopf said she works closely with Pat Tetreault, the director of the LGBTQA resource center to provide informational programming for chapters about the LGBTQA community. However, individual chapters have to request the informational sessions. “I think that Greek Affairs, if something comes to their attention in relation to bias, they’ll handle that,” Tetreault said. “They’ll work with us and they will address it.” Every year, the UNL greek system is required to have speakers communicate with chapter members about hazing and alcohol consumption speak to members. Beavers said this is a good way to help break down stereotypes. But Schwartzkopf said it’s been 10 years since they’ve had an educational speaker on discrimination come to

campus. “It really has got me thinking … do we need to be more deliberate in making sure that over the course of a member’s four years within the greek system that we can assure that they’ve heard a variety of topics?” Schwartzkopf said. Schwartzkopf said she also works with the resource center if a chapter is looking for ways to help a member who is out feel comfortable or if a member who is out is having problems in the greek system. However, she was unable to provide any examples in recent memory. Sophomore pre-nursing major and Alpha Phi social chair Julia Phillips said she thinks the distance between the two groups is more of a natural separation, instead of a manufactured one. “I feel like, in a sorority, there might be more pressure to go with the norm, so to speak,” she said. “I just feel like people tend to go with who they’re like.” Beavers agreed, adding that he thinks one of the main reasons people shy away from the greek system are the stereotypes. He said the biggest stereotypes of the greek system, such as hazing, are usually accentuated by the media. “To give kind of a parallel to that, it would be … kind of like a person who does not drink alcohol. (They) might be afraid to join a fraternity because of the stereotypes of how much alcohol is consumed in fraternities,” he said. “I am guessing that you probably don’t see some of the crossover because there might be perception that they’re (LGBTQA members) going to

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Cooking becomes Daily responsibilities off-campus essential become tiresome tasks tom helberg Sometimes I really miss campus dining services. My confusing and frustrating freshman days were initially made a little brighter by Husker Hoagies, Taco Tuesdays and especially “Good, Fresh, Local” foods in the dining halls. Don’t even get me started on the East Campus dessert (I’ll gain five pounds just fantasizing about it). “Unlimited” dining whenever I pleased was definitely a perk of living on campus. Though toward the end of freshman year, I grew tired of the perceived variety and started seeing only a homogamy of institutionalized food. I’ve been living off campus since sophomore year, and one of the biggest changes is what I eat. Living with my parents meant free food, though I only sometimes ate what they did. Their meat -and-potatoes diet (everything organic) was okay, but I was tainted by campus dining and craved more variety. I’m not sure if my staples of Tombstone pizza and Dinty Moore beef stew count. Junior year marked the

most radical change in my dining life. After moving in with roommates off campus, I did all my own cooking and shopping. At first this was fun; I can make a mean stir fry and green bean casserole. Last summer, I got married, and entering senior year, the two of us obviously faced more changes in dining habits. On one hand, cooking for two is more fun than for one. On the other, my wife doesn’t appreciate fine frozen pizzas and canned stew as much as I do. Likewise, I can’t live on peanut butter and cereal like my wife can. Fortunately, we usually like similar foods, Pop Tarts in particular. I have to hide some if I want any for myself. Trying to be thrifty and eating well can be a challenge. Since getting married, I’ve gotten over my aversion to shopping lists and using coupons. We’re not like crazy middle-aged housewife coupon clippers, but it doesn’t hurt to be on the lookout for a deal. Take advantage of them in the free newspapers on campus. We eat less red meat than I was accustomed to growing up, which is probably healthier but also a little depressing. But meat is expensive. Zucchini and yellow squash are great substitutes for meat in recipes. They’re fairly filling and go well in quesadillas and some

pasta dishes. We always have canned, diced tomatoes on hand which are a tasty way to pad out ground beef in sloppy joes and tacos. But I’ve started to miss mom’s roast beef and, yes, even Selleck’s hamburgers. I also don’t get fast food on campus as much as I did in my “bachelor” days. Though I spend all day on campus, I try to buy lunch sparingly. Before, whenever I hit up Qdoba, it was like Norm waltzing into Cheers. I miss feeling that loved and appreciated. My lunch is made at home and is usually a plain old ham and cheese sandwich, though cucumber and hummus on wheat bread is also a favorite. My wife and I have found some middle ground and made compromises, so we usually do okay when it comes to eating. There’s also Sunday dinner at my parents’, where I can load up on beef, thank God. Despite the First World difficulties of eating off campus, I think it’s the best way to go. It offers true variety and unlimited options — if you can afford to eat, that is. When we get tired of cooking, the wife and I can look forward to a night out. Maybe for old time’s sake, we’ll pay Selleck a visit. Tom Helberg is a senior film studies major, whose happy place is the Qdoba is his head. reachhim at @ tomhelberg. Email him at tomhelberg@ dailynebraskan.com

Nate Ruleaux KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK. It had been a long time since someone dared to rap at my door before noon on a Sunday. It was the Sunday after my girlfriend’s birthday. Unfortunately I drank more than she did. We had dinner at Dozo’s where I somehow got full of sushi. I drank Sapporo, the beer my dad told me he used to drink when he taught English in Japan way before I was born. Then we went and saw “In The Heights,” at the Lied Center. This was the first musical there that I ever thought was any good. Then it was off to O’Rourke’s till close. Needless to say, as this semester packs my schedule with theater, school and film, my lazy hangover Sunday self didn’t want to get up. “Hey, Nate …” It was Matt. It was 9:30 a.m. and we were shooting a film scene at 10. “What?” I said, eyes sealed shut and mouth still in my pillow. “We’re shooting at 10. Want a ride?”

