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Inside Coverage

Seeing double

Tech-friendly library

Omaha band Twinsmith is making waves

Faculty Senate debates changes to Love Library



Big Ten favorite: NU predicted No. 1

The Nebraska women’s basketball team looks to fill the void of former Husker Lindsey Moore and return to the NCAA Sweet 16 this season. photo by andrew barry

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A free new app, NexTaxi, allows users to request and track their cab rides. The system works with the Happy Cab Company service in Lincoln.

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dition to regular cab fare and is currently used in more than 50 cities in the United States and Canada, including Happy Cab and other cab companies in Omaha. On the app, users can create a profile with their credit card information saved, so the app is ready to use anytime. “This model gives riders peace-of-mind and fast, free and secure access to quality vehicles with legitimate on-duty drivers,” Chapel said. The app also has GPS capabilities that al-

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low the user to visually track the location and ETA details in real time, directly from their smartphone. The app service has been in use in Lincoln for about eight weeks, with the first four weeks serving as beta testing, said John Davis, director of operations for Happy Cab Company. “We wanted to test it out with students first since they would be more adept to the technology,” Davis said.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has had to do more with less. During his four years in leadership, the Department of Agriculture has lost nearly $1 billion in funding. Vilsack talked about partnering with the private sector to cut costs and other approaches to strengthening rural communities at his Heuermann lecture Tuesday afternoon. He covered topics including the future of farming, the farm bill, food security, conservation, bio-products and biofuel. Vilsack gave a lot of attention to the farm bill, and he called out Rep. Jeff Fortenberry in the audience, thanked him for his support of Rural America but also asked him to help get a farm bill passed soon. Vilsack also vented frustrations that the media and Congress only talk about the farm bill in terms of subsidies and food stamps. “Between farm subsidies and food stamps, there’s a lot of stuff,” he said. “And it’s all important, too.” Vilsack also discussed the importance of conservation in improving and sustaining agriculture in America. “Conservation is about new market opportunities,” he said. “It is a complement to production-based agriculture.” Vilsack gave examples of conservation’s value. The USDA, for instance, is now funding farmers’ markets. “There are now 170,000 farmers participating in local farmers’ markets, making farmers’ markets a $4 (billion) to $5 billion market,” Vilsack said.

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ANDRILL research trip impacted by shutdown UNL drilling team plans leave for Antarctica after loss of NSF funding, equipment Tammy Bain DN On Oct. 10, ticket in hand, Dar Gibson was ready to board a flight to Antarctica. As the research project manager for University of NebraskaLincoln’s ANDRILL team, he was to run two drills into the subglacial Lake Whillans and study various aspects of microbiology, glaciology and geology. But on the 10th day of the government shutdown, the National Science Foundation couldn’t delay funding any longer, he said. Gibson’s flight was canceled. For a few weeks, Gibson and

crew,” Burnett said. Many drillother drill team members woners who were already in Antarcdered if their research and travels tica were flown home, and tasks would be called off for good. there were only those that pertain But now, with five researchers and a smaller mission, the drillers to personal safety. It’s the typical status in the dead of winter, will head to Antarctica on Nov. 14 – “give or take a day,” Gibson said Burnett said. But it was summer in Antarctica, the – taking temperaideal time for tures and seismic A catastrophic drillers and projreadings, as well ects. as tracking mowaste of Even after the tions and propertaxpayer money shutdown, it was ties of the ice. difficult to tell The AN- comes from this.” whether it was DRILL team had too late to take a prepared to take Justin Burnett team to Antarceight scientists andrill project engineer tica, Gibson said. to operate two The NSF had to asdrill systems. But sess what it could the longer NSF’s funding stalled, the longer it took fund. April to October is the comfor the Antarctic Support Contract plete planning process, and with to disperse the money into the lo- people coming from all over the world to do research, Gibson said gistics for the trip, such as flight the bulk of people come in the management and living condifirst half of October. tions there, said Justin Burnett, a “The project was very comgraduate student in mechanical engineering and project engineer plex. Any delay really impacts you,” he said. for ANDRILL. ANDRILL went into caretaker status, the “barebone, minimal andrill: see page 3

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The ANDRILL team will travel to Antarctica on Nov. 14 to begin operating only one drill system after the government shutdown delayed funding from the National Science Foundation.

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On campus what: Academic Success X 2 (For Couples) when: 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. where: Love Library South 110

Men@Nebraska lunch to talk cultural matters staff report dn Cultural issues will be discussed among students, faculty and staff Wednesday afternoon at a lunch talk. The event is a Dish It Up lunch, entitled “Men of Color’s Experiences in Higher Education.” The lunch is third in a series of events for Men@Nebraska Week at UNL. The lunch will take place at the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center in the Ubuntu Room, or room 202, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The discussion, which is sponsored by the Office of Academic Success and Intercultural

Services and the UNL Women’s Center, will consist of different topics about the academic and social lives involving men of color at UNL. The discussion will take place in a panel style, in which staff from OASIS, administrators, faculty and students will participate. Billy Coby, program coordinator for OASIS, said the discussion topics will revolve mostly around college experiences of colored men. He said the panel plans to discuss all aspects honestly. “They’ll talk about everything, both good and bad experiences,” Coby said. Coby said the panel will also touch on instances where they

have been included or excluded for various situations. “They’ll also talk about times they’ve felt inadequacies, and lots of other subjects,” he said. The Men@Nebraska Week continues through Friday. On Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a presentation in the Colonial Room of the Nebraska Union, entitled “Men and Masculinities.” This is a scholar poster presentation in which students are welcome to drop by anytime. On Friday, there will be a brown bag luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Colonial Room, in which men’s health issues will be discussed. news@

nextaxi: from 1 what: CBA’s “Must See” Movies – “Inside Job” when: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. where: Love Library South, Room 102 more information: Admission is free and only with a UNL ID.

what: “U.S. Intelligence, Nazi Informants, and the Dawn of the Cold War” when: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. where: Burnett Hall 115

