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‘A place for Tax dollars, themselves’ private funds Bosnian youth group builds connections

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Columnists look at question of research funding

Losing ground

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Michigan State beat Nebraska 41-28 on Saturday, elminating the Huskers from the Legends division title. Nebraska’s offense out-produced the Spartans but gave up five turnovers in the game. photo by morgan spiehs

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The realities of research Two years after losing a prestigious designation, UNL strives to boost its national reputation through research

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Professor Shane Farritor, a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering since 1998, points to pictures from the honors’ wall at Nebraska Hall.

2012

$25,354,946

2011

NON-RESEARCH INTENSIVE COLLEGES

$24,932,448

$253,320,561

ALL COLLEGES

$235,296,157

Total research spending by UNL Colleges in 2012 College of Education & Human Sciences $13,321,231 College of Engineering $37,553,016

2011 2012

College of Arts & Sciences $69,246,965

Total research expenditures by non-research colleges in 2012 University Libraries

$1,790,277

Hixson-Lied College of Fine & Performing Arts

$2,233,186

College of Law

$1,896,819

College of Journalism & Mass Communications College of Business Administration College of Architecture Other units

$457,323

TOTAL $253,320,561

Institute of Agriculture & Natural Resources $107,844,403

OTHER $25,354,946

$5,787,492 $678,964 $12,510,885

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n April 2011, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln gained a title unique among American institutions of higher education. It was the first school ever booted from the Association of American Universities. A vote ended UNL’s 102 years in the members-only club of the nation’s top academic research programs. By a margin of two votes, UNL became the only Big Ten school that wasn’t an AAU member. Two and a half years later, administrators maintain that the removal from the 62-member institution wasn’t a reflection of the university’s quality as a research institution. The removal, the administrators say, was linked to the AAU’s ranking system, which does not include all types of agricultural research funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture — and agricultural research makes up more than 42 percent of UNL’s research expenditures. What’s more, UNL gets no credit for medical research conducted at the University of Nebraska Medical Center because the two are separate institutions. And although UNL trails Forbes’ list of top research universities at No. 119, the university’s research leaders say it’s an important player in the research world – and it will become even more important as multi-million dollar projects such as Innovation Campus, the Water for Food Center, the Brain, Biology and Behavior Center and UNL’s partnership with the Department of Defense come to fruition. In 2000, the Future Nebraska Task


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the purpose is for undergraduates to work under the supervision of full-time faculty memAllison Siekman spends a lot of bers, and oftentimes with a post her days in the lab, looking at doctoral or graduate student. UCARE provides funding for the trehalose protein of corn and trying to find a way to feed the one or two of these undergraduate research assistants after they world. The senior agronomy major have provided an overview of says the benefit of agricultural the research project and outlined research extends beyond Ne- their expectations. Each UCARE braska’s borders. Siekman is in student receives a $2,400 stipend for summer-long or yearlong her second year in UCARE, the Undergraduate Creative Activi- research. This stipend is continties and Research Experience pro- gent on the student fulfilling his or her benchmark requirements gram, looking at a metabolizing throughout the term. The fundregulator in plants. ing provided to students is pulled “What I like knowing about from and endowment given to the my research is that what we do here impacts feeding the world,” University through its contract which will be home to about 9 with Pepsi. Associate Vice Chancellor for billion people by 2050, Siekman Academic Affairs Amy Goodburn said. “What people don’t realize is how important agriculture is to said only two students failed to our economy, both in Nebraska fulfill their research requirements this fall, of the 450 estimated to and worldwide.” Those involved say UCARE be in the program. They were not projects can be time-consuming awarded their stipends. “The overwhelming majorand tedious, but faculty say they give students a valuable look at ity of students successfully fulfill the real world of scientific study. their research obligations with The school spent $253,320,561 on their faculty mentors,” Goodburn research in 2012, a large portion said. Cynthia Cress, an associate of which was filtered through UCARE. The year before, the professor specializing in lanCenter for Measuring University guage development and disorders Performance ranked UNL 93rd is currently working with several undergraduate out of 150 institustudents to study tions in terms of fedthe development We get eral research spendin infant commuing, based on figures committed nication. Cress collected in 2009. Five Big Ten schools students who truly was the principal investigator on a ranked among the understand the five-year Nationtop 20, with the Unial Institutes of versity of Michigan role of research Health grant that trailing Johns Hopand asking targeted early kins University for communication the top spot nation- questions.” and symbolic dewide. In his Sepvelopment. cynthia cress tember State of the associate professor of “We’re trying University speech, speech-language pathology to see if we can Chancellor Harvey predict who will Perlman called for have communicaUNL to increase its research profile and re-establish tion impairments down the road itself as a leading university in to see if we can push early prevention as well as track progress the country. and focus on therapy goals in To that end, University officials see the UCARE program as younger kids,” Cress said. “My a step in the right direction. But students have been out there, despite a claim on the UCARE collecting the data about the bawebsite, the program is no longer bies, scoring those data and helplisted among the 33 best univer- ing me develop this tool. We go sity programs in undergraduate back four years later and see who research and creative projects. turned out to have a disability.” Heather Kampschnieder, a seStill, its funding anchors 350 to nior speech-language pathology 400 studies a year. Through the program, profes- major working with Cress, has sors conduct studies alongside worked with infants between the paid student assistants. Each proj- ages of 2 months and 12 months to administer an interaction test ect must be approved through an institutional review board. After between the parents and infant. the researcher is certified and the After videotaping the interaction, study is conducted, the results are she takes the information back to submitted to the board for further the lab to code the video accordreview and editing before being ing to a coding scheme designed by Cress. Kampschnieder said published. she’s been working nonstop on For researchers conducting studies through UCARE, the project since April 2012. “We have made huge amounts

fore finals week at the end of secof progress, but collecting as much data as we need takes ond semester. Cress has found that UCARE time,” she said. is not only helpful to the school During Kampschnieder ’s first year in the program, Cress had but also helpful for her students and her own interests. an allotment of money to split “For the university, it means among the research students she that we get committed students wanted. Kampschnieder received a little more than $1,000 for work- who truly understand the role of ing about 10 hours per week. research and asking questions,” Cress said. “I see UCARE no longer that growth in splits the money my UCARE stuamong participants I have to dents and watch but provides full admit when them as they funding to one or hit grad school both undergraduate I started getting with a lot more research assistants. confidence.” Summer participants these students, Cupp has been work more hours per there were less working with week. two undergraduAlthough Kamp- projects that ate students on schnieder hasn’t were actually a project regardfully completed a project to date, she finished. But since ing a large subpopulation of says she’d like to see then, we’ve done cattle that have this one through to really well with high levels of ancompletion. drogens. Tackling “Being involved completing what complex issues in this research lab like these, Cupp and in the UCARE we’ve set out to said, pays off program has been do.” for students in the best decision of the long run and my college career,” andrea cupp boosts the uniKampschnieder animal science professor versity’s reputawrote in an email. “I tion in the prohave learned and excess. perienced things in my research “It doesn’t overwhelm them,” way before they were covered in Cupp said. “It’s a little tedious in class. I have been able to spend countless hours in the homes of some respects, but it gives them families and with children that the idea of what it’s like to work it has become a very comfortable in a lab. How do you develop environment for me; even though hypotheses? How do you design the reality of it is that I am in a experiments to test that hypothesis?” stranger ’s home.” Faculty members say the benBy going into these homes, Kampschnieder and Cress can efits of research extend to the answer the interesting questions classroom, too. As the emphasis regarding infants’ responses to on research grows, the university has committed to giving undervarious stimuli. Because Cress graduates research opportunities gives her undergraduate researchers questions she wants and maintaining a focus on eduto know the answers to, she has cation in the classroom. “There’s this myth that good never dropped a project. researchers don’t make good “We always finish them because I need to know this answer teachers,” said Donde Plowman, dean of the College of Business one way or another,” Cress said. Animal science professor An- Administration. “In my experidrea Cupp hasn’t had as much ence, that really hasn’t been true. The people I admire most who do luck in terms of completing every great research are also really good project. educators.” “I’ve had much better sucPlowman said she herself is cess than just one in every two projects,” Cupp said. “Most of an example. Before becoming a the time I hook them up with a dean, she was a professor, and graduate student or a post-grad she said she received good stuthat’s doing something in my lab. dent reviews, even while she was So we make it a smaller part of doing her research. Her paper on their project or we make it a proj- inter-organizational collaboration after the Colombia Space Shuttle ect that they have to put effort disaster was recently accepted in into, but also has to be completed. I have to admit when I started the journal Science. “It’s those researchers that getting these students, there were less projects that were actually bring their research activities into finished. But since then, we’ve the classroom that really make done really well with completing good educators.” Mara Klecker what we’ve set out to do.” contributed to this Once the hypotheses are testreport. ed, the data are scored and the news@ posters are made, the projects are dailynebraskan.com presented at the research fair be-

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UNL needs to prove the merit of its research The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is the only Big Ten university that isn’t a member of the Association of American Universities. In 2011, after 102 years, the research group voted to end UNL’s membership. The Daily Nebraskan Editorial Board does not agree with this vote or its reasoning. Two years later, it remains embarrassing. The AAU said the university was failing to meet certain requirements. But the university had a number of disadvantages in the association’s criteria for membership. The University of Nebraska is organized into separate flagship and medical campuses, which means UNL can’t count University of Nebraska Medical Center research. An AAU policy of not counting research funded by the United States Department of Agriculture also hurts UNL, as this is a huge source of our research funding. These facts, among other things, should have been taken into consideration when the association decided to end UNL’s membership. The termination wasn’t fair. That being said, the university should also take this as an opportunity to be more conscientious of the university’s research reputation. Although it didn’t deserve to have its membership revoked, UNL is still not where it could be research-wise. There’s always room to improve, and UNL should strive to get better. The AAU shouldn’t have had reason to even consider removing UNL’s membership. UNL needs to prove the association wrong. Research is important, for our university and for the world at large. The association embarrassed us when it took away our membership. Now it’s our turn to prove them wrong.