I knew I should take him up on it. I could sleep in his passenger seat and make him get me breakfast. But damn it, there was just no way to get out of bed. “No, I’ll drive myself,” I said through the pillow again, my voice sounding like it was underwater, and my head feeling like it was at the bottom of a brewery tub. “Okay.” I listened to his footsteps walk away. Opening one eye to peek at my clock, I decided 15 more minutes then I’d shower up, brush my teeth, pop some Tylenol and get started on a day of shooting two films and going to an evening rehearsal. Probably should try to get some homework done somewhere in there too. I drifted off trying not to worry about it, throwing an extra pillow over my head to trap myself in a false night. Drifting off in the echoing running water of the fish tank in the other room, and the humm humm of my television still left on from late night Netflix. KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK. “Hey, Nate.” I couldn’t believe it. “Yeah,” I said, staying calm trying to stay in dreamland. “We’re shooting in like 20 minutes,” he said. “I AM FUCKING AWARE, MATT!” I said, yelling at my

HORIZONTAL I.D. NEBRASKA door as if he had burst in with a bucket of cold water and thrown it on me. There was silence. I kept my scrunched, sensitive-tolight eyes fixed on the door, determined to scowl a hole through it. “Okay,” he said, and started walking away. I lay back in bed and realized this is how school goes around this time of year, every year. It’s the attitude that makes this column hard and has killed the original purpose of the very first one I ever wrote. The fact is, you get burnt out. You get busy. You see others going out and having a blast every night and know deep down your wallet and your mind just can’t take that shit right now. The best you can do is drink in moderation. Go to a bar once in awhile and try not to get smashed. Or else you’ll just kick yourself later that week as your workload mounts around you and you find yourself asleep in bed with only one absence left. Nate ruleaux is a senior news editorial and senior theatre performance major. Reach him at nateruleaux@ dailynebraskan.com

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Anais Mitchell’s musical talent is something to be recognized. “Young Man in America” is Mitchell’s first album since she creatively retold the Orpheus myth in the folk opera Hadestown. Although there’s no central concept with her new album, its music manages to captivate with its compelling content. The themes of “Young Man in America” align closer to Bob Dylan than Greek mythology. Mitchell delivers her vocals with uncompromising soul, digging into topics such as America’s financial struggles, life and death and romantic hardships. She showed her versatility as a songwriter on this album, singing from the perspectives of both sexes. The project boasts a

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associate for the Washington D.C. lobbying firm Podesta Group, graduated in 2010 and is an alumnus of Beta Theta Pi. He came out to his pledge class during his freshman year. Barmore explained that coming out is a different experience for each individual, and when he was sitting in the midst of his soon-to-be-brothers, he didn’t expect to say the words, “I’m gay” out loud. But he did. “The neatest, the coolest coming out experience I had was coming out to all of my pledge brothers,” he said. “I was so fortunate in the house I was in because I had that group of very mature and caring and thoughtful guys.” When he told his brothers he was gay, Barmore said the entire group hugged him. Later that year, they helped him come out to his parents. Although he may have had the support of his entire house, he said it wasn’t always easy to be openly gay in UNL’s greek system. “Not everyone was accepting of it,” he said. “I know for a fact that many times I was being talked badly about behind my back,” he said. “I remember going out to the bars and hearing people say, ‘Oh, God, there comes Dave Barmore. He’s gay.’” Barmore has talked with many people in D.C. about his coming out experience since moving away and said he couldn’t be more proud of it. “A lot of people have this perception of the Midwest as a place that is very conservative,” Barmore said. “I love coming out to the East Coast and having people say, ‘Wow, you were out for all four years in college and it wasn’t an issue?’” Barmore said he hopes his story will serve as inspiration for other members of the greek system who are looking to come out. And it only takes one drop

of water to begin the ripple effect. Although Max Rodenburg, junior business and Spanish major and president of Sigma Phi Epsilon, said there is no one in his house who is openly gay or bisexual and he hasn’t met anyone in the greek system who is out, he looks for that to change soon. “With the way our society is moving, I can see in 10 to 15 years it not being that big of a deal,” he said. “I think that after the first couple of instances of that (coming out) happening on campus then afterwards, people would accept it.” Tetreault said there have been a few attempts to create an LGBTQA-specific fraternity or sorority. There is also a rainbow greek network online. Anyone interested would be able to join the LGBTQA-specific fraternity or sorority, but at UNL, none of the organizations have advanced past the RSO stage. Tetreault attributes this to a lack of interested members. When the number of participants falls short, the organization is unable to attain greek status. “People would have to be comfortable in being with the LGBT community,” she said, adding it might take extra courage for students who are not gay to be associated with the community. “Being involved in that doesn’t say anything about your orientation or your identity, but it does say that you are open and willing to learn about the LGBTQA community.” However, the challenge to be accepted isn’t only found in the greek system. She said the solution to discrimination is knowledge. “I think that in all of society in general, there could be more education,” Tetreault said, katienelson@ dailynebraskan.com

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be discriminated against.” Phillips said there is no one in her house who is out and doesn’t know of anyone who came out after recently graduating from Alpha Phi. She said she has heard of guys who are gay and currently in the greek system, but attributes it solely to rumors based on stereotypes. “The couple of guys I’ve heard of have a more feminine way of carrying themselves and they don’t have a girlfriend,” Phillips said. The stereotypes of both communities are played up and exaggerated in the Senior Scroll Society newsletter, a bulletin published by a group of UNL greeks in an attempt to “enlighten the masses of what is happening” in the greek system. One recent installment of the newsletter features a portion asking the iPhone program SIRI, “Who do I know that’s a homo … Not that there’s anything wrong with that.” SIRI answers, “I’ve located local fudge packers near you,” along with a list of names and chapters. “On one hand, I’m not surprised, but on the other hand, it’s disappointing,” Tetreault said. “That sets a tone that it’s not safe for LGBT people or for women or even for men … My opinion is that it (the greek system) keeps a lot of people closeted and that a lot of people opt not to participate for that reason as well.” But there are those within the greek system and the LGBTQA community working to break down barriers and sometimes a crossover does occur between the two groups. “I feel a small portion of them (greeks) may be trying,” said Benavente, adding that, right now, he doesn’t think the greek system is accommodating to members of the LGBTQA community. Dave Barmore, a junior

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men’s gym: from 8 record-breaking score. CJ Schaaf posted a 14.30, followed by Erik Schryver, Wyatt Aycock and Andreas Hofer each earning a score of 14.65. The rotation ended with Mark Ringle who posted a 15.05 to seal the deal on NU’s record high. “The first guy is extremely important, because if they hit, it kind of snowballs from there,” Chmelka said. “If the first guy misses, then there’s this pressure in the mind that they have to hit and the pressure just increases. It’s a real important job for the first guy

up to handle pressure and just go up and hit and he’s that guy.” Being first in the lineup is a difficult position to be in. There’s a lot of pressure to hit his routine without any mistakes to start the team off strong, but Stillwell can handle it. “I feel like the best way to deal with the pressure is to kind of just get in the zone and don’t think about what anyone thinks and do the routine like I have a thousand times,” Stillwell said. “The more times you do the routine

the less stressful it is.” Stillwell plans on adding more events in the future, and he has his sights set on pommel horse, rings or floor. Chmelka has similar plans, and is waiting until Stillwell’s injured ankle is stable enough to endure the new events. “I’d like to say he’s going to be on four or five events for us soon,” Chmelka said. “He has to just keep upgrading and get cleaner. He’s truly an all-arounder but we have to be careful now so we don’t hurt his ankle.” Stillwell plans on