He said the company used social media outlets to advertise the app to students. The app also offers benefits users won’t get from simply calling and asking for a ride. “People will typically call from a bar or restaurant, and with this, they won’t have to step out to make a call,” Davis said. “Those places can be noisy.” Davis said because the app is directly linked with the dispatch system, riders won’t have to wait as long for a ride as they will not have to wait in a call queue. On an average Friday or Saturday night, Davis said dispatchers can receive more than 200 calls, which can result in longer waits. “The reality is that is there is a wait, people calling will be on hold for a minute or two,” he said. “But for those people who are in that situation, that minute can seem like an eternity.” The Happy Cab dispatch center has a screen dedicated to requests from NexTaxi, which dispatchers check for typing errors before sending out the request, Davis said. “It’s not a regular phone per-

Faculty Senate discusses Love Library changes paige osborne dn

dents the situation would apply to, questioning why the learning space wasn’t being added to the Nebraska Union instead. Tuesday’s Faculty Senate meet“The union is a social space ing drew a heated debate about and the library is an academic the University of Nebraska-Linspace,” Busch said. coln’s Love Library plans. Another faculty member Nancy Busch, dean of the questioned students’ access to UNL Libraries, gave a presenthe technology. tation on the project’s future, “Increasingly our students which has a tentative completion date for the fall of 2015. During never set foot on campus because they may never come to Busch’s presentation, she recampus,” Busch said in response. vealed the floor plan, discussed None of the collection has the realignment of the collecbeen moved yet. The departtions and spoke candidly about ment has opened the discussion the vision for the new library. to other faculty to ensure that the The library is moving toward appropriate books are moved, creating a technology center for Harris said. students in Love Library North Other developments that with a genius bar and a digital would be added to the library learning center. would include 24/7 access to the Not unlike Apple’s genius library, the addition of a café and bar, Busch said it would sit in the study resources for students like middle of the Love North Learninstalling whiteing Commons area boards or plugfor students to The union ins for their meet for technical laptops to a big support for their is a social screen. Adddevices. The digiing a scanner tal learning cen- space and the to Love North ter would have a library is an to support 3-D 200-seat area with printing is also electronic learning academic space.” in the works. modules to replace Nancy Busch As for the the testing center university libraries dean aesthetic changin Burnett Hall and es to the library, enhance learning windows would for students, she open up the east and west sides said. of Love North and landscape “We’re really excited about it,” said Charlene Maxey-Harris, plans have been made to enassociate professor and chair of hance a terrace area for students to take their studies outdoors. research and instructional serBusch said the greatest chalvices. “The faculty understand lenge to her project was educait gives them creative opportunition. ties for their students.” “We just need for people to Concerns were raised about understand the benefits and how how much this new technology we can locate collections,” Busch is going to change the library, specifically in reassigning the said. She estimated that the projcollection of materials in Love ect would begin next fall, pendLibrary South and electronically ing approval by the University uploading materials. of Nebraska Board of Regents. A faculty member wanted to news@ know the exact percentage of

People will typically call from a bar or restaurant, and with this, they won’t have to step out to make a call. Those places can be noisy.” John Davis happy cab company

son handling this,” Davis said. “They’re refreshing the page as often as possible and they have the ability to check very quickly.” The app can be convenient for students, Chapel said, especially the many that don’t have personal vehicles. “With NexTaxi, there is always a simple and convenient way to get around campus and the surrounding area,” Chapel said. “NexTaxi is also a safe and reliable way for students to avoid drinking and driving.” Joseph Hams, a freshman psychology and Spanish major at UNL, said even though he does not drink, he sees how the app would be useful to students. “Considering how many people are out on Friday and Saturday nights, it’s a good idea,”

Hams said. “It will help people to stay safe.” Hams said that one aspect of the app may be detrimental to cab drivers. “They’re probably going to have to pick up more drunk people, but (with the app) there’s not as many drunk drivers on the road,” he said. At this point, Davis said he hasn’t heard of any drawbacks to the programs, as the kinks were worked out during beta testing. “I really urge people to get out there and download the app, create a profile and put in their credit card information,” Davis said. “It’s very simple to operate.” news@

12 teams to compete in Husker Hunt even better than previous years. Magic, Music, and Medication: The Dangers of Prescription Drugs will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 17, in the Harper dining conference room. This event will be open to all UNL students, and will feature the musician/magician Ryan Chandler. He’ll start the show off with music, and then follow up with a magic show. Dave Hayes, who lost his son to medication abuse, will then be speaking about the dangers of prescription drugs. The event will conclude with a musical concert from Chandler. The pair have been very successful with past shows, Harper-Schramm-Smith Residence Association President and sophomore family science major Kayla Morgan said. RHA allocated $100 to Magic, Music, and Medication, bringing the total cost of the event to $600. During the Tuesday night meeting, the different residence halls also reported on what they’ve been working on recently. Harper-Schramm-Smith is working on approving their constitution and looking at dead week events. Abel is planning a late-night breakfast the week of finals and a hobo night where one girl and guy win a prize for best costume. University Suites is working on a Winter Olympics for its residents. Neihardt is working on a No-Shave November event that will raise money for prostate cancer and a Hunger Games event where each floor is a different district. Sandoz is also working on approving their constitution and planning end of semester activities. news@

RHA allocates $4,200 for fourth annual campuswide scavenger event on Saturday gabrielle lazaro dn The University of NebraskaLincoln Residence Hall Association allocated funds for two events and approved funds for another at its Tuesday meeting. These events included the International Food Bazaar, Husker Hunt and Magic, Music, and Medication. The first event, the International Food Bazaar, received $100 and will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, Nov. 15. Students from different international organizations will be preparing local cuisines from their respective countries. Cultural ambassadors submitted the request for the allocation. “I think it’s a good idea because its bringing more culture to campus,” said Sara Voinovich, RHA senator of Neihardt and sophomore elementary special education major. The fourth annual Husker Hunt is a 24-hour event that will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday through Sunday. Husker Hunt is an across-campus scavenger hunt that provides an opportunity for the different residence halls to get together. It includes 12 teams this year, while previously there were only 10. The event will also have prizes and food. RHA allocated $4,200 to this event, in hopes of making it

research roundup 3-D doesn’t add to movie experience

Wearing plastic glasses and paying extra to watch things fly out from the screen doesn’t necessarily improve a moviegoer’s experience, according to a study published in Media Psychology. Researchers surveyed 225 patrons who saw the movie “Thor” during a weekend in 2011. Audience members of the 3-D movie reported that the movie was more realistic and they were less likely distracted while watching, but there was no difference in satisfaction between the 2-D and the 3-D viewers. Previous studies have proven the more immersed one is in a film, the more enjoyable they find it. Researchers noted that the movie “Thor” was converted to 3-D postproduction and results may differ for movies that had been made for 3-D viewing.

