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Sophomore forward Walter Pitchford proves he can score for Huskers

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People in need of aid:


HOW TO HELP Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines late last week, leaving thousands dead or injured — and thousands more homeless. Meteorologists are calling it one of the deadliest natural disasters on record, and dozens of agencies around the world are scrambling to provide aid. Here are five ways students can help.

On Facebook

Facebook is displaying a box at the top of users’ news feeds to facilitate $10 donations to The American Red Cross for emergency relief.

On your phone

The State Department is encouraging Americans to text AID to 80108 to donate $10 to the mGive Foundation Philippines Typhoon Disaster Relief Fund.

On Tumblr

Click the sun icon next to the Tumblr logo on the dashboard page for information on donating to the United Nations World Food Programme. Donations are online and via text.


Most international aid organizations are accepting donations online via credit card, debit card or PayPal — from UNICEF to the Philippine Red Cross to Save the Children.

Give cash

The American Red Cross is accepting cash donations at its Lincoln site — 220 Oakcreek Dr.


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“The University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers its deepest sympathies to the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines and to those in the UNL community who have been affected by this disaster. We extend our thoughts and support to all involved as we continue to learn of the storm’s devastating toll.” University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman

2,623 The World Food Organization has already delivered

2,700 tons of rice

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Derogatory language resolution sparks ASUN controversy ASUN senators feud on resolution to axe potentially offensive phrases from their vocabularies REECE RISTAU DN After lengthy debate, including a racial slur-laden speech by a senator, the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska passed a resolution Wednesday pledging the senate’s support to remove derogatory language from its members’ vocabulary. The legislation passed with 16 senators for, 6 against and 4 ab-

staining from the vote. The resolution was submitted by Sen. Claire Eckstrom, a senior fashion design major. Sen. Cameron Murphy, a graduate student in biochemistry and nutrition, said he did not agree with the resolution because he believed it would hinder free speech. Murphy cited comedian Chris Rock as an example of why some words are not offensive. He recited one of Rock’s routines, which used the N-word. “But what’s a n-----?” Murphy said after quoting Rock. “A n----- is black trash. There’s white trailer trash also.” “What’s offensive to one person may be innocuous to a group of others,” Murphy said. “For example, the Mexican-American students complaining about (Homecoming Week) skits. They said they were offensive because they were

wearing sombreros — really, that’s offensive?” While giving an anecdote about being called a “cracker” in Cincinnati by a man asking for money, Murphy was interrupted by Sen. Annie Himes, a junior global studies, history and Russian major. “It’s not OK for you to do this,” Himes said. But Internal Vice President Kaitlin Coziahr, a senior economics, finance and management major, told Himes that she wasn’t allowed to interrupt another speaker during debate. “Restricting speech is bad,” Murphy said. “It starts at phase one, and there’s no turning back from there. Calling a black person a Negro is a term of endearment — that didn’t used to mean anything wrong, it’s Spanish for black. To restrict speech is inherently evil.” Murphy also attempted to

amend the resolution to say senators will “attain” derogatory terms into their vocabulary, rather than “remove” them, as the resolution was originally written. His amendment did not receive a necessary second senator to move it to a vote. Before Murphy’s comments, he asked Eckstrom for examples of the type of derogatory terms that the bill suggests should not be used. Eckstrom said phrases such as “that’s gay” and “that’s retarded” would be examples of the terms she hears students use regularly. “These are hurtful to me, and I know a lot of people don’t mean it to be offensive,” Eckstrom said. “But think how it might make those groups feel.” Senators had mixed reactions to the resolution. Some believed that passing it would be repetitive to the non-discrimination clauses

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What’s offensive to one person may be innocuous to a group of others.” Cameron Murphy asun senator

that already exist in the ASUN bylaws. “I’m not sure if we need this with the non-discrimination clause already in place,” said Jeff Story, the external vice president and a junior English and political science major. “They state that as an association, we will not use those terms and will not be discriminatory toward other students.” Others thought passing this resolution would be a good starting place for bigger plans.

“We’re representing the student body,” said Sen. Jessop Adams, a law student. “We’re not just held to what we believe. We’re held to what we want our students to exemplify. It’s a good exclamation point to that.” Sen. Kevin Knudson, a junior political science major, said the resolution was a Catch-22.

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On campus what: Winter Wellness Festival when: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. where: East Campus Union

what: Indian Taco sale when: 11 a.m. 1 p.m. where: Nebraska Union Alcove more information: $5 per plate.

what: Nebraska Innovation Campus Update when: 1 p.m. where: Nebraska Union Auditorium


2013 Empowerment Forum Keynote Speaker when: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. where: Nebraska Union Centennial Room

what: Meditation and Mindfulness when: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. where: Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center


University Theatre presents “Middletown” when: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. where: Temple Building, Howell Theatre more information: Tickets are $16, $14 and $10 and can be bought through the Lied Center Ticket Office, 402-472-4747.


Swing Night when: 5 p.m. where: DelRay Ballroom, 817 R St.

what: Chiara String Quartet when: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. where: Kimball Recital Hall more information: Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.

University Health Center future remains unclear staff report DN About two months after University of Nebraska-Lincoln administration suspended planning for the new University Health Center, it remains unclear when the process will resume. Last year sparked controversy and chaos over possibly privatizing the health center. Bryan Health proposed to take over the center and build a new space, but the Nebraska Board of Regents rejected the proposal in June. Chancellor Harvey Perlman proposed the health center stay within the university and asked health center officials to develop plans to expand services and the building. Officials were instructed to propose a similar budget plan to Bryan Health’s proposal that included a $14.4 million building. The model was to avoid an increase in student fees except for expenses that help the university finance the center. Dr. James Guest, director of the University Health Center, said that until September, health center

employees and officials were busy making the plans and running the center. In September, it was decided to bring in a consulting team to determine what the University Health Center needs to change or do in terms of service and building construction. The consulting team is made up of members from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Guest said the team visited the health center last week to make assessments. When the assessment is completed, Guest said, it’ll be helpful in knowing what steps the University Health Center should take next. He said having the team will help determine how much to spend in relation to what the center needs. “Looking at your needs and desires at the very beginning is really a good first step and a way to make sure you’re not undersizing or oversizing the facility,” Guest said. Guest said figuring out the needs and wants of the health center before proposing a set budget is a good idea because it’s more organized. “If you start with a dollar amount, then you may not have the right size building in the end and you might have to start over,”

he said. Guest said until the consulting team gives their assessment, plans are up in the air. However, he said the health center will submit a more definite budget on Jan. 7 after it has more information. He said the University Health Center is in a period of stabilization, especially after last year’s discussions of privatization, while it waits for an assessment. “It’s allowed people to calm down and settle in,” Guest said. “I think if we had a moral meter within the building, it would be quite a bit higher now than it was then.” He said the health center employees are doing much better than they were last year, when they feared privatization would lead to the loss of their jobs. But the health center is still trying to replace key players that left during talk of privatization. Guest said progress can still be made within the University Health Center after the privatization issue, but student support has helped throughout the process. “We’re at a much better place,” he said. news@

Timing of summer rain boosts Nebraska’s corn production sumption, while the majority of the corn is for cattle-feeding and After the 2012 ethanol purposes. The increase in corn producdrought, farmers tion is expected to have a big imhope to harvest pact on farmers. Farmers are going to need record bushels more hands to help harvest and transport the crop, said Fabio Mattos, an UNL agricultural economics assistant professor. Melissa Allen “This whole thing creates a DN dynamic supply chain,” Mattos said. “It generates more activThis year’s corn harvest is provity to get the corn to the grocery ing to be a success. United States corn produc- store.” But there could be drawtion is expected to set a record this year, according to the U.S. backs to the boom in production, Department of Agriculture. With Brunkhorst said. “There’s two different ways Nebraska being the third largest to look at it,” he said. “There’s corn producing state, and the U.S. being the No. 1 producing coun- a potential return for the product, but the price we’re seeing is try of the crop, prices per bushel close to cost of production, and have decreased by about half it might become more expensive from a year ago. to grow it. We’re In 2012, corn to start to was sold $8 per We continue going see an equilibbushel. This year, rium of what we prices range from to be in a can produce and $4.40 to $4.60. drought, it wasn’t what is economiNearly 14 billion cally fit in the bushels are ex- as excessive as demand side.” pected to be harCorn and soy vested by the end last year.” rotation has also of the season, with Kelly Brunkhorst been a factor in 1.6 billion of those nebraska corn board the amount of bushels from Nedirector of research crops that are braska. being harvested. This year, corn This year, more production has increased by 300 million bushels in Nebraska land was given to corn than to soybeans. Even with less land alone. availability for soybeans, the Even with summer drought crop also saw an increase this conditions plaguing the Midwest, Kelly Brunkhorst, director year. Because the cost of producof research for the Nebraska Corn Board, said the rain that fell had tion for soybeans is more expensive, it is still almost three times great timing. “Even though we continue the cost per bushel than corn. to be in a drought, it wasn’t as Mattos predicted farmers might excessive as last year,” he said. dedicate more land to soybeans in the future because it would be “Last year was significantly low beneficial to farmers in terms of in production. The difference is cost. significant.” “The idea is that soybeans are Brunkhorst said the weather, combined with genetics, helped better than corn,” Mattos said. to increase the number of bush- “Quantities in the crops were els. Modifying genes in the corn, high in both crops, and prices also went down for both. That farmers are able to produce weather- and drought-resistant means, in comparison, it’s better to have soybeans than corn.” varieties. news@ From the corn harvested, 5 percent will be for human con-

BY THE NUMBERS U.S. corn production is set to reach a record

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This is about how we want to exercise our free speech and choosing how we’re going to exercise our right in a respectful way.” claire eckstrom asun senator

Project. ASUN will adopt a lowincome, rural Nebraska family and collect money from within the senate to buy Christmas gifts for them. Senate Speaker Tanner Nelson, a sophomore agribusiness major, said he was in support of the project.