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improving as much as he can before NCAAs. He’s in the gym working on technique and perfecting routines so he can return with a vengeance after his injury. “I’ve hit my events every single time at every meet and I haven’t fallen once, so that’s going good,” Stillwell said. “I’m starting to add new skills. I’m pretty much just working on endurance and being able to do a good dismount and fit as many skills as I can into my routine and do it clean.” Michelleodonnell@ dailynebraskan.com

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baseball: from 8 had only two concession stands open, and that, plus the afternoon start time, left long food lines all afternoon — something not seen during the final days of ex-coach Mike Anderson. While that number is less than half of Hawks’ 8,600 capacity, every non-outfield seat seemed full of red, including the grassy picnic fields near the foul poles. Erstad felt the crowd’s support was as important as NU’s 34th straight home opening win. “Unbelievable weather, what a great day and great fan support,” he said. The Huskers’ hitting, while streaky, was effective, as the team scored nine runs in eight innings, with four-run innings in the third and fifth, helping NU to a 9-3 lead after six. “A great job as a group, one through nine,” Kiser said. “You wouldn’t even know a particular guy was struggling right now — we have so many guys backing people up.” The scoring all began with the two-run shot by Kiser. After KSU starter Shane Conlon walked Kurt Farmer to start

the inning, he loaded up the count against Kiser. Kiser hit what looked like a routine fly ball to left field — except the ball didn’t fall until it cleared the 335-foot wall. The offense surged from there. As the Wildcats had pushed runs across in the first and third, Kiser’s home run had merely tied the game. Conlan, who came into the game 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA, continued to struggle, hitting Bryan Peters (who now has been hit 38 times — third in Husker history) and walking Michael Pritchard. After KSU coach Brad Hill pulled Conlon in favor of Jared Moore, Rich Sanguinetti sacrificed the runners to second and third and Kash Kalkowski struck out. Lucky for the Huskers, Chad Christensen was on deck and Christensen continued his tear with a tworun single. Christensen didn’t stop there, as he singled in Michael Pritchard, for his third RBI of the game and 11th of the season. This started the Huskers’ four-run fifth, after which the Husker were up 8-3 and remained in control the rest of

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the game. KSU made a comeback of sorts in the eighth inning, when they put three runs on the board and had the go-ahead run at the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. Pierce had been struggling up to that point, giving up singles to the first two batters he faced. That scored KSU an unearned run, as Chad Christensen had earlier bobbled a play at shortstop that would have been the final out of the inning. After a conference with Erstad, Pierce filled the count up but managed to get Mike Kindel to ground out. Huber took over from there, striking out two in a 1-2-3 ninth to get the save. “It’s good to have games

like this,” Kiser said. “We’ve still got a lot of work to do, but that’s something to build on for sure.” The Huskers pick up right where they left off Wednesday, as they host Nebraska at Kearney at 1:35 p.m. Senior Dexter Spitsnogle will start for the Huskers, who used seven pitchers Tuesday. The Huskers have now won seven of their last eight games, and as the fans saw Tuesday, they’re feeling pretty good about themselves. “(The hitters) are doing real well. The pitching staff’s doing real well,” Kiser said. “As a group, we’re looking good right now.” seanwhalen@ dailynebraskan.com

Nebraksa coach Bo Pelini and the Huskers start spring practice on Saturday. For the second straight that way.” spring, the Huskers are welBut even though there are coming new assistants to new faces on Nebraska for the staff. After Carl Pelini’s this season from the staff departure to Florida Atlan- to the players, Pelini is still tic, Papuchis was promoted pleased with the men who from special teams coor- call themselves Huskers. dinator and defensive line “Between the players and coach to his current position. coaches and everybody inNebraska also added for- volved, everybody is on the mer Iowa defensive line same page of what we need coach Rick Kaczenski and to happen,” Pelini said. “We will reportedly add former need to be ready to live it Tennessee defensive backs and that is a challenge, to do coach and recruiting coor- it day in and day out.” dinator Terry Joseph to take And Nebraska’s fans will over for Corey Raymond, get to see if the players and who departed for a job at coaches are all on the same Louisiana State in February. page for the 2012 season at Even though Nebraska the spring game. It’s yet to be determined if has seen guys come and go, this spring should be a good that game will air across the opportunity for Pelini’s staff state of Nebraska or even and Husker fans alike to nationwide. But that doesn’t see what NU’s new defense matter to Pelini. “(A televised spring game is) is capable of, and it seems like the Huskers are up to for recruiting and fans,” Pelini said. “I’ve heard a number of the challenge. “(David) was different from different things as to what the the guys that played before plan was there and when it and is different than the guys would air. I don’t know how that will play this year,” Pelini much that helps us. It’s not that said. “To sit there and say we big of a deal one way or anwill clone Lavonte David and other. But I think it’ll be good say we will get the same kind for our fans.” robbykorth@ of play and production out dailynebraskan.com of that spot, it doesn’t work

women’s gym: from 8 Lauer’s consistent work has been the presence of her twin sister, Amanda. The gymnast said having her twin as a teammate has helped make the adjustment to competing in college more permissive. “I really like having her by my side,” Lauer said. “She’s been very supportive of me. She always keeps me in a good mood and gives me a hug after every routine I do. I’m really happy that we’re together.” But Lauer isn’t the only freshman on the squad who’s provided a spark plug to the 2012 Husker squad. NU gymnast Jessie DeZiel has made a name for herself, winning nine individual conference honors, including capturing her seventh Big Ten Freshman of the Week award this past Monday. Kendig said the two are just a couple of the reasons why the 2012 team’s depth has contributed to a 10-2 record. “Jessie’s done a great job for us and Jennifer’s role seems to keep expanding,” the coach said. “In the last meet, we had six routines performed by freshman and right now that’s good. We wouldn’t be successful without them.” In their last meet, Nebraska was defeated by No. 1 Florida, 196.950-196.825. Lauer finished second for the Huskers on beam with a