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research: from 1 Force proposed the “2020 Vision,” a 30-page document outlining research goals the university hoped to accomplish in the coming two decades. Among the goals listed in the document, the task force sought an increase in external funding, growth in graduate programs and a focus on finding a balance between faculty who both conduct research and teach. Since then, Chancellor Harvey Perlman has sought to boost UNL’s research reputation, despite setbacks. The university remains among the 108 institutions classified as “very high research activity” by Carnegie Classifications of Institutions of Higher Education. Prem Paul, vice chancellor for Research and Economic Development, said he’s committed to Perlman’s goal, too. “We certainly have aspirations to further our stature,” Paul said. “The major goals that Chancellor Perlman has set are ambitious, and we certainly hope to achieve them. That will help our ranking.” For Paul, however, the importance of expanding research is less about competitiveness with other universities and more about providing opportunities for students. “Research is important because it creates new knowledge for students and the world,” he said. “The discoveries made by university faculty create new businesses, new technologies, new solutions to societal problems. Research is really at the heart of learning.” Though all the colleges participate in research, some colleges are more research-intensive than others. The total research spending for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources amounted to $107.8 million for the 2012 fiscal year, up $16.1 million from the previous year. That spending is a mark of Nebraska’s location, said David Jackson, associate dean of the Agricultural Research Division.

“Because of the importance of agriculture to the state of Nebraska’s economy, it’s vital that we have a robust research program in the agricultural and natural resource disciplines,” Jackson said. The second-highest research spender was the College of Arts and Sciences – investing $69.3 million in research in 2012. The research expenditures for the College of Arts and Sciences have increased by $10 million during the last decade, said Sunil Narumalani, the college’s associate dean for research. Of the $69 million spent last year, $39 million came from federal grants. The remaining $30 million came from private or state funds, Narumalani said. Those federal funds are becoming harder to come by. With the sequestration and federal budget cuts, grant money is becoming scarcer. Funding projects has become a competitive mission. “Funding is tight, so we have to work even harder,” Paul said. “I am very proud of our faculty for actively pursuing research aspirations and being persistent in finding funding opportunities.” Paul said the importance of federal funding extends beyond upholding UNL’s research reputation. “We have to make sure that the federal research and development budget is strong because, if we are not investing in research, our competitiveness as a nation globally is not as good.” The College of Journalism and Mass Communications spent the least on research, totaling $457,000 last year. But UNL’s colleges are not equal in terms of faculty and student numbers. Plus, some curriculums are more research-driven than others, wrote Mike Zeleny, assistant vice chancellor for research, in an email. Therefore a direct comparison of research spending may not be fair, he said.

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Farritor shows a robot he developed in his laboratory at Nebraska Hall. Thee College of Engineering has been working on the project for about 10 years. The College of Business Administration ranked sixth in research expenditures, despite being the second-largest college on campus with more than 3,500 students. In 2012, the college spent $5.8 million on research. “We do research, but not nearly to the level that the sciences and engineering colleges do,” said Donde Plowman, the dean of CBA. “When articles get published in prestigious publications, that’s how we build our research reputation. We do have faculty that get grants, but there aren’t nearly as many as other colleges because when you think about where that federal money is going, it’s going to the sciences and health fields.” Plowman said the business college is fulfilling its research expectations by hiring new faculty from other research universities. Other

Big Ten universities have business colleges with higher faculty to student ratios and higher research expenditures, said Plowman, but UNL is staying competitive. “I’m really proud of the work we are doing in the college and the progress we are making,” Plowman said. “You can tell it by the journals we are in and by the great faculty we are hiring. Even as you walk though the building, you can just feel the excitement.” The College of Engineering shares that excitement, said Jeffrey Shield, a mechanical and materials engineering professor. Of the $37.5 million in engineering research expenditures, $8 million goes to the mechanical and materials engineering department. Only $500,000 of that $8 million comes from internal sources, Shield said – the rest is grant money.

Though Shield said the college ranks low in research spending in comparison to other universities, the figure isn’t “embarrassingly low.” Shield said the department has doubled its research spending in the last 10 years. “Our output, however, is comparable to the top 50 research universities, in terms of numbers of graduate students we produce and high profile publications we get in,” Shield said. One of the main expenditures in the department is the surgical robotics program. The current focus of that program is to develop robots that would make colon resection surgery a minimally invasive procedure, cutting down a patient’s hospital stay from 12 days to three days. The department has been working on the project for about 10 years. The project is currently funded by grants from NASA and the Army. NASA’s funds are being used to develop a surgical robot that can operate in zero gravity, to make in-space medical procedures possible for long-term space missions. One of these robots will be sent up in a zero gravity simulation flight in February, said Shane Farritor, a professor of mechanical and materials engineering. Farritor said a focus on collaboration and the work of student researchers have propelled the project. Two Ph.D. students, two master’s students and five undergraduate students are working on the project this semester. “One of the things that really helps is the work of the undergraduate students,” Farritor said. “I just think we are a world-class bunch and we get world-class students. We’ve had success in grabbing undergraduates, giving them great opportunities and then they go on to do great things that make us proud.” Even smaller players are con-

tributing to the university’s total research output. One day last fall, associate broadcasting professor Barney McCoy was sitting in the back of the Andersen lecture hall, observing a mass media principles class, when he noticed a student with his head down. So he called on the boy to answer a question. The boy gave him a puzzled look. “I’m sorry, I wasn’t listening,” the student said, glancing up from his iPhone. Busted. That’s what got McCoy going. He wanted to know why students were paying so much attention to four-inch screens instead of lectures happening right in front of them. Better yet, he wanted to find a solution. His eventual study, “Digital Distractedness” was the result of 777 students surveyed across six different universities, including UNL. McCoy said research doesn’t necessarily have to be bankrolled to be good. He said it’s more a matter of honing curiosity and finding answers. “A lot of people would call me crazy,” he said. “But I think that a lot of research just starts with you seeing something happening, you observe some behavior and wonder why it’s happening and how frequently does it happen.” Paul said it’s situations like McCoy’s, when faculty make the best of the resources they have, that keep him optimistic about UNL’s future in research. “I am very proud of our faculty that are actively pursing research aspirations and involving students,” he said. “The talent we are attracting to UNL is fantastic.” Natasha Rausch contributed to this report. news@ dailynebraskan.com

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business of research Government or private industry research funding presents both challenges and advantages for the public good

Government funding of research promotes the growth of knowledge as well as the economy

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niversity research significantly contributes to the e v e r- i n c re a s ing body of knowledge leading to social and economic improvements. Federally funded research to universities is necessary to ensure the long-term viability of American leadership in innovation and social progress. Federal funds are responsible for the development of the Internet, GPS, touchscreens, MRI and life-saving vaccines, as well as positive growth for jobs and productivity. Privately funded research, on the other hand, would shift the focus from the public good to profitability. It seems unreasonable to assume that the private market will satisfy the research demands that an everevolving society requires, particularly when it considers public goods that offer little chance for profitability. Rarely will corporations be persuaded to invest in long-term, low-return research. Privately funded research is less objective and focuses on research that can be monetized. When the private market allows for a deficit of public goods to occur, it is the government’s responsibility to meet that demand. Replacing federal funding to universities with corporate funding would degrade the public good. One central argument focuses on the benefits of basic research as opposed to applied research. Basic research is the pursuit of a better understanding of the world and the public good, whereas applied research seeks practical implementation of research, often into the marketplace. The international research community as a whole agrees that basic research is interdependent on innovation and the manifestation of research into products in the marketplace. According to the National Science Foundation, of the $340 billion spent on research in 2006, $62 billion of it was basic research (18 percent).The federal government funds 59 percent of basic research, mostly conducted by academic institutions. Only 3.8 percent of industry-funded research is basic research. If this ratio stays true in replacing funding for universities, then there would be nearly $50 billion less invested in basic research. The presence of businesses in basic research is dwindling, according to the National Science Foundation, the independent federal agency that funds much of university research. Privately financed physical and biomedical sciences publications have decreased since 2000. Industry-funded research articles in peer-reviewed journals have also decreased, indicating a prioritization of monetizing the fruits of research over promoting the public good. Yes, that’s precisely what businesses ought to do in a market economy. That is exactly why federal funding for universities is necessary. Academia should not act as the vehicle for business’ profit-mongering. If corporation funding replaces federal funding in the university setting, more applied research on preferred projects with a likely biased outcome that can be monetized will become the focus. The journal Plos Medicine conducted a study that found bias exists in the way corporations pursue research studies. They target individuals and universities that appear friendly to the corporation in the hope the study will find a favorable result. In other