Police respond to indecent exposure at burnett hall

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police was belatedly informed of an indecent exposure incident when a woman reported to the front desk of the police station on Tuesday evening. The woman said she had spotted a man in Burnett Hall whom she described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, with short blondish-brown hair, a scruffy face and average build. She said she had only a partial view of the man because of a wall in the building, but she said she saw his sweatpants pulled down with his genitals exposed. The man was on the south side of a hallway in the building, police said. The case is still under investigation.

UNL Transportation Services vehicle vandalized

UNLPD was dispatched to UNL Transportation Services after a report of vandalism. A 2004 Chevrolet Express van belonging to UNL Transportation Services, parked in the east dock of the Textron building, had damage to its roof. It’s estimated that the damage happened within the last 30 days, and damage to the vehicle is estimated at $2,000. The dent, which police said was probably made by a person jumping on the van, was so severe that it is visible from the inside of the car. This is still an active investigation.

Police arrest repeat trespasser

A repeat UNL trespassing offender was put behind bars after violating a UNL ban and bar letter. A CSO contacted UNLPD and reported seeing Damien Wilkins, 34, in the Nebraska Union. The officer recognized Wilkins from previous offenses. Wilkins was banned and barred from UNL campus just last week after playing music loudly in the Nebraska Union, police said. Wilkins had multiple offenses before being banned and barred. He was placed under arrest for trespassing and was lodged in jail.

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With default rates high, UNL offers solutions for students Jacob Elliot DN

asun: from 1 “We shoot it down and look like we’re not for ending derogatory language, or we look like it’s like this big large show (if we pass the resolution).” The resolution ultimately passed, but the votes were mixed. “I figured there would be discussion about the restriction of speech,” Eckstrom said. “I remind everyone that this isn’t restriction of speech — this is about how we want to exercise our free speech and choosing how we’re going to exercise our right in a respectful way.” Additionally, senators unanimously passed another resolution submitted by Eckstrom in support of a philanthropy called the St. Nick

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“We’re here for more than just passing bills and resolutions,” Nelson said. “We’re here for other people.” NEWS@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM

College students are defaulting on their loans more often than they have since “Toy Story” was in movie theaters. According to the Department of Education, one in 10 recent borrowers defaulted within the first two years. But the University of NebraskaLincoln’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and Money Management Center have kept UNL’s student default rate down to about 4 percent, as of 2011. Craig Munier, director of the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, said 61.9 percent of undergraduate students and 46.4 percent of graduate students were indebted to student loans in May 2010 at UNL. And those numbers are likely greater in more recent years. “Every opportunity, when we talk in presentations or when I am asked to talk in classes, I talk about good borrowing versus bad borrowing,” Munier said. “My distinction of that is when you are borrowing money to pay tuition or if you have a good reason that a college degree will return its

investment, then borrowing for tuition seems like a good investment, because you can have a reason to believe that, though you have a debt, it will return on its investment.” Bad borrowing, Munier said, means that a student is borrowing money simply to raise his or her standard of living, such as eating out or buying more cable channels. “Long after you’ve eaten the pizza or lived in the single apartment without a roommate, the debt still remains, and you have nothing to show for that investment,” he said. As well as financial aid advice and scholarships, the university prevents student loan defaults by strictly enforcing the federal guidelines on student progress. If a student is not doing well enough academically, he or she may not be eligible for loans. According to Munier, there are several alternatives to defaulting. Unemployed students may be able to apply for “hardship deferment.” There are also incomebased repayment alternatives in which a student pays a portion of his or her income instead of defaulting. news@

Q&A with erin wirth Erin Wirth, program director of the Student Money Management Center, answers common questions about student loans. DN: I need to pay for school. What should I do? Erin Wirth: Talk to someone at the financial aid offices or Money Management Center. Ask them about what grants, scholarships or loans you can apply for. DN: How do I decide which loans to apply for? Erin Wirth: Apply for subsidized student loans before unsubsidized loans; you don’t have to pay interest on subsidized student loans while you are in school. When you are figuring out how much you are going to borrow, first figure out how much money you are planning on making after you graduate from school. Figure out what jobs will be available and base your loans off of that. For example, if you are planning on being a teacher making $38,000 a year, make sure that your debt payments will be 10 percent of your monthly growth income. Make sure not to over-borrow the amount of money. DN: I’m getting short on

money. Should I get a credit card and pay my living expenses with it? Erin Wirth: No. It would be much more beneficial for you to try and budget your money and cut down on unnecessary spending. Live as frugally as possible, and don’t live outside your bubble. If you need money, try to find a job. Credit cards will simply add debt to your debt. DN: I’m having difficulty with my repayment plan. What should I do? Erin Wirth: Talk to your financial adviser about other possible repayment plans. Most students get stuck with the default payment plan which can needlessly increase their loans. By seeing which repayment plans you are eligible for, you may be able to lower each payment or get different options based on your financial needs. DN: I’m close to defaulting. What should I do? Erin Wirth: Contact your lender immediately. Talk to them to find out what options you have left so that you don’t default. —Compiled by Jacob Elliott

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UNL introduces bio-fiber laboratory The Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has taken recycling to a new level. On Wednesday, the department showcased its latest efforts with an open house at the new BioFiber Development Laboratory on East Campus just west of Agriculture Hall. The lab will be used by students in the textiles science field to study how wastes and by-products of farm and ranch activities can be made into useful products, said Marjorie Kostelnik, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences. The by-products will be used in two fields: textiles, from making sweaters to the interior of a car or airplane, and the bio-medical field, where cells can be differentiated or guided to grow into cartilage or fat, said Helan Xu, a textiles science doctoral candidate. The work has been going on since 2001, when Yiqi Yang, a professor of textiles, merchandising jake crandall | dn and fashion design, came to UNL, Yiqi Yang, a textiles, merchandising and fashion design professor, shows off the new Bio-Fiber Kostelnik said. The new developments are Development Laboratory. Yang and his students hosted an open house on their East Campus locasimilar to how products such as tion on Wednesday. ethanol come from corn, Yang said. While fibers made from leftover product, such as straw or composites, a combination of materials, and those composites crecorn husks, have proved developing clothing from these products ate a new material, she said. Kostelnik said this is how is possible, the textiles department needed to produce products on a straw becomes a light but strong vehicle interior, larger scale, Kostelwhile feathers nik said. Up and until from a bird can be “Up and unto make til now, they’ve now, they’ve salvaged thread for clothing. only been able to It’s not just a only been make it (clothing) way to recycle, but in a test tube,” she able to make it in also efficient, said said. “Now they Lisa Temme, a secan make it by the a test tube.” nior textile science pound.” major. Kostelnik said The corn-husk the hope is that the Marjorie Kostelnik college of education and fibers used as car textiles industry human sciences dean interiors are good will be able to one jake crandall | DN at blocking sound, day mass produce Different materials that can be converted into fibers to create she said. goods made from While corn husks and chicken clothing are displayed during an open house for the new Bioby-products. feathers are used, “we don’t use Fiber Development Laboratory on East Campus on Wednesday. The plan for a larger laborafood itself,” Yang said. tory came three to four years ago, Xu said that while the depart- and the department is “moving terials, such as at Ohio State Uniand with grants and help from the university, the textiles department ment has been studying bio-fibers from a lab scale to a large scale,” versity, where there are studies to for years, public interest in it is see if hog waste can be turned into she said. was able to move forward, Kostelfairly new. Kostelnik said the studies asphalt, UNL is one of the first of nik said. “People didn’t pay much atbuild a bridge from agriculture to its kind when it comes to bio-fiber. In the new lab, products in“It would be very fair to say cluding straw can be pressed or tention to our work,” she said textiles as well as industry studies. about her early years at UNL, She said while other schools in the we’re a leader,” she said. heated in machines, such as the news@ country have also begun looking hot press machine and the wet about seven years ago. Now the state is interested, at using by-products to make maspinning machine. They become

Mental health team offers listening ear

kelli rollin dn Some say laughter is the best medicine. At the Mental Health Association of Nebraska in Lincoln, employees say peer support and a shoulder to lean on can also be effective. And the MHA wants to let the people of Lincoln, as well as University of Nebraska-Lincoln students and other students, know that its shoulder — or office, rather — is always available. Anyone with a mental illness or who is mentally drained or stressed can visit the office at 1645 N St. in downtown Lincoln. The organization seeks to help others help themselves and gain independence back. It also serves as open ears for people who need to talk about their mental health or problems they’ve been experiencing. However, the organization’s services and programs are non-medical, meaning no prescriptions or medicines are given. Alan Green, executive director of the association, said the organization is unique by not giving out medicine for mental illnesses or conditions. Green said the MHA