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Freshman Jennifer Lauer has helped the women’s gymnastics team to a 10-2 record this season. 9.825 display, while rounding out the floor and vault rotations with exhibition performances. DeZiel tied sophomore Emily Wong with a 39.45 score to capture the all-around crown. The team’s close loss to the best team in the nation will only provide confidence for the team later on down the season, Lauer said. “Florida was a nerve-wracking meet but prepared us for bigger competition down the road,” she said. “We’re prepared for Utah this Friday and they always bring a big crowd. We’re very close in ratings and everyone on the team is excited to go out and compete again.” neduIzu@ dailynebraskan.com

basketball: from 8 NU just wasn’t talented enough to compete in the Big Ten. The Huskers were never short on effort and Sadler always made that clear in his postgame press conferences. But effort isn’t all that’s necessary for victories. All season, as bigger forwards grabbed rebounds over Fox and Ubel, it was obvious that the Huskers were overmatched. The Big Ten was ready for Nebraska and it was obvious the Huskers were unprepared for the rigors of a

tough conference. Any season where a team needs a miracle run in its conference tournament to even make the NIT has to be considered a failure. When the dust cleared from the Huskers final Big Ten game, Sadler looked back on the season as a chance to relish going up against some of the games best, instead of competing with them. “It has been fun,” Sadler said. “When you compete against guys like (Minnesota) coach (Tubby) Smith and (Michigan State) coach

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Besides the Masters Classic, the NU gymnast has performed in each meet of Nebraska’s meets and has picked up a new event along the way. On Feb. 18 against Minnesota, Lauer made her debut on beam and impressed the coaching staff so much that they were forced to insert her into the starting lineup. “Her biggest contribution has been leading us off on beam,” Kendig said. “She’s been consistent and for a freshman that’s big. We’re excited about where she’s at right now.” In that meet against the Gophers, Lauer displayed a 9.75 score in her premier, and since then she has only improved that number. It was in Nebraska’s next meet against No. 8 Arkansas where Lauer scored a 9.875, marking it the third-highest score in the event for the Huskers this season. Lauer said she attributes her recent success to her teammates. “They’ve kept me positive and have always been there to support me,” she said. “They believe in me and that’s helped the most. It’s helped boost my confidence for when I perform on beam.” The career-high performance helped the team post a season-high road score of 49.275 and upset the Razorbacks, 197.000-196.300. One other major factor to

(Tom) Izzo, I dreamed about that. That part of it has been fun. The wins and losses have not been. It has been a fun league to compete in.” And when the fulfillment of a headman’s dreams are what he takes away from a season in a new conference instead of cutting down any nets or even going .500, it’s never a good thing. It’s just the markings of a mediocre season. Robby Korth is a sophomore news-editorial major. reach him at robbykorth@ dailynebraskan.com

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Defensive changes highlight presser Robby Korth

And between now and then the Huskers have a lot to work on, NU coach Bo Pelini said. But the Huskers won’t be looking for any big adjustments during the spring season. Pelini and staff will concentrate on improving one aspect before all others. “Details,” he said. “Details and refining what we are doing. Developing greater knowledge. My whole theme

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It’s springtime in Lincoln. And to commemorate its arrival, the Nebraska football team held a press conference for its spring football schedule on Tuesday to gear up fans and media for its arrival. The Huskers are allotted 15 practices between now and the spring game on April 14.

of this offseason has been accountability and raising our level of accountability to a level it hasn’t been to yet. “Does that mean it has been bad? No. But I’m looking at taking it to another level.” And those details will need to come not just on making big hits or getting faster. The Huskers will also need to play smarter, according to NU defensive coordinator

John Papuchis. Nebraska lost five starters on defense for this season, including leading tackler and defensive leader Lavonte David. Last season, David recorded 133 tackles, 65 of which were solo, 5.5 sacks and two interceptions. So finding new players to take over will be critical for the first-year defensive coordinator.

“Replacing guys like Alfonzo (Dennard), Lavonte and Jared Crick and some of the other seniors who won’t be here anymore (will leave) a void,” Papuchis said. “So we’ll be looking for guys to step up, not necessarily to replace those guys. It’s gonna be a group effort.”

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Senior Kale Kiser is greeted at home plate by teammates Kurt Farmer and Bryan Peters after his two-run home run Tuesday.

Huskers impress 4,169 in attendance with 9-6 victory against Kansas State It’s tough to say what the 4,169 fans at Hawks Field will remember from Tuesday’s home opener. The weather was almost unseasonably warm by early March standards — more than 70 degrees and sunny, though strong winds whipped throughout. Kale Kiser hit a

home run for the first time this season, as the 20 mile per hour wind picked up a fly ball and sent it over the left field fence. Brandon Pierce pitched himself out of a pickle in the eighth and Travis Huber nailed the door shut in the ninth to preserve NU’s 9-6 victory over Kansas State.

For most of the casual fans in attendance, however, the takeaway may have been that Husker baseball seems to be on the right track. While NU improved to 7-4 on the season, Tuesday afternoon was the first opportunity to see the Huskers led by former legend Darin Erstad, who picked up

his first win in his first try at Hawks Field. Tuesday’s crowd was larger than every Husker crowd last season and the largest since April of 2009. The stadium

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He’s pretty flashy and does a lot of difficult skills. We really didn’t know much about him and typically the kids we recruit we know inside and out.” Stillwell’s perseverance in his NU recruitment was the thing that won Chmelka over. “He really pursued his recruitment by us and I liked that,” Chmelka said. “It told me he’s interested and we’re not wasting our time. We offered him a walk on spot and he’s just been working real hard this season.” At the start of the season, Stillwell was not on either lineup. But teammate Hayden Henrioulle injured his finger and couldn’t compete, so Chmelka turned to Stillwell to step up, and Stillwell was more than eager to prove himself at NU. “Since I’ve been here, I feel like I’ve gotten placed into events maybe by luck or chance,” Stillwell said. “But I feel like I’ve done my

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The Nebraska men’s gymnastics team set more than one record in its 341.75-322.60 win against Arizona State on Sunday. The Huskers not only achieved their goal of breaking the 340 mark and earning more than 80 percent in their performance, they also broke Nebraska’s record score on parallel bars with a score of 59.00. The Huskers were led by freshman Connor Stillwell, who started NU off on parallel bars with a routine earning 14.00 points for the team score. The scores kept increasing after Stillwell’s routine, allowing NU to break its record. Stillwell went on to earn his own career-high on high bar with a score of 14.15. “He caught our eye on video he sent in of his high bar,” coach Chuck Chmelka said. “He’s a real gutsy kid.