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words, companies tend to fund projects that would benefit their enterprise. More ominously, Plos Medicine found that studies are more likely to conclude in favor of the sponsoring company, which could have detrimental implications for public health policy. One such example, as reported by the American Journal of Public Health in 2003, found that authors who had a favorable finding for a company were 80 percent more likely to have a financial relationship with the company, as opposed to 21 percent for neutral authors and 11 percent for unfavorable authors. The journal concluded by stating “noncommercial funding may be more essential to maintaining objectivity than disclosing personal financial interests.” Some noncommercial examples include benefactors and organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which fund research in purely philanthropic ways. Their motivation is neither power, nor profit, but a genuine interest in promoting the public good. Their participation in the research realm is welcome. Opponents argue that privately funded research fuels innovation and economic growth. Companies do have an incentive to innovate in order to profit; however, once they achieve that, they will protect their products at the expense of said innovation. Industry has a place beyond their internal research and development departments. They contribute to economic progress, but it must not replace federal funding to universities and other researchers. The Science Coalition, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of many universities, of which the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a member, found that basic research significantly contributes to the growth of the economy. Hundreds of companies have originated from university research, and they succeed more often than normal startups based on average length in business. For example, at Stanford, Larry Page and Sergey Brin worked on basic research on a National Science Foundation grant that sparked the idea of Google. While private corporations seek to create proprietary standards with which to monetize their investments, government-funded researchers have virtues in intellectual curiosity and a desire to improve the world. Universities offer a platform for professional academics and researchers that isn’t easily replicated elsewhere. Those who wish to devote their careers toward benevolent means can do so more easily in a university setting. However, government funding is often a prerequisite for such research to occur. While the federal government has reduced its contribution to research funding because of the sequestration, having corporations fill the gap is not the solution. Corporations are less an agent of social progress than they are of economic superiority. Publicly traded corporations are required by law to attempt to maximize profits on a quarterly basis. They focus on what benefits them rather than what benefits society. The public good relies on objective basic research, something only noncommercial federally funding can reliably provide. Oliver Tonkin is a Political Science and Global Studies major. Follow him on Twitter @thebrutalwolf. Reach him at opinion@dailynebraskan.com.

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ederal funding for research has provided the capital necessary for much of society’s previous advancement. From the development of the Internet to the polio vaccine, federal grants have provided much of the lifeblood needed to make necessary advancements in society. It’s inarguable that this type of funding has provided many benefits to our country, but is there a better way we can be making these advancements? There is: more private funding. The key ideological argument of federally funding research is that by having citizens collectively contribute to research through taxation, we will benefit as a whole through innovations that are more focused on equality. Instead, research should provide solutions with the greatest amount of equity. In other words, federal research would provide everybody with the same solution, but private research would provide individuals with a more unique solution for their needs. There’s no point in providing everybody with a shoe if the shoe doesn’t fit. While this federal funding does provide a guaranteed source to fuel advancements, we should work toward tapering off this federal funding in favor of a more freemarket approach. Free-market approaches toward research will provide more efficient solutions than federally funded research. The basis of this argument is that these solutions will be based off supply and demand. When research is left to be funded by the government instead of private businesses, it changes the way business is done. This is because normal economic conditions no longer apply. Instead of receiving revenue through the sale of goods or services, research is funded through tax dollars. When research is funded through tax dollars, there is less motivation to use the proper cost-benefit analysis that corporations and other businesses must use to ensure that their projects will result in a profit. Some people may argue that this business model is bad for research that concerns the public good. They might argue private entities will only factor their own bottom dollar into their decisions. If this was true, this could result in the needs of the public being ignored. These types of arguments are based on confusion over what happens when solutions are left up to business. Many people make the inaccurate assumption that businesses don’t operate with people in mind. This is not the case at all because business is always at the mercy of the consumer. It’s true that eventually replacing federal funding with funding from the private sector will result in research that will be based more on profit. What is not true about this approach is that it would not benefit society more. The only way that private research can make a profit from their efforts is to provide a product that will benefit society. By providing something that consumers want or need, these private entities will not only be able to profit, but also provide a great contribution to the public.

As I said before, one of the biggest problems with using federal funding as the basis to fund projects that are deemed necessary to society is that it removes many free-market incentives for those who would normally be deemed responsible for their actions. Let’s take the removal of nuclear waste, for example. Nuclear waste is something that can inevitably affect all of society if not properly taken care of. Like much of the research that falls under this category, it’s publicly funded. This has caused many problems toward the actual goal of getting rid of our nuclear waste. First, by continuing to put more and more tax dollars into funding this research for the public good, it has removed the incentive to find alternative solutions. We’ve seen this problem in public education. Despite continuing to spend more and more money, we continue to receive fewer results from our endeavors. The second major problem with federal funding is that it removes a sense of responsibility. Going back to our problem of getting rid of nuclear waste, money from the government takes away an incentive to adapt and learn. Certainly they would benefit from its efficient disposal. Shouldn’t they be responsible for keeping it efficient? The lack of accountability that can result from federal funding can cause serious consequences, stemming from how the problem is approached. The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 and the subsequent bills that have followed set up the guidelines to manage high-level nuclear waste. This has resulted in the decisions on regulation being more politically based than if they were left up to nuclear energy producers. These current policies decide where and how the waste will be disposed. Under federal oversight, we’ve used outdated technology to dispose of waste, when better methods have been invented right here in the United States. If the decision-making and implementation had been left up to private business, they could have made quicker and more efficient decisions instead of waiting on Congress. Federally funding research removes the responsibility and innovation required to compete in the modern world’s economy. We need solutions that are innovative and adaptable, not ones that are subject to politics and government. Look at what organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have done in Africa. Their efforts have been far more efficient than anything government foreign aid has provided. The issue isn’t that federal funding for research is morally wrong or doesn’t provide a benefit to society. The problem with federal funding is that no matter how pure its intentions are, its solutions cannot compete with those from private business. When businesses see an opportunity in research for the public good, they will take it. We can bring the efficiency of corporations to research benefitting society, but we can’t do it until we reduce the amount we rely on our government. Wade Burkholder is a senior Business Administration major. Reach him at opinion@ dailynebraskan.com.

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Mugo Deronjic, a student from Southeast High School, hangs out with his youth group at the Sabah Bosnian Mosque on Friday night. Deronjic, a Bosnia native, moved to the United States with his parents after the Bosnian War.

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embers of the Sabah Mosque youth group stood outside of their mosque this Saturday, waiting for their group leader so they could drive to a community dinner. They talked about how cheap handbags are in Bosnia, what cities in Bosnia or Germany their families are from and if they might help rake the leaves outside of their mosque. After nine months of using the new mosque, the teenagers of Sabah have found a place to be themselves — students living in the United States without losing their

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culture through the creation of their new youth group. Senada Gusic, a freshman political science major, has been the leader of the youth group since last Ramadan, a month-long Islamic holiday in which practicing Muslims fast from sunup to sundown, that took place from July 8 to Aug. 7. The mosque does not have its own Imam, an Islamic leader who leads prayers, but during Ramadan, the mosque brings in a temporary one for the month. The one who came last year started the youth group and encouraged younger members of the mosque to con-

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tinue the group. “He passed the baton on to some of the older kids,” Gusic said. The mosque brings in a Turkish Imam from Omaha during the rest of the year to lead Friday prayers, Gusic said. Gusic said the mosque started out with a handful of families getting together and renting out a room at the People’s City Mission. They started outgrowing the space, so they purchased a former church at 1145 Furnas Ave and remodeled it. The mosque currently has about

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Pretty Lights concert electrifies Lincoln Pretty Lights’ laser light show adds another layer to already stellar concert at the Pershing Mekenzie Kerr dn

Michelle Nguyen dishes a sample of her chili to a participant in the Chili Cook-off Friday at the East Campus Union. The 10th annual Chili Cook-Off was hosted by Student Involvement and the Culinology Hospitality Management Club.

photos by Allison Hess Attendees enjoyed various types of chili, including red, white and veggie chili. Each attendee of the cook-off had the chance to judge each participant’s chili to determine the winning recipe.