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of Nebraska is the only peer-run mental health organization in the state. All employees of the organization, including the board of directors, have experienced a mental illness or struggle in their lives. He said because the employees had personal struggles in mental health, they can better serve people who need help with similar issues. “Bottom line is that we don’t even care what your diagnosis is,” Green said. “If you have something that you need to work on, we’re here to help you figure out what it is that you need to do.” The organization helps guide people to make better decisions and find employment so they can move on from their mental health struggles and better their lives. “We don’t do anything for people,” he said. “We help them do for themselves.” Green said the organization does three things: “create opportunity, give support and then get the hell out of the way.” He said the last thing is the most important because the organization wants people to gain their independence back and have their own lives away from

If you have something that you need to work on, we’re here to help you figure out what it is that you need to do.” Alan Green

executive director of mental health association of nebraska

their struggles. Among MHA’s programs, which include Lincoln Police Department referrals, is the Keya House. In Lakota, a Native American language, “keya” means “turtle,” which is thought to symbolize good health and a long life. The Keya House is a place where people dealing with mental crises can stay for up to five days to seek peer support from the organization and mentally heal from circumstances. The four-bedroom house is also meant to help people divert from psychiatric distress that could lead to hospitalization. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated one in four adults in the United States deal with a diagnosable mental disorder in a year. Green said if people knew more about the organization and how much of a difference it makes with mental health, the organization could grow more. James Terry, marketing coordinator, said MHA would like to build another Keya House to help more people in the Lincoln area. “It’s a great need in the community,” Terry said. “By going to the Keya House, it saves

the community a lot of money and they (those seeking help) get oneon-one coverage.” Terry said it’s great to see that people seeking help can be catered to in customized ways by talking to someone who has experienced similar struggles. “I can’t wait every day to be able to come do the job,” he said. He said the organization hopes to have fraternities and sororities at UNL to adopt it and help organize and run fundraisers. Terry said the organization is also specifically looking for help from UNL students to work their annual fundraiser in April, “Jammin’ Away the Blues,” which is a blues concert. People can donate to the MHA by giving money or household supplies for the Keya House – Green and Terry said every bit helps. Green said many people they’ve served were once told they would never have a family or job. But he said it’s not rare for people come back to the organization just to tell of their success in doing what other’s said wasn’t possible before seeking out help from the MHA. “The idea is that people get involved and see what is actually possible,” Green said. news@

Jody Isernhagen and Jackie Florendo received the Howard A. Dawson Best Research Paper Award from the National Rural Education Association for their paper titled “Administrators’ Perceptions of Early Childhood Education.” Isernhagen is an associate professor of educational administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Florendo is an adjunct instructor in early childhood education at Doane College and a coordinator of Alliance for Kids, based in Colorado Springs, Colo. The paper examines administrators’ perceptions about pre-K programming and recommends training for superintendents and elementary principals about the benefits of pre-K education and community outreach on the same topic.

UNL to host 3rd annual Nebraska sustainability roundtable

University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty and staff will lead the third annual Nebraska Sustainability Roundtable from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Nebraska Union. Discussion will include water and food, waste, energy and campus sustainability. The purpose of the event is to engage students with sustainability and gather any ideas students have on furthering UNL’s sustainability efforts. Free dinner will be provided by Raising Cane’s, Chipotle and Subway, and Meadowlark Coffee will provide free coffee.

5 professors selected to national seminar

Five UNL professors will participate in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation’s Department Executive Officers seminar. The Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs chose the following professors: Rick Bevins, professor and chair of psychology; Bertrand Clarke, professor and department head for statistics; Frauke Hachtmann, associate professor and department head for advertising and public relations; Daniel Linzell, professor and chair of civil engineering; and Julia McQuillan, professor and chair of sociology. The committee started the annual program of leadership development for department heads and chairs in 1997. The CIC program will be Nov. 14 to 16 in Chicago and will talk about conflict resolution and time management, faculty development, performance reviews and group problem solving. For more information about the faculty, go to go.unl. edu/deo_13-14.

UNL scientists create hybrid nanomagnetic material

UNL researchers developed permanent magnet materials through growing and assembling nanoscale magnetic clusters. The technique was published in a study last week in Advanced Materials. Creating magnetic materials is important because the best magnetic materials are becoming scarce because of the so-called “rare-earth” crisis. Balamurugan Balasubramanian, a post-doctorate postdoctoral research associate in the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience, is the lead author on the study. Assisting co-authors are David Sellmyer, George Holmes University professor of physics and director of the center; graduate student Bhaskar Das; Wenyong Zhang, post-doctorate postdoctoral research associate; and Ralph Skomski, research professor in the center. The study was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation and performed in the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience, which is supported by the Nebraska Research Initiative.

Research team tracks unusual prairie chicken movement

A School of Natural Resources research team has discovered unusual prairie chicken movement. The team had banded 70 birds living within 25 kilometers of an Ainsworth, Neb., windfarm to see if movements were influenced by the wind farm. This fall, one of the birds that was banded, was recovered by a hunter more than 30 miles from its lek grounds – areas where the birds gather for spring mating. The move is peculiar for a bird that normally stays within five miles of the lek grounds. The birds are able to fly but only for short periods and close to the ground, meaning they are not built for traveling long distances, said Jocelyn Olney, a natural resources graduate student. Prairie chickens were historically found across 20 states and four Canadian provinces, but that range has been significantly reduced because of agriculture and habitat loss. Nebraska has one of the largest populations of prairie chickens in the United States. news@



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College students can help aid in typhoon relief effort Five days after a cataclysmic typhoon ravaged the Philippines, residents of the Southeast Asian island nation were still searching for food, water and shelter adequate for survival. Bodies remained piled up in debris-covered streets. Entire cities lay flattened, slowing the distribution of millions of dollars in foreign aid to the nation of nearly 100 million. After catastrophes of such magnitude, students – as an informed and massive body of the populace – must pool together and aid the relief process in whatever way possible. A university of 24,000 has the power to raise tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars’ in aid money for victims of the typhoon. Moreover, a university-wide movement to raise awareness and provide relief in the wake of tragedy could prompt those around Lincoln and the entire state to act on their own. After Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, colleges nationwide coordinated relief efforts that resulted in huge amounts of aid to New Orleans and other cities devastated in the storm. Schools across the country, including UNL, even opened their doors to victims of the country’s costliest storm on record. Americans have the same obligation to provide for the struggling masses in the Philippines. And college students have the power to do so on a grand scale.

letters to the editor DN does well to cover international students at UNL Kudos to the Daily Nebraskan and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for giving international students wider coverage and hosting more events with a global focus. I don’t read the Daily Nebraskan every day, but for the third time recently I noticed a short quote and a picture of one of my students from UNL’s Intensive English Program (IEP). Yesterday when I saw my former student and told him I’d just seen his picture in the paper, I opened the copy of the DN that I usually put on the desk in the student lounge area (also known as the hall), and you should have seen his face light up. It feels so good to be acknowledged and heard, especially when one is far from home. I’m pretty sure the DN has just gained another regular reader. It’s important to connect with these students who have made a major commitment to leave their home country and the security of living life in their own language and with familiar customs, surrounded by everything and everyone they are accustomed to, and come to this strange place we happen to call home. We should learn about their ways of life just as they’re learning about the American ways. Working in the Programs In English as a Second Language department (PIESL), I’ve been involved with the Speaking Partners volunteers who come to the classroom and interact with our students who are mastering their English in preparation for academic study. The regular volunteers got a lot out of their experience, I think, as well as having the satisfaction of helping in the classroom and making new friends. Another fixture of our program, the IEP Club, used to be led by teachers but this semester students Erin Neely and Brooke Beerbohm stepped up to the plate

and have organized a fantastic slate of events including going to the Ross for a movie, the Icebox for skating, or Auld rec center for a contra dance. This club is not just for the foreign students; any and all are welcome to take part. Try it! This type of initiative can pay off. As I rated scholarship application essays for last summer’s exchange programs, I was amazed at the number and scope of extracurricular activities the applicants had on their resumes. The clubs and events here at UNL offer something for everyone. Toastmasters to improve public speaking; ethnic celebrations like Nepal Night, China Night, Malaysia Night, Dia de los Muertos, and many others, are excellent ways to get a literal taste of new cultures. The more that students take advantage of these clubs, events, debates and foreign films, the richer their college experience. Students with an impressive list of clubs and activities stand out! It is a credit to UNL that such a range of international exchange opportunities are offered, the types of events previously mentioned are sponsored on a regular basis, and UNL actively works to integrate local students with the growing ranks of international students. Last fall, it was a shock to read about the UNL Haters group that sprang up, expressing their racist prejudices. As I read student journals about this and heard comments from fellow teachers, it was obvious that something needed to be done. I’m happy to now see more inclusion of the international students, as evidenced by their appearance in the Student Voice columns and other articles in the DN. This population is important not just for UNL’s growth goals, but for increasing understanding between members of our shrinking planet and learning from each other. Keep up the good work!

Jean Arnold

Lecturer, Programs In English as a Second Language Lincoln, Neb.