part and stepped up and hit my routines every meet and made my scores count towards the team score.” Stillwell has been second in the lineup on high bar for the past three meets, and the meet against ASU was his second time competing on parallel bar. Both times Stillwell has started NU off on parallel bars, a high pressure situation to be in for a freshman competing for the first time. “I feel like I’ve been put into some pressure spots being first in lineup,” Stillwell said. “But I’ve stepped up each time, and last meet I hit 14.00 to start out with on parallel bars and that kind of started our streak of high scores on parallel bars.” After Stillwell’s 14.00, the team continued the momentum throughout the rotation to earn the team’s

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Sometimes freshman athletes will go the extra mile in practice in order to become a part of the starting lineup like their everyday teammates. For freshman Jennifer Lauer, the gymnast has proven that hard work does pay off. When the 2012 Nebraska women’s gymnastics season started, the Sioux City, Iowa, native began it on the bench. Since then, Lauer has shown several reasons why she should be considered more than a backup gymnast, according to coach Dan Kendig. “She came in and just kept plunging along,” he said. “There was a time we were wondering where she’d

help us out. She’s been working out and working hard and now she’s helped us in three events.” Lauer made her debut with the team in their first road meet of the season against Iowa State Jan. 20. The freshman said she was anxious in her first collegiate meet of her career. “I was pretty nervous,” Lauer said. “It was my first meet and I was the first one up.” But the nerves quickly faded as Lauer showed poise posting a 9.80 to begin the Huskers on vault and a 9.65 in their last event on floor. She assisted the Huskers in a 195.775-193.925 win against the Cyclones.

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It’s been a theme in every Nebraska sport this season that there aren’t any breaks in the Big Ten. The Husker football team faced off against AP top-25 opponents three times, more than half the volleyball squad’s conference matches were against top-25 opponents and the women’s basketball team played four top-25 opponents as well. And men’s basketball was no different. Nebraska basketball had seven games in which they faced off with top-25 opponents, and the Big Ten schedule on top of a very difficult non-conference schedule, according to NU coach Doc Sadler, got the best of Nebraska. So maybe that’s how one could explain NU’s 12-17 record this season. But Nebraska’s road to the cellar of the Big Ten hasn’t exactly been a difficult one. Of the 12 Big Ten basketball teams, NU’s strength of schedule is 10th in the conference and 39th in the nation. Teams like USC and Rhode Island, who’ve made 16 and eight NCAA tournament appearances, respectively, were supposed to be challenges. And the Huskers’ victories over those schools were supposed to prove that they could beat talented squads. However, the Trojans and Rams have floundered this year. USC finished a pathetic 1-17 in a weak Pac-12 this season and URI went 4-12 in its mid-major Atlantic 10. Victories against those two squads really prove nothing other than NU can win games it should win. The Huskers struggled putting the ball in the hoop. They ranked dead last in the Big Ten in scoring offense and despite having the 10th easiest schedule in the conference only averaged 60.9 points per game, and were one of only two Big Ten squads to have a negative scoring margin. The Huskers were outscored by an average of 4.3 points per game. Instead, the 2012 disaster from the Devaney was just a result of a Nebraska team that wasn’t plain good enough to compete in the Big Ten. Without Jorge Brian Diaz, Brandon Ubel was left alone in the frontcourt with occasional help from 6-foot-4 forward Mike Fox. And that size just won’t cut it in the Big Ten. The preseason Big Ten prognosticators said the Huskers’ defense was their strong point. But that defense has been absent, as NU ranks ninth in the Big Ten in points allowed per game with 65.2.

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housing guide Housing fair to provide students options

DORM DIRECTORY rundown of dorms at unl PAGE 2

Students can learn about places to live off-campus

off-campus ROLL CALL list of off-campus apartments and amenities PAGE 5

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For four hours today, the Nebraska Union ballroom will be abuzz with students investigating off-campus living options. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., apartments Ruskin Place, Claremont Park, Richdale Group, The View and The Links will have booths. In addition, property management companies will also be available to inform students of their policies and practices. These include Century Sales & Management, Lincoln Housing Authority, Holroyd Investment Properties (HIP), Commercial Investment Properties (CIP), Kabredlo’s Property and Chateau Development. Other housing and financial entities will be attending as well, including the University of Nebraska Federal Credit Union and RentPing.com. The Housing Fair started 14 years ago and is hosted by the Daily Nebraskan. An annual event, the fair is expected to draw anywhere between 200 to 500 UNL students, according to Daily Nebraskan Advertising Manager Nick Partsch. Partsch coordinates with sponsors to determine each company’s ad campaign for the semester. He said the turnout usually depends on the weather, but sponsors generally find the Housing Fair an effective tool

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UNL residence halls feature variety of living styles Students living on campus can find dorms that suit their personalities, priorities Daniel Wheaton and Cristina Woodworth daily nebraskan

Abel and Sandoz The 13 floors in Abel Hall and nine in Sandoz Hall house 1,500 students, with a recently renovated AbelSandoz Dining Center. The Abel and Sandoz complex is located on the northeast corner of campus, about a 10-minute walk to most classes. Both residence halls are coed, with Abel floors divided in half and Sandoz by floor. Sam Neal, a senior environmental studies major, is in his second year at Sandoz. “It’s a good environment and a good community,” he said. “And it’s not as crazy as Abel.” Abel is the largest traditional-style dorm on campus and can house more than 1,000 residents. Husker Hoagies, located on Abel’s first floor, is an option included in students’ meal plans. Contract prices for Abel and Sandoz ranged from $8,560 to $9,250 for the 2011/2012 school year. Harper, Smith and Schramm Harper Hall, Smith Hall and Schramm Hall — known as HSS — are located at the northern end of City Campus. They share Harper Dining Center. The complex is connected by a series of tunnels, which allow residents to access the dining hall without walking outside. The complex houses 1,350 students and all of the dorms are coed by floor. A single room or a super double costs an additional $600