It was like magic. As soon as the Pershing Center was full and the music started, the party began. Pretty Lights, also known as Derek Vincent Smith, performed Friday to a full house. Lincoln’s Pershing Center was packed with electronic dance music fans, both new and experienced, itching to see Pretty Lights live. “I’m a huge fan of EDM, especially coming from Colorado where it is a huge thing,” said Baylea Koren, a freshman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “Pretty Lights was some of my first EDM music that I ever listened to, and he honestly never has a bad show.” Concert attendees were the first to see Pretty Lights’ first live band set-up. “My expectations were for the concert to be good, but I was completely blown away when the concert actually started,” said UNL freshman Brandon Hostert, a Pretty Lights newcomer. With a medley of brass instruments and technology amidst a wealth of other musical sounds, Pretty Lights’ music was rhythmic and seemed to put the entire crowd into a trance. Hips swung and fists pumped in-sync with the initial beats from Pretty Lights. The melodic

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music kept the concert-goers bright-eyed and bushy-tailed from start to finish, with every song transition smoothing over the little delay time. While there were fans here and there in the seats around the main floor, they were still bobbing their heads and standing up, almost as if they were unable to sit while the music played. To complete the melodies were the bass drops that shook the ground underneath listeners’ feet and quaked all the way up into their chests. EDM groups such as Pretty Lights, known for their intense bass drops, are part of the craze among the crowd. Playing songs such as “Around the Block” from his most recent album “A Color Map of the Sun” delivered a listening experience difficult to compare to the competing top 40 music. Koren had been waiting to hear the song live and notes that as her favorite part, and that when she heard it she “had never been so excited.” Fans raved with glow sticks that filled Pershing with ambient light. From glowing balls to light-tip gloves, the room was radiating a soft glow throughout the night. These blended with the neon shirts and tiny raveoutfits that many die-hard fans donned. “The crowd was amazing and so fun and energized,” said Koren, “and his opening acts did

such a good job with hyping up the crowd.” To go alongside the bass drops and electro tunes that hooked the crowd from the first minute were the light effects that spanned the entire color spectrum. “The way he does the lights and interacts with the crowd is why I go to his shows,” Koren said. In-tune with the music, multiple light rays were shot out from the stage that added another element to the concert in blue, purple, yellow and more. “The lights that he used were amazing, and the bass sounded absolutely amazing,” Koren said. These rhythmically flashing lights seemed to keep the crowd upbeat, serving to encourage the rave-atmosphere that cascaded over the crowd past midnight. “The music was amazing, but the light show really made it pop out,” Hostert said. “It was as if you were living the music.” A wildly successful show according to multiple attendees, Pretty Lights’ performance was an EDM medley of trippy lights and dance-inducing bass drops. “If Pretty Lights is ever within driving range of me, I’m for sure going,” Hostert said. “Best concert I have ever been to.” arts@ dailynebraskan.com


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‘Nebraska’ tells story of small-town characters Monochromatic cinematography accents the complex performances of ‘Nebraska’s’ actors Vince Moran dn Living in the state that gives Omaha native Alexander Payne’s film its title makes for a humbling, introspective and poignant viewing experience. Citizens of New York City, Los Angeles, Paris, Rome and numerous other international cities are used to seeing their surroundings captured and projected on the big screen. I, however, am not used to seeing the O Street viaduct, the one I take to drive home, and the Walgreens on 13th and O as part of a Hollywood studio film. Watching a biker ride down the viaduct, likely completely unaware of the fact he or she is being filmed, and the other cars driving to and from unknown destinations with intentions completely separate from the filmmakers is what makes realism so striking and thoughtprovoking. It makes you step out of your body for a moment and take in the soon-to-be forgotten,

but utterly important, actions of everyday life. The State Capitol stands tall in the background, similar to JeanLuc Godard’s use of the Eiffel Tower in “Breathless.” The contrast between the two landmarks is important, the Eiffel Tower being a worldwide symbol for “The City of Lights,” with the Nebraska State Capitol being almost embarrassingly insignificant in juxtaposition — a modest landmark for a modest state. Being a resident of Nebraska doesn’t mean you’ll have a more accurate reading of “Nebraska,” but it does serve as a reminder of the power of realism in cinema. In a time where the medium has transferred to digital production, the amount of films shot entirely on location without the help of a green screen are slowly diminishing. As word of mouth travels and “Nebraska” gains momentum in the awards circuit, more and more audiences will be seeing the film, taking in the landscapes, towns, people and architecture of a state they may never have visited. All these realizations came immediately to mind after seeing the film and are a reminder of the historical and informative power cinema has to artistically immortalize, document and capture in a certain place at a certain time. Payne made the vital decision

to shoot “Nebraska” in black and white after fighting with the studio and ultimately taking a smaller budget. His efforts more than paid off, as it is impossible to imagine the film in any other way. Payne’s direction along with Phedon Papamichael’s cinematography create a beautiful representation of the state that often looks like a black and white photography book come to life. The wrinkled and obtrusive faces of the people, the old, diminishing small towns and the flat and open landscapes, which all seem to be in black and white in reality, greatly benefit from the aesthetic choice to shoot in grayscale. “Nebraska” is a re-imagining of the archetypal road story, featuring a father and son traveling from Billings, Mont., to Lincoln, Neb. Woody is an old and slightly confused man who, after receiving junk mail claiming he is the winner of a million dollars, is hell-bent on making the trek to Lincoln to claim his prize — no matter how much his family protests. Eventually his son David agrees to take him in a final attempt to establish a bond with his aging and delusional father. While the plot sounds cliché, and sometimes certainly is, Payne’s direction and the exceptional acting lifts the film above Bob Nelson’s sometimes less stellar script. After a couple of early formulaic scenes

to set up the film’s ultimate plot, it settles comfortably into its picturesque, monochromatic world. Bruce Dern is impeccable as Woody. Alexander Payne had repeatedly tried to get the great Gene Hackman out of retirement, but each time, Hackman remained firm in his career choice. While I would never turn down the opportunity to watch Hackman return to the screen, Dern’s less recognizable persona fits this character like a glove. His long, wispy, disheveled hair, slow, bent body and flawless short, confused line readings make one feel like they have encountered Woody before. It is, without a doubt, one of the greatest performances of the year, and worthy of his Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor. The supporting cast is equally effective, with especially rewarding performances from “Saturday Night Live”-alum Will Forte, and “About Schmidt” star June Squibb. Forte seems a strange choice for the role of David, but delivers a surprisingly layered performance as a downtrodden, everyday man who can’t quite seem to get it together. While Dern and Forte are subtle and minimal in their respective performances, Squibb couldn’t be more loud and lively as Kate, Woody’s wife. Her boisterous and to-the-point character provides the more comic moments contrasting

with Dern and Forte’s poignant road trip. “Nebraska” is being touted as a light-hearted crowd pleaser, and while there are elements of this in the film, it has a darker underbelly than it lets off. It is about a people and a way of life that are slowly eroding from the world. This is seen in a remarkable sequence where Woody and his family return to his hometown, the fictitious Hawthorne, Neb., a place that could stand in for any number of small, dying towns, whose residents all seem to be older than 60 and have lived there their entire lives. During this trip, Woody and his family visit the house he was born and raised in. Watching Dern silently take in the desolate and ruined home that was once his is moving and heart-breaking. The people in “Nebraska” live quiet lives, often living and dying in the same quiet town, never making the difference they sought to make in the world they’re now soon to leave. As Woody often explains, “I’m running out of time.” “Nebraska” is an often brilliant film — simultaneously inspiring and saddening. It stands tall in its subtle, realist aesthetics among a crowd of loud, colorful and self-important Oscar-bait fare and CGI-ridden blockbusters. It is something that all cinema lovers should see, but offers a particularly

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Emphasize your PS4 has beauty, lacks substance so far personality in the job world nathan sindelar

TYLER KEOWN I hate doing adult things. By that, I mean I hate doing things that I picture adults doing. Buying groceries, settling debts, driving in the correct lane; I just don’t like doing any of it. I’m guessing you don’t either. I doubt anyone wouldn’t jump at an opportunity to hang out on their couch, eating crunchy peanut butter with their fingers and watching “Ice Road Truckers” for days on end. But life isn’t about having fun, dude. It’s time we accept that. As a journalism student, one of the most “adult” (and scariest) things we have to do is look for internships. Based on what our professors are teaching us, getting a job after college is 100 percent contingent on whether we’ve had internships or not. Talent means nothing, this is an industry built on networking. I’m not sure how internships work in other majors. Do you even have to do them, or can you just go to class for four years, then get a job? Regardless if you have to do them or not, it’s important to know how to impress a potential employer. I’ve spent the last few weeks cleaning up my resume and applying to various publications, and I want to share some tips I’ve been picking up to help give you the best chance to land a job and avoid food stamps. First, figure out what noteworthy things you’ve done. My resume includes the time I went to D’Leon’s and they gave me a chicken quesadilla, despite only charging me for a cheese one, the time I saw Kristen Schaal hanging out on the sidewalk and also my actual journalistic experience. It’s tricky, though, to pick out things that’ll make you stand apart