carrots boost fertility in males

In addition to being beneficial for the eyes, consuming carrots my also improve fertility in men. Researchers at Harvard University asked 200 young men to follow diets rich in fruits and vegetables before testing their sperm. Those who ate the fruits and vegetables had sperm with increased “motility,” a term used to describe the sperm’s ability to move. The carotenoids and beta-carotene found in yellow and orange foods were found to strengthen the sperm. Carrots specifically were found to improve sperm performance by between 6.5 and 8 percent. Fertility benefits were also linked to red fruits and vegetables as well as omega-3 fatty acids.

dogs decipher fellow dogs’ tail wags

The direction that a dog’s tail wags may be telling, according to a study published in the journal “Current Biology.” Researchers found that other dogs can recognize subtle left or right movements in a fellow canine’s tail. It is believed that similar patterns exist in humans, these behaviors reflect right or left brain stimulation. Past research revealed that happy dogs wag their tails more to the right, while nervous dogs tend to move their tail to the left. Researchers monitored the dogs while they watched films of other dogs. When the film dog moved its tail to the right, the dogs stayed relaxed. When the film dog moved mostly to the left, the dogs’ heart rates picked up and they looked anxious. Researchers say the findings will give owners, vets and trainers better insight into their dog’s emotions.

food spending drops by 8.5 percent

A study analyzing 30 years of data from England confirms that spending on soft drinks, take-out food and snacks have increased but overall calorie intake has decreased. A second study, covering the United Kingdom as a whole, showed that during 2008 and 2009 – the period of recession – family spending on food dropped by 8.5 percent. Families turned to more energy-rich forms of food, leading to the increase in consumption of processed food products. The trend was concentrated on families with children and continued until after the recession’s end in 2009. Researchers said the link between food selection and obesity is more complicated, but the study will be used to analyze decisions on food purchases.

Romanian researchers create artificial blood

Researchers at a Romanian university have developed artificial blood from water, salt, albumin and a protein that is stress resistant. Initial tests on injected mice have shown no adverse results or toxicity. Tests on mice will continue until the absence of toxicity is absolute, which is estimated to take up to two years. Human testing is still subject to risk, but publication of the findings and a patent may lead to further tests.

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andrill: from 1 But after a few weeks, the NSF calculated that it wasn’t too late to take a mission to Antarctica. Gibson’s flight was renewed. But Burnett’s, along with three others, was cut. The project affected Burnett’s planning the most, he said. “I was planning to spend two months on that continent,” he said. He was also frustrated at how much time was wasted on ANDRILL in general. “A catastrophic waste of taxpayer money comes from this,” Burnett said. “It’s an enormous waste of money, resources and time.” Burnett isn’t sure how he’ll be directly affected by the cut, as part of his graduate school funding comes from the project. He will spend the time in Lincoln working on a remote-controlled vehicle called Sciny, a small vehicle that is designed to fit down into ice holes on future projects, while also supporting those in Antarctica, he said. In Antarctica, the five drillers will focus on a smaller, mobile drill that is accessible to its users and can go 1,000 meters deep, Gibson said. The other one will collect snow, not to be unburied on this trip. Meanwhile, Gibson isn’t dwelling on the trip’s delay. “We’re trying to be positive, moving forward,” he said. “We’re still going to get a lot of things done.” news@

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heuermann: from 1 Vilsack gave another example of conservation and the economy working together. In the Northwest, there’s a power plant that uses water from a stream that salmon run in, Vilsack said. After the water is cleaned, it has to be cooled to the proper temperature before it can be put back into the streams. The USDA partnered with the plant to create a cost-saving solution. Instead of using expensive cooling tanks, the plant now uses trees to provide shade. “By using trees, this company saves money, prevents erosion and increases conservation,” Vilsack said. Scott J. Josiah, director of the Nebraska Forest Service, said he was hoping Vilsack would mention the importance of the country’s forest resources, including the nearly 1 billion tons of wood sustainably grown in Nebraska. Josiah was pleased with Vilsack’s mention of forests. “He mentioned the value of western forests in water supplies, and that’s certainly valuable here in Nebraska, too,” he said. Vilsack discussed the future of farming. He talked to young people who he said will become the next generation of farmers. “Who’s going to lead America? Who’s going to feed America?” Vilsack said. “This is a great time for young people in agriculture. We’ve never faced the issues we’re facing today, and we’ve never had the opportuni-

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack speaks on Heuermann lectures at the Cornhusker hotel on Tuesday. Vilsack discussed the Obama administration’s efforts to expand markets for farmers and ranches in the U.S. and the potential to expand renewable energy in rural America. ties we have today.” Vilsack said one of the most important things agriculture can teach children is that to get something out of the earth, you have

to put a lot of work and care in. He joked that he didn’t have the benefit of a rural upbringing. “Frankly, if my parents knew I was the secretary of agriculture

– if they were still alive – they’d think this country was in serious trouble,” he said. Jessie Goertz of Berwyn, Neb., attended the Rural Futures

Conference and the Heuermann lecture and was pleased with Vilsack’s focus on ways to improve rural communities through youth. “I just want to help my community be stronger,” Goertz said. Another part of the future of farming that Vilsack discussed was the biofuels and bio-based products industries. “Bio-production is extending beyond traditional ideas, to include use of crop residues, nonproductive land and livestock waste,” Vilsack said. One example of a factory using futuristic practices is one in Wisconsin that uses corn waste to make plastic bottles for CocaCola, Vilsack said. Vilsack’s lecture was a part of the Heuermann Lectures, sponsored by the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. It was presented in conjunction with the Rural Futures Conference. The next Heuermann lecture will be a panel dialogue on Jan. 14. news@

