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TransCanada to reroute Keystone XL pipeline Speaker Flood announces firm’s decision to move course around Sandhills dan holtmeyer daily nebraskan

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Sen. Annette Dubas speaks to the rest of the Nebraska State Legislature Monday before Speaker Mike Flood introduced his bill. She’d introduced the first bill of the special session to give Nebraska routing authority. After Flood’s announcement of TransCanada’s decision and the role the state would play, she echoed several senators’ feelings when she said, “I’m more than excited about what has occurred today.”

TransCanada: No At about 3:40 p.m. Monplans at the moment day, in the first full legisas to where the pipelature debate in an already line will be placed. unusual special session, Speaker of the LegislaState Senators: More ture Mike Flood delivered details to work out, the latest game-changing but TransCanada and news to his fellow state the state have come senators: TransCanada had together. agreed to move its controversial Keystone XL oil TransCanada: Nepipeline out of the Sandbraskans will have hills. final say in future The senators of Nebraspipeline locations in the state. ka’s governing body had debated for almost three Sen. Flood: Transhours on what the state Canada has voluntarishould do about the pipely committed to pull line route — and why — the Keystone pipeline when Flood announced from the Sandhills. the decision, along with confirmation from the U.S. State Department that NeVideo online at dailynebraskan. braska can take part in its com and ultimate routing decision. The Sandhills area lies dailynebraskan above a portion of the massive Ogallala Aquifer and Nebraska’s Department has ground water tables of Environmental Quality so high they come above the authority to work with the surface in some plac- TransCanada and State Dees. Ranchers, landowners partment officials to develand environmentalists had op that supplementary reformed an alliance in the port, which TransCanada past several months, say- wouldn’t pay for. ing that the risk of an oil “This is our land, these spill was unacceptable. are our people, this is our The department has water,” Flood said. “We been reviewing the proj- will pay for this.” ect for about three years, His amendment would including a hitch onto, contentious and effecenvironmentively take tal impact the place statement, of, a bill inbecause it troduced by would cross Sen. Chris the U.S.Langemeier, Canada borchairman of der. Questhe Natural tions have Resources persisted Committee, since before two weeks the special His Mike Flood ago. session on proposal speaker of the legislature whether Newould have braska can given the influence the Keystone XL governor the power to reproject, which needs fed- view pipeline routes in the eral approval, within its state. borders. Minutes after the session After his announcement, adjourned for the day, Flood introduced a bill to Flood joined the members do just that. of the Natural Resources “Nebraska in fact does Committee and Alex Pourhave the ability, if we baix, TransCanada presiwant, to participate in and dent of energy and oil conduct a supplementa- pipelines, in a press conry environmental impact ference in the Capitol rostatement,” Flood told the tunda. Legislature. “Siting a pipeline is a difHis bill would give ficult process,” Pourbaix

This is our land, these are our people, this is our water. We will pay for this.

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Speaker Mike Flood (right) announces that TransCanada had agreed to reroute the Keystone XL pipeline around the Sandhills, and introduces an amendment that would give Nebraska a role in deciding the new route. “I believe it’s appropriate that this bill be passed this session,” he said, “so that we never have to live through this nightmare again.”

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The pay-by-phone parking spots should be ready to use by December. “They will be ready to roll out by the end of the semester,” said Dan Carpenter, director of parking and transit services during a parking advisory committee meeting. The committee held its monthly meeting on

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Monday to discuss parking and transit expenses as well as the new contract with a business that has yet to be named. The original payby-phone plan was killed after only one month of operation earlier this semester because of the company leaving the country. The pay-by-phone spots, marked with signs and yellow paint on the pavement, have been coned off since September.

Now, commuting students, faculty and visitors will be able to use the spots in the 17th and R parking garage, Hardin Hall, the Animal Science building and dental college on East Campus by the end of the semester. After a person calls the pay-by-phone number, he or she can charge a credit card for the estimated time the spot is needed. The charge is $1 per hour

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Film honors late Nobel winner’s Green Belt work DANIEL WHEATON DAILY NEBRASKAN

Intended E.N. Thompson Forum speaker Wangari Maathai died on Sept. 25, three days before her scheduled speech. In her honor, the film “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai” will play in the Nebraska Union auditorium at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The documentary is the story of Maathai, the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. Maathai died of complications of ovarian cancer. The film is presented as part of the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues. Lisa Merton and Alan Dater filmed the documentary, which focuses on the Green Belt Movement of Kenya. As the late Maathai said in San Francisco in 2006, “Until you dig a hole, you plant a tree, you water it and make it survive, you haven’t done a thing. You are just talking.” The Green Belt movement began by planting a tree, and then spread to improve the environment and empower women. Maathai’s vision of sustainable development benefitted the lives of rural

Kenyans. The movement organized rural Kenyans to help plant trees, combat deforestation and improve themselves economically. Alice Kang, professor of ethnic studies and political science explained Maathai’s lifetime work. “Maathai was an environmentalist before environmentalism became mainstream,” Kang said. “Maathai was a visionary in how environmental degradation affected peoples lives.” The Green Belt Movement is a combination of environmentalism and feminism, Kang explained. Using the power of rural Kenyan women, she was able to create feasible environmental change in her country, she continued. “The movement helps women become champions for sustainable management, such as water or governments, economic development and then women have been empowered through this organization,” said Amelia Montes, the director of ethnic studies and associate professor of English and ethnic studies.

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YOUR THOUGHTS This week’s online poll asked readers for their thoughts on the NCAA’s decision to allow multi-year scholarships for student athletes. Both UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman and Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne expressed hesitation about low standards for keeping the scholarships.


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campus briefs Lecture focuses on maps of Great Plains region Two geography professors are offering a birds-eye view of the Great Plains. J. Clark Archer from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Fred M. Shelley from the University of Oklahoma will present a joint lecture as part of the Paul A. Olson Seminars in Great Plains Studies titled “Creating the Atlas of the Great Plains.” Archer and Shelley will talk about maps documenting the Great Plains by the late cartographer Steve Lavin. The professors will give their lecture Wednesday at the Center for Great Plains Studies from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. 4-H seeks help for robotics tournaments 4-H is looking for volunteers to help out at the First Lego League robotics tournaments in the state. Teams of middle school students are building and programming robots to solve a food safety problem. They are also competing in a robot game, robot design, project and teamwork challenges. Volunteers are needed to set up and tear down, judge the robots and escort the teams. Visit http://4hset.unl. edu/4hdrupal/node/638 for more information or to register to volunteer. Volunteers have until Nov. 28. Combined Campaign raises money for Lincoln community The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is set to raise money for the Lincoln community as part of Lincoln’s Combined Campaign for Health and Human Services. University employees can make pledges either online or by paper pledge cards. UNL aims to raise $403,000 and increase the number of campus donors. The campaign ends Nov. 18. UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman and Darin Erstad, Husker baseball coach, are the co-chairs for UNL’s 2011 Combined Campaign. For more information or to make an electronic pledge, visit http://go.unl. edu/2011combinedcampaign. Fampus app encourages student networking at events Students across the nation can now access the website Fampus on their mobile phones. Fampus released its mobile app at the end of October. The Fampus website lets students know what events are happening on campuses across the nation. The mobile app allows users to check-out an event and see when classmates arrive and leave through geo-location. The app also lets students take pictures, upload them and share with other students. Students can download the Fampus app for free from the Apple app store or the Android Marketplace. — compiled by Kim Buckley

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when a person calls the pay-by-phone number. Carpenter also said that there will soon be a mobile application that can be used to have text messages sent to a person’s cell phone 10 minutes before time is up on a parking spot. The same app would allow a person to charge more time to a credit card, which is useful for students who are in class when they run out of time in their parking spot. At the meeting, Carpenter also said personnel expenses are up 4 percent because of more summer usage than was unexpected,

while operating expenses are down 21 percent so far this school year. Carpenter said the reason for this is because the numbers have been reported earlier this year and will most likely go flat in about six months. He said utility expenses are also up, because there has been a full operating year for the new 19th and Vine parking garage. The purchasing of parking permits also went up 1 percent this year, as more students have become more willing to spend the money to obtain the passes, he said.

Geography Week aims to educate, entertain campus Kaitlin karins daily nebraskan

Monday marked the beginning of Geography Awareness Week at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Geography Week is promoted by the National Geography Society, which aims to gain support for geography education throughout the week as it holds an abundance of seminars and interactive games. Geography Awareness Week was founded in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln began celebrating Geography Awareness Week in 1996. “This year’s theme, Adventure in Your Community, promotes the idea that a geographic perspective is an important way to understand every community no matter what size, or how long or briefly one has been a part of it,” said Milda Vaitkus, Geographic Information System manager for the Center for Advanced Land

Management Information in the School of Natural Resources. Past themes have been Freshwater and You in 2010, Places and Faces in 2009 and The Americas in 2008. “The focus of Geography Awareness Week is geographic literacy, which is about more than just knowing state capitals,” Vaitkus said. “The goal is to encourage citizens to think and learn about the interconnectedness of our world.” Events including lectures and the annual Geography Bowl put a “fun spin on geography,” said Christine Nycz, Geography Student Organization President and graduate anthropology and geography student. Two geography professors will visit the university to share research. This year’s speakers are Paul Sutton of the University of Denver and J. Clark Archer of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln along with Fred

M. Shelley of the University of Oklahoma. There are more interactive activities as well. “The annual Geography Bowl is always a highlight of the week and draws over 100 participants,” Vaitkus said. “The student photo contest also usually includes some outstanding entries.” The bowl will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Hardin Hall Auditorium on East Campus. The contest welcomes students of all majors to test their geography knowledge. “I think people are often surprised about how much geography they do know, and they have a lot of fun putting their knowledge to the test in the trivia bowl,” Nycz said. She added that the bowl comprises 100 questions which vary from “Where is the Atacama Desert located?” to “Which rapper represents St. Louis?” Not all of the week’s activities require in-depth geography

knowledge. The week also features a student photo contest in which students can submit photos they feel reflect some part of this year’s theme. These pictures will be on display during the Geography Awareness Week on the first-floor lobby of Hardin Hall. First, second and third place will receive awards. Photo competition results and awards will be handed out Friday at 2 p.m. in Room 228 in Hardin Hall. Overall, the week aims to bolster campus’ geographic knowledge, Vaitkus said. “We need geographic knowledge to make good decisions about where to live and work, how to transport ourselves, what to buy and how to dispose of it, how to prepare for natural disasters, whether to go to war abroad, where to locate a store or factory or how to market goods abroad,” she said.