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from other applicants. Some people may say to focus on your academic accomplishments, but those people just want to pretend that their 4.0 GPAs were worth the time and work. No one really cares how well you’re doing in school. They care about how much you pay for quesadillas and what celebrities you’ve seen in person. Now that your resume has caught an employer’s eye, you gotta hit them with the kill shot: a dope cover letter. You’re speaking directly to them, and you need to take the opportunity to impress. Show how good you are with words. Prove that you’ve read some books! If you use the right “your” and “their” and all that, you already have an advantage because all public schools teach anymore about words is that they exist. Use the chance to overexaggerate your work ethic. Mention how you’ve been able to go without sleep for three years. How you’ll be the first one at the office in the morning and the last one at night because you’ll live in the ductwork. How if anything or anyone gets in the way of you doing your job, they will be eliminated. The last, and arguably least important, part of impressing an employer is your body of work. With most of my internship applications, I’ve had to include a few samples of my writing. It was a bit difficult to pick what bits to submit at first, until I realized I should just take whatever was most popular when I shared it on Facebook and submit that. Bam, problem solved. This might not work as well if you’re not a journalism major with stories you can share online, but think outside of the box! Just post links to PDFs of your lab reports or whatever academic bullshit and see what your friends think of it! You’ll get great feedback for certain. The transition to “adult” can be rough, but this piece can hopefully help with at least one aspect. arts@ dailynebraskan.com

Welp, looks like the future of interactive amusement is here — at least, Sony’s PlayStation 4 has officially arrived. This last Friday, the megacorporation dropped a sleek black bomb on the video game industry with its latest and maybe greatest system yet, the PS4; I got one. Now, back in June when the Electronic Entertainment Expo was in full swing and when Sony gloated over its gaming future, I was pretty stoked. I heard the message, understood the goals that grounded the to-be system on a bedrock of fun and creativity — an emphasis on varying experiences, independent developers and all the wonders low-stakes environments like those could foster.. I pre-ordered, confident that, for my purposes (writing about all the gaming goodness I could for you beloved readers), this would be the next-generation console for me. As the year went on, however, and as classes and work began to point and laugh at any semblance of free time I might’ve had, my excitement, the fire once stoked, was snuffed of its oxygen. The PS4 came anyway. I missed my chance to cancel the pre-order but still, ever-sofaintly, held some hope that I’d find the space in my day to play. I have ... a little. So how is it? For starters, hot damn, the PlayStation 4 is a sexy little piece of tech. Half matte and half shiny, the system sits about two inches high on its side and tilts back at an elegant angle. It’s light, quiet and quick to start with synchronized and colored LEDs matching its internal processes as it boots up, stands by and powers down. Its controller, the Dualshock 4, tremendously compliments the clean-cut aesthetic and improves on one of the weaknesses many saw in previous PlayStations with a larger, more comfortable fit in the hands. Then there are the console’s

courtesy photo starters themselves, the so-called “launch titles,” a group of games available the day one purchases a machine. Historically, launches have spanned the spectrum in terms of quality and number. The Super Nintendo released in Japan with only two games back in 1990. Yet, one of those was “Super Mario World,” a title routinely found in “Best Of” gaming lists the Internet over. The PlayStation 2 began its American romp in 2000 with 28 games. The fourth in Sony’s bloodline launched with 23 titles but no real standout, some simply being — while still great — ported minigames from its predecessor, such as “Flower.” The showcase entry in the lineup, “Killzone: Shadow Fall,” Guerrilla Games’ most recent grasp at the massive success seen in other first-person shooters, certainly brings the visual payload but ultimately fails to offer anything more. I actually feel bad for developer Guerrilla. With the original “Killzone” back on the PS2, the team was unfairly pitted against none other than “Halo.” Literally, their baby was labeled the “‘Halo’-Killer,” a game meant to be so good as to dethrone the then-pinnacle of shooters. There was no chance. The second try on the PlayStation 3, sweltered under the heat brought on by Sony, or perhaps themselves, when an incredible “gameplay” trailer for the game

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was shown to pre-rendered, i.e., fake. “Killzone 2��� never escaped the shadow of that controversy and fell through the cracks of popularity that both publisher and developer hoped for. With “Shadow Fall,” Sony knew having the game as a launch title would help the series along, especially with the relatively meager offerings otherwise. And, again, yeah, it looks great, but its also quite evident that in their attempts at mainstream appeal, Guerrilla has robbed its series of vital differentiations. In the second game, though its technical prowess was the topic of most discussion. Players were treated to possibly the best first-person cover mechanic seen yet, one that accentuated the weighty feel of the game’s combat and Helghast baddies who’d soak in damage and press forward as oppressively as their fictional government. “Killzone 2” was physically and aesthetically cohesive. The latest offering ditches the cover use almost entirely, alleviates the heft of movement and shooting and also makes the enemies much weaker.

What we end up with is not the thoughtful and methodical shooter of yore, the one that emphasized territory management over blindfiring. Instead, we get a watereddown amalgamation of what is thought to be popular design, a move that leaves “Killzone” without an identity – visually, thematically, mechanically – other than that of a second-rate and forgotten franchise. All of that said, I’m not totally sure how I feel yet. I know there will be games to come, ones from Sony’s stable of exclusive and talented developers like Naughty Dog and Sucker Punch, but right now, it’s just not there. “Killzone” may look like the future, but it feels like a retread of the last seven years. I mean, there’s also the PlayStation 4’s speed and interface, its connectivity with hubs such as Facebook and Twitch.tv, the video game streaming website. Those are all great. Actually, they’re quite impressive. At launch, these consoles never operate as they do just a couple years down the road. As glitches get ironed out and features are added, the systems develop into their own, but, even as it stands now, the PS4 has some great potential energy. It’s crisp and clean on the outside and in terms of function. Yeah, I’m still stoked; I can’t lie. I guess whatever might be in store for the medium sits directly on the shoulders of developers. Sony has crafted a quality box, a melding of developmental efficiency and power, and that’s exciting. Now it’s just for the creators to take those tools and apply them toward inventive design. Nathan Sindelar spent $400 on a system he’ll hardly have time to play. Console him at arts@ dailynebraskan.com

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A brand-new car. Make more sensible financial decisions, dude! The second you drive that car off the lot, it’s going to depreciate in value by at least 35 percent. Don’t even get me started on their offer to let you lease it. Idiot move.

A mason jar holding Lou Costello’s shrunken head in vinegar. Where did they even get that? Is it alive? It just blinked! Do you have to feed it? You do, don’t you? You’re not ready for that kind of commitment, and also, I’m not feeling great about the legality of this situation.

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‘Middletown’ play offers confusion, insight Show features the interactions of a town’s people brought together Jack Forey dN “Someone is born; someone will die. Both of them are you.” If that statement resonates with you, then you should see “Middletown.” If that statement means nothing to you, you should definitely see “Middletown.” The University of NebraskaLincoln production is about an eponymous town and its people. It could be any place, any town. There are successful people, abject failures and the mundane examples in between. It may as well be Lincoln;

the backdrop depicts a monument that looks very much like our capitol building. “Middletown” is essentially a series of absurd conversations between the various townspeople. Some of them know each other; others meet by chance. All of their interactions begin with mundane settings and topics, then progress into unreal territory as the characters openly pontificate on their lives and everything around them. Playwright Will Eno wants us to think about why the monument is there or why we speak English instead of Latin. In the midst of this postmodern styling, “Middletown” is often funny and sympathetic. Material that has potential to be pretentious avoids that fate, mainly because it is funny and doesn’t pretend to have answers for the questions it poses. The energy of the actors and poetry of the writing lend the conversations a humorous tone. Not only are