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NexTaxi provides beneficial service to residents For about eight weeks NexTaxi, a free app that will request a Happy Cab taxi, has been available for use in Lincoln. The app requires each user to produce a profile, which includes their credit card information for a speedier transaction process. NexTaxi also uses GPS signals to find the customer quicker and easier than if the user were calling in for the taxi. The Daily Nebraskan Editorial Board realizes how beneficial this app can be to students, as most of the time, people need to call for a cab when they’re in noisy places. Phoning in for a cab could cause confusion and slow down the process of finding a safe ride home for students. So using a smartphone would be an attractive alternative. We understand that people will be more apt to using an app over a phone call, but don’t feel it will necessarily decrease the number of drunk drivers on the road. While the ease of grabbing a taxi can encourage people to use a safe ride, it doesn’t matter whether the person requesting a taxi is calling in or using the app. If a person is willing to wait for a taxi to arrive, they’re usually willing to wait on hold while they call the cab. Also, because it’s easier to hail a cab, more people will request a taxi. That’s certainly a positive, but in turn that could create a longer waiting time for customers, which could drive more customers away from a taxi service. Still, NexTaxi has been used successfully in 50 U.S. cities, so we agree the system can work. With a proper protocol, the editorial board believes NexTaxi can be a valuable app for students.

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States should solve local problems


t’s easy to get swept up in the commercial television and the Associated Press newswire. Tack that onto the constant stream of headlines and information scrolling across our Twitter feeds. Fighting for the rights of citizens in a country half a world away, we forget that these issues can and need to be addressed in our own communities. People today forget that the issues they’re so fired up about nationally – even globally – are prevalent in their own backyard. I’m a news junkie. I think it’s probably time I admit it. Stories of suffering, hardship and oppression rush to fill my web browser as soon as that first tab opens. They’re certainly uplifting and can even motivate an audience. The stories that enrage me or break me down in sadness – those are the ones that call for action. I spend my time upset about another drone strike or a dysfunctional Congress. These events are far beyond my control, but I can’t seem to help myself. A forgivable offense given the nature of mass media. In contrast, I rarely come in contact with the local newspaper. Most of them are just rerunning AP stories anyway, right? Pressing national debates have simply become political sideshows. Press releases and staged negotiations are giving Americans a good reason to remain jaded. How many times is Will McAvoy going to have to warn of a government shutdown? For Congress, the simple tasks of passing a farm bill or filling executive positions is opaque to them. It’s a disheartening reality: our national government is inept at solving the things everyday people care about. Governing isn’t an easy task, and it’s understandable that consensus is hard to find among 317 million people. American democracy is complicated, and when I consider all the issues we have to face, I’m glad we have states. With all their vices, the Founders did set up one hell of a republic. States have the ability to disregard federal law in order to do what’s best for it’s people. Colorado has legalized pot. Fourteen states have legalized samesex marriage. Sometimes you’ve got to stand up for yourself. And states across this country are beginning to realize that. Nebraska will have statewide elections

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next November. All of the issues being debated by the comedians on Capitol Hill are going to be front-and-center, and we’ve got a crowded political theater. Sen. Charlie Janssen, a Republican candidate running for governor from Fremont, is determined to bring immigration into the debate, going so far as to use the brutal murder of an elderly woman to illustrate the failure of border security. In the process, he raised awareness of our crime problem. We argue about this problem all over our country, but nobody outside this state is going to solve what the people of this state need. So we’re working on prison reform right here at home. The debate about crime laws, overcrowded prisons and how to keep people safe is going to be solved in Nebraska, not in D.C. On the other side, Democratic frontrunner Sen. Annette Dubas has affirmed her support for marriage equality. Wait, marriage equality in Nebraska? A state that last year elected a Tea Party candidate to represent their people in the Senate? I couldn’t believe it, either. But as I broke the news to a friend, she turned to me surprised. State Sen. Dubas, seeking the Governor ’s Mansion, is endorsing equal protection under the law. An LGBTQ ally, my friend, didn’t have the slightest clue that the battle she passionately fights everyday is coming to her home state. It’s no secret that “the Good Life” in the Cornhusker state has conservative roots. Nebraskans haven’t decidedly voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since Lyndon B. Johnson (from the notoriously conservative state of Texas). We’re a hardworking agricultural state with no mind or time for a complicated bureaucracy. Nebraskans are proud Republicans,

and there’s no doubt about it. Every election, national politicians and donors paint our state red and spend their time and money elsewhere. But if you look toward the State Capitol building you won’t see a partisan legislature. Our representatives, once elected, are nonpartisan. A rare gem in the American political landscape. Removed from the constraints of national partisanship, our public servants can go about their business. So why not make them do the will of the people? It’s what we pay them for. Nothing serves as a better example of the people’s power than the current outrage with health exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act. A national bill is having a dramatic affect on the costs of healthcare in every state . In response to this issue, Congress shuts down the government. States on the other hand, are working proactively to identify the problems and resolve them in their own state exchanges. Those who have acted are using Obamacare to ease the burden of healthcare costs and save consumers from visiting the wreckage of When the feds fail, states are stepping up. Without state action, Nebraska families are going to take a hit with the rollout of the healthcare law. The state can start taking steps to ease the burden of cost increases by looking into the state exchanges that do exist. Observing what has worked and what hasn’t. I’m not one to give an argument for states’ rights. But it’s increasingly apparent that the Federal Government has it’s hands tied with campaign donors and personal dramatics. If we want to solve the issues we care about, those that directly affect us, it’s got to happen here. Nebraskans may hold differences in values or politics, but we share a certain level-headedness. We’re far less diverse than the nation as a whole. Nothing is beyond debate, and we tend to steer on the side of pragmatism. Whether community development, Second Amendment rights or civil equality motivate your actions, spend the energy at home. Dave Gottschalk is a senior political science major. Follow him on Twitter @gawdchalk and Reach him at opinion@