Post-grads of color share experiences at alumni forum lorena carmona daily nebraskan

Ten University of NebraskaLincoln alumni of color united at the Wick Alumni Center Monday night. They gathered in front of a crowd of more than 70 students as a part of the Alumni of Color Career Forum, which has been taking place for the past 19 years. The Alumni of Color Career Forum was brought to the UNL campus in 1992 when Jake Kirkland, assistant director of Career Service, saw a need. “There was a void,” Kirkland said. “The visibility of graduates of color was not available for our students to see.” He said students of color needed a chance to rally around the success of past alumni. Kirkland said the forum usually falls right after Masters Week, when the University brings back distinguishable alumni to talk about their success. “We are more focused on the stories that the alumni are bringing back,” he said. Kirkland said students get caught up being strong — focusing on classes and other activities — and don’t take advantage of everything there is to be offered, like these events. The alumni spoke about what it was like after they graduated. The alumni consisted of

six women and four men. They were Lisa Avila, Katrina Brooks, Nicole Castner, Juan Cangas, Luong Doan, Jennifer Jones, Sherman McCain II, Chris Slaughter, Irma Sulejmanovic and Dolores Simpson-Kirkland, Jake Kirkland’s wife. Joe Rousseau had planned to attend but had to cancel because of the birth of his child. “We are trying to feed some wisdom into our young people,” Kirkland said. “We want people who have a story.” He said he wanted alumni who had to get through challenges and found success doing great things. Dolores Simpson-Kirkland spoke in place of Joe Rousseau. She spoke of the challenges she had to go through and her knowledge she believes to be vital for students to know. “These types of programs didn’t exist back in my day,” she said. Simpson-Kirkland said it’s important for someone to find someone who believes in him or her, offering support. Her first grade teacher told her parents, “She is college material.” Simpson-Kirkland said she took that inspiration and kept it in the back of her mind for years. The teacher planted a seed in her brain; she said people throughout life said she wasn’t smart enough and that she couldn’t make it. She got her bachelor’s and master’s degrees,

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and even then people said they weren’t sure if she could do it. “Nobody can measure your desire and drive,” she said. “It doesn’t matter what you want to do, you can do it.” She said race, gender and ethnicity is still an issue. “People will still question me more, no matter how much education and experience I have, than my white colleague.” Chris Slaughter, a 2009 broadcast journalism graduate, has found a passion for what he does that doesn’t relate to his major. “You need to like what you do,” he said. “Once you figure out your interests, dive right in or you will be behind.” Slaughter said he didn’t start focusing on his future until it was too late. “There were people who were 10 times ahead of me,” he said. “They had internships, made contacts with people and knew what they

wanted to do.” Slaughter emphasized that there are a lot of powerful people at UNL who are able to help students make those connections. “Your major doesn’t always set you up into that field,” he said. Laura Santana, a senior international business major, has attended the forum for the past three years. She said she comes back each year to help facilitate the incoming freshmen, who don’t know what to ask or how to get started. “It is great to see all the diversity here,” she said. Santana said she has interacted with three of the alumni who spoke. Santana has taken the advice of getting involved and has made it a reality. “I hope that I get called back in a few years, because I think that I can bring knowledge and experience,” she said.


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UNL plans service trip to Alabama Frannie Sprouls Daily Nebraskan

Students face many options for winter break. Among them: sit at home relaxing, get a head start on spring semester or travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Center for Civic Engagement is sponsoring an “alternative service break” from Jan. 1 to Jan. 8, 2012. Information sessions about the trip will be today at 5 p.m. and Wednesday at noon. “The information sessions are an opportunity for students to come in to find more information about activities, learn what the costs are, those types of things,” said Linda Moody, assistant director for student involvement. Anna Pressler, an assistant in the Center for Civic Engagement, estimated the cost to be about $200. The cost will cover food, lodging, transportation to and from Alabama and a Tshirt, Pressler said. The deadline for the application is Dec. 2. Only 50 students will be allowed to go on the trip and students will be chosen on a firstcome, first-served basis. The community of Tuscaloosa was selected because of the mile-wide F4

tornado that flattened sections of the city on April 27. The tornado killed 52 people. The University of Alabama is also located in Tuscaloosa. “The university in and of itself was not hit by the tornado but it was a community similar to Lincoln’s that was devastated by a tornado,” Moody said. “So kind of from those ties is why we selected Tuscaloosa.” On the trip, students will participate in various clean-up efforts throughout the sections ruined by the tornado. Some of the efforts include rebuilding and organizing donations of food and clothing, Pressler said. Students won’t only walk away with 32 hours of national service but also with a new sense of community, Moody said. Along with complete service hours, students will have the chance to explore Memphis and the University of Alabama. “(Students will) understand some of the historical and cultural pieces of Memphis and its impact on the fabric of the U.S.,” Moody said. “We hope to take advantage of being in northern Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, and being in other

if you go If you’re interested in the sessions: when: Tuesday at 5 p.m. and Wednesday at noon where: Center for Civic Engagement, Room 222, Nebraska Union If you’re interested in the trip: when: Jan. 1-8, 2012 where: Tuscaloosa, Ala. cost: About $200 (includes food, lodging, transportation to and from, and T-shirt) application deadline: Dec. 2

If you’re interested in the sessions: When: Tuesday at 5 p.m. and Wednesday at noon Where: Center for Civic Engagement, Room 222, Nebraska Union If you’re interested in the trip: When: Jan. 1-8, 2012 Where: Tuscaloosa, Ala. Cost: About $200 (includes food, lodging, transportation to and from, and T-shirt) Application Deadline: Friday, Dec. 2

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Applications are available in the Center for Civic Engagement. Only 50 students can attend and the spots are first come, first served. If more than 50 apply, there will be a wait list. webhead: Center for Civic Engagement organizes service trip to Tuscaloosa for 50 UNL students

places in Alabama.” A tour of the University of Alabama is one of the activities for students during the week. For Moody, it’s important to have trips farther than Lincoln, especially to areas of the U.S. where not many UNL students are from or have traveled to. “We do know that our students — and I think it’s because of the Midwest — appreciate a service trip going to help another community that has been hit by a natural disaster,” Moody said. franniesprouls@

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transcanada: from 1 told the group of reporters, lobbyists and regular citizens. He didn’t want to guess where the pipeline would end up, but did say if Flood’s bill passes, “Nebraskans will play a key role in determining its ultimate location.” TransCanada is still confident its pipeline would have been safe enough for a route through the state icon, Pourbaix said. The company had often billed the project as the safest pipeline ever built. But he added that moving out of the Sandhills area would expedite an approval process that was dealt a delay last week, when the State Department announced it would look into other routes, citing concern over the Sandhills. “The State Department, by changing the rules last week, has given us this opportunity,” Pourbaix said. “I think it removes by far the largest barrier to seeking approval.” He said he’d been given the impression by departdan holtmeyer | daily nebraskan ment officials that a decision would follow in six to Alex Pourbaix, TransCanada president of energy and oil pipelines, speaks to the press about the decision to move the nine months. pipeline and work with Nebraska to find a new route. The move “should allay everyone’s concerns,” he said. “Very excited,” said Jane Kleeb, director of political group Bold Nebraska, when After the session endasked her reaction. Kleeb ed, the rancher, direct in was still wary of TransCan- speech, took a moment to ada’s intentions and would find the words for how he keep a close eye on what felt. comes next, she said, but “I’m glad,” he said simply. She and fellow supporters “It’s great for the Nebraska of the move shared high- people. Their voices have fives and laughs even be- been heard.” fore the session ended. Todd Cone, another ranch“Nobody ever thinks citi- er from Atkinson who’d zens can beat big oil,” she been driving back and forth said with a smile, “and we between home and Lindid. We did.” coln for the special session, Several agreed. ranchers and “This is a win landowners, for the future who had Nebraska peotraveled to ple 100 years Lincoln for from now,” he the session, said. shared her Several mementhusiasm. bers of the Nat“Our natuural Resources ral resourcCommittee es, they’re thanked Transinvaluable,” Canada for said Bruce Todd cone agreeing to the rancher, atkinson, neb. Boettcher, a change, saying dan holtmeyer | daily nebraskan rancher who it reflected the lives near company’s pri- Linell Connelly (left), a Lincoln dental hygienist and supporter of the pipeline’s move, talks with other supporters before the special session began Monday afternoon. “Who would’ve Atkinson, Neb., very close orities. to the original proposed “We very much appreciate thought?” she asked happily after Flood’s announcement. “Holy crap!” route. He and about 30 oth- TransCanada coming to the ers gathered outside the table,” said Sen. Ken Schilz, another bill introduced by Resources Committee is ex- supplementary report would chamber a half-hour before the committee’s vice-chair- committee member Annette pected to hold a public hear- cost, only that it would be the session began to op- man, in the press confer- Dubas of Fullerton, Neb., ing on Flood’s bill. Flood less than $5 million. pose any idea of the legis- ence. “It’s a watershed mo- that would give routing re- said he hopes that all bills As for Cone, he said he’s lature waiting to act for the ment.” view power to the Public will be amended and ap- going home and getting back regular session in January. But he and other senators Service Commission instead proved by the Legislature to work. “We the people got the added that there’s still work of the governor and would and come before the gover“I think they can handle it special session, and we to be done and details to be apply only to future pipe- nor by early next week. After themselves now,” he joked. want them to fulfill what sorted out. Today the legis- lines, not Keystone XL. danholtmeyer@ the press conference, he said we asked,” Boettcher said lature will begin debate on At 1:30 p.m., the Natural he wasn’t sure how much the at the time.