and $300 respectively. “The location is not always ideal for getting to classes,” said Jessica Gibbs, a freshman journalism major and Schramm resident. “The tunnels connecting all three dorms and the dining hall are a huge convenience, especially during the winter.” Across the street, residents can park at the 14th and Avery parking garage. Cather and Pound Cather and Pound residence halls are located on 17th Street. Cather and Pound share the CatherPound-Neihardt Dining Hall, which is home to UNL’s “Good, Fresh, Local” program. The program’s food is known for its higher quality and use of local food products. The CPN complex hosts a number of special dinners through the academic year. However, CPN is closed on the weekends. Cather and Pound are connected to Neihardt and are the close to the center of campus. Cather and Pound are coed by floor and house 684 residents. Because Cather and Pound are older, they typically house upperclassmen. Some rooms in Pound are sold as singles, and Cather has become home to a number of international students. Both dorms remain open during breaks. The cost of room plus a seven-day meal plan in Pound costs $8,081. “I have a single room. It is really quiet and everyone does their own thing,” said Allison Siekman, a junior agronomy major and Pound resident. “The only downside is not having a digital thermostat.” Neihardt Neihardt Residence Center is home to the Honors Program at UNL. The building has four wings: Piper, Raymond, Heppner and Love. Each wing has a different number of floors. Piper rooms are slightly larger than the other wings. There

is an elevator near the lobby that connects the lobby to the Raymond floors. All the rooms except the Piper wing contain sinks. Honors students also have a computer lab with free printing, and the thesis library is located in the back of the honors office. Neihardt houses 462 students and costs $8,485 per year. “Neihardt is a great environment for learning, and there is quick and easy access to good food,” said Dorothy Chen, a sophomore chemical engineering major. “But the building is old and the floors creak.” Kauffman Kauffman Center is home to the Jeffrey S. Raikes program, and only Raikes students live there. Kauffman houses 116 residents. All the rooms are suite-style with a bedroom, living area and bathroom. Freshmen students share the bedroom area with one other student, and upperclassmen get their own bedroom. Kauffman also has a tunnel that connects to the Selleck 8000 building. Mark Pleskac, a senior computer engineering major, has lived in Kauffman for four years. Kauffman suites include a seven-day meal plan with the contract and the 2011-2012 price was $8,945 for the school year. “I like how everyone there is in the Raikes program, so we all have similar interests,” he said. “There is a good community feeling and a nice atmosphere overall.”

walk to class, and the international students add a fun dynamic to the group,” said Jason Obermeier, a freshman music major. “I have learned a lot from them.” Selleck is coed by floor, and follows the same billing plan as Neihardt. Knoll The Robert E. Knoll Residential Center opened in August 2010 and is the newest dorm on campus. It can house up to 565 students in suite-style units. Each unit has either two or four bedrooms, a living area furnished with a couch and chair, a bathroom area with two sinks and separate areas for the toilet and shower, and a food preparation area. There is also a Grab ’n Go breakfast option at Knoll. Knoll residents tend to eat at CPN. A five- or sevenday meal plan is included in the Knoll contract price which was between $8,800 and $9,900 for the 20112012 year. “I like that I can be social with my roommates but still have an independent space,” said Melissa Ritter, a junior family science major.

Selleck The Selleck Quadrangle is located in the middle of campus. Selleck’s dining hall is open every day of the week and is the most-frequented dining hall on campus. Selleck is also home to a number of international students. The building has kitchens for students wishing to cook meals. Selleck is home to 612 residents. “Selleck is convenient to

Courtyards The Courtyards apartment-style housing can house up to 478 upperclass students. This dorm is not available to traditional freshmen students, although non-traditional freshmen (those who are 20 years of age or older) are allowed. The apartments in Courtyards feature separate areas for bedrooms, living areas, bathrooms and cooking. There is a full kitchen in each room which includes a stove, oven, full-size refrigerator and microwave. Students have their own bedrooms and share a bathroom with one roommate. Residents have the choice to purchase a meal plan, and receive two meals a week regardless. Residents

View and The Links, are too new to have been here all 14 years, but are becoming regulars. Anne Hintz manages Ruskin Place Apartments. She said Ruskin Place used to be a sponsor of Get Rec’d, a UNL event hosted by Campus Recreation, but

decided to start advertising at the Daily Nebraskan Housing Fair about four years ago. Hintz said she will use the event to showcase floor plan samples, display a banner and talk to students about their options. She said the event is a valuable

have the option of nineor 12-month housing contracts. Kelly Heldridge, a junior broadcasting major, said, “Living in Courtyards has been absolutely wonderful. I love having a full kitchen to cook in and living with three of my good friends.” Courtyards is the closest apartment-style dorm to City Campus. The 20112012 contract price for Courtyards ranged from $5,770 to $7,700, depending on which option (nine or 12-month) was chosen. The Village The Village is the other apartment-style option on City Campus. Located just south of HSS, it is home to many upperclassmen, nontraditional freshmen and graduate students. The Village has two-bedroom and four-bedroom options. Both options come with a kitchen area, living area and bathroom. Students living in The Village and Courtyards have the option to purchase a meal plan with a slight discount. “Living in The Village is great because you have your own private room and you have a full kitchen,” said China Chafin, a senior broadcasting major. “The only downfall to living here is you don’t get to know your neighbors.” A two-bedroom contract costs $6,320, and a fourbedroom contract costs $5,772. The Village houses 528 students. Husker Hall Husker Hall is a nontraditional dorm located off campus, approximately three blocks from City Campus. Residents at Husker Hall have to either be graduate students or 23 years old. The rooms in this hall are all single rooms. A bus stop is right outside of Husker Hall and there is a free shuttle bus service that goes to both City and East campuses and leaves every 15 to 20 minutes. There is

a community kitchen residents can use freely to prepare food. Matt Garai is a statistics graduate student and has lived at Husker Hall since the beginning of this school year. “It’s less than a 10-minute bike ride to either campus,” he said. Contracts at Husker Hall are 12-month contracts and were $5,274 for the 20112012 school year. 
 Burr/Fedde Burr and Fedde Halls are located on UNL’s East Campus. Up to 222 residents can live in Burr and 39 in Fedde. All the rooms in Fedde are single rooms and are reserved for graduate students and upperclassmen, while Burr’s rooms are sold as doubles. Burr and Fedde are a very short walk to the East Campus Corner Deli. A bus stop is right next to the dorms in case students need to go to City Campus for classes. “It’s a lot more quiet over here, and the people are more down to earth and nicer to talk to and associate with,” said Logan Reed, a freshman agronomy major. Love The Love Memorial Coop is an all-women residence hall located on East Campus. The residents help out by performing housekeeping tasks and are given an allowance for food. Love is the most inexpensive place to live on campus and is home to 45 women. Melanie French, a junior pre-health major, said she enjoys living in Love because of the close community and shared responsibility. “The cons are commuting to City Campus everyday, but the bus system is efficient and easy to use,” French said. Love is the cheapest option at $2,983 per year for a double room. danielwheaton@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM