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Unpaid internship is great injustice


he picture of the intern: young, excited and eager to please. They’re sometimes also overworked and underpaid — or not paid at all. These days, an internship is considered as essential to starting your professional career as a college degree and business formal clothes. The internship is so essential that many young professionals accept intern positions without pay, despite providing all of the same skills and services as a paid employee. The unpaid internship is a great injustice to the student that devalues their contributions and holds no accountability on the employer. This summer, Fox Searchlight was sued by its unpaid interns who worked on the set of “Black Swan.” The New York judge ruled in the favor of the interns, saying they were providing the same services and the company was receiving the same benefits as regular employees. Around the same time, unpaid interns of Conde Nast, the large publication company that runs The New Yorker, GQ and many other magazines, filed a lawsuit on similar grounds. Conde Nast has since announced that it is ending its unpaid internship program. There isn’t much indication that Conde Nast will instead pay interns, but rather will end the program and opportunity altogether. Michael Moroney, director of Public Affairs at Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, laments the rise of these lawsuits. He, along with many other professionals, says unpaid internships offer invaluable experience, and these few unhappy interns are ruining it for everyone. They are forcing companies to completely close off their doors and opportunities for internships in the name of “justice.” The choice to end its internship program is on Conde Nast, or any company that makes this choice out of fear of another lawsuit. The internship should provide experiential learning but not at the expense of human dignity.


Remuneration is not just a courtesy. It’s an expression of the company’s value in your skills and services. Employers might argue a student’s youth and inexperience is not yet worthy of full pay status. The entire idea of the intern is based on this principle. But isn’t the intern supposed to be gaining professional experience? Often this means providing the same services as a paid employee — sometimes even more. Withholding a paycheck is simply a cruel taunt at one’s youth with no respect for the capabilities and potential that one already has. Ending unpaid internships is good for everyone and promotes healthy values about work in our society. Offering pay gives companies incentive to offer real work to their young employees, and employees will be more willing to work hard in a respectful environment. Unpaid internships unjustly privilege those who can afford to sacrifice their time to work for free. They also take away the opportunity to earn a real paycheck. Professional standards are disconnected from the reality of student life. Sure, you can’t put a price on experiential learning, but life goes on. Students have real living expenses such as bills and rent just as the professional adults they work with. They can’t wait to receive the payoff of the internship years later. Discriminating against their inexperience and youth by withholding pay shows mixed messages and inconsistent values for these young people who will soon be full employees anyway.

I was an unpaid intern for my congressman three summers ago. I didn’t feel like I was mistreated or overworked. In fact, I felt like much of my time spent in the office was useless. I was bored. I folded letters, sealed envelopes and answered the phone. The office had hired too many interns, so work was spread thin. The office could have instead hired only a few interns with pay and given them real work and experience. Arguably, I may not have gotten that opportunity in the first place. But then I could have pursued other jobs or internships where I could gain more valuable and gainful experience, and dare I say, a paycheck. The past summer, I took an “internship” of a more unconventional type when I agreed to go out to Philadelphia as a volunteer assistant coach for a high school girls rowing camp. I was much happier in this experience and got to practice real skills. The summer was intense. It was physically and emotionally exhausting. I was responsible for managing the student-athletes and coaching them daily. I was sacrificing my time when I could have been doing many other things with my summer. But at the end of it, I not only became a better coach, but a better leader and got to attend competitions on the national and international level. I was grateful for these experiences, but I couldn’t help but feel a little empty that I didn’t receive a paycheck when I worked just as hard as those receiving them. I was later graciously compensated with pay. It wasn’t much, but it made me very happy, and I felt the most appreciated I had felt in a while. Just that gesture showed that my hard work was valued. My youth and inexperience didn’t matter because I worked and behaved as a professional. These are the expectations of any intern, or at least they ought to be. That respect should be returned by the employer. Jane Seu is a senior political science major. Follow her on Twitter @jane_seu. Reach her at opinion@

Housing should be LGBTQ-friendly


eterosexuals may be the majority, but that perceived norm is causing us to neglect a growing population in America — people who identify as LGBTQ. A 2012 Gallup study puts the number at 3.5 percent of America’s adult population. That might seem like a small number, but that’s actually approximately 11 million people we simply can’t ignore. Making campus housing more LGBTQ friendly wouldn’t just benefit the LGBTQ community; it would set the University of Nebraska-Lincoln apart as an institution striving toward tolerance and respect for individuals, regardless of sexuality. I live in Abel, which is kind of the hippy dorm, now that I think about it. Men and women live on the same floor and, gasp, get along just fine. We’re living in a world with a spectrum. Part of living in reality is making tough choices about how you will present your gender and sexuality. For freshmen, especially, acceptance is key to connecting on campus. Right now, LGBTQ students don’t even have the option to find a roommate who identifies as LGBTQ-friendly. At the very least, the University is obligated to provide this. It wouldn’t affect anyone besides those that opted into them and wouldn’t require a large amount of work to implement. I was talking to a recent graduate from UNL who expressed how uncomfortable he was when he was assigned a gay roommate his freshman year. In fact, he talked about how he moved out the first day after reading a few emails from the kid. It seemed odd at first, but understandable once he explained that he was raised in a small town without exposure to homosexuality. Not everyone is as non-confrontational as this graduate, though. Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University freshman, killed himself in 2010 after his male roommate used a webcam to stream a video of Clementi being intimate with another man. This could’ve been easily avoided by anyone questioning his roommate’s comfort level with homosexuality. At

Kayla simon UNL, an updated survey for roommate selection would help promote safety and acceptance for LGBT students. I realize Housing’s current survey is pretty decent and hits upon cleanliness, sleep schedules, etc., but it’s too limited to serve its essential purpose: making matches that will benefit both parties. UNL scored a meager 1.5/5 stars in the Housing Category of the Campus Pride Index and reportedly was looking into matching LGBTQ students with LGBTQ-friendly students August of last year. However, it’s telling that even such a small request was overlooked. We need to place more importance on making everyone comfortable. The rest of campus is extremely welcoming to the LGBTQ community. There’s no excuse for Housing not to be. According to the New Directions for Student Services journal, “housing policies and practices that assume that students are male or female fail to serve transgender students.” It also ignores the reality of gay men and women. Let’s just reevaluate our current standard for a moment — those two girls who just checked in at the front desk could be sisters — or lesbian women. That boy and girl doing the same thing might be having sex — or they might just want to hang out. But they are evaluated completely differently, and more importantly, under the assumption that they are heterosexuals. Why should UNL even give a hoot? For starters, a recent study from Campus Pride said a third of LGBTQ students, faculty and staff have considered leaving their college because of the atmosphere. It actually shows that

LGBTQ students are more likely to shy away from “safe spaces,” areas on campus devoted to tolerance of their lifestyle, for fear of putting a target on their back. Fear isn’t going to help retention rates. It’s a pretty easy fix, and it would make sexual minorities more welcome on campus. I say it’s worth a shot. Other campuses have pioneered new techniques on different floors that make it possible to accommodate everyone. Oberlin College has meetings on every floor to determine whether the bathroom should be co-ed or not. There are private showers, so even if they choose co-ed, the only awkwardness is having to sit in the stall next to someone of the other gender. Housing works to eliminate discomfort by making sure people on the floor have a bathroom they are comfortable using, which may mean designating one bathroom through the “E” system. The “E” system allows students to mark outside the door which gender they are comfortable sharing the bathroom with for the length they are inside. It’s a great step that there are genderneutral bathrooms in almost all of the major academic buildings on campus. The Campus Recreation Center even has a gender-neutral changing facility. But there’s room for improvement. In the residence halls, there are no “safe spaces” for people who are transgender to shower. In fact, there aren’t plain old gender-neutral toilets in most of the residence halls. Since that’s where most people call home, we ought to try to make it a little more comfortable. The strength of UNL lies in catering to the majority while still respecting the minority. New policies expressing progressive attitudes will go a long way in reflecting that openmindedness to the public and to prospective students. Our society is slowly moving along the spectrum of acceptance. An essential step has to be making campus housing equal and safe for everyone who chooses to use it. Kayla Simon is a sophomore communication studies major. Reach her at opinion@



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Just a small town girl University Theatre’s ‘Middletown’ offers a glimpse into an unusual town and its residents

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Spenser Stokes, playing the town officer, chokes Will Voelker, the mechanic, during a scene from “Middletown,” directed by Joshua Watertsone. The play opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Temple Building’s Howell Theatre.


Emma Gruhl describes the preparation for her role as the librarian as a layered process. First Gruhl, a sophomore double major in theater direction and management and performance, had to alter her appearance and vocal performance to portray the 54-year-old character. “I hunch my shoulders and give my knees a lot of give, and my voice is more accentuated in the higher and lower registers,” Gruhl said. The next step was to understand the character’s mentality and motivations in the play. To do this, before each rehearsal, Gruhl puts in headphones behind stage and listens to her character’s two favorite songs “You Are My Sunshine” and “Kentucky Moon” on her iPod. She said it helps her get in the character’s frame of mind. The librarian is an honest and maternal character, who many other characters turn to for advice. “(The librarian) thinks that the world is made up the all these tiny gemstones of interest, and it’s impossible to explore them all,” Gruhl said. “But she wants to do her best to learn as much as she can. Understanding that helped me get rooted in her emotionally.” Before rehearsals, the cast would play characterization games, in which they would wander around stage and have unscripted interactions as their characters. The activity was meant to push the actors to seek a deeper understanding of their character. “Joshua, the director, really wanted us to construct our own worldview and perspective for our characters,” Gruhl said. The performance of “Middletown” also tests the flexibility of the actors; most members of the production are double-cast, playing more than one character from the town. The cast has been rehearsing together since the beginning of October and looks forward to debuting the play this week. “It’s definitely a quirky and absurdist play, but the themes in it are very real,” Gruhl said. “I think they’re going to have a real effect on the audience.”

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Emma Gruhl, who plays a librarian, reads a book out loud to the crowd, breaking the fourth-wall, something that happens frequently throughout the play.