Technology cannot be used as substitute for romance


ost of us are familiar with the common steps in a relationship. These usually begin with the first time you meet, the growing attraction and the time spent together at nice dinners or goofy movie nights. Sometimes the relationship fails, and you depart bitterly or as unlikely friends. Under the right circumstances and with the right people, though, love grows. The common hope is for this connection to eventually lead to an engagement, marriage and possibly a family. However, social media is now changing the dynamics and processes of these relationships. Remember high school days when becoming Facebook official was the paramount declaration of love? This may still be true to some users, but other services have increased the importance and convenience of online connections. Jezebel reported on a couple who met on Instagram. Dennis Lafargue and Elizabeth Wisdom noticed each other ’s photos, began commenting back and forth, decided to meet in person, dated for nine months and are now engaged. While this is an ideal marketing advantage for Instagram, it also highlights some interesting

issues in the dating community. Relationships are also being transformed by mobile apps that change how couples meet and communicate. According to the Google Play Store, an app called Tinder “is the way everyone is meeting new people.” The app identifies people in the surrounding area it thinks the user would like. If there’s a mutual like, Tinder introduces them within the app and allows them to chat. According to a review in Businessweek, Tinder is more than it may seem: “It’s a pathologically addictive flirtingdating-hookup app.” All that is presented of users is their name, age, photos and sexual orientation as identified by Facebook. This information is compiled into a series of faces that appear for approval or disinterest. If there’s mutual attraction, participants may chat, schedule a date or hook up. The average user checks the app 11 times a day, and Tinder has recorded at least 50 resulting proposals. The app’s designed exclusively for smartphones, which means it’s inherently designed to be carried and considered. For more romantic readers, there’s the Couple app. According to Google Play, it’s “a more intimate way to share your life and the best way to stay in touch

Amy kenyon with your favorite person.” It offers private messaging, bookmarked special moments, shared videos and photos and the chance to ThumbKiss (press your thumb to the screen and your thumbprint appears on your partner ’s screen). The app is marketed both for long-distance and same-city relationships. What do all of these opportunities and connections mean? Meeting people in the first place can be incredibly intimidating. You have to muster the confidence to talk to someone, get to know each other first through small talk and vague conversations and then hope it all works out. Many people don’t feel comfortable initiating or maintaining these interactions. Then there’s the issue of meeting people from other cities and states. What if your hometown simply doesn’t contain

the person you’re looking for? What if you need a fresh start or feel a connection based on the photos and interests a person expresses online? These tools are designed to remove that discomfort and the barriers of distance. Once we have a connection with someone, it’s usually easier to talk with them. That being said, the relationship still requires active work and connection. In today’s world, this participation is easier to maintain through technology. As a college student with a busy class and work schedule, I understand the frustration of also trying to include a social life. I have to make an active effort to keep up with my friends, let alone my boyfriend. We can’t meet in person as often as we would like. Sometimes a quick text is a nice way to check in or share a thought. Facebook lets us share pictures and creep on each other ’s families. That being said, I can’t imagine technology becoming the substance of the relationship. The same Businessweek article described a woman who met a guy in a bar, came back from the bathroom and discovered he was checking a connection on Tinder. He had a living, breathing, interested woman in front of him but was still attached to the possibility of something else.

The Internet is also home to too many miscommunications and false information. I don’t mean that everyone on the internet is a liar or has evil intent. It can’t be denied, however, that we present ourselves in a certain light that may not be the full picture in real life. Technology makes it easier to see the ideal and to ignore any possible flaws. This may open our minds to a deeper connection, or it may cause us to deceive ourselves and receive disappointment later. The true danger in online relationships is letting them eclipse all other social interactions. Though a text is easy and helpful, it’s not a true substitute for a meal and a chat together. Keep in mind all the people you see every day. Remember how much you enjoy seeing someone smile or holding their hand. Use social media websites and apps to have that initial spark, if it’s more comfortable for you. However, don’t let them rule your life. Part of the fun of relationships is having an adventure. Don’t cut yourself off from that. Give it a chance. Amy Kenyon is a junior English and theater secondary education major. Follow her on Twitter @ AmyKenyawn and Reach her at opinion@



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Karen Miller, nutrition education and wellness coordinator for the Campus Recreation Center, times Tyler Thomas, content coordinator for the Office of University Communications, and Mandy Haase, University Museum public relations coordinator, as they do jumping jacks for a wellness program. Participants were encouraged to walk or run a lap before each station.

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Rory Larson, computer systems analyst in the Office of Information Technology Services, completes a station as a participant in a Campus Recreation Center wellness program. At this station participants waved two thick ropes anchored by a weight.

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Julie McManamey, staff member in the School of Biological Sciences, Kris Patrick, business manager for the School of Biological Sciences and Rory Larson, computer systems analyst in the Office of Information Technology Services, participate in the shoulder press at a Campus Recreation Center wellness program. The wellness program had several stations set up throughout the Cook Pavilion on Tuesday.