This is a win for the future Nebraska people 100 years from now.

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She said, “I am very glad the E.N. Thompson Forum decided to honor Wangari Maathai, it is our own personal memorial for Wangari Maathai, her death was tragic. I feel that tomorrow night will be a memorial for her as well.” The Green Belt Movement has spread beyond Kenya, even to the United States. There are groups working to continue Maathai’s efforts. “We decided to show this film as a tribute to her work and to promote awareness about the Green Belt Movement,” said Katie Cervantes, coordinator of the E.N. Thompson Forum. Unlike the usual speakerbased forums, this event will take place in the Nebraska Union’s auditorium. Cervantes said these events usually draw large crowds, sometimes filling the Lied Center for Performing Arts, and she said she hopes that the auditorium will be a full house. This screening is co-sponsored by The Institute for Ethnic Studies, the College of Business Administration and University Libraries. The lectures are also streamed on the UNL website, Lincoln Cable Channel 21 or 5, campus Channel 8 and on KRNU 90.3 FM.


letter to the editor Nov. 14 opinion page composed, considered poorly

To the Editors of the Daily Nebraskan, Back when I started out at UNL in 2002, I was an avid reader of the Daily Nebraskan, and I must admit that over the years I have felt that the standards of the newspaper have dropped. This has not stopped me from reading the newspaper, but it has affected how often I read the DN. Typically such things would annoy me but not to the point where I would find it necessary to write in. However, Nov. 14’s opinion page (page 6) I found rather disturbing. My issue is not with the content but with the layout. The cartoon on the page, I felt was rather apropos to much of the content of the newspaper referencing the Penn State scandal. However, the editorial that immediately followed the cartoon seemed rather petty and tactless, comparatively speaking, and without a divider, appeared connected to the PSU cartoon and subsequently appeared to make light of the Penn State situation. It is not my intent to take away from the concerns voiced by Ms. Zepf, but they needed to have been more clearly separated from the rather serious nature of the editorial cartoon. I can not speak for others, but I am personally ashamed and angered that we at UNL would appear to so flippantly play down a situation of such gravity. As a two-time, soon to be three-time graduate of the University of NebraskaLincoln, I choose to believe that my correction our student newspaper can do better.

Nkem Kalu

political science doctoral candidate Lincoln, neb.


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Admirable unity paved way for pipeline victory

On Monday afternoon, TransCanada did the unthinkable. In a news conference at the Capitol, the company announced that the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would change. Instead of running over the Ogallala Aquifer in Nebraska’s environmentally sensitive Sandhills, TransCanada agreed to a new route. Credit for this momentous and long-awaited action goes to many people. The organization Bold Nebraska, led by activist Jane Kleeb, did yeoman’s work in focusing the public’s attention on this issue. As far as progressive groups go in Nebraska, Kleeb’s efforts drew surprising success working alongside a Republican-dominated legislature. Of course that also would have been impossible without the unlikely coalition of conservative landowners in the Sandhills and liberal environmentalists. Although, as bipartisan arguments against the route proved, one doesn’t have to be liberal to appreciate the beauty of the Sandhills and understand the meaning of the Ogallala Aquifer to Nebraskan agriculture. The legislature’s role came near the end, as Gov. Dave Heineman called the Unicameral into a special session. The Daily Nebraskan lauds the variety of bills providing solutions to the pipeline controversy and hopes the legislature will take these up in regular session. Speaker Mike Flood announced that Nebraska would conduct its own environmental assessment to determine an environmentally safe route for the pipeline. From the Athletic Department’s removal of the TransCanada “Pipeline” ad at Husker football games, to progressives and conservatives uniting to pressure TransCanada, to Nebraska’s federal and state-elected officials taking stances against the pipeline, one thing is clear: The little guy won.

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The editorial above contains the opinion of the fall 2011 Daily Nebraskan Editorial Board. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, its student body or the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. A column is solely the opinion of its author; a cartoon is solely the opinion of its artist. The Board of Regents acts as publisher of the Daily Nebraskan; policy is set by the Daily Nebraskan Editorial Board. The UNL Publications Board, established by the regents, supervises the production of the paper. According to policy set by the regents, responsibility for the editorial content of the newspaper lies solely in the hands of Daily Nebraskan employees.

Penn State fan welcomes classy NU to the Big Ten

My sincerest thanks goes out to the entire Nebraska football team and to all your fans who traveled to Happy Valley this past weekend. Your class and unconditional

Penn State fan from Texas thanks always-kind Husker fans

During this past most painful week, I had several people who knew I’m a Penn State alumnus ask me if I was worried if there would be problems between the fans of the visiting team and Penn State fans. I said, “No, because we’re playing Nebraska, and their fans are the classiest, nicest people I’ve ever met.” Ron Brown leading the

support for the Penn State community in our time of need was truly amazing. Welcome to the Big Ten, Nebraska; you made quite the impression.

alicia torbik

human development and family studies wilkes-Barre, Pa.

prayer before and after the game, the Nebraska players kneeling with the Penn State players, and the Nebraska fans at the place where Penn State fans watch the game in Houston, coming up and offering their support and sympathy only confirmed what I already knew. Thank you Nebraska: As far as I’m concerned, for the rest of the season you are No. 1 in my college football poll.

Ellyn Coate

Penn State, 1982 pearland, texas

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Salute farmers on Turkey Day


hanksgiving is a time for family and friends to come together. It’s a time to share, give and be grateful for all we have. But don’t forget that it wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and dedication of America’s farmers. Thanksgiving falls in a very busy time of the year for most farmers: the harvest season. In the Midwest, where much of America’s grain crops are grown, farmers plant their crops in April. The crops grow all summer long, taking in water, sun and nutrients from the ground. At the end of the growing season, usually in October, the crops are ready to be harvested. Harvest is a demanding time for farmers, because they have to work diligently to pick, store and ship the grain to storage facilities. The combine is the main piece of farm equipment used in harvest season. It’s a large tractor that harvests grain crops and combines reaping, threshing and separating the seed from the outer casing. The waste — all parts of the plant except for the seed — is left behind and provides nutrients and protection for the soil for next year’s crops. This waste can also be baled for use in livestock feed or bedding. Weather is a big factor in determining the rate at which the harvest season ends. If there’s particularly wet weather, farmers must hold back on the process because you can’t combine wet or damp crops. Thanksgiving is the date that farmers shoot to finish harvest, because snow and winter are just around the corner. Farmers work from dawn until past dark during the harvest season to finish on time and sometimes don’t even

melissa keyes leave their tractors for meals. Meals can be, and are, brought to them and eaten in the field. Thanksgiving gives them a chance to eat a hot meal with their families again, sometimes for the first time since October. The centerpiece of nearly 88 percent of America’s Thanksgiving tables is a turkey. It’s the most poultry-centric of holidays, although some families serve ham or beef. Approximately 46 million birds are eaten on Thanksgiving across the United States – about 29 percent of all turkey consumed in a year. The turkey industry isn’t particularly busy throughout the rest of the year. Sliced deli meat and ground turkey are the main products when it’s not the holiday season. Minnesota is the top turkey producing state with about 46.5 million birds. Six states — Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri, Virginia and Indiana — account for nearly two-thirds of the 248 million turkeys that will be raised in the U.S. this year. When you go to the grocery store to purchase your Thanksgiving dinner supplies this year, you can expect to pay about 13 percent more. This is partly because of the higher price of the bird itself.

The average 16-pound bird will cost $21.57, almost four dollars more than last year, for a number of reasons. Consumer demand for turkeys has risen, with a shortage of turkeys produced this year. Economics tells us that when demand goes up and supply goes down, prices rise. High fuel prices are also at fault because groceries are often shipped to stores and trucks can’t run without fuel. Higher feed costs are an issue producers face in every livestock market. The price of corn, soybeans, and oil (all major components in livestock feed) are directly related to the cost of a finished product. Grocery stores might keep the price of a bird about the same as in years past to keep consumers’ business. When you go to a grocery store to buy a turkey, the store will sometimes keep the turkey price low with hopes that you will purchase other items as well. We, as Americans, are so blessed to live in this country. Most of us don’t know what it’s like to be hungry or to not have a home to live in, yet most of us take all of that for granted. This year, before you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, before you watch the parade, before you cheer for that football team, think of all the things that you’re thankful for: God, family, best friends, good health, an education at the best university in the country and Angus cattle (OK, maybe that’s just me). But please don’t forget to be thankful for farmers. They’re the ones that make this holiday possible.

melissa keyes is a junior agriculture journalism major and blogs at reach her at melissakeyes@