housing fair: from 1 because it brings them faceto-face with a population of individuals especially inclined to seek out new living options. “(It’s) one of the few opportunities they have to sit right in front of students,” he said. Partsch has been helping

plan the event since it began. He said once they’ve been to the fair, most property managers return every year. Claremont Park, HIP, CIP and Chateau Development have been sponsors at the fair for as long as he can remember, he said. Other places, such as The

advertising opportunity. Brianna Bader, a freshman psychology major, is planning on attending the fair. Bader is interested in finding an off-campus place to live so she can be more independent and have more space. Bader said she plans on

living with her friends next year. “Before I found out about the event, I didn’t know where to start to look for off-campus housing,” Bader said. “So I’m excited to go to this.” marenwestra@ dailynebraskan.com

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DN reveals most expensive places to live on campus elias youngquist daily nebraskan

Traditional dorm, apartment-style dorm, greek house or just a good oldfashioned apartment — which to choose? Although more than cost alone goes into students’ decisions, money can be a major factor. The most expensive dorm on campus, Knoll Residence Hall, a suite-style dorm, costs $9,788 for a five-day meal plan and a bedroom to yourself. If a student were to opt for apartment-style housing in either Courtyards or the The Village and choose a similar five-day meal plan (something not required for apartment residents) it would only cost an additional $48. In return for that $48, students get a larger living room, two bathrooms and a kitchen complete with a stove. While Knoll residents have larger bedrooms than apartment-style housing, they only have one bathroom and a refrigerator and microwave rather than a full kitchen. “When students are here for one year and then they decide they want to do their own cooking, they can move to the apartment styles,” said Sylvana Airan, assistant director for Housing Contracts and Student Services. “Most students want the meal plan. That’s why there’s no kitchen.” In contrast, one of the most expensive fraternities, Lambda Chi Alpha, costs $930 per month, or $8370 for the nine-month school year. The fraternity moved into its new house in 2011, creating a higher cost than most fraternities. However, for its members, the benefits outweigh the cost. Monday through Friday, the members receive three hot meals a day and a large room to themselves. “It’s pretty much like a little hotel; you get to do whatever with your room,” said David Carrig, a junior communication studies and psychology major and Lambda Chi Alpha’s vice president. Unlike a hotel, residents are responsible for housework for the entire house,

whereas housing residents’ bathrooms are cleaned on a regular basis. The difference shows. “That’s a bookcase we haven’t gotten put up yet,” Carrig said as he gestured to the pieces of wooden frame resting in the hallway. A wig sat abandoned in the hallway, scraps of paper dotted the floor. According to Carrig, cleaning occurs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and if duties are shirked, the members get additional duties or assigned as a sober driver

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Off-campus housing provides variety, options for students The View 301 W. Charleston St. 402-475-4411 ·Student · housing community. ·Offers · three- and four-bedroom apartments, rates per bedroom. ·Three · bedroom/three bathroom = $409 - $434. ··Four bedroom/two bathroom = $309 - $334. ··Four bedroom/four bathroom = $349 - $374. ··Located less than three miles from UNL. ··Offers free shuttle to campus. ··Walking distance to Saltdog Stadium and Oak Lake Park. ··Offers fully furnished apartments. ··Offers individual liability leases. ··Tanning bed available. ··Water, sewer, trash and Internet included. ··Includes fitness center, swimming pool with hot tub and sun deck and sand volleyball court. ·No · pets. The Links 375 Fletcher Ave. 402-476-1011 ·One· and two-bedroom apartments.

·Prices · ranging from $535 - $795. ·Deposit · is $250. ··Located on a golf course, golf memberships available. ··Furnished apartments available. ··Free shuttle service to campus. ··Basic cable TV service included. ··Swimming pool, sun deck, whirlpool and sauna included. ··Tennis court, playground, lakes/ ponds. ·Full · size washer/dryer. ·Small · pets welcome. Claremont Park 1341 N. 9th St. 402-474-7275 ·Only · 4 1/2 blocks from campus. ··One- to four-bedroom apartments available, ranging from $525 - $1,020. ··Eight-building complex. ··Basketball court, fitness center, laundry facilities and swimming pool available. ··Small pets allowed, one per apartment. Fountain Glen 6157 NW. 2nd Circle 402-436-3452

·Located · in Highlands neighborhood. ·Cats · allowed, two pets per apartment. Pet fee is $150, monthly pet rent is $15/cat. ·Offers · 21 unique floor plans that range in size from a furnished studio apartment to a three-bedroom lofted apartment. ·$480-to-$940 · price range. ·Select · apartments include oak woodwork, walk-in closets and full-size washer and dryer. ·120 · channels included in rent. ·Sits · on expansive 26-acre campus that includes a sand volleyball court, two basketball courts, playground and picnic area. ·24-hour · fitness center and outdoor swimming pool. Free wireless Internet at clubhouse. Northridge Heights 2840 Fletcher Ave. 402-436-3415 ·$510 · - $930, studio to three-bedroom apartments. ·Six· to 12-month leases available. ·13 · different floor plans. ·Select · apartments offer gas fireplaces, vaulted ceilings and extra storage closets.