Lighting The lighting designer of “Middletown,” Joseph Burbach, faced the challenge of creating a mood that reflected a small town feel but also the show’s universal themes. The result is a lighting arrange that is both innovative and versatile. Two large trees make up the background of the stage, and their leaves serve as a projection screen throughout the play. As a result, the lighting can reflect either a quiet, sunny day in Middletown or scenes that are out of this world — literally. “In one scene, there is an astronaut flying through outer space with a star-

scape projected onto the background,” Gruhl said. “It’s breathtaking visually.” The lighting also pays homage to Nebraska. Director Joshua Waterstone said the play makes use of filmed skyscapes from different times of day in Lincoln. In this way, the lighting directors hope to reflect the familiar themes of the Middletown community. The stage is also washed in lights of different colors, not only to represent the setting of the scene, but also to reflect changes in mood, which build the play’s action. Warmer color palettes utilize or-

ange and yellow lighting to reflect the burgeoning relationship between John and Mary. Later in the play, blue and green lighting subtly creates a sterile, almost fluorescent, environment during a hospital scene. “There is almost a theme of metaphysics in the play, lots of references to space and earth,” Gruhl said. “The lighting really draws the connection between the two. Our lighting director has done an amazing job creating the visual and emotional tone for the play.”

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Lauren Huston as Mary Swanson and Jeffrey Paskach as John Dodge rehearse a scene from “Middletown.”

Direction Waterstone said working with the actors of “Middletown” was a sometimescomplicated process. “There 12 actors, and they play 22 parts,” he said. “Some of the (actors) only have one part, like Mary Swanson and John Dodge, or Will’s character, the mechanic, he’s only the mechanic. Or Emma’s character, the librarian, she’s

only the librarian. Spencer’s only the cop. Other (actors) are doing two to three parts. They have to do changes in costume, changes in emotional tone, their stance, vocal changes. They can embody a completely different character and a completely different worldview, so to speak. A lot of what we work with is those tools of the actor, that body, voice,

imagination and emotions. How do we best portray this character believably but also in service of the story? How does their part best tell this story?” Joshua said he hopes the words of the playwright Will Eno and the creative input of his actors will relate the idea of exploring life and the many ways of looking at it to the audience.

Plot “When Will Eno wrote ‘Middletown,’ he said that he wanted to write a play that encompasses life as he knows it, the feeling he gets from life. ‘Middletown’ is that,” director

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Waterstone said of the underlying concept of the play. “We have the miracle of birth, the mystery of death and in between this great miracle and mystery we have our life,”

The play follows a wide cast of characters, many who don’t have names, but instead bear simple archetypes like Cop, Mechanic, Landscaper, Librarian, and so on. “It’s very much an ensemble

Spenser Stokes shines his officer flashlight on the audience near the end of the first act of “Middletown.”

piece,” Waterstone said. Among other characters, the play follows Mary Swanson, a new arrival to Middletown, and John Dodge, who has been there for

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a while. The play explores their relationship, their chance interactions with the various citizens of Middletown and the many world

views as expressed by those characters. The play is divided into two acts.


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TV evolving throughout the years Zach Fulciniti DN

“Boardwalk Empire” and “Game of Thrones.” Second, it set a new precedent for maturity in TV proTelevision programming has been gramming. “Today, creatively, what we’re changing drastically for several decades. With the advent of long- seeing is perhaps a re-emphasis form, serialized dramas, single- on storytelling,” Endacott said. camera comedies and reality “TV is starting to come around that they can tell adult stories — shows, TV has more options than interesting stories with complex ever before for more audiences. characters. It’s pushing cable And this isn’t the first time networks and the big four, to try the quality of television has shifted. When “sight radio” become things that are a little bit more unthe most popular mass medium usual. You’re starting to see cable in the 1950s, the content was fresh channels, and the HBOs of the and interesting, but it didn’t last world, influence the networks.” With the growth of premium long, said Wheeler Winston Dixcable, paid subscription services on, UNL professor of film studies. like HBO and Cinemax that don’t “Once upon a time, there was have to comply with the FCC’s a series called ‘Play of the Week,’” decency standards, and regular Dixon said. “They would have a different play every week with cable networks like FX and AMC that provide their own original different New York actors. Once upon a time, TV was more ambi- programming and have leeway with the FCC’s standards, more tious all across the aboard. But then it became much more for- and more pressure has been put on the major networks such as mulaic as we moved into the ’60s, NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox to push with shows like ‘Perry Mason.’” the boundaries of their programRichard Endacott, assistant professor of film and new media, ming. AMC, with several ubiquitous agreed. “TV, even in the earliest days, series, in particular has provided was very good at telling memora- the strongest push as of late, forcble stories,” Endacott said. “Par- ing TV content providers everywhere to reassess the programticularly the early dramatic series, ming they produce. like ‘Playhouse 90,’ they were The first such series is “Mad showcases for very well-known Men.” writers like Rod “It broke the Serling, who went What we’re mold of drama,” on to create ‘The freshman graphic seeing is Twilight Zone.’” design major CarThrough the perhaps a los Velasco said. ’70s and ’80s, TV “I love the setting, became increas- re-emphasis on the editing, the actingly formulaic, ing, the music, the and primetime storytelling.” p r o g r a m m i n g richard endacott everything. Shows like those are a bit was dominated assistant professor of film more daring.” by “trashy soaps” According to such as “Dallas” Endacott, part of and “Dynasty,” Dixon said. the appeal of “Mad Men” is that The few exceptions were the mini-series “Roots,” which he it doesn’t require advanced techsaid “knocked things together,” nology and filming techniques; It thrives by exploring unorthodox and the comedy “M*A*S*H,” which dealt with heavier themes themes and telling sophisticated stories. like war and death. “’Mad Men’ is not a particuWhile there were a handful of shows in the ’90s that brought larly visual effects heavy show,” unique storytelling and narratives he said. “It’s a show that from a technical standpoint could have to television, shows like “The Xbeen made at any time. But it’s not Files” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” it took until 1999, dumbing down the content for the with the premiere of “The Sopra- viewers. Its compelling characters nos” to, as Dixon put it, break the are interesting and dealing with themes that you still can’t deal mold. with on network television.” “’The Sopranos’ was a real The other, and arguably most forerunner, it took everybody important show of the past deby surprise,” he said. “Now, TV shows have become much more cade, is “Breaking Bad.” What is at the top of its list of ambitious in their arch. Things are becoming longer and more novel- narrative innovations? “The fact that the main charistic. Longer, serialized dramas acter is dying for most of the have become the new staples.” “The Sopranos” advanced show,” sophomore film and new television in a number of impor- media major Rachel Simants said. tant ways: first, it established “I think it’s pretty crazy to build a HBO, a premium cable channel, show on someone who just found as a serious force in original pro- he’s going to die. And after that, (the writers) just kept upping the gramming, which it has maintained with popular, critically ac- ante. Everything is on the table claimed shows such as “Rome,” with shows like ‘Breaking Bad.’”

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“Breaking Bad” is among the shows taking a more narrative direction, drawing influence from films in both aesthetics and plot.

Next on the list: making the protagonist and the antagonist, at times, the same person. “They took a lot of creative risks,” sophomore film and new media major Eric Larson said. “Turning a good guy into a bad guy hasn’t been done before. We’ve had antiheroes before, but we’ve never gone from liking a guy to hating him, and it still be so compelling. And it was probably one of the most visually creative shows out there. It looks like a movie.” The impact of cable and premium cable on television narratives is obvious: Larson, for example, wouldn’t watch TV at all if it weren’t for the complex, ambitious narratives of shows like “Game of Thrones,” “Breaking Bad” and “The Sopranos.” “They’re the only shows I watch,” he said. But the new era of TV, the “golden age” as Dixon said, is also evidence that not everything that shines is gold. American TV drama is indisputably more sophisticated and compelling than it has ever been, but other genres, namely comedy and reality television, leave much to be desired. “Things like ‘Duck Dynasty’ absolutely elude me,” Dixon said. “Comedies are particularly bad on television right now.” In the past decade, major networks like NBC and ABC have moved away from the multi-camera studio sitcom toward singlecamera comedies like “30 Rock,” “Modern Family” and “Parks and Recreation.” CBS, with shows like “Two and a Half Men,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Mike and Molly,” has continued to find success with the traditional multi-camera model. “Single-camera sitcoms are overrated crap,” Velasco said. “The exceptions are “The Office and “Modern Family.” I don’t like the format very much, the idea of replicating life to that extent loses

some of the fun. I love watching the great sitcoms of the ’90s like ‘Friends’ and ‘Frasier.’” Endacott argued that, in general, TV audiences still enjoy the traditional multi-camera format enough to make it successful. “’The Big Bang Theory,’ ‘Mike and Molly,’ those kinds of shows aren’t going away,” he said. “There’s an audience for them. I don’t have a problem if they’re well written.” He also pointed out that reality series continue to prosper because they’re always economically viable on the first run. But the prosperity usually ends there. “They cost very little to produce, and you can turn out episode after episode,” Endacott said. “They’ll shoot multiple episodes in one big day. On the other hand, they don’t have a shelf life. They’re not really interested in syndication except on some specialized cable networks. You can have a potentially dramatic or comedic series like ‘Seinfeld’ that’s still funny, that people still watch, or you can do something that costs a lot less but doesn’t have a lot of legs beyond when you first run it.” While formulaic TV appears to be dying out as dramas become more complex and comedies move away from traditional formats, Velasco argued that American television still has a way to go in becoming a truly creative and innovative medium. “I look for a show that has good writing, great character development, wonderful music, great editing,” he said. “Some dramas like to go outside the box, but even then it becomes a game of ‘let’s catch up.’ With comedies, they need creativity and to dig into other issues and talk about culture more. There is a lack of creativity that makes the genre a bore. There should be a reason for you to want to escape to the fantasy.” arts@