Candidates go wild over Iran


ere we go again. More drama in the Middle East. Can’t we get along for a couple days? Last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency released a report that said inspectors had found strong evidence that Iran is working to develop nuclear weapons. For instance, according to The New York Times, investigators found “documents suggesting that Iran ‘was working on a project to secure a source of uranium suitable for use in an undisclosed enrichment program’ to make bomb fuel.” They also found information that suggested Iran “worked on experiments with conventional explosives to compress metal into an incredibly dense mass suitable to start a chain reaction.” Iran rejected the reports. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the agency a puppet of the United States. He also suggested the agency investigate U.S. nuclear weapons. It’s no surprise we’re talking about the possibility of Iran getting nukes. The government had pursued nuclear capabilities in the 1990s. But a U.S. intelligence report in 2007 found that they ended the program in 2003. And they have good reason to arm themselves. Iran and Israel don’t get along very well, to say the least. They’re basically mortal enemies, and Israel has more than 100 nuclear weapons — although they don’t admit it. So, of course, the Iranians want to defend themselves against Israel by building their own nuclear arsenal. It’s somewhat similar to the situation in the Cold War: The U.S. and the Soviet Union were enemies, and once we had nuclear weapons, the Soviets needed them. Then we made more, so they made more, etc. It turned into an arms race. While the Iran-Israel situation probably won’t turn into such an arms race because there are so many stronger powers like the U.S. to stop them, it could get tenser than it already is. Obviously, no one wants an unstable state like Iran to have nuclear weapons — it’s bad enough when a stable

evan marolf country has them. The question is, what should the United States do to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons? And if they develop a bomb, then what? There are several options to stop Iran from continuing on the path toward nuclear power. The main option we have pursued so far is economic sanctions. Republicans berated Obama at Saturday’s debate for not being more aggressive. Mitt Romney called it the president’s “greatest failing” in foreign policy. He also said, “If we reelect Barack Obama, Iran will have a nuclear weapon.” Now, this seems to me like a bit of a scare tactic, but clearly Republican candidates would have us take a much more aggressive policy to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons. Romney said he would impose “crippling sanctions” and support a regime change, but also said he would be willing to go to war with Iran if necessary to stop them from getting nuclear weapons. Newt Gingrich argued for “massive covert operations ... all of it deniable.” Good luck with that last part, Newt. Other candidates were less excited about direct involvement in Iran. Ron Paul, for one, sounded dovish, saying that a war with Iran wouldn’t be worthwhile. There’s one thing we don’t want to do in this situation: Start a war to stop Iran from getting nukes. First of all, what if they get nuclear weapons before we go in there? Looking at the government, there’s a fair chance they might be inclined to use those weapons, maybe not against the U.S., but very possibly against Israel, if they’re provoked.

Second, even if Iran doesn’t have nuclear weapons, do we really want to get involved in another war in the Middle East? If that happened, imagine the discontent in America. Not only that, it could create more problems than it solves. Remember what happened when we invaded Iraq? That started with what looked like a quick victory, which was followed by a nearly decade-long war ending later this year. Part of the justification for that war was Iraq’s alleged stockpile of nuclear weapons. Remember? That nonexistent stockpile that George Bush was so certain existed. This situation is obviously different, because it isn’t U.S. “intelligence” claiming that Iran might be working toward nuclear weapons. But, by now, we’ve seen how hard it is to have success in the Middle East. And if we destabilize the Iranian government without anything to replace it, the odds of someone trying to attain nuclear capabilities and use them probably goes up. Sanctions, as Obama and any Republican candidate would probably use as Plan A, could work if enough countries get on board. That’s why Obama met Saturday with the Russian and Chinese presidents to try and convince them to follow our lead and ramp up sanctions on Iran. But instead of waiting for everyone else to help us out, maybe we could do more to deter Iran without any actual military action. We have an impressive navy, for instance. The Fifth Fleet is headquartered in Bahrain. Why not flex the naval muscle, so to speak? Intimidate Ahmadinejad a little bit. This is Obama’s chance to channel his inner Teddy Roosevelt while keeping America out of another potential war in the Middle East. Although, after Osama bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki and Muammar Gadhafi, I think we get a free ice cream with the next one.

evan marolf is a junior political science and history major. follow him on twitter at @evanmarolf and reach him at evanmarolf@


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Pop rock band Talking Mountain masks seriousness with whimsy story by cameron mount art by lauren olson


omewhere between They Might Be Giants and Pavement lies Talking Mountain, an Omaha band that mixes rock, pop and synthesizers to approach both serious and not-so-serious subjects. Last Thursday, Talking Mountain played a show at The Bourbon Theatre, where the band showcased both its unique lyricism and dance-inducing electro-pop. Talking Mountain has enjoyed a steady increase in popularity since its debut LP, “The Nature of Magic and the Magic of Nature,” was released in February 2010. Jason Meyer, the singer, keyboardist, guitarist and songwriter for the band, talked with the Daily Nebraskan about the band’s evolution, unique musical approach and what the future may hold. Daily Nebraskan: In your videos, songs and live shows, monsters and masks

are an obvious theme. Where does that interest come from? How did it start making its way into the band? Jason Meyer: Playing live used to trip my anxiety pretty bad and covering my face in some way helped alleviate it. I made the other guys wear them so we’d all look alike. It also looked really good in photos and helped to clearly distinguish photos of us playing live from other bands. I’ve mostly gotten over the whole stage-fright thing and the masks are a thing of the past. It helped that our main masks got stolen at a show a year

ago too. We still get them out occasionally for parties or for people in the audience to wear and have sold a few to some very loving and lovable fans. The masks were all one-of-a-kind and hand-made by the band. DN: Is the monster motif an integral part of the band’s image now, do you think? Do you think that will ever change? JM: It certainly used to be and the Rorschach blot-like image of the dual monsters made for good album art. It was always a visual thing though, the monsters, masks, et cetera, have never crept into our songs, sound or lyrics that I can ever remember right now. DN: How did everyone in the band meet? JM: We’ve gone through a bunch of

personnel changes, but I met Dan (Lehmann, the bassist) at the first real practice of the first real lineup. He was a friend of my friend Cody, who was the original drummer. Cody brought him to practice and we all hit it off. Our new drummer, Sam (Mentzer), works with me. He’s quite a bit younger than us, but that means he’s got electricity in his veins. DN: What’s your favorite memory from a performance or maybe the weirdest? JM: We just did two shows opening for Girl Talk: one at the Stir Concert Cove in Council Bluffs (Iowa) and two nights later at the Venue in Fargo, N.D. Those were the biggest venues and the biggest crowds we’ve ever played to. Gregg Gillis (Girl Talk) was totally the nicest guy ever and the shows were an absolute blast. We have a pretty elaborate light and stage setup for a band of our size and popularity, and it was really cool to see it transition pretty seamlessly to big stages from

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Twin Cities band to meld indie with blue grass at Bourbon chance solempfeifer daily nebraskan

It’s an exciting time for bands like Pert Near Sandstone. With a growing appreciation of the traditional blue grass sound in the indie rock pantheon, groups like Yonder Mountain String Band, Punch Brothers and Pert Near Sandstone find themselves at a cross section of the hip and the historic. With their fourth studio album, “Paradise Hop,” set for national release Tuesday, the Twin Cities-based band kicks off its countrywide tour in Lincoln on Thursday at the Bourbon Theatre. The Daily Nebraskan caught up with Nate Sipe, the band’s mandolin and fiddle player, on the eve of Pert Near Sandstone’s CD Release Party to discuss the band’s evolving blue grass sound and instrumentation. Daily Nebraskan: Is there something about the Minneapolis scene that’s conducive to your blue grass sound or do you see it as more of a national phenomenon? Nate Sipe: It seems to be something that’s kind of a trend around the nation. There’s definitely a scene of it in Minnesota, but I wouldn’t be able to tell you if it was encouraged by us or if we’re encouraged by it. There are definitely quite a few bands doing what we’re doing. You hear it in

if you go Pert near sandstone when:Thursday, 8 p.m. where: Bourbon Theatre, 1415 O St. how much: $8 (21+), $10 (18-20) Kansas and Portland, traveling around, but nobody quite does it the same way. In Minnesota, there’s kind of a do-it-yourself mentality. DN: How do you guys reconcile the newfound hipness of this music with its very traditional roots? NS: For me, it’s an internal struggle in the sense that I like to think of it in terms of us as a vehicle for the music more so than people that are prolonging the genre. Instead of us creating the music or pushing it along, I like to think of it as evolving through us — that tradition of folk music. As writers, I hope we’re creating something that can hold a flame to that music, which has lasted throughout the ages. If we can have any part in creating music that’s as good and eternal as that which came before us, then that’s how we reconcile it. We just try to do the music justice. DN: With “Paradise Hop” dropping, you guys are going to see a ton of reviews in the next week. What’s the experience like of watching critical reception pour in? Do you pay it any mind?

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NS: I think we feed off it. For us it’s just nice to see any response because its folk music and it’s something that’s sort of always been in existence. Sure, it ebbs and flows in popularity, but like to bring it a little bit of exposure. We’ve struggled, as a band, getting people to notice. For a long time, in the blue grass scene they didn’t give us the time of day, like we’re playing some rowdy version of traditional music. We feed on being noticed and people taking us seriously, and even if they dislike it, they’re noticing it and

makes it feel better about traveling all over. Primarily we know there are jerks out there writing bad things, but there are jerks everywhere. DN: Do you hope to see certain feedback in the reviews of this record or is it just kind of a crapshoot? NS: It’s a little bit of a crapshoot. People tend to see us in this particular scene as trying to bridge a gap that not many people have bridged before, between the indie rock world

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Singapore. Canada. Five separate weeks in China. Endless American cities. And on Wednesday evening, Peter Buffet will end his international tour on the Lied Center for the Performing Arts’ stage. Buffett will be the opening act for the 75th annual Nebraska Music Educators Association Conference. More than 1,600 NMEA members and All-State high school students are expected to arrive in Lincoln during the week for the conference.

if you go Peter Buffett Concert when: Wednesday, 8 p.m. where: Lied Center for Performing Arts how much: $29

“He kind of gets the whole thing going for us,” said Judy Bush, the president elect of NMEA. “We’re trying to find people who have roots in Nebraska.”

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Recent popular music gets teary, gets good Neil orians

The other day I was driving from Lincoln to Omaha to go to a reception for an art show I was in, and the radio started playing “Someone Like You” by Adele. And I thought to myself, “Gee, this is perfect. I’ve always wanted to arrive at a reception with swollen, freshly cried eyes of sadness and pure sorrow. Thanks, Adele!” But in all seriousness, the radio waves have been a flurry of sadness and depression for the last few months. It started out with Adele: Even “Rolling in the Deep” was pretty sad, if you pay attention to the lyrics. But “Someone Like You” absolutely takes the cake for sad songs in our time. “Saturday Night Live” recently featured the tune in a skit where characters (and all four members of Coldplay) used it to help express their emotions. The sketch was surprisingly accurate in my experience.