Omaha band to finish tour at home Author to speak

on America’s political future

Twinsmith will perform at Lincoln’s new venue, Vega, Wednesday night Hannah Eads DN In 2013, Twinsmith released its debut, self-titled album and was nominated for the Omaha Entertainment Awards best artist of the year award and was asked to play a gig during Vega’s opening week. Matt Regner, guitarist and courtesy photo keyboardist for the band, describes the band’s music as “noth- From left to right: Jordan Smith, Oliver J. Morgan, Matt Regner and Bill Sharp make up Twinsmith, ing dark.” the Omaha band that will play at Vega, Lincoln’s new music venue, Wednesday night. Regner met Jordan Smith, now the vocalist and guitarist for Twinsmith, when they were 16 ting to know each other and com- of-town gigs, like Lincoln, where it’s years old. They’ve been working then, according to Regner, they’ve “sort of like a vacation.” ing up with catch phrases they had a complete identity change. together ever since. “We’re playing in front of still say today. Oliver J. Mor“Music for me people we don’t see every day,” Right now, they’re on a tour of gan, the band’s isn’t just an activMusic for Sharp said. “Sweet places to play, drummer, had been the Midwest region, and their last ity, it’s just always me isn’t just in other bands be- stop is Nov. 6, in Lincoln at Vega sweet people to meet — Lincoln is been a part of my Twinsmith. But for the new venue’s first week of great.” life,” Regner said. an activity, it’s just fore After this tour ends, they will when Twinsmith’s concerts. He said everybe releasing a seven-inch record “It’s kind of like a homecomdrummer left, Morthing he knows always been a ing, even though we’re from on Nov. 19, through Saddle Creek gan decided to fill now, he learned part of my life.” Omaha,” Morgan said. “We plan Records, featuring a new single, the spot. from his father. Since then, one to just leave it all on the stage that “Honestly,” and two songs off of Matt regner The band has their last album, “1’30”” and “Big of his favorite mo- night.” twinsmith undertaken a Bill Sharp, Twinsmith’s bassist, Deal.” ments with Twinchange recently. Their self-titled album was resmith was the sec- said playing for college kids is espeTwo years ago, cially fun for them, and that, overall, this band went by “Betsy Wells” ond night of their first tour, when and was more folk-rock. But since the band members were just get- the Omaha band mostly plays out-

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Hedrick Smith, author of ‘Who Stole the American Dream?’ to speak at E.N. Thompson Forum Staff Report DN Hedrick Smith thinks the American public may need to reevaluate how much they know about politics. Smith, author of ”Who Stole the American Dream?” will be at the Lied Center on Wednesday. He is one of the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues speakers and will be presenting themes from his book and encouraging audience members to “take back America.“ “I’ll be talking about how America went from a period of widely shared prosperity and effective bipartisan politics to a period of highly concentrated wealth and political power and gridlock polarized politics,” Smith said.

“We went from a pretty good place, the economy served Americans very well, to what we have now and we need to evaluate why this happened and what we can do about it.” After his 26 years spent at The New York Times and numerous years producing documentaries for PBS, Smith is no stranger to the messy political world. “I’ve stumbled into a lot of reporting over the last 30 years on political and economic issues but it wasn’t until 2009 when I was working on a new PBS documentary on the Housing Crisis that I got the idea for the book.” Smith said. While being aware of the seedy side of politics throughout his career, it was what he began to uncover during this documentary that peaked his interest in currently occurring downward spiral of America. “With the housing collapse we began to ask questions as we realized how corrupt Wall Street had become and how lopsided things currently were in Washington,” he said. It was from there that his journalistic nature spurred a two and

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Studios need to be open to black & white films vince moran

After watching Noah Baumbach’s brilliant comedy “Frances Ha” again this week, I realized just how effective black and white cinematography still is in modern cinema, and how unfortunate it is that it isn’t used more often. This year in particular it has seen somewhat of a resurgence, also being used in Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing” and Alexander Payne’s upcoming “Nebraska.” These three films certainly are no prelude to a black and white revolution, but are a reminder of the beautiful and striking images that can only be produced by black and white cinematography, while also proving that directors are still interested in aesthetically working with it. Payne, a Nebraskan filmmaker whose film will open Nov. 15, in limited release exclusively in New York City, Los Angeles and Film Streams theater in Omaha, explained his decision to film “Nebraska” in black and white at a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival. “It just seemed like the right thing to do for this film,” Payne said. “It’s such a beautiful form, and it’s really left our cinema because of commercial, not artistic, reasons. This modest, austere story seemed to lend itself to being made in black and white, a visual style perhaps as austere as the lives of its people.” However, because of the commercial unpopularity of this style, Payne had to accept the budget cuts that came with it. “We did settle on a budget less than it would have been if it had been in color, but it was still at a rate with which I could feel comfortable,” he said. This battle between director and studio is not an uncommon story regarding recent black and white film ventures. In almost every case, studios will try to

like “Manhattan” and “Stardust talk directors out of this format, because they don’t believe it will Memories” and “The Last Picture Show” and “Paper Moon” respecsell with the movie-going public. Only the few high-profile di- tively, either to build feelings of rectors lucky enough to be giv- romanticism or to represent the past. en creative freedom with their This desire to create nostalwork like Payne, Baumbach and gia was one of the main reasons Whedon are capable of getting the funding to make a film in Baumbach chose to film “Frances black and white, and even when Ha” in this way. “There’s always something they do, they have to work with miniscule budgets. All three of when a contemporary movie is these films were filmed on such shot in black and white, there’s a kind of like instant nostalgia,” he budgets, “Much Ado About said. “I felt like with such a conNothing” famously being shot in 12 days in the director ’s home temporary story and such a conduring a break between shooting temporary character and putting her in New York right now that his Blockbuster “The Avengers.” black and white in some ways alModern black and white films are either low-budget in- most gives it a history.” Nostalgia in “Frances Ha” is dependent films, or low budget present not only art house films. in the cinemaKevin James’s tography, but “Clerks,” DarStudios can be seen in evren Aronofsky’s ery other aspect “Pi,” Michael should be of the film. The Haneke’s “The more open to music, the editWhite Ribbon,” ing, the lighting Tim Burton’s green-lighting and, most impor“Ed Wood” and films which tantly, the overGeorge Clooney’s sense “Good Night and incorporate (black whelming of life and realGood Luck” are and white).” ism that’s so aball examples that sent from Americome to mind, can film today. and one thing is certain when thinking back on Each of these qualities is clearly these films, it’s absolutely im- being inspired by the French New possible to imagine them being Wave and directors like François Truffaut. shot in color. It seems that most often modThe main reason black and white cinematography is still ern directors are utilizing black used today is because the direc- and white in a similar fashion, tor wants to produce a specific to give respect and allude to past effect. While films before the movements in cinema like Film 1960s were nearly all made in Noir, the French New Wave, Italblack and white, today color is ian Neorealism, German Expresthe dominant format and black sionism or classical Hollywood Cinema and use the history, feeland white is only resurrected every once in a while to serve a par- ings and immediate resonances modern audiences associate with ticular purpose. Sometimes this is done to rec- those styles and combine it with something new, as Baumbach reate a certain genre as is seen in concisely sajd, “It’s both looking Film Noir works like The Coen back and it’s an immediacy.” Brothers’ “The Man Who Wasn’t “Frances Ha” along with its There,” Robert Rodriguez’ “Sin City” and Steven Soderbergh’s 2013 counterparts convincingly argues that black and white pho“The Good German.” tography does have a place in However, it’s almost always used to invoke feelings of roman- today’s cinema, and that studios ticism and nostalgia as was done should be more open to greenin Michel Hazanavicius’ Oscar lighting films which incorporate winning “The Artist.” This was it. Vince Moran is a senior also a tactic American filmmakEnglish, Film Studies and ers in the 1970s employed, when history major. arts@ auteurs like Woody Allen and Peter Bogdanovich made films