‘Let’s Be Still’ impresses with bluegrass sound The Head and the Heart incorporates old folk sound, harmonies from trio for successful album Keith Finn DN With the emergent success of folk rock in mainstream music, The Head And The Heart are turning heads and moving hearts. The Head And The Heart released its stellar second album “Let’s Be Still” on Sub Pop in October. The Seattle-based band rode the success of its freshman self-titled album “Lost In My Mind.” “Let’s Be Still” clinches folk-like high points with a bluegrass feel that tie together wonderfully. The Head And The Heart stuck to its musical code and made an album of what the band does best. The band’s bluegrass tone is shown in the song “Shake.” The track outset is an electric guitar and a brisk bass drum. It then breaks into clapping and the lyrics, “Well the ink in my pen ran dry long before your smile, and the pages have always been blank like the trees in the wild.” This song is perhaps about the inevitable separation of two old friends. My favorite part of the song is bass guitar player playing high up on his axe during the verses. The end encompasses three part harmonies that made the hair on the back of my neck stand. “These Days are Numbered” is an admirable love song with only includes an acoustic guitar. Charity Rose Thielen provides the vocals for this song as she is backed by the guitar player strongly strumming along. She sings, “I need this faith to keep me walkin’, to keep me alive.” This song is about living life to the fullest. It concludes Dylan-

LET'S BE STILL The Head and the Heart like with a perfect harmonica solo over the lone acoustic guitar. The track “Another Story” is a folk fantasy. It includes piano, violin, both acoustic and electric guitar and harmonic falsettos that give the song a beautiful sound. “Everybody feels a little crazy, but we go on living with it,” is a lyric speaking about how life really is and how people act. The Head And The Heart give a fantastic performance on this album. However, some of the lyrics seem to be taken from the bottom shelf. As far as musicality is concerned, The Head And The Heart has got that down pat. The melodies and harmonies bestowed by the trio of singers are well done. The vast array of musical talents spread out on different instruments give The Head And The Heart its unique flare. The Head And The Heart has come a long way from its start in Seattle in 2009. “Let’s Be Still” shows that the band has broad range of musical expertise. Fame came fast for the group, and we can only hope for more great music from The Head and The Heart in the future. arts@

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Poetry collection explores theme of adultery Jeffrey McDaniel’s newest work, ‘Chapel of Inadvertent Joy,’ is especially somber with striking language Maranda Loughlin DN I am not an idiot. Or so goes one of the many gripping poem titles in Jeffrey McDaniel’s newest anthology, “Chapel of Inadvertent Joy.” In the collection, McDaniel continues his use of bizarre metaphors and writes about taboo topics such as sex, religion and infidelity. Throughout, the author compares and contrasts the darker sides of our life relationships with his matchless and metaphorical writing style. “Chapel of Inadvertent Joy,” is an enigmatic and gloomy 71-page read. While not uncommon for a McDaniel anthology, this particular cluster of poems is especially somber and pensive. When I was introduced to McDaniel’s work in high school, the biting and often unconventional use of metaphor left me compelled and led me to explore the

rest of his catalog. Poems such as “The First Straw” and “The Jerk” changed my perspectives and hooked me on his language and subject matters. With “Chapel of Inadvertent Joy,” I was surprised. To begin with, there’s the collection’s prominent theme of adultery pervading many poems. Some briefly touch on the act, while others directly confront infidelity, even referencing the cuckold or husband of an unfaithful wife in multiple poem titles. The poem “I Am Not An Idiot” describes a college bar scene where the narrator watches his wife have an affair. Yet, McDaniel describes the wife as having “butterfly wings,” and describes her skirt as “shorter than summer in Alaska,” evoking romantic, even loving characterization. Along with the betraying undertones, the book contains an overwhelming amount of biblical references. Although McDaniel has done this in his previous poetry, the amount of allusions to the Bible is vast. In “A Brief History of the Future,” he paints the image of churchgoers sitting on giant radio antennas so they would be able to listen to God with “their entire body.” In “Satan Exulting Over Eve,” McDaniel writes from the perspective of Satan as the serpent while he describes the

deceitfulness of God: “Don’t act surprised — you knew this would happen, dressing up your little mousetrap like paradise.” The poem, inspired by a color-print drawing from William Blake, continues McDaniel’s approach to well-known topics from unexpected perspectives, while simultaneously breaking the adultery-themed monotony that clouds the text the more it’s explored. One poem that doesn’t fit the overall bleak aesthetic, is “A Brief History of Eyebrows.” Here, McDaniel describes the eyebrows of Kate Winslet, Satan and Winona Rider and ends with, “your eyebrows are church benches I want to be carved into like initials.” The writing style and bouncy tone of this piece parallels his older work like “The Archipelago of Kisses,” a poem from the 2002 collection, “The Splinter Factory.” Even with the two reoccurring themes, “Chapel of Inadvertent Joy” captivates readers with its unfailing abstract thoughts and striking language. It’s a solemn yet delightful poetry collection that flows from start to finish and challenges readers with its unique considerations. The collection may not be one of McDaniel’s more favorable works, but it’s a must-read all the same.

she said. “There’s no crude language in it really, which right there says something. So I wanted to refer to a slightly vintage feeling in the costumes.” Because of the cross in vintage and contemporary fashions, it has been difficult for Stauffer to locate the right materials for her costumes. Stauffer has drawn heavily upon fashion from the past to help her complete the attire for the play. “The hardest part has been trying to find some of the fabrics from

the ’60s and ’70s that have the right quality I need, as well as the same fiber content,” Stauffer said. But, the clothing season in general has also posed issues. “Part of the show takes place in the summer and there really isn’t (summer) clothing or (summer) fabrics in the stores right now,” Stauffer said. “On top of that, just being able to locate fabric and shoes and accessories and stuff that reflect the right time period is really difficult.” In “Middletown,” Stauffer will incorporate vintage with contemporary fashions to reflect the setting switches from past to future.



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For the past four weeks, UNL professor Janice Stauffer has been building costumes for “Middletown.” But finding costumes to fit the play has been a challenge. First, Stauffer identified the feel of the play by looking at the plot of “Middletown” and then took a critical look at the diction as well. “The play is contemporary, but the language in the play didn’t seem completely contemporary,”


For Vicki Halverson, the amount of time she has spent working on the scenery for “Middletown” is uncountable. Halverson, the scenic director, started creating the stage setting in April. When she started the project in the Spring, five hours was a typical work day in preparation for “Middletown.” Now, the amount of time has quadrupled. But this is Halverson’s passion.

“It’s always a good thing to be overtaken by something that you enjoy doing,” Halverson said. In the first stage of development, Halverson mapped out all of the scenes from the play, including exterior house scenes, some park scenes, hospital interiors and kitchen interiors. “We have a bunch of different scenes and different locations so it’s been very interesting incorporating them all into a unified design,” Halverson said. “Making sure all of the scenery is flowing together, and that all the scenery is cohesive has been a difficult and fun challenge.” There is one part of “Middletown” in particular that Halverson thinks will be especially exciting for the audience. The scene involves multiple facets of the production team. “In conjunction with the projections we are doing in the show, we are doing a scene that is based in outer space that looks pretty fantastic with the lighting and scenery,” Halverson said. “That would be my favorite scene to just watch and observe as an audience member.” Arts@

“Apples in There?” Vanessa Daves DN There are all kinds of great things on YouTube. With more being added every day, we at the arts desk want to pick out some of our favorites and share them with you. While the technology to display videos on paper doesn’t exist (yet), we figure the second-best option is to transcribe the video and let our readers watch in their imaginations. If that isn’t enough, head to our site at and check it out. A little girl with a gap in the middle of her teeth wearing an off-white dress and a jean jacket looks at the camera and says, “Tell me when.” “Go,” someone responds. She smiles and begins her video. “Hi, my name is Kara, and today I’m going to teach you how to make, um, salad.” After she says this, the camera shifts to show the supplies she will use for her salad. “Here are the ingredients you’ll need,” Kara says. “You can actually use any kind of fruit you would like, but here’s the fruit I’m using. You can use apples, blueberries and strawberries.” She points to each fruit as she says it, and the scene shifts. “And pour all the yogurt in the bowl,” Kara says. She hits the bottom of the yogurt as she pours it in. This time she’s accompanied by a girl who is presumably her younger sister. “Come out, come out,” Kara says, continuing to hit the yogurt.