·Pet-friendly · community. ·Sand · volleyball and basketball courts, a playground and outdoor swimming pool. ·Paid · water, sewer and garbage. ·120 · channels included in rent. Grand Manse 129 N. 10th St. 402-416-8772 ·Locally · owned and operated by U.S. Property. ·Located · in downtown Lincoln within walking distance of campus. ·Price · range of $850 - $1,750 ·One· to three-bedroom apartments for rent/sale. ·Hardwood · floors, oak-framed windows. ·Paid · basic cable, washer and dryer, high ceilings and parking available. ·“If · you are looking for originality, look no further than U.S. Property,” said Natasha Salem, property manager of U.S. Property, Grand Manse’s owner. W.C. Shinn Lofts 126 N. 16th St. 402-416-8772 ·Locally · owned and operated by

U.S. Property. ·Located · in downtown Lincoln within walking distance of campus. ··Prices ranging from $695 to $1,500. ··One to two bedrooms. ··Stained concrete floors, original exposed rick and ceilings. ··Custom cabinetry, black appliances, washer/dryer, built-in murphy bed, sofa in each unit. ··Pet friendly. ··Paid basic cable. Meadow Wood 4440 N. 7th St. 402-476-3393 ··Offers one-and two-bedroom apartments starting at $540 to $665 per month. ··Laundry facilities on every floor. ··Fitness room, heated outdoor pool, indoor hot tub. ··Cats welcome. ··If you visit during March and sign a one-year lease on the same day, $100 is taken off your first month’s rent. staffreport@ dailynebraskan.com

Area neighborhoods offer reasonable housing options Sarah Miller and Demetria Stephens Daily Nebraskan

Choosing to move off campus can sometimes be daunting when you don’t know where to start looking. Here are some popular areas where students live, their characteristics and what makes students want to leave as soon as possible. Alphabet City Melanie Allen, a May 2011 University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate, has been living in the Alphabet City area — which is about G Street to A Street and 10th Street to 19th Street — for about a year. She said she enjoys it. “There is a ton of affordable housing in this area and lots of college students live in this part of town,” Allen said. It’s near the downtown area and is fairly close to campus, which Allen said is easy to get to by biking or walking. The neighborhood is close to a variety of local shops including Cultiva Coffee, El Chaparro Mexican Bar & Grill and DaVinci’s Pizza. Allen warns that areas farther

from the Governor’s Mansion, 1425 H Street, and from welllit areas, should be taken with caution at night. “Outside of my specified parameters, there’s a lot of shady people,” she said. Houses and apartments are relatively cheap, which is good news for college students, but Allen said it’s not always the best. “Some of the cheap housing is kind of run-down,” she said. “Livable, but not very fancy. Make sure you get to tour a place before you move in.” North Bottoms The main draw of the North Bottoms is how close it is to campus, as well as its affordability. The area is located directly north of City Campus along Salt Creek Roadway and Antelope Valley Parkway. Jared Miller, a graduate student in engineering management, lived in the area for three years, from 2008 to 2011. “There’s a lot of houses up there for rent, and while the places tend to be either pricey or crappy, it’s close to campus and lively on game days,” Miller

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said. The proximity of campus is usually enough benefit to outweigh the lack of upkeep on some of the houses in the neighborhood. “It’s great because it’s so close to campus,” Miller said. “And on football game days I don’t have to find parking.” The North Bottoms are popular for tailgate parties, which Miller said makes it a fun area to be in, but said that traffic gets backed up a lot during events. While it’s near campus, there are only two paths students can take: under the railroad tracks near the Bob Devaney Sports Center or over the bridge near the football stadium. “But for most major shopping, I have to drive several miles to the mall, Walmart or Super Saver,” Miller said. Downtown/Haymarket Area Apartments in the Downtown Lincoln and Haymarket area are often located above businesses and some are loft-style. The downtown area starts at seventh Street, extends to 17th Street and is between R Street and the Capitol Building. It gives students a chance to live very close to campus, and yet also near a variety of bars, restaurants and shops, as well as the movie theater and venues like the Bourbon Theatre. The Haymarket is home to local businesses like Ten Thousand Villages, Ivanna Cone and Paint Yourself Silly.

Getting groceries may prove to be a challenge, as there are no supermarkets nearby. Noise and traffic during events and on weekends may also be an issue. If easy access to campus and entertainment is important and noise isn’t a concern, then the downtown area is a good choice. The View This off-campus apartment complex is located at 301 W. Charleston St. Pros include the hot tub, a nice staff and events. “I like (the events) because there’s free food,” said Rafael Leano, a first-year graduate student in computer science from Colombia. “Like a pizza party, nachos in a bag or breakfast burritos.” He said they also have contests, like at Halloween, when they have “spot The View people on campus.” Laeno said he would like The View better if he had friends there. When he moved in, Laeno said he filled out a form that matched him with others with similar patterns, such as whether you get up early or go to bed late. Laeno wants to get out of The View and go somewhere close to East Campus because of The View’s buses. “Sometimes I need to work until late,” Laeno said. “So, I can either take my car every day, which is expensive,” or he takes one of The View’s buses that only run until 5 p.m.

Leano has classes and works on City Campus. The free-ofcharge buses go to and from City Campus, with no stops between. He said East Campus buses run until 11 p.m. East Campus It may not be close to supermarkets or restaurants, but students who use buses had good things to say. The neighborhoods near East Campus are suitable for students who have many classes there. Many of the people who live in the area — Holdrege to Vine streets and 33rd to 48th streets — tend to be older students, said Crystal Starkel, who graduated in May and lives near East Campus. Starkel said the neighborhood is safe, but tends to be riskier further south. Blake Severs, 23, who graduated in December, said he knew of some “sketchy” situations. He and his roommate heard a gunshot one night. Most buildings are in good condition, Starkel said, but are older and may not have the most updated amenities. Severs added, “If you know how to work a little elbow grease, then it isn’t that bad.” Keshia Lackas, a senior animal science major, said she knew someone who lived in the Ashley Square Garden apartments near East Campus. “You can walk and catch a bus to City Campus and save money,” Lackas said, because you would not need to get a

parking pass as a commuter student. Lackas recommends choosing an apartment on a second or third floor because some of the first-floor apartments get broken into. Tanglewood Apartments Jocelyn Olney, a senior biology, environmental studies and anthropology major, lives with her boyfriend at 44th and O streets. “It’s nice and not falling apart,” Olney said. She said there’s a den area in her apartment with a wood fire place. Maintenance work is sometimes free, Olney said. “My dishwasher was leaking and they just came in and fixed it and left.” She said it’s affordable for older and younger people, but there aren’t many families living there. She’s lived in Tanglewood for three years. “It’s like a transition place,” Olney said. A temporary place that’s quiet with a safe neighborhood, she said. She said one reason for the quietness is because Tanglewood is right next to Wyuka Cemetery. Other benefits for Tanglewood are the gym, pool and mile-long jogging area. She said a con is pets are allowed, so there’s a problem cleaning up dog poop. demetriastephens@ dailynebraskan.com


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