twinsmith: from 5 leased in July and, according to Regner, it was a “long time coming.” The eight songs were songs that they had been playing live for a while that evolved. “It’s not an ‘album’ album in the sense that we wrote it from front to back,” Regner said. “It’s eight pop songs that ended up fitting together.” Sharp said the songs were all going in different directions, with around three songs from the Betsy Wells era and the rest constantly changing. After this tour, they hope to




the Native Americans and the current state of animal cruelty and fac‘Free Birds’ fails tory farming. While this comparison is awkto illicit laughter, ward in itself, this juxtaposition emotion from any seems like it could be daring and controversial. However, “Free audience, children or Birds” chickens out, and instead of adults delving into these topics, glosses over them, problematically ignoring the very themes it raises. The sloppy and misguided beVince Moran ginning of the film gets no better DN as it moves along, unsuccessfully attempting to blend (unfunny) comThe most recent animated mov- edy and (unmoving) drama. ie to hit theaters, “Free Birds,” It tries so hard to get laughs looks to shamelessly tap into the through dialogue and physical comholiday market by making its paredy, but fails, proving that yes, each ticular breed of talking animals joke will be even more repetitive and turkeys, just in time for Thanks- cringe-inducing than the last. The giving. jokes are in bad humor, constantly The protagonist, Reggie, is a relying on the characters calling scrawny and whiny turkey who each other dumb, idiot or stupid. continually fails to communicate This gets old fast, and by the end to his fellow turof the film it feels keys that human like every characThere’s very ter has called every beings are breeding them for slaughter. character unlittle anyone other Luckily, he’s picked intelligent at least by the president, can get out of this once. who inexplicably At about the film.” sounds exactly like one-hour mark the Bill Clinton while film decides that looking nothing like him, to be it needs to try and make the authe “Chosen Turkey,” the one bird dience cry as well as laugh and saved from being cooked and eat- proves once again that this movie en on this fateful day. However, isn’t about to redeem itself from its his stay with the first family is cut downward spiral. The characters short when he’s kidnapped by the are barely two-dimensional and beefy but intellectually slow turthe audience could care less about key, Jake, who forces him to travel a single one of them, making it difback in time with him to the first ficult to care if the bad guys eat Thanksgiving to change history them or not. and save their race. The cast is completely wasted. If this plot sounds overstuffed, Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelit’s because it is. There are about son voice Reggie and Jake respecthree different stories attempting to tively, and even if they weren’t establish themselves in the first 10 completely phoning in their minutes of the film before it finally performances, there is no matesettles on the time-travel plot line. rial for them to work with. The When the time-traveling birds extremely talented and hilarious arrive in the past, they encounter Amy Poehler takes on the part of their ancestors, dressed in NaJenny, a role completely devoid of tive American garb and war paint, any vaguely interesting character clearly drawing a comparison betraits, whose sole purpose is to tween the white man’s genocide of be the female love interest to the

“Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Not everyone will love “Buffy” like I do; the odd, mystical ethos can be a bit alienating for people used to realistic TV dramas, but if you can make the adjustment it’s worth it. Joss Whedon envisioned the city of Sunnydale, Calif., complete with its own hellmouth, as a metaphor for high school, the metaphor of course being high school is hell. Through seven thrilling and witty seasons, Buffy Summers and her motley crew learn how to function like adults while fighting (and occasionally romancing) supernatural baddies.

“Spaced.” This show, which ran for two seasons in the U.K., was the first collaborative creation from Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright and Nick Frost. Starring Pegg and Jessica Hynes as slacker flatmates in London, its bleak and stylized brand of comedy is a definite precursor to the Cornetto trilogy. If you don’t like Pegg or Frost, then watch for Brian (Mark Heap), an erratic abstract expressionist who lives in the flatmates’ building. One of the best TV characters ever.

“Freaks and Geeks.” This show makes me feel like I’m in high school again, middle school even, terrified to talk to anyone, with no clue where I fit in, and it does that better than any other show I’ve ever seen. Starring a bunch of actors that have since gone on to superstardom (Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, James Franco), “Freaks and Geeks” showcases the Weir family and, without rehashing too many clichés, reminds us of all the weird characters that affected us growing up. It’s sweet and hilarious and heartwarming. With only one season, it’s yet another show that left us too soon. COMPilED BY Zach Fulciniti


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hero. The animation is unspectacular as well. It isn’t horrible, but it isn’t DreamWorks orPixar animation. It looks undercooked and quickly put together, and doesn’t offer any awe-inspiring visuals to counteract the stale story. There’s very little anyone can get out of this film. It’s dull, humorless and infantile for adults, without being interesting enough to hold a child’s attention. It may only be 90 minutes long, but it makes time stand still. Though there aren’t many other Thanksgiving films to keep families busy over the holiday, almost anything would be better than the dismal “Free Birds.” arts@

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Gimme Five shows to fill the hole left by ‘Breaking Bad’

“Angel.” “Angel” is a spin-off of “Buffy.” Some consider it to be inferior, and while it may not be as consistent, in terms of quality and narrative it’s a true companion. Whereas “Buffy” was about growing up, “Angel” is a story of redemption, so it’s darker and more mature. But it retains the Whedon wit and charm, and pulls several minor characters from “Buffy” and gives them room to grow and develop in a new setting: Los Angeles.