“Someone Like You” is our generation’s saddest contribution to the arts yet. There is no way anyone who has lost someone important in their life can listen to that song and not feel it. Combining a wonderfully believable performance on Adele’s part with the simplicity of a single sorrowful piano, this song has the ability to bring the most emotionally detached person to tears. It’s 100 percent relatable, and that’s a somewhat terrible thing. I don’t like driving somewhere and being reminded of the guy who broke me a year ago or the fact that he’s happy with someone else now. Katy Perry released “The One That Got Away” recently, hyping the release with screen shots of the video and cryptic, depressing captions on her Facebook page. The video for “Someone Like You” is more depressing than the story Adele presents, where her former lover is alive. Perry’s is dead after a crash, causing her to remember the lover every time she drives past a certain scenic view. The posts from the week leading up to the release was the worst. “Do you still laugh at their jokes?” “Would you give anything to have them sitting

next to you again?” “Do you ever wonder if you’re staring at the same sunset as them?” Oh, my God, Katy Perry, cheer the hell up. There is more to life than romantic partners. I am sure there is life after what’s-his-name hipster broke your heart. Yeah, “all this money can’t buy happiness” but, hey, you’re a rich lady and you’re married to Russell Brand. As my mother would say, “put on your big girl pants and get over it.” Bruno Mars is the king of sounding sad and whiny. His voice must be genetically engineered to make me feel like he’s on the verge of tears with every word that escapes his lips. For the latest installment of the Twilight Saga, Mars released “It Will Rain.” And seriously, lyrically speaking, this song makes no sense. It’s all about how he will need some morphine if his lady breaks up with him because it’ll be just that sad if she leaves him. This just confirms my other theory that Bruno Mars is a codependent drama queen. That isn’t something you threaten someone with. The intent is, “Baby, I love you so much that I can’t imagine life without you.” Yet, it comes off as, “Desperate! Desperate! I am very desperate. You are

MUSINGS FROM THE MOSH PIT the only thing worth living for right now! Love me!” And that’s just plain unfair. The problem ends up being the fact that a lot of these ultra-depressing songs are also very, very good. “Someone Like You” is an extremely relatable, wellperformed song full of genuine emotion. Lyrics-wise, it’s much more than just, “I’m sad that you left me.” It includes the notion of life after love. “The One that Got Away” has a beautiful video that tells an amazing story that perfectly complements the song. I can’t change the station when these songs come on because I can’t deny the emotional power of them. Next time I’m running late to class with the sniffles, it’s probably because Katy Perry reminded me of everything I’m trying to forget. And afterwards, LMFAO will remind me how sexy I am and the fact that I am aware of this.

Neil Orians is a senior Fine Arts major, and yeah, he cries sometimes. It’s better out than in, men. reach him at neilorians@

mountain: from 5 the smaller rooms we’re used to playing. Our weirdest performances have always been in Vermillion, S.D. It’s a smaller college town that we’ve been hitting up pretty regularly for the last three years. The shows are in the basement of this old church that’s now an Arts Center for the college and there’s always an after-party that far outlasts our party stamina. We’ve been buzzed by bats in the church, threatened by a unicorn hunter at a party and country danced with some strange ladies at a terrible bar. It’s been our favorite place to play for a long time. DN: Songs like “I’m Kind of Leaves” are fairly quiet and mellow, but you have harder songs as well. Is there anything different about the process that goes into those certain kinds of songs? JM: Quiet stuff is more where I lean, and the loud influence has definitely come from Dan. I think the combination of that really defined our sound for “Nature of Magic.” The process for writing is usually the same

though. I’ll write a song on a guitar or using a little keyboard or whatever, record a demo of it and we’ll all listen to it and figure out where to take it from there. Some songs end up drastically different. “Screaming Into the Witches Cauldron” started out as a much slower song and ended up as a this crazy, surf-esque loud one. DN: Themes in your music range from meth abuse to health-conscious snowmen to a dancer named Apple Jacks — where does the inspiration come from? Are your songs mostly have serious origins or are some written to be fun and quirky? JM: Those songs are all from our first album, “Old Gold/Ancient Jamz,” and are all pretty sad. Almost every song on it is about someone I know, but they get sort of run through a filter to make them more absurd and hide who I’m singing about. Songs from the second album are all fairly autobiographical in nature, but again, there’s a layer of absurdity or whimsy applied so they’re less confessional and more fanciful.

There’s a few songs regarding understanding death and personal loss. DN: Where do you see Talking Mountain in another year? JM: Right now we’re looking at trying to release music at a pretty steady clip, whether it’s one song or a couple songs each month. Hopefully by this time next year we’ll have enough of them out there that we could compile into an album, if we think that’s a smart thing to do. DN: How would you characterize Nebraska’s music scene? JM: As far as the scene goes, I just wish there was a good all-ages venue in town (Omaha). I went to the most shows in my life when I was 15, 16, 17 ... and now kids that age don’t get the chance to see many bands. I think venues in Omaha are 18+ even with the parental permission slips, right? If I hadn’t been going to shows when I was 15, I would have never started a band. There’s too many times where we just feel like background music for people hanging out at the bar, but when we go to other cities

and are able to play at all-ages venues, we’re the focus of people’s attention. Whether anyone wants to admit it or not, young people liking your band is absolutely key. I’d rather inspire some young people and watch them totally one-up us with some crazy shit. DN: For those that haven’t been to one of your live shows, what can they expect? JM: Dance-able pop songs, bright lights, lasers. We’ve started bringing big balloons and things to the shows too. Expect a fun atmosphere, not just a band playing songs. DN: How important is audience interaction to your live shows? JM: We used to talk and banter with the crowd way more than we do now. We usually just try to keep the songs going to keep everyone’s energy up. A dancing crowd is certainly more pleasing than a crowd of cross-armed stand-stillers and the crowd has just as much effect on us as we’re hoping to have on them. cameronmount@

buffett: from 5 Buffett’s show, “Life Is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett,” is based on his book of the same title. The presentation centers on Buffett’s message encouraging people to pursue the life they want to lead, regardless of outside pressures to do otherwise. It’s a theme visible in Buffett’s own life story, as the performer delves into the details of growing up as the son of famed investor Warren Buffett to his current career in music. He will show videos and pictures of his childhood and the Midwest as he speaks. While the photos may be familiar to Wednesday’s audience, they help audiences in different parts of the country, or even the world, to

visually understand Buffett’s childhood. In addition to the multimedia presentation, Buffett will play piano throughout the performance, accompanied by cellist Michael Kott. At the end of the evening, Buffett will be selling and signing his books in the Lied Center lobby. His book has been translated into 14 languages and Buffett is in the process of trying to travel to and perform in each of the language’s country. Buffett tries to learn from his audiences and incorporate those experiences into his message. During his recent trips to China, he was introduced to a changing generation of young adults. Often Chinese students are expected to take

over the family business or to be at the top of their class. “This idea of following their own dreams and doing what they want to do is really a new thing over there,” he said. Also, with the rising economy, individuals are seeing an increase in personal wealth, which leads to a rise in consumerism. Buffett said he hopes to use his show to steer people away from defining their lives by possessions, and instead, by their character and potential in the world. Likewise, American students are focused on making money and living comfortably, instead of working in careers about which they are passionate. “So many people are trying so hard to be the best,”

Buffett said, adding that the “best” is not always what is best for a certain individual. Students cannot only learn from Buffett’s message, but also, his composing style. Buffett composes music using computers and has been using the method for years. He began his career in music writing jingles for MTV. His style has even inspired the creation of a class devoted to teaching students how to compose using computers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “Peter kind of represents a newer kind of generation of composers,” Bush said. “People who can’t play an instrument ... can still compose this way.” Although the show is part of NMEA’s annual conference, anyone interested is able to attend. “I think we only have a few times in our lives where we get to see someone who is so innovative,” Bush said. In addition to Buffett’s Wednesday night performance, students from across the state will participate in the two All-State concerts, held Friday evening. The first performance will be held at 4:30 p.m. and will feature the All-State jazz band and choir. The second concert will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature the All-State band and orchestra. katienelson@

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On Wednesday night at Knickerbockers, local music fans will be treated to some “perverted disco rock and roll” from John Freidel’s one-man band, Green Trees, as well as a flurry of eclectic sounds from some of Lincoln’s emerging bands. Wednesday night’s show starts at 9 p.m. and features Nebraska outfits The Whole Shabangs, Green Trees, Dads and improvisational rockers Carrot Carrot. The four bands are a close-knit group of friends and these rock and roll buddies can thank Freidel for bringing them together for this unconventional rock show. Freidel, aside from his commitment to his own act, is also in charge of booking shows for him and his musical friends. This allows Freidel to craft a perfect rock show with some of his favorite local bands. “I think a musician knows more about what makes a good show compared to a booking agent,” Freidel said. “I usually book a lot of the shows with the bands that I like.” The upcoming show at Knickerbockers looks to be a diverse mixture of feel-good party music and old school pop rock. Freidel described rock ensemble Dads (out of Omaha) with enthusiasm. “Those guys are rock and rollers with punk attitudes.” Also sharing the billing, The Whole Shabangs is a throwback to the early days of pop rock, drawing comparisons to rock pioneers The Kinks. Carrot Carrot is perhaps the most experimental act

if you go Green Trees, Dads, Carrot Carrot when: Wednesday, 9 p.m. where: Knickerbockers, 901 O St. how much: $5

that will take the stage on Wednesday. David Ozinga, the group’s founding member and drummer/guitarist, explained the unorthodox methods of their madness. “Instead of our show being rooted in certain songs, it’s more of an exercise in polyrhythms.” In laymen’s terms, the bands performance is total improvisation. This unusual routine provides the members of Carrot Carrot with unlimited artistic range at every show. “We’re constantly feeding off each other’s ideas,” Ozinga said. “In some cases we’ll let the guitar and bass start things off and then bring the drum in, and then on the next song we’ll start with the beat and go from there, so it’s always fresh.” During the years, these bands have formed close relationships with one another outside of rock venues. During their weekend hangout sessions, the creative environment is electric, and when they get the opportunity to play a show together, they pull out all the stops. “The guys from The Whole Shabangs and Green Trees are my best friends,” Ozinga explained. “So Wednesday should be a pretty special show.” The show will start at 9 p.m. and last until about midnight.