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Nebraska remains perfect in Pinnacle Bank Arena with 83-57 win over South Carolina State Nedu Izu DN Nebraska senior guard Ray Gallegos checked into the game after the first four minutes of Sunday’s game against South Carolina State and was welcomed by a standing ovation. After sitting out the first two games of the season for violating team rules, the senior guard was more than anxious to play for the team. “It felt pretty good to be out there and just contribute,” Gallegos said. “I’ve been working hard in practice, so being able to finally show it feels tiago zenero | dn good again.” Husker senior guard Ray Gallegos reaches for a steal in Sunday’s Gallegos stepped behind the 3-point line for his first shot attempt game against South Carolina State. Gallegos recorded 18 points of the game. The shot from downin his first game of the season. town was successful and would be replicated six more times by Gallegos Miles, who praised his leading scorwhich is why he went 6 for 10,” Miles in the Huskers’ 83-57 win against the er’s performance after the game. said. Bulldogs. “We got (Gallegos) shots that we In his first game since sitting out Gallegos scored a team-high 18 knew he could make,” Miles said. all year last season because of NCAA points in his return to lead Nebraska “He’s a spot-up jump shooter. And transferring rules and two games this to its third victory of the season in he’s got good elevation on it. And I season for behavioral issues, Biggs front of an attendance of 10,974 at thought those were most of the shots provided a spark early in his first Pinnacle Bank Arena. he took today.” minutes of the game. Although he was absent in the Gallegos finished the first half By the end of the first half the Huskers’ first two victories, Gal- with a team-high 12 points, all from junior guard tallied 9 points, 3 relegos picked up where he left off a downtown (4-for-7) to give the Husk- bounds and 2 assists. season ago. Last year, the guard led ers a 39-31 lead headAfter being out of live competiall shooters in the ing into the locker tion for 35 games since joining NeBig Ten Conference I’ve been room. braska a year ago, Biggs said he was with 2.5 3-pointers And he wasn’t thankful to finally get the opportuworking per game. On Sunthe only shooter the nity to show his teammates and fans day, he nearly tripled hard in practice, coach found worth the type of competitor he is. that with his 6 for 10 complimenting in “I’m blessed to come out here performance against so being able to his post-game pressand showcase what God gave me,” South Carolina State. conference. the Omaha native said after the finally show it Shooting more Also making game. “It’s been a long road for me; a from behind the arc feels good again.” his first appearance lot of ups and downs. I’m just happy wasn’t his intention in a Husker game to be here and play in front of my entering his final Ray gallegos this season was juhome state and get the job done.” senior guard year at Nebraska, nior guard Deverell Biggs and Gallegos weren’t the Gallegos said. Biggs. Like Gallegos, only Huskers who scored double“My goal this Biggs finished his digits in the 26-point victory. Acyear was to put the ball on the floor Nebraska debut with double digit companying the guards were freshmore and try to get to the cut more,” scoring, shooting 50 percent from the man Tai Webster, junior Leslee Smith he said. “But obviously I didn’t do floor (5 for 10), while adding 6 points and sophomore Shavon Shields who that tonight. Six threes is always from the free throw line for 17 total scored 13, 12 and 10 points, respecpretty good, though, so I can’t really points. tively. complain.” “Deverell is really clever with the sports@ And neither can his coach, Tim ball so we got him really good looks, dailynebraskan.com

The No. 15 Nebraska women’s basketball team escaped the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, with a 75-69 victory against Utah. Nebraska moves to 3-0 on the young season. The game started off with a bang for the Huskers, as senior forward Jordan Hooper drained one of her three 3-pointers of the night. The great start was short lived. Utah senior forward Michelle Plouffe made her presence known early on as she put up the Utes first four points of the night behind two free throws and a jump shot. She was also key in forcing Huskers’ junior forward Hailie Sample into foul trouble with 8:06 left in the first half. “Hailie’s the one assigned to guard Plouffe to start the game, and then she immediately gets in foul trouble,” Coach Connie Yori said in a post-game radio show. “And that kind of changed a little bit of what we were trying to do.” The Utes finished the first half on an 8-2 run capped off with a 3-pointer from sophomore Danielle Rodriguez. Plouffe led the Utes with 17 points, four assists and four rebounds in the first 20 minutes of action. The Huskers finished the first half shooting 39.4 percent from the field, but converted six of 11 from beyond the arch. The better first half stats were in favor of the Utes, as Utah shot 50 percent from the field and put away eight of their 11 shots from downtown. Utah also went 5 for 6 from the line. This gave the Utes a 41-36 lead going into halftime. The Huskers came out in the second half on a mission, as the squad grabbed the lead and kept it for the entire half. Then there was late action drama. Junior forward Emily Cady fouled out with more than 12 minutes left in the game. Yori said Cady would have added experience in lategame defense. “A lot of late game situations in the last few years, Emily has been on the floor for us,” Yori said. Yori said Cady has more experience in three-point defense then the newer players for the Huskers, but the squad will use this game to learn. With the score 67-59, redshirt junior Ciera Dunbar hit from 3-point range to cut into the lead, but the Utes were not done. After a timeout,

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Nebraska sophomore point guard Rachel Theriot lines up a shot earlier in the year. Theriot recorded 28 points to help the Huskers take down Utah on Friday. Husker junior Tear’a Laudermill lost the ball, and the Utes took it down court. With 36 seconds remaining, Utah sophomore Malia Nawahine hit the back of the net from behind the arch, making the score 67-65. “We were trying to play 3-point defense at the end of it, and we haven’t worked on it enough,” Yori said. One Husker stepped up in a big way in the second half, though, in sophomore guard Rachel Theriot. “Rachel had a huge second half for us,” Yori said. “We put the ball in her hands a lot, and we needed her to do something.” Theriot put up 19 second-half points, giving her 28 total points, while playing the entire game. Though freshman Allie Havers, Sample and Theriot are not accus-

tomed to the pressure, the trio went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line in the final 1:30 of the game. The Huskers’ final 10 points of the game all came from the line. “That was the difference,” Yori said. “You’re going to get fouled in that situation, and you better take care of the ball. Then, you just got to go down and knock them down.” The Huskers converted on free throws late, which gave them the win, Yori said. Yori said this game reminded her of a Big Ten road game and this was a big win for the Huskers. “Overall, you got to be able to beat good teams on the road, and we showed that tonight,” Yori said. sports@ dailynebraskan.com

NU records first dual victory in Devaney Center Austin pistulka dn The stage was set for the first dual at the Bob Devaney Sport Center. The lights dimmed, the smoke rose, and the Huskers took the mat. The No. 12 Huskers took it to No. 21 Northwestern, as Nebraska downed the Wildcats 25-16 Sunday to open the Devaney Center with a perfect record. The Huskers started off with flair, as the first two matches went into multiple overtimes. Redshirt freshman Tim Lambert won the first match at 125 with a takedown in double overtime, which finished with a controversial stoppage. Lambert recorded a takedown in the second overtime by locking in a cradle. Instead of allowing Lambert to go for the pin, though, the referee ended the match. Instead of receiving six team points,

Lambert only received three. Lambert, though, was not too beat up about it. “You come back (from a bad call) by being trained to wrestle through adversity,” Lambert said. “There was a lot of calls in my match that I would have loved to have. It would’ve made it a lot easier by not going into overtime, but that’s not the nature of the beast. Wrestling is an exciting sport, and I need to control what I can control and let go of the things that I can’t.” Freshman Colton McCrystal followed with another overtime win. “Colton went out and wrestled hard,” Coach Mark Manning said. “That’s why we recruited him. He is just a tough, hard-nosed wrestler.” Nebraska started off hot with three straight wins by decision.

The fourth match of the afternoon showed off two of the nation’s top wrestlers at 149 pounds: No. 4 junior Jake Sueflohn for Nebraska against No. 9 redshirt freshman Jason Tsirtsis. Tsirtsis eventually had his hand raised by a mere onepoint win in the match. Nebraska was able to rebound with No. 4 157-pound junior James Green in the next match, as Green came out hard and beat redshirt freshman Ben Sullivan by a 19-10 major decision. The Wildcats would rally back, winning three of the last five matches, but it was the two that they lost that hurt the most. At 174 pounds Northwestern was open, so Nebraska No. 4 junior Robert Kokesh gave the team six free points. At 184, freshman T.J. Dudley impressed everyone in the Devaney Center with a pin just 42 seconds into the second period.

“I was very, very excited,” Dudley said. “I was thinking the whole week ‘I want to get a pin this week. I want to start my season off good.’ And it being my first match, my first time out here, it was amazing.” With a Big Ten Conference win to start the year, Manning likes what he saw, but believes that there is room to improve, he said. “We saw some young guys who are learning first time out of the gate,” Manning said. “It’s good. It’s a lot easier to learn when you win some times more than when you lose. We’ve got some pinners on this team. They are exciting guys to watch. A real promising start by those guys, but we can always improve. We got to be more dominant in some positions and we just got to get better.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com