“What?” her little sister asks. “The yogurt doesn’t want to come out,” Kara responds. The scene shifts again, and Kara has a box of blueberries in her hand. “Now take a handful of blueberries,” she says, putting blueberries in the bowl. “It’s kind of hard to get a handful.” The sister says something somewhat unidentifiable in baby talk. “Now that is the best thing,” the sister says. “It’s yumma!” Kara continues, ignoring her sister. “Apples in there?” the little sister asks. “Apples, blueberries and strawberries,” Kara answers. “You forgot the blueberries,” the sister says. “I said blueberries,” Kara answers, a hint of frustration in her voice. Ignoring Kara, the younger sister begins to chant while hitting the bowl, “Blueberries, blue—” when all of a sudden, she hits the bowl too hard and it falls onto her face. You can hear a crash and the sound of breaking glass as Kara’s jaw drops in horror while she watches her little sister fall to the floor wearing the bowl on her face. As the scene comes to an end, you can hear a whimper from the sister. There are two more replays of the bowl falling onto the little sister’s face, and the second one is in slow motion with the sister singing “Blueberries, blue—” with a slo-mo man voice. arts@

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three keys to nebraska vs. michigan state Nebraska

1. Shut down Langford

Through its first nine games, the Nebraska defense has allowed five of its opponents to rush for more than 200 yards. However, it opponents last Saturday, Michigan, didn’t surpass triple digits. In fact, the Wolverines didn’t even meet positive numbers as the Blackshirts held them to a deploring -21 total yards on the ground. Michigan State’s running back Jeremy Langford will enter Saturday’s contest No. 6 in the conference averaging 86.1 yards per game. If the Huskers plan on keeping their Big Ten Championship hopes alive, they’ll have to silence the Spartans’ biggest offensive threat.

2. Find holes in intimidating MSU defense.

Quincy Enunwa leads Husker wide receivers with 536 total receiving yards this season. However, his margin on the guys behind him has been shrinking. Redshirt freshmen teammates Alonzo Moore and Jordan Westerkamp made noise earlier this month with their career-high 43- and 104-yard performances against Northwestern. And although junior Kenny Bell’s been bothered by a groin injury, he

racked up 44 yards last Saturday, including 38 on Nebraska’s gamewinning drive. However, Michigan State ranks first in the Big Ten in pass defense, allowing just 166.8 yards per game. If the Huskers don’t want to burn out junior running back Ameer Abdullah, who leads the conference in rushing, quarterbacks Tommy Armstrong Jr. and Ron Kellogg III will have to utilize their passing options.

3. Take over the third quarter

If there’s one thing Nebraska’s been able to do so far this year, it’s scoring early and getting the upper hand on its opponents. But the second half in Nebraska’s first loss, against UCLA, and their past three games have played a different story. Games played against Minnesota, Northwestern and Michigan have come down to the wire because of the Huskers’ inability to make noise in the third quarter. They’ve been successful two out of the three times, with their second loss coming to Minnesota. Securing a lead by the end of the third quarter would pay dividends and take the weight off the Blackshirts’ shoulders in the final quarter. Nedu Izu sports@

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1. Consistent Cook

Sophomore quarterback Connor Cook has been a bit of a wild card in terms of accuracy and performance. Some days he looks horrendous, missing open receivers left and right. And some days he looks like one of the best in the conference, like he did in the Illinois blowout, when he set MSU’s single-game passing efficiency record. Heading to Lincoln for likely the most intimidating environment he’s played in so far, Cook has to be sharp for the Spartans to escape with a win.

2. Make the bye week count

Coming off their second bye week, the Spartans need to look rested and rejuvenated rather than rusty. Cook’s inconsistencies keep the thought of a lackluster start alive. Also, Michigan came off a bye week before getting dismantled at Spartan Stadium, so they have fresh motivation to come out punching. MSU really needs to come out firing on all cylinders offensively, because its confidence tends to falter if struggles persist. The aforementioned atmosphere and Sea of Red should be eye-opening at first, but MSU can’t be overwhelmed

by it. The defense is exceptionally stout and will play well regardless. But the offense, with a mix of youth and experience at the skill positions, still has its flaws. Considering the extra time on the bye week, don’t be surprised if the Spartans employ some kind of new wrinkle or trick play on offense or special teams.


Ari Romero, a Nebraska senior defender, was named as a First Team All-American on Monday by College Sports Madness. Romero averages more than 90 minutes per match, more than any Husker backfield player and has helped lead the Nebraska soccer team to a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament this season after winning both the Big Ten regular-season and Big Ten Championship tournament. The senior defender was named the Big Ten Defender of the Year and the Defensive Player of the Big Ten Tournament this year. She was also named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team.

3. Back up the ranking

Husker bowlers pick up top prospect on Wednesday

The defending NCAA champion Nebraska bowling team announced on Wednesday the addition of Julia Bond for next season. Bond, according to Nebraska coach Bill Straub, is the top prospect in the United States. “Julia is an excellent student and outstanding addition to our program,” Straub said. “To be able to add a player of her caliber that is ranked as the top junior in the country will strengthen our program in the years to come. Julia should fit into our program very well.” Bond, from Aurora, Ill., helped Waubonsie Valley High School win the Illinois State High School Bowling Championship by finishing fourth individually at the state meet. Bond was awarded with AllAcademic, All-Conference and All-State honors for her performance on and off the lanes. Bond also brings winning

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kelly: from 10 shots, but the defense has stepped up in making sure that nothing comes close to the net. Leading the defense is senior Ari Romero, who was recently named as the Big Ten Defender of the Year after averaging more than 90 minutes per match. That’s consistency. Along with Romero are seniors Kylie Greischar and Maritza Hayes, who are each averaging around 80 minutes per game, while sophomore Jaylyn Odermann is at 65 minutes per game. That’s enough experience in the backfield to provide stability to the Husker roster. Nebraska begins NCAA Tournament play this Friday at home against Southeastern Louisiana, and if it seems like Nebraska’s opponents are getting off more shots, the Huskers will not be worried. They’ve dealt with it all season. Josh Kelly is a junior journalism major. You can reach him at sports@

The No. 9 Nebraska volleyball team announced on Wednesday two in-state recruits and one out-ofstate high school player will play for the Huskers next season. Outside hitter Olivia Boender from Waverly, Neb., outside hitter Maddie Haggerty from Glen Ellyn, Ill., and libero Sydney Townsend of Lincoln, Neb., were the three players to sign for the Husker volley-

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Biggs and senior Ray Gallegos are coming off the bench from suspensions for the next game, against South Carolina State. “We’ll get adjusted quick, I’ll tell you that,” Pitchford said of Biggs and Gallegos’ addition to the lineup. “We want to win. We all buy into the system, and we’re all loyal. It’s not all about one person, and it’s about the team, and that’s why we play together.” sports@

Martinez may be, statistically, the best quarterback the program has ever had. But his career lacks a signature victory, and the Huskers won no championships under his guidance. He was one of the better athletes ever to play quarterback at Nebraska, but the magic of his freshman season evaporated. He failed to play up to early expectations. The verdict on Martinez’s legacy is as confounding as the book ends of his career, from the first carry to the last walk off the field. If it’s actually over, a career that began with a too-good-to-betrue zone read keeper ended with disenchantment on a chilly day in Minnesota. The final play of Martinez’s Nebraska career was an interception. Zach Tegler is a senior journalism major. You can reach him at sports@

on her club teams, both on the left side and right side.” Townsend, who signed as a libero for the Huskers, switched to outside hitter her senior year for Lincoln Pius X. The 5-8 signee and the Pius X Thunderbolts will be playing in the Nebraska Class B state championship this weekend. “We’ve seen her perform at a high level as a libero, and she is also multitalented in that she has played outside hitter for her high school team,” Cook said. “She has experience in big matches both on the club and high school level and she should be able to come in and contribute as a freshThe New York Times Syndication Sales Corporation man.”

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On the other hand, Martinez had five comeback wins from double-digit, second-half deficits against conference opponents. Those victories are the defining ones in a career defined largely by defeats. In Martinez’s last start – likely the final one of his tenure at Nebraska – he fell short of completing yet another secondhalf comeback. He led drives in the Oct. 26 game at Minnesota to turn a 14-point deficit into a 4-point deficit, but the Gophers put the Huskers away with a late touchdown. Martinez lost four of his last six games. The peaks and the pitfalls of his career reached the extremes on the emotion spectrum. For three seasons and part of a fourth, he led the Husker Nation on a violent carnival ride. So Martinez’s legacy, his place in Nebraska football history, is…well… It’s hard to put a finger on it.

Senior defender Ari Romero (2) added a College Sports Madness All-American award to a number of Big Ten awards.

ball team on Wednesday. Coach John Cook said the three additions will help the Huskers replace senior outside hitter Kelsey Robinson and senior right side hitter Morgan Broekhuis after graduation this season and add depth at the libero spot, but he hopes to add one more player in April. The 6-2 Boender currently has 489 kills on the season for Waverly and has helped the Vikings secure a spot in the Class B state championship, which will take place this weekend. “Olivia is a great in-state recruit,” Cook said. “She is an extremely powerful hitter, but has also impressed us with her all-around skills, especially in the back court.” Haggerty, another 6-2 outside hitter, was named as a Top 50 Junior by and helped Wheaton-St. Francis win the 2012 Illinois 3A state championship. “Maddie has played with some very successful high school programs and an elite club program in Sports Performance out of Chicago,” Cook said. “She is also a very physical, powerful hitter and has played all the way around


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numbers, with 20.5 points and 5 rebounds per game, shooting 63 percent from the floor and 93 percent from the free throw line. “When you’re a coach, you hope there’s a coach on the floor. We get a lot of that out of Shavon,” Miles said. “Plus, he’s an awesome player. He does things really well.” Neither Shields nor Pitchford think the Huskers, who have yet to trail in a game this season, are near where they could be. Transfer Deverell

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MSU has been ranked No. 1 in total defense for the entire season, and the unit is as good as the numbers indicate. The Spartans thrive on shutting down the running attack, but they’ve yet to see a running back of Ameer Abdullah’s level. If he becomes the first runner to gain 100 yards on MSU, that probably means a close final score in either direction. If the Spartans negate the running game as well as they have all year and put the game in Tommy Armstrong’s hands, I don’t like Nebraska’s odds against a veteran secondary. I expect a flurry of blitzes, similar to the Michigan game, to take advantage of the Cornhuskers’ depleted offensive line.

experience to the Huskers next year, as the Illinois native captured the U20 2013 North Pointe Junior Gold Championships in Sterling Heights, Mich. The title earned her a spot on the Junior USA bowling team, where she will compete with current Husker bowler and All-American Liz Kuhlkin.