pert: from 5 and the bluegrass world. I mean, it’s being bridged more with Old Crow Medicine Show and Yonder Mountain String Band. We hope that, for bluegrass traditionalists, that we’re not rubbing them the wrong way and, for younger audiences, that we’re not losing our edge. We do carry that rock energy, even a punk energy – it’s a raw kind of thing. DN: So is a day coming when a mandolin or banjo solo could be called “facemelting?” NS: Oh, I’ve heard it said before. A lot of our music has that intensity, that sheer tempo. It’s never going to be distorted and screaming through an amp the same way a Stratocaster will, but pulling a bow across a double stop on a thrashing fiddle, people are going to react. I’ve had my face melted by some great music. DN: How do you think “Paradise Hop” exhibits where Pert Near Sandstone is right now as a band? NS: I really think it shows we’ve matured from our past albums, which have all been us cutting our teeth in the studio and seeing how we can write together and make our different influences kind of blend together. But the songs on

those previous records fit together almost randomly and luckily in some ways, as well. For this album we had written songs especially to jive and make it more cohesive, so it ended up sounding more mature. I wouldn’t say the writing is introverted, but there’s a lot of that first person-type of voice. And as bandmates we know how to use each other as to get the sound we want. DN: You guys have been through Lincoln before, right? NS: Yeah, several times: at Knickerbockers and Duffy’s and this time the Bourbon Theatre. DN: How have you found that Lincoln audiences responded to your music? NS: There’s a good scene already in Lincoln that the audience is aware of the acoustic scene and seems to appreciate it. In fact, Lincoln people tend to be really good audiences in terms of listeners. In some bars, crowds can be really rowdy. In theaters, people are quiet and look like they’re dying of boredom until the songs are over. In Lincoln audience seems to really pay attention and respond throughout the songs. chancesolem-pfeifer@

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Jazz Combos are ready to showcase their hard work and creativity. The recital, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in Westbrook Music Building, includes three different student groups from the UNL School of Music. The first set comprises five trumpet players accompanied by a rhythm section with a vibraphone, bass and drums. It’s directed by Tommy Krueger. Additional groups include a trombone combo (directed by Dave Stamps, a graduate assistant in the Jazz Studies program at UNL) and the Supersax combo, directed by Andrew Janak, which features five student saxophonists. Perhaps the most unique aspect of the ensembles is that most of the music for Tuesday’s performances has been arranged and composed by UNL students, citing inspiration from Sonny Rollins to John Lennon. Janak, a senior musical education major, not only directs the Supersax group, but crafted original arrangements of Joe Henderson’s “Inner Urge” and Wayne Shorter’s “Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum.’” In addition, Hans Sturm, Ph.D, faculty coach for the group and assistant professor of double bass and jazz studies, describes the arrangements as being “very inventive and exciting.” “There are a great variety

of styles represented, including blues, bebop and boogaloo,” Sturm said. “There is a Latin tune, a ballad and a special original tune with a kind of Middle Eastern flavor.” Sturm additionally noted that Janak is wellsuited to the task of directing the Supersax group and i s

if you go Jazz Combos Performance when: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. where: Westbrook Hall, Rm. 119 how much: Free an opportunity for students to experience UNL-rooted jazz performance, hearing from composers of the music and those who bring it to life. “Jazz combos produce some of the most organic, original mu-

held i n h i g h regard in university jazz circles. “Andrew Janak won a ‘Downbeat Magazine’ student award last year,” Sturm said. “‘Downbeat Magazine’ is arguably the most influential magazine for jazz. That’s a huge honor for both the student and the university.” As for the pieces that aren’t UNL-produced, Janak looks forward to his group facing the demanding technical aspects they present. “I really like the music that we’re playing bryan klopping | daily nebraskan for this concert,” Janak sic of any musical groups said. “The two non-original on campus,” Janak said. “It compositions (‘Inner Urge’ gives the audience a chance and John Coltrane’s ‘26-2’) to listen to new arrangeare both incredibly chalments and compositions that lenging and well-known in they won’t be hearing anythe jazz idiom as measuring where else. Also, the quality sticks for jazz musicians to of the music should be very improvise over. They both fine. UNL has some excelfeature challenging chord lent improvisers and this is progressions that really their chance to shine.” push the group.” jourdynkaarre@ Tuesday’s performance is


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Big ten homeroom 1. Michigan State (82, 5-1) vs. Indiana With its blowout against Iowa on the road Saturday, Michigan State thrust a dagger a little deeper into the hearts of Nebraska and Michigan fans. The Spartans now sit just two games (against losing teams) away from a spot in the inaugural Big Ten Championship game. This week, Sparty, led by quarterback Kirk Cousins and the nation’s eighth-best scoring defense, will try to take advantage of a date with Indiana, the only winless team in Big Ten play.

5. Penn State (8-2, 5-1) at Ohio State No school can claim to have endured a more emotional week than Penn State did last week. Make no mistake, the scandal that rocked the college football world is much bigger than college football, but at the end of the day, the Nittany Lions have on-field business to tend to. After falling to Nebraska in its first game without Joe Paterno in more than half a century, Penn State’s journey through a late-season gantlet continues at Ohio State this week and Wisconsin the next.

2. Wisconsin (8-2, 4-2) at Illinois The Badgers now effectively control their division as well. After Penn State’s loss on Saturday, Wisconsin can all but wrap up the Leaders Division race with a win against the Nittany Lions next week. This week, though, a matchup with struggling Illinois looms in Champaign. After a few weeks in the spotlight to open the season, Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson has quietly taken the top spot in the country in quarterback rating. The Badgers hope his play continues at a high level against the Illini’s strong defense.

6. Ohio State (6-4, 3-3) vs. Penn State Just when it appeared normality had returned to Columbus, the Buckeyes lost to a .500 Purdue team. The upset ended Ohio State’s three-game winning streak, but the Scarlet and Gray still have reason for optimism. The Buckeyes have found a reliable starting quarterback in freshman Braxton Miller. Against Penn State this Saturday, Miller and the Ohio State offense will face their toughest task of their season against the best scoring defense in the nation outside the SEC.

3. Nebraska (8-2, 4-2) at Michigan Only two weeks ago, the Huskers had a stranglehold on the Legends Division title. Although Nebraska now needs a Michigan State loss just to have chance to keep travel plans to Indianapolis open, it bounced back well a week after falling to Northwestern. A well-deserved three-point win in an unprecedented atmosphere at Penn State set the stage for the Huskers’ third top-20 matchup in four weeks. NU signal caller Taylor Martinez has thrown just one interception since the first half of the Ohio State game.

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7. Iowa (6-4, 3-3) at Purdue The Hawkeyes have been through a strange season of their own. The combination of stunning road losses and a victory against a ranked team at home made fans wonder which Iowa team would come out against Michigan State on Saturday. The answer was clear, as the Spartans left Iowa City with a huge win, killing Iowa’s shot at a Legends Division title in the process. This week, the Hawkeyes play Purdue, looking for their first road win of the season. 8. Northwestern (55, 2-4) vs. Minnesota Northwestern backed up its upset of Nebraska with a nonconference victory against Rice Saturday. And all of a sudden, the Wildcats are beginning to gather some steam heading into the home stretch of the season. After losing the first four games he appeared in this season, Dan Persa has rediscovered his touch in Northwestern’s last three games. The Wildcats will take a three-game win streak into its game against Minnesota this Saturday, looking to become bowl eligible after starting the MEDIUM year 2-5.

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Husker players, fans hope for Michigan State loss Many Husker fans are becoming big Indiana and Northwestern fans during the last two weeks of the Big Ten season, and the players are no different. Nebraska sits one game behind Michigan State in the standings in the Legends Division, but owns the tiebreaker over the Spartans thanks to their 24-3 win on Oct. 29. To get to the Big Ten title game, the Huskers would likely need to win their two remaining games (at Michigan and Iowa at home) and have Michigan State fall to either the Hoosiers or Wildcats, both of whom have sub-.500 marks in conference play. But the team is hopeful that one or both of the squads can pull the upset NU needs to get to Indianapolis for the conference championship game. “Last year, a couple teams won for us and helped us in the Big 12,” wide receiver Brandon Kinnie said. “We just have to sit and wait. You never know. They’re scrappy teams.” Even if the Huskers don’t make it to Indy, there’s still a chance they could make a BCS bowl as an at-large selection if they win out. NU is currently ranked No. 16 in the BCS Standings. A BCS bowl has been dangled in front of Kinnie’s face for two years, as the Huskers lost close games to Texas and Oklahoma in the final two Big 12 title games. While the thought of playing in a BCS bowl excites the senior, he knows that possibility vanishes if NU doesn’t win out. “It would mean a lot,” he said. “I’ve been so close to them the first two years I’ve been here. But we can’t worry about the future. We’ve got

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Maher wins special teams award again For the third time this season, kicker Brett Maher was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week for his effort against Penn State. Maher shared the weekly award with Purdue’s Kawann

Paterno’s name removed from conference trophy Following the firing of longtime Penn State coach Joe Paterno, the Big Ten Conference will remove the coach’s name from the conference trophy, which was formerly known as the Stagg-Paterno Trophy. It will now be known as the Stagg Championship trophy, which is named after Amos Stagg, a longtime University of Chicago coach who won 319 games in 57 years. Paterno’s 409 wins leads all Division I head coaches. The conference title game will be played Dec. 3 and is the first championship game the Big Ten has ever had, following the addition of Nebraska to the conference. In a statement, commissioner Jim Delaney said, “We believe that it would be inappropriate to keep Joe Paterno’s name on the trophy at this time. The trophy and its namesake are intended to be celebratory and aspirational, not controversial.”