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Nebraska men finish ninth in NCAA regional Nebraska men’s and women’s cross country team finishes season at NCAA Midwest Regional Vanessa Daves dn The cross country team competed in the NCAA Midwest Regional meet last Friday, its last race of the season. The men’s team finished ninth out of 29 teams and the women’s team finished 20th out of 30 teams. Going into the meet, both the men’s and the women’s teams had a goal of placing in the Top 15 at the meet. Senior co-captain Jarren Heng, who placed 35th with a time of 31:13.7, led the men’s team. His personal goal going into the meet, he said, was to place in the top 50, and he said he is proud to have accomplished that after a season of battling various injuries. “I think for me, being able to accomplish that after a long season of ups and downs was a great way to end the season,” Heng said. “It feels great to know I accomplished what I wanted to do this entire season and show our team we do have the ability to be up there with the top runners. It was just a really gratifying feeling.” Coach Dave Harris was

men’s team, Harris said he thinks pleased with Heng’s performance and said he thought it was the the women are still doing a good team’s best meet of the season by job of making progress. Freshman Anna Peer led the far. After coming off of the Big women’s team, placing 69th with Ten Championships where the team didn’t fulfill the goals it had a time of 21:50.0. “As a team, I think that we all made, Harris said he thinks the ran well,” Peer said. “We had our runners really refocused and ran ups and downs throughout the their best last Friday. season, and this meet was a nice “They set some good goals way to end it.” in our meeting the Peer said she night before the I know the was pleased with (NCAA Regional) meet,” Harris said. men’s team her time, noting that her goal for “They were really the season was to focused on what feels good about break 22 minutes. they wanted to how they ended However, she fell do and we didn’t the season, and in the first 100 make the same meters of the race, mistakes we did at if any of this and she thinks she the Big Ten.” could have potenHarris noted improvement tially placed highthat at this meet carries over into er if that hadn’t last season, the happened. Senior team placed 27th. next year, it’ll be co-captain Isabel According to Har- because of this Andrade placed ris, jumping from 70th with a time of 27th to ninth place race.” 21:51.0. this year is a huge Dave Harris “I think Isabel improvement, and nu head coach Andrade and Anna he said he thinks Peer both had reit’s a great way to ally great races,” end the year. “I know the men’s team feels Harris said. Harris said he thinks the good about how they ended the NCAA Regional meet was a good season, and if any of this improvement carries over into next way to end the season for both teams. year, it’ll be because of this race,” “I would say, all in all, we felt Harris said. good coming back to the buses afThe women’s team went from placing 23rd at the regionals meet ter the meet,” Harris said. “It was last season to placing 20th this a good finish to the year and set season. Although it was not as us up good for next year.” sports@ much of an improvement as the dailynebraskan.com

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Nebraska 184-pounder T.J. Dudley eyes a defender on Sunday. Dudley won his match with a pin at the 3:42 mark.

swimming & diving

NU beats South Dakota State, sinks to Hawkeyes Five Huskers claim individual titles as Nebraska splits dual against SDSU and Iowa on Friday Stefani Bradley DN The Nebraska swimming and diving team completed its first home meet of the season Friday afternoon at the Bob Devaney Sports Center Natatorium, beating South Dakota State 232-68, but falling to Iowa 133-167. “(Iowa is) a tough team,” coach Pablo Morales said. “They’ve had a very talented roster for some time, and we knew we’d have a tough battle.” Sophomore Jacqueline Juffer, senior Shannon Guy, junior Natalie Morris and junior Taryn Collura got the Huskers out to a quick lead with a win in the first event, the 200-yard medley relay. Iowa responded with firstplace finishes in three of the next four races. Morris ended the Hawkeyes’ win streak in the 200-yard butterfly, the meet’s closest match, edging Iowa’s Abbey Tuchscherer by one-hundredth of a second, igniting the crowd in the natatorium. After another Nebraska win

from junior Alexandra Bilunas in the 50-yard freestyle with a season-best time of 23.80, divers freshman Anna Filipcic, senior Payton Michaud, sophomore Nicole Schwery and senior Kaitlan Walker took to the three-meter dive. Filipcic and Michaud finished first and second, both posting season-best scores of 311.25 for Filipcic and 311.00 for Michaud. “The night went really well, especially on three-meter,” Filipcic said. “I just went in thinking I needed to fight for everything.” Once the swimming resumed, Collura beat out Iowa’s Emily Hovren in the 100-yard freestyle by half a second. Iowa countered the Huskers’ victories by taking first in the 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard breaststroke, 500-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly and finishing first, second and third in the 200-yard individual medley. Abby Grilli and Joelle Christy of Iowa placed first and second in the one-meter dive as well. The Hawkeyes had all but sealed the top spot by the last event, but Nebraska’s 400-yard freestyle relay team of sophomore Bria Deveaux, Bilunas, Guy and Collura fought to the finish, out-touching the Iowa team by .42 seconds. “The relay at the end was my highlight,” Morales said. “That’s a great finish. By that time Iowa had pretty much clinched it, and I think it showed our true colors.”

Morales said the Huskers weren’t looking to take home any moral victories from the double dual meet, but he is pleased with the performance overall. “On paper, they had a pretty good advantage on us, and we made it close, so if there’s any consolation it’s that we did give them a good battle,” he said. “We wanted to win and we didn’t, but my impression is that we’re improving.” According to Morales, the team had been progressing throughout the season thus far. “We’re continuing to put in the work toward the peak performance,” he said. “We swam better against Arkansas State than against Iowa State and better today than against Arkansas State.” Specific adjustments will come from a personal side for Filipcic, she said. “I need to improve on my mind set, staying positive and being consistent with all of that,” Filipcic said. Next on the schedule, the Nebraska divers will travel to Columbia, Mo., to compete in the Mizzou Invitational on Nov. 21-23, while the swimmers will travel to Topeka, Kan., for the Kansas Classic on Nov. 22-24. “We’re going to get some rest and see where we are from a midseason standpoint,” Morales said. sports@ dailynebraskan.com


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Freshman outside hitter Amber Rolfzen reaches for a ball during a match last weekend. Rolfzen helped Nebraska to a 2-0 weekend over Michigan State and Michigan.

Nebraska junior running back Ameer Abdullah weaves through Michigan State defenders on Saturday. Abdullah ran for 123 yards, marking the first time the Michigan State defense allowed more than 100 yards on the ground.

Dropping theball S to ry b y Ned u Izu | Photo by Andrew Bar r y Nebraska lost five turnovers in its own territory during the loss to Michigan State on Saturday Nebraska junior running back Ameer Abdullah rushed for more than 100 yards for the seventh consecutive game this season. Sophomore wide receiver Sam Burtch caught five passes for a career-high 86 receiving yards. Both senior cornerback Ciante Evans and sophomore defensive end Randy Gregory recorded a sack and led the Blackshirts to eight tackles. But none of those Nebraska football players’ stand-out performances were enough to create a win as the Huskers (7-3 overall, 4-2 Big Ten) lost to No. 16 Michigan State (9-1, 6-0) Saturday 41-28. Nebraska turned the ball over five times, allowing Michigan State to score 24 points off of four of the home team’s mistakes. Coach Bo Pelini said the amount of blunders made by the Huskers played a major role in its second conference loss of the season. “We just made too many mistakes — too many mistakes to overcome,” Pelini said. “It’s hard to be minus-five in the turnover category and win a football game against a quality football team.” Entering Saturday’s contest, Nebraska had the Spartans’ number in the series. The Huskers had won all seven of their previous matchups, including a 24-3 victory the last time Michigan State visited Memorial Stadium two years ago. But this time the Spartans entered the game as the No. 1 team in

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Total offense Rushes – yards Passing yards Completions – attempts First downs Third down conversions Time of possession the country in rushing defense (43.4 yards per game). However, the Huskers didn’t appear to be intimidated by the figure starting the game. Nebraska’s running attack was a tough threat to solve throughout Saturday’s game, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said after the game. “Abdullah is a very good running back,” Dantonio said. “Quick, explosive, he gets a crease, and he can get it and go.” Abdullah tallied 38 rushing yards in the first quarter on seven rushing attempts. The junior running back continued to bust through the Spartans throughout the game, finishing with 123 yards. The total marked the ninth time this season he’s eclipsed the 100-yard mark and the first time Michigan State has allowed an opponent to rush for triple digits since the last time the two teams met in 2012. But Abdullah was the only consistent challenge for the Spartan’s defense. In the first quarter, redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong Jr. completed four of his five passing attempts

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for 70 yards, 32 of them coming on a touchdown pass to Burtch to close Michigan State’s early lead to 10-7. However, the touchdown came after Nebraska coughed up three turnovers in the game’s first 10 minutes. “We lost the game because we made way too many mistakes,” Pelini said. Armstrong was held to zero passing yards the rest of the half and finished the game with 143 passing yards. Although Armstrong’s only highlights were a pair of touchdown passes, Pelini said he still has confidence in the freshman quarterback and said he’ll learn from his first loss. “I don’t feel any different toward Tommy Armstrong than I did going into the game,” the coach said. “He made some mistakes. He’ll learn from them. He’ll be a better football player down the road because of today.” After sophomore running back Imani Cross’s 51-yard touchdown run and junior wide receiver Kenny Bell’s 38-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, the Huskers would not score again until there

were 10 seconds left in the game. Senior quarterback Ron Kellogg III was called to come in for Nebraska’s final drive with fewer than two minutes to play. Kellogg, who helped Nebraska beat Northwestern with a last-second Hail Mary throw two weeks ago, produced another lategame touchdown pass to Abdullah to minimize the Huskers’ deficit to 41-28. However, the late desperation play was four touchdowns too late. The clock continued to fade away, as did Nebraska’s chances of capturing the Legends’ Division crown. Although the Huskers chances of playing in the Big Ten Title game are now non-existent, Pelini said he’s proud with the way his team played and looks forward to finishing the season strong. “Our kids played with heart,” Pelini said. “They played with passion. As a head coach that’s all you can ask. These kids stick together, and they will stick together. “We’ve got to move forward and get better.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com