Nebraska men’s basketball coach Tim Miles announced on Wednesday, the opening day of the fall signing period, that Jacob Hammond, a 6-foot-10 forward signed a letter of intent to play with the Huskers next season. “I am really excited about Jacob Hammond joining the Huskers,” Miles said. “He has excellent size and length. He is a great kid who wants to get better and better. I was very impressed with him all summer.” Hammond was rated as the No. 2 prospect out of Oklahoma and in the top 150 players in the country according to The three-star selection chose Nebraska over Oklahoma, TCU and Texas Tech and is the first Rivals’ top-150 player to sign for Nebraska since 2003.

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Goalkeeper Emma Stevens set an NU record for career saves this season, and a strong defense prevents opposing shots on target.

Sophomore forward Walter Pitchford led the Huskers in their Tuesday victory against Western Illinois with 14 points, including a 3-for-6 performance behind the 3-point line. Through two games, Pitchford is third on the team in scoring.



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Walter pitchford got attention for bringing down shavon shields in a scrimmage. now he’s showing what he’s really made of.


alter Pitchford’s first impression to Nebraska basketball started with walking away. Sophomore Shavon Shields, a fan favorite and returning starter, lay on his back writhing in pain on the baseline, as Pitchford tried to hide his face walking toward midcourt. The two collided in the air during the team’s first practice of the year on Sept. 30 on a fast-break, ending with Shields’ sitting for the rest of the night and cold stares directed at Pitchford. This was the first thing Nebraska fans saw from Pitchford: a bad foul and a nervous look. But Tuesday, Pitchford showed Nebraska fans who he truly is: a scorer, and a force for the Huskers. Pitchford single-handedly led Nebraska on an 8-0 run Tuesday night against Western Illinois after hitting two

3-pointers and another jumper in the first half, which led to a 22-6 run over the course of 10 minutes in Nebraska’s 62-47 win. Pitchford finished the game with a career and team-high 14 points, shooting 5 of 9 from the floor with three 3-pointers. “When he’s fresh,” coach Tim Miles said, “it looks like he’s hitting nothing but the back of the net.” Pitchford has started out hot for Nebraska (2-0), averaging 10.5 points over two games, shooting 58 percent from the field and 63 percent from behind the arc. Pitchford has a mid-range 15-foot jumper and 3-point range that, according to Miles, will be tough for any opponent to guard, especially if Pitchford continues to shoot as well as he has so far. “Any pick and pop five is tough,” Miles said. “Just look at the look on the other coach’s face and that will tell you all that you need to know. It’s a frustrat-

ing thing.” The 6-10 center currently leads the team with five 3-pointers. Pitchford, a transfer from Florida, has finally found a home and a starting position at Nebraska after a disappointing year in Florida (totaling 22 minutes in 13 games with 6 points) and redshirting for one season. Now, Pitchford has the green light to shoot as he pleases. “Once I got here to Nebraska, Coach Miles really told me how big it’s going to be for me to be able to shoot,” Pitchford said. “Anybody who gets told to shoot, obviously, will be happy,” he added with a smile. But Pitchford’s not the only one off to a hot start this season. So is the man he put on the floor that first practice: Shavon Shields. Shields, one of three captains as just a sophomore, has been putting up big

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Defense leads way for NCAAbound Huskers josh kelly

The No. 10 Huskers have been unstoppable recently. They won the Big Ten Championship on Sunday and are now a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and one of the biggest reasons why Nebraska is in its current position is the play coming from the defensive end. There are numerous things that can be attributed as the sources of the Huskers success this season. First off, many valuable veterans were back for their senior years, including Big Ten Midfielder of the Year Jordan Jackson and second team All-Big Ten goalkeeper Emma Stevens. They also have freshmen such as Jaycie Johnson coming in and making an immediate impact on the team. Although many aspects of the game have been working for the Huskers, it’s the defense that has really put them in a position to reach heights that have yet to be achieved by longtime head coach John Walker. From the first game of the season, the defense has been setting the tone for Nebraska. The Huskers won the season opener in impressive fashion, defeating Southeast Missouri State 4-0 in the first of seven shutouts the team would have heading into the NCAA Tournament. After a rocky start, going winless in three straight matchups, the Huskers hit their stride and from then on found ways to put a tally in the win column. Nebraska has

now won 16 of its last 17 meetings, and that’s because the team has allowed 2 goals only three times during that stretch. In the rest of the games the Huskers allowed either allowed 1 goal or were able to pull of the shutout. If you look at the unprecedented run that the Huskers made, there is nothing on the offensive end that can be consistently pointed out as the reason why Nebraska came out on top. As for the defensive side of the ball, there is a certain pattern. But it’s not something you usually see in a winning team. In 12 of the 17 games, the Huskers were outshot by their opponents, and yet they only lost one of them: the game against No. 11 Michigan, a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, when the two squads faced off in early October. The Wolverines managed to win 2-1 after a pair of second half goals to beat the Huskers. You can say the Huskers were lucky, being able to come out as the victors in 12 games in which they were outshot, but it’s not luck at all. It’s the Husker defense. The fact Nebraska is winning games despite being outshot means the defense is holding its own and applying pressure to offenses to force them to make inaccurate shots. Yes, teams are able to get some shots off against the Huskers, but they aren’t worrisome for senior goalkeeper Stevens. In nine out of the 12 games when Nebraska was outshot, the opponent wasn’t able to get more shots on goal than the Huskers. The offense is doing its part offensively in making the most of its

kelly: see page 9

With Martinez’s NU career likely over, legacy in question zach tegler

The first carry of Taylor Martinez’s Nebraska career was a touchdown. It came on a zone read, the same way many touchdowns came in 2010. Martinez faked a handoff to Roy Helu Jr., bolted through Western Kentucky’s front seven and glided 46 yards into the end zone. The run happened about half an hour after Martinez was announced as the starting quarterback over Zac Lee and Cody Green, and it confirmed the whispers leaking out of fall camp. Teammates told tall tales of a player who dazzled in practice, spinning away from linebackers and speeding past safeties. Coaches raved about how he could make all the throws. Curious fans heard fables about a redshirt freshman nicknamed “T-Magic” before ever seeing action in a game. After the season opener, Martinez kept running, and the Huskers kept winning. He stunned a Seattle crowd with an 80-yard touchdown sprint against Washington. He ran wild on a Thursday night in Manhattan, Kan., rushing for 241 yards

and 4 touchdowns for a national was injured again. T-Magic took audience. a phone call from his father in the Martinez and another first-time locker room, a violation of team starter, Michigan’s Denard Robin- rules, and got a prodding from Pelison, were locks to contend for the ni on the sideline when the coach Heisman Trophy. Nebraska was 5-0 found out. and ranked No. 4 in the Coaches The season ended with losses in Poll. the Big 12 Championship game and T-Magic was already building the Holiday Bowl. Fans no longer toward a legacy as one of the Huskswooned over Martinez’s running ers’ greatest players. ability but questioned his throwing Three years later, Martinez’s and decision-making. place in Nebraska Still, he had one history is up for deof the best statistiCurious bate, and his oncecal seasons in school fans heard promising career is history. He ran for 12 apparently over. touchdowns and 965 fables about a On Monday, yards – second only coach Bo Pelini said redshirt freshman to Ahman Green the senior quarter- nicknamed among freshmen in back’s return from the Nebraska record injury after missing ‘T-Magic’ before books. five games this sea- ever seeing action By the end of his son was unlikely. junior season, MarMartinez’s father, in a game.” tinez already had Casey Martinez – program records in whose name Nebraska fans first passing yards, passing touchdowns learned on a November weekend and total yards. He’s the eighthin 2010, when the Huskers lost at leading rusher in school history. In Texas A&M – told numerous methe 2013 game against UCLA, he dia outlets that a foot injury his son became the first Nebraska player to sustained in the 2013 season opener surpass 10,000 total yards. would take until next spring to heal. Despite Martinez’s success on Injuries have hampered Martithe stat sheet, he was criticized for nez nearly from the beginning. his inability to win big games. He He hurt his ankle in a game went 0-5 in two conference champiagainst Missouri in 2010, and he onship games and three bowl games. barely played against Iowa State a He was 29-9 in regular-season starts, few weeks later. but he remembered just as much for Against Texas A&M, the ankle the losses as for the wins.

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Senior quarterback Taylor Martinez held more than 30 school records entering this season, during which he has missed five games with an injury that may keep him out for the rest of the year. The 9-6 loss in College Station in 2010. A 3-interception defeat at Wisconsin in Nebraska’s first Big

Ten game. Blowout losses in 2012 to Ohio State and Wisconsin; in both of those games, Martinez’s first throw

resulted in a pick six the other way.

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