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Nebraska outscored the Trojans 10-7. “Anytime you can win on the road, and I don’t care if it’s the second game or the 25th game or who you’re playing, you’re going to improve,” NU coach Doc 1 Sadler said. 9 But once again, Nebraska suffered from early season turnovers. The Huskers gave away the ball 19 times, 17 during regulation, which 6 is much more than their goal of 10-12 per game. However, USC was HARD unable to capitalize and only had 14 points off turnovers, only two more than NU afterMEDIUM the Trojans surrendered

Injuries leave NU plugging offensive holes As often happens at this point in the season, injuries have started to pile up for NU. Tight end Ben Cotton and wide receiver Khiry Cooper were injured in the victory against Penn State Saturday. Pelini addressed both injuries at Monday’s press conference, saying Cooper is dayto-day and Cotton is doubtful for next week’s game at Michigan with a shoulder injury. The injury won’t require surgery. The injury bug bit the offensive line hard last week when starting guard Andrew Rodriguez sprained his foot. The sophomore didn’t make the trip to Happy Valley, making Spencer Long and Seung Hoon Choi the only guards on the travel roster. Neither were injured, but Pelini said the Huskers felt confident about trying several players at those positions if one had gone down. “We had a number of options there,” he said. “We had (Cole) Pensick, Mark Pelini practiced at guard all week. Marcel (Jones) could have gone down there. We had a lot of different contingency plans.” The coaching staff will likely revisit those plans again this week, as Pelini listed Rodriguez as doubtful for this weekend.

Short. His two previous awards came after games against Tennessee at Chattanooga and Ohio State. In a defensive battle, Maher’s booming punts proved to be a key factor. The junior punted eight times, placing five of those inside the Nittany Lion’s 20-yard line. He had two punts of 50 yards or more, including a 61-yard bomb in the fourth quarter that pinned Penn State at its own 11-yard yard line. Maher also connected on his only field goal attempt, a 41-yarder. At Monday’s press conference, Pelini said he wouldn’t trade Maher for any kicker or punter in the country.

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Yori preps for harder opponents Coach hopes

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After a season opener against a team that won only one game last season, the Nebraska women’s basketball team will face tougher competition Tuesday night, according to coach Connie Yori. Mistakes made by a young Arkansas-Pine Bluff squad in Nebraska’s opener won’t be made by a more veteran team in Mississippi Valley State. The Huskers’ second opponent of the season boasts a squad of nine upperclassmen, including four returning starters. The Devilettes (0-1) lost by eight points to NCAA Tournament-qualifier Marquette of the Big East Conference on Saturday. Three MVS players had double figures in the game. Tuesday’s game against NU will tip off at 7:05 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Center. “Yes, they are a better team than Arkansas-Pine Bluff,” Yori, said. Tuesday’s game will mark the first matchup between Mississippi Valley State and Nebraska and will also be only the sixth time NU has played a team from Mississippi. Even though MVS has a strong team, it still comes from a weaker division in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, making the Huskers the favorite, Yori said. Games like the one to be played Tuesday are meant to help the NU freshmen ease into the season, according to Yori. “Taking nothing away from Mississippi Valley, but we scheduled differently this season help out those freshmen

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Junior Lindsey Moore and her teammates dominated Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the season opener, but coach Connie Yori expects a tougher test from Mississippi Valley State. get a feel for Division I basketball,” Yori said. “However, we do have some to test us before conference play.” Nebraska (1-0) will take a defense that forced 47 turnovers and 25 percent shooting in its first game of the year against UAPB. However, rebounding has been a primary focus in practice this week for the Huskers, according to Yori. “Even though there is never just one thing to improve on, we need to work on becoming a better rebounding team,” Yori said. Junior Lindsey Moore said she isn’t too worried about the team getting better in this category, just as long as it keeps working hard. “We have had some really

good practices, which always helps you prepare,” Moore said. Depth has also been a key to the Huskers’ defensive abilities, Yori said. Being able to play so many girls each game is a little different from last year, according to Yori. “Our depth helps us play our system,” Yori said. “Everyone contributes in their own way, unlike last year when we just didn’t have the depth to play what we want to do. I had to switch to a completely different system.” That system worked well in Nebraska’s opening game. Six players scored more than 10 points, while the team forced 20 steals. The steals led to an up-tempo game, which the players love to

play, according to Moore. “Playing in the open court is something that I’ve always loved to do,” Moore said. “It’s just basketball when you’re playing that way.” The six NU freshmen have also benefitted from this upand-down style, especially guard Tear’a Laudermill. The freshman hit four threes in Saturday’s win, three of which were in the first half. She said that the extra baskets can be credited to Nebraska’s ability to pass out to the open shooters. “Our plays are to dribbledrive then kick out for shooters and I love sitting in the corner waiting for a shot,” Laudermill said. andrewward@


NU finishes second in opener Zach Tegler Daily Nebraskan

The Nebraska bowling team turned in a strong performance in its first event of the season, finishing second at the Crusader Classic in Valparaiso, Ind., Sunday. “It was a nice start,” NU coach Bill Straub said. The No. 5 Huskers were led by seniors Kayla Johnson, Valerie Calberry and freshman Lizabeth Kuhlkin. All three brought home all-tournament honors. Nebraska jumped to an advantage in the tournament by qualifying in first place for the final day of competition Sunday. In the last portion of the competition, the top-seeded Huskers defeated the No. 2 seed Arkansas State before a second-round bye. In the final match, NU fell short of a tournament title

handful of strong individual performances, the team was Daily Nebraskan consistent top to bottom in “Winning isn’t everything,” the match against No. 19 legendary football coach N.C. State. Vince Lombardi once said. “A lot of us were more in “It’s the only thing.” sync,” she said. “Everyone While the famous words had a good day for the most ring true in many other part.” sports, the quote can’t be Woltersdorf added that if applied to college rifle. In every shooter on the team NCAA rifle, wins and losses can score in the high 570s are disregarded. Teams are to 580s ranked solely on point to- ( e a c h tals. round Which is why when the c o n Nebraska rifle team notched sists of its first victory of the 2011- 60 shots 1012 season, a 4,611-4,564 worth 10 win against North Carolina p o i n t s State on Saturday, the team apiece), didn’t react with total jubila- t h e tion. Huskers “It was kind of a bitter- will be Hansen sweet moment,” NU senior well off. shooter Katelyn Woltersdorf “If consaid. sistency is what we are good While bagging a win was at, that is what we need to a good achievement for the focus on,” she said. Huskers, they were disapWhile having common pointed in the fact that they scores is a positive attribute, didn’t shoot a higher score. the overall team scores this “(Our score of) 4,611 is past weekend lowered the OK,” NU coach Morgan Huskers’ season average, Hicks said. “We need to and they fell five spots in the push ourselves to have a rankings to No. 16 in the nahigher average.” tion. In order to qualify for When the NCAA makes its the NCAA Championships picks for the national cham- field, NU will have to get pionships in the spring, scor- back on track with higher ing average is the key factor. outputs. Selections are made based “They know they need on an away average, a home to push themselves,” Hicks average and the results of a said. qualifying So far this tournament. year, all six A n d of Nebraska’s while Neopponents braska did have been get a win ranked – during the three are curweekend in rently rated in West Point, the nation’s N.Y., the Katelyn Woltersdorf top five. Huskers fell senior rifle team shooter Hicks said to Army in this tough its match competition Sunday by can help fuel the team’s ima score of 4,658-4,598. The provement. match marked the second “It’s more of a drive for time this fall that NU failed them,” she said. to reach 4,600 points. The Huskers now have “We were a little bit lower five days of preparation for than we wanted,” NU fresh- their next event, a matchup man Kelsey Hansen said. against No. 12 Ohio State in Still, a win is a win, and Lincoln on Saturday. In the the one versus N.C. State team’s practices this week, will help the Huskers gain it will focus on two major some momentum. weaknesses: air rifle shoot“It was nice to get a win,” ing and the kneeling portion Woltersdorf said. of smallbore competition. Hicks pointed out that not Even though low scores in much was different on Satur- those two categories led to a day from any of Nebraska’s weekend of mixed results, at previous matches this year. least the Huskers now have The only variable was the a victory to fall back on, and level of competition, as for they will use it to propel the first time this season, Ne- them as the season churns braska faced a team ranked on. lower than it was. “We are always looking “We did everything the to the positive,” Woltersdorf same,” Hicks said. said. Woltersdorf said, howevzachtegler@ er, that instead of having a

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with a loss to host Valparaiso. Straub said, though, that the Huskers won’t be defined by their last-round loss. “I don’t think that is indicative of the quality of the team,” Straub said. Valparaiso, the No. 18 squad in the country, won the match 4-1 to earn the tournament crown. NU finished the event with a 9-2 record, and Johnson said the team shot itself in the foot. “The two matches we lost this weekend, we weren’t beat,” she said. “We beat ourselves.” Straub said the Huskers had three new starters in the event, and that Johnson and Calberry contributed very well to the inexperienced team’s dynamic. “Both of them had really nice leadership roles,” he said. Straub added that the

bowlers meshed and performed well as a whole. “The team chemistry that we showed was really special,” he said. “That is a big help.” Johnson echoed that theme. “This is the best chemistry I have had on the team,” she said. A l though he is pleased with the johnson Huskers’ cohesiveness, saying the combination of senior guidance and young talent “worked out pretty well,” the season isn’t yet old enough for Straub to make any judgments on the team’s potential. “It’s the first event,” he said. Still, as with a season

opener in any sport, there are improvements that need to be made. Straub hopes the bowlers can learn from their showings in the Crusader in the three weeks of practice before NU’s next event. “I’m really encouraged that can occur,” Straub said. Overall, Straub and Johnson agreed that the Huskers are off to a good start, but Johnson said they expect to win every time they compete. “When we come up short of that it’s always a little hard to swallow,” she said. But the season moves on, and Johnson is hopeful that she and her teammates will take on the task of improving. “I don’t have a doubt that we are going to walk away from this tournament and make the next one even better,” she said. zachtegler@

A lot of us were more in sync. Everyone had a good day for the most part.”