Husker volleyball sweeps Spartans, takes down Michigan Eric Bertrand DN The No. 9 Nebraska volleyball team found its revenge this weekend by defeating both No. 16 Michigan State (25-23, 25-13, 25-22) and No. 19 Michigan (25-20, 20-25, 25-21, 25-19). The Huskers lost to the Spartans earlier in the season, but returned the favor with a sweep at the Bob Devaney Sports Center over the weekend. “Well, I guess anytime you lose to a team, you want to get them back,” freshman Amber Rolfzen said. The first set began with the Huskers struggling at the pass, but still winning a majority of the outof-system points. “We weren’t in system the whole night,” coach John Cook said. “We won a lot of long rallies tonight. We made a lot of out-of-system plays. We pride ourselves on that.” The out-of-system plays were a reoccurring theme against the Spartans. Early in the second set, Amber Rolfzen lunged for a ball out of the back right corner of the court. While diving, she sent the ball back toward the front left corner of the court, finding senior Kelsey Robinson. “She put it up perfectly, and I took a big rip, and it was awesome,” Robinson said. “I couldn’t believe she made that set. I didn’t even care about the kill. I was like ‘Whoa, nice set.’” The Huskers had a dominating second set, and Robinson said it seemed like batting practice. The squad hit .500 percent with two attacking errors in the set. The Spartans managed eight kills, but put up seven attacking errors in Game 2. In Game 3, the Huskers led by a score of 15-14 before Nebraska went on a 4-0 run, which gave the team enough wiggle room to complete the match. The four-point run was composed of two kills by freshman Kadie Rolfzen and two attacking errors from Spartan senior Lauren Wicinski. Wicinski led the Spartans with 17 kills and also recorded two aces in the match. Cook said with the Huskers holding their matchups

down, Wicinski was left to carry a big load. The Huskers had four players hit more than .400 percent in the match, with Robinson leading the charge with 14 kills, sophomore Meghan Haggerty converting on five of her nine swings and Amber and Kadie Rolfzen notching 10 and 11 kills, respectively. “I felt like anybody could kill the ball tonight, which is a good feeling to have,” Cook said. The Huskers then set up to take on the Wolverines. Game 1 started off with Michigan senior Molly Toon blasting three kills in the first six points of the match, which helped the Wolverines jump out to a 5-1 lead. In the first set, the Huskers seemed to struggle on the offensive side of the game, but Kadie Rolfzen carried the team to win the first set with seven kills and a hitting clip of .545 percent. The Huskers’ attack stumbled in Game 2, as the team recorded only 10 kills, but piled up six hitting errors. Michigan took advantage as Toon fired six kills and freshman Abby Cole blasted five kills. The Wolverines’ defense also stepped up as they saved 16 balls from the floor. In Games 3 and 4, the Husker offense started to find its rhythm. In the final two sets, Robinson notched 13 kills and three block assists. Kadie Rolfzen blasted 10 kills and five digs. The Huskers put away 36 kills in the two sets combined. The Wolverine’s offense was there, but their attack just couldn’t keep pace with the Huskers, as the team had 27 kills in the final two sets. With the Michigan match, the Huskers increased their win streak to eight. This marks the fourth consecutive victory over a ranked squad. “At this point, we have a target on our back,” Robinson said. “Every single time we play, we are getting everybody’s best shot.” Cook said he is trying to instill a mindset into his players. “We can’t let teams start thinking they can beat Nebraska,” Cook said. sports@ dailynebraskan.com

Huskers pitch shutout in NCAA opening round Jaycie Johnson scores four goals in NCAA first-round win over Southeastern Louisiana Friday Josh Kelly dn Usually there are jitters for a team that has never been to the NCAA Tournament. But that wasn’t the case as the No. 10 Nebraska soccer team beat Southeastern Louisiana 4-0 in its first round matchup. While coach John Walker enjoyed the win, he said he’s more pleased for his veteran players. “For me personally, it’s good,” Walker said. “I think I’m more excited for the players, the ones who’ve been in the program for a few years. We were very close in so many games and sometimes the games go the wrong way. So it’s nice to see them on the other end of it. They’ve stuck with it

and supported each other, and they put a lot into their own development. I’m very happy for the players, especially the older players.” It didn’t take much time for the Huskers to register the first goal of the game. Almost four minutes into the game, freshman forward Jaycie Johnson took a cross from senior forward Jordan Jackson and chipped the ball into the right side of the net to give Nebraska a 1-0 lead against the Lions. It was the kind of start Johnson was looking for in the tournament opener, she said. “An early goal is very good for us, just to know that we are in the lead, and we can handle the momentum and that we can control the game,” Johnson said. “That helps us to relax a lot more and not just force a panic. So getting the early goal in the first four minutes was very good for us so that was a positive for us and we just kept building from that.” From then on, the Huskers established themselves as the dominant team in the matchup, controlling possession against

Southeastern Louisiana. Later in the first half, during the 23rd minute, Johnson brought the ball up to the box with a purpose. She evaded several defenders, and after getting past the defense, she tapped the ball in for another goal. By halftime, the Huskers had outshot Southeastern Louisiana 20-5. Coming out of halftime, Nebraska continued to be aggressive on offense to put the game out of reach for the Lions. Between the 51st and 56th minute, the Huskers scored two more goals – both as a result of headers from Johnson. Johnson became the fifth player in NCAA tournament history to record four goals in a game in the NCAA tournament and the first Husker to record the feat in tournament play. For the rest of match, the Huskers retained the shutout against Southeastern Louisiana. With only three shots on goal by the Lions, Nebraska senior goalkeeper Emma Stevens was more than fine with the lack of difficulty by the team.

“It makes my job easier, it makes our defense’s job easier,” Stevens said. “It’s just so nice to know that when our team is taking care of business that we’re going to be successful, and it’s going to be a fun game to play in. You always want to win by a good goal margin. Four is great and even better when you get the shutout.” Nebraska will continue NCAA Tournament play Friday as the Huskers will host second- and third-round matchups. The Huskers will face off against Boston College on Friday, and the winner of the matchup will play on Sunday against the winner of Illinois and Portland. Having the next two rounds at home is a huge plus moving forward in the race to the National Championship, Johnson said. “It’s great to just have it here,” Johnson said. “It’s easier on us, and I like playing at home, just having the home field advantage. I love playing on that field and playing with these girls here. I hope that we can keep winning and stay here.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com

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Freshman forward Jaycie Johnson, Nebraska’s lone scorer Friday, lunges for the ball earlier in the season.


Michigan State running back Jeremy Langford celebrates with teammate Bennie Fowler in Saturday’s 41-28 win over Nebraska.

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Michigan State 41, Nebraska 28

Losing Ground Nebraska’s loss drops huskers out of legend’s race

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Nebraska lost five turnovers to Michigan State on Saturday – the most in Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio’s career. Each of Nebraska’s turnovers occurred within Husker territory, including two within the Nebraska 10-yard line.

Michigan State went 11 for 21 on third downs to finish with a 52 percent third-down conversion statistic, which included a 4 for 5 third down conversion rate in the fourth quarter.

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Nebraska junior receiver Kenny Ball snags a touchdown pass from Tommy Armstrong Jr. late in the third quarter.

Michigan State had four punts that were downed within the Nebraska 10-yard line. On average, Nebraska started a drive from its own 22-yard line, whereas Michigan State on average started a drive from its own 43-yard line.

13.86 After Nebraska’s 182yard rushing effort on Saturday, Michigan State’s run defense average increased by 13.86 yards. Though the Spartan defense remains the No. 1 rushing defense in the country, Michigan State’s run defense averages 57.3 yards per game on the ground, compared to the 43.44 yards per game the defense was averaging before Saturday.

ONE Michigan State’s 4128 win on Saturday marked the first time the Spartans had beat Nebraska in program history. Previously, Nebraska had been a perfect 7-0 against Michigan State.

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Husker defensive end Randy Gregory takes down Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford during Saturday’s game.

game balls Ameer Abdullah Ameer Abdullah still proves to be “Mr. Reliable” for the Husker offense. In Nebraska’s 41-28 loss Saturday to Michigan State, the junior running back soared through Spartan defenders for 123 yards on 22 attempts (5.6 yards per carry). It marked the ninth game this season and seventh consecutive game Abdullah has eclipsed triple-digits on the ground. The junior’s stellar performance bumped up his season yard total to 1,336. Nedu Izu, football beat writer

Connor Cook Though the Husker defense forced the Michigan State quarterback to rely on running back Jeremy Langford, Connor Cook gained momentum and production as Saturday afternoon’s game wore on. Cook finished the 41-28 win Saturday going 15 for 31 for 193 yards with one touchdown toss. While Cook faced pressure from the Husker defense, he pierced the Nebraska secondary without an interception. Kyle Cummings, assistant sports editor

Randy Gregory Though the defense gave up more than 40 points at home for the second time this season, defensive lineman Randy Gregory played a solid game. The sophomore standout had eight tackles with one sack for a loss of 9 yards. Gregory also hurried Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook multiple times which led to several incompletions. Gregory and four others recorded eight tackles on Saturday.

Chris Heady, football beat writer


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