Huskers win 15th straight against UNO Staff Report Daily Nebraskan

On Friday, the Nebraska swimming and diving team defeated in-state rival University of Nebraska at Omaha 192-100 at the Devaney Natatorium. Friday’s win marked the 15th straight win for the Huskers against their instate rival. The Huskers have never lost to the Mavericks. The Huskers started the match off red-hot, winning the first six events. Hayley Martin, Ellan Dufour, Natalie Morris and Shannon Guy set the tone in the 200-yard medley relay,

in which they posted a time of 1:48.06 and finished first. The Huskers then exhibited their dominance in the next five individual events. Riley Seidel destroyed her competition in the 1,000yard freestyle. Bailey Pons won a close race in the 200yard freestyle against teammates Morgan Flannigan and Dufour. Martin handily took first place in the 100yard backstroke, winning by two seconds against teammate Kelly Dunn. Kristen Strecker then defeated teammate Ashley Reiter in a tight race for the 100-yard breaststroke. The 200-yard butterfly

also exhibited the Huskers’ superb skill by placing four girls in the top four – Guy, Katie Davis, Bobbi Balogh and Riley Seidel. UNO finally got on the board in Friday’s m o s t e x c i t ing race. U N O ’ s Camille guy Hansberry defeated Nebraska’s Martin in the 50-yard freestyle by fourhundredths of a second,

swimming a 24.48. Bailey Pons posted her second first-place finish of the day in the 100-yard freestyle, in which she narrowly escaped UNO’s Tiesha Scipio. Dufour controlled the 200-yard backstroke, defeating the next closest time by nearly 10 seconds. UNO broke through with their second win on the night in the 200-yard breast stroke. Madaline Hutt defeated Nebraska’s Davis for the title. In the 500-yard freestyle, Pons finished her day by recording her third first-place finish of the night. Her time of 5:01.35 was four seconds

faster than teammate Morgan Flannigan, who finished second. In the 100-yard fly, Morris took first place, adding to her 200-yard medley relay victory. The last two swim events were claimed by UNO. Lexi Bergeron won the 200-yard individual medley. The 400yard freestyle relay team, consisting of Colleen Klaiber, Erin Wright, Whitney Korgan and Scipio, took first-place honors back to Omaha. The Nebraska divers also dominated on Friday. Strong performances by Payton Michaud, Kaitlan Walker and Alyson Ramsey helped guide

to Huskers to their 192-100 victory. Michaud won the 1-meter dive, recording a career-best score of 284.63. Walker’s score of 294.88 was enough to earn first-place honors in the 3-meter dive. The Huskers moved to 2-0 on the season. Their other win came a few weeks ago against South Dakota State, in which the Huskers dominated 193 to 99. The Husker swimmers will travel to the TYR Invitational in Evanston, Ill., on Nov. 18, while the diving squad will travel to the Iowa Invitational on Dec. 2.


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Men’s Basketball


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Bo Spencer led the Huskers with 22 points including four of the 10 points in the final overtime period.

Nebraska beats USC in double OT, 64-61 Robby Korth Daily Nebraskan

Toney McCray was a 61-percent free-throw shooter. But on Monday night at Southern California with the game on the line he was a perfect 4-for-4. Down two points near the end of regulation, McCray went to the line and hit two free throws to tie the game with less than a minute on the clock at 49. Then with the Huskers down 54-52 and six seconds on the clock the 61-percent free-throw shooter was at the line again. And again he hit them both to send the game to double overtime. And during double overtime the drama continued. Brandon Richardson hit a three-pointer with 2:21 remaining to give NU a fivepoint advantage at 61-56. After a Caleb Walker free throw the Trojans answered with a three pointer of their

own coming from Alexis Moore to put the score at 62-59. Then USC got a quick dunk from Dewayne Dedmon to put the Trojans within one of NU. Then Bo Spencer got his chance. The senior transfer from LSU hit two free throws and gave Nebraska a three-point lead with eight seconds left. Maurice Jones missed the final three-pointer and Nebraska won the game 64-61 against the Trojans in a defensive struggle. “I felt like we did a good job toward the end,” Richardson said. “And we really executed down the stretch.” USC shot 33.3 percent from the floor while the Huskers shot 36.5 percent. The difference in the game was NU’s proficiency from three-point land. While

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Taking A


At the beginning of the season, Husker players and coaches were excited about the prospect of having AllAmerican candidates at each level of the defense. Jared Crick, Lavonte David and Alfonzo Dennard all entered their senior years looking to leave their mark together. That dream quickly disintegrated. Dennard missed the season’s first three games with a leg injury. He returned for the Wyoming game, but Crick didn’t play because of a head injury suffered against Washington the previous week. The trio finally got on the field to start the Wisconsin and Ohio State games together, but Crick suffered a season-ending injury against the Buckeyes, reducing the Blackshirts All-American contender club to two. But David and Dennard have both stepped up their

games in recent weeks. David has been a standout all season long, racking up 97 tackles, including nine this past week against Penn State. He’s made season-saving plays in several games, including his strip of Buckeye quarterback Braxton Miller and a tackle to stop Penn State on fourthand-one this past Saturday. Dennard appears to just be coming into his own. Two weeks removed from a career day shutting down Michigan State’s B.J. Cunningham, Dennard posted two more pass breakups Saturday to push his season total to five. “Those two guys are players,” coach Bo Pelini said at Monday’s press conference. “They aren’t only good football players, but they’re tremendous competitors. They play with an attitude about them. It’s infectious.” Pelini said Dennard has been tremendous since

In the second half of the season, linebacker David and cornerback Dennard have brought the Nebraska defense back to national attention story by dan hoppen | File photo by andrew dickinson

returning to the lineup and “hasn’t had a bad game yet.” Still, it was a bit confusing for Husker fans to see Dennard give up a few catches to Penn State receivers Saturday when he appeared to be playing too far off his man. “A few times, the call got miscommunicated and he wasn’t sure what it was,” Pelini said. “They were going quick. I put it on the guys around him, because sometimes at corner we flip-flop guys around and he needs help in that situation. He wasn’t sure what the call was so he didn’t play with his normal technique. He was trying to identify the formation and someone needs to help him out with the call.” As for David, it’s almost difficult for coaches to come up with new praise for the Butkus Award semifinalist. But his fourth-down tackle gave them something new to

commend him for, and they took advantage. “I consider him a big-time player,” Pelini said. “It is not easy to make a tackle like that but, you know what, I’ve seen him do that before. He has a knack. He wanted to make a play and he made it.” Unfortunately for the Huskers, both players are just a few games from concluding their Husker careers. But safety Austin Cassidy said sometimes knowing your time is short makes a senior play that much harder. “You start to see how things are shaping up, where we could be, either in a positive or negative way,” Cassidy said. “People start realizing that we have to put our foot on the pedal and really get going or things aren’t going to work out the way we wanted them to this year.”



Effects of pregame prayer ripple across nation Jeff Packer Daily Nebraskan

The very nature of sports can drive people apart. It can bring them together, too. Nevertheless, NU running back Rex Burkhead was awestruck when Nebraska and Penn State players met at midfield before Saturday’s game. They greeted one another, they knelt and then they prayed. Running backs coach Ron Brown, a 21-year veteran of the Nebraska football program and a devout Christian for more than 30 years, stood in a small circle as a stadium holding more than 107,000 people fell silent. Brown then led a prayer that has captivated people, fan or not, all across the country. “I thought coach Brown did a tremendous job getting us all together,” Burkhead said. “Just to come in, say ‘hi’ to each other and ask the other players how they are doing before the game kind of eases all the

emotions and distractions before the game. I thought that was an awesome deal. That was something I’ve never been a part of and something I thought was pretty cool.” The ongoing scandal at Penn State has rocked the country and looks as though it may continue to do so. Brown was first approached by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to consider something that would take place before the game. Brown talked about it with a Penn State campus ministry official. They sympathized with those in State College and realized a prayer would be suitable. “It felt like it would be appropriate to let a stadium, a city, a university, a whole nation understand the reality of the situation,” Brown said. “The reality was that Jesus Christ was alive and He wanted to heal.” Brown, who has an extensive background in both religion and football, wasn’t a surprising choice to lead the prayer for many. While he didn’t dispute the need

for the prayer, he didn’t see himself as an obvious selection. “To be called to do something like that, to represent God in a situation like that is humbling and I don’t deserve it, but it fell on my shoulders,” Brown said. Brown has seen hundreds of players pass through the university. He was there in the mid-1990s when Husker legend Brook Berringer passed away in a tragic plane crash. He pointed to that moment as a personal tragedy that has shaped him. Brown is concerned about children as they watch the developments at Penn State unfold. “You can stick your head in the sand, which obviously was a major problem in this case,” Brown said. “I told my players and I prayed this to the Lord during our prayer – that there were just millions and millions of little boys around the world, watching a football game, trying to make sense of what they’ve heard at Penn State.”

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Before kick off, Penn State and Nebraska players and coaches met in the middle of the field to join in a prayer led by Nebraska assistant coach Ron Brown. The running backs coach spoke to his daughter last week, wanting to see what

sense she has made of such a situation. Looking down for the words, she said she

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