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larger acts where they would be playing in front of a good amount of people every night would be beneficial. Regner said one of his personal goals is for them to tour in Europe someday. “It’s a lot more work involved in this band and it feels good,” he said. “It feels more like a mission or a calling than a hobby, and it’s always fun to see the country, but there’s also a purpose behind it.” arts@

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“The Wire.” If you’re looking for another serialized, innovative drama, “The Wire” is the way to go. More than any other show, it’s been called the greatest drama ever, and for good reason. A sprawling visual series, “The Wire” broke down various institutions of Baltimore and exposed the ways in which vastly different worlds interact within a city. It ran for five seasons from 2002-2008 on HBO.

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write their next album and get it out by spring 2014, following with a tour, Sharp said. Their reason for touring so much, he said, is to simply get their name out. The band members said their biggest long-term goal is to expand from a primarily Nebraska band to a nationally known band. “We’d like to continue to write more material, experiment some more,” Morgan said. “I really look forward to it.” He said that touring with

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Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson star in “Free Birds” as the voices of Reggie and Jake, a turkey duo on a time-traveling Thanksgiving adventure.

Gnarls Barkley “The Odd Couple” Keith Finn DN Sophomore year of high school I started taking percussion lessons. One of the first playing assignments my instructor gave me was the song “She Knows” by Gnarls Barkley off its second album, “The Odd Couple.” I figured I would give the rest of the album a listen and was amazed. The partnership between Cee Lo Green and Danger Mouse is one for the ages. Their mega hit “Crazy” from their first album “St. Elsewhere,” brought them into the limelight. I feel like people forgot about them after that track, which doesn’t do their music justice. “The Odd Couple” is a brilliantly produced album with exceptional vocals and soul-inspired compositions. “The Odd Couple” has a plentiful gems inside the collection of tracks. The second song on the album is “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul.” The track is driven by a hip-hop drum beat accompanied by acoustic guitar riffs and an organ to give it a marvelous soul sound. Green gives a heartbreaking performance about lost love. His voice gives extreme emotion to what he’s singing, especially when he busts the line “I know I’m out of control now, tired enough to lay my soul down.” You can almost feel his impending doom that will soon end him. The song after “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul” is the polar opposite, which was clearly done on purpose. “Going On” is a fast-paced track, backed by a choir and electric guitars that give the song massive amounts of energy — complete change in emotion from “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul.” It’s as if Green has completely changed his view on his current situation with lines like “I’m prepared to go it alone” and “The fear of the unknown just doesn’t concern me.” Green realized he does not need anybody with him and there’s no way he can know his future. A few more tracks show outstanding musicianship. The song “Would Be Killer” haunts the mind with instruments being run backward through the track, giving it a unique sound. In “Open Book,” the percussion is powerful enough to give the song a tribal tone and features Green screaming through the noises on the chorus telling the spirits to take him. In

COURTESY PHOTO | dn “She Knows,” he sings about the death of his mother. He sings about the man he’s become and wishing she could see him now. Green knows that somewhere, she is watching over him. “The Odd Couple” is a masterpiece of a soul album. Danger Mouse blessed this album with his knowledge of production. The little sounds and dynamics that Mouse includes in the album separate it from any other soul album. Green’s voice shines over a wonderfully produced LP and I believe it’s some of his best work lyrically and vocally. This album will always hold a special place in my heart. It always brings me back to taking drum lessons and I still enjoy playing along with the album from time to time. Gnarls Barkley gives us a modern soul album in a world where true soul is hard to find, and we should appreciate the “Odd” duo for rewarding us with this music. arts@

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forum: from 5 Most people still don’t understand what’s going on, which is why I wrote my book.” hedrick smith author

half year process to research, write and then rewrite this investigative story. Smith spoke of how although the story was not completely put together at the beginning it came together along the way, “It evolved and grew as I went along, I had a bunch of good questions that needed to be answered,” Smith said. Through his research and writing of the book, Smith said he was continually in awe that no one had really investigated these issues yet. “The media, including myself, missed the story of the trends of last 30 to 40 years as America’s decline was happening,” Smith said. “We didn’t connect the dots. Most people still don’t understand what’s going on, which is why I wrote my book.” Smith will be presenting his discoveries and key points of the book through statistics of the economic downturn of America. He also has numerous human stories to present his evidence with the hope that students will take more stake in America’s future. “People are supposed to be at universities to learn,” he said. “My hope is that students will fit what they’re seeing in today’s events into what I’m speaking about and then go make judgments with sound historical background.” arts@

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Hedrick Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and the author of “Who Stole the American Dream?” will speak at the Lied Center Wednesday night.

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Michigan coach Brady Hoke

On Saturday’s game against Nebraska: “We’re excited, you know we got another opportunity to go out and improve as a football team. There’s a lot we need to get better at you know, and we’re excited to be at home, and we’re going to play a very good Nebraska team.” On what made Michigan State’s defense tough: “They’re a very talented group that works well together. We had a ton of negative plays, which is part of what they do. I think their linebackers and front, and they ask their safeties to do a lot, and their corners to not do a lot in the run game.”

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio

On Michigan State kicker’s success: “We’ve had outstanding success here, really going back to before I was here, back to when Paul Edinger kicked for us for four years back in the late ‘90s, but there have been great kickers here throughout Michigan State’s history. Now Mike Geiger’s a guy that goes 3-3 in the Michigan game. Huge kicks for us, and I think he’s a difference maker in that capacity. He’s an extremely confident young man, and he was a highly recruited kicker out of high school. He’s done an outstanding job for us.” On upcoming younger players: “Our young players have done an outstanding job of the scout team. We’re currently playing four freshmen with Darian Hicks at corner, Delton (Williams) at running back and Mike Geiger. The fourth guy is R.J Shelton who’s had huge plays for us this year.”

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald Illinois coach Tim Beckman

On losing to Penn State: “Tough loss no question, we were there, and had an opportunity to win in Happy Valley. It went down to a couple of plays we weren’t able to capitalize on; we make those plays and we got a W for us. We fell back 14-0, and we battled back, and this team fought for four quarters, and one extra series and we just fell short.” On how they prepare for Indiana’s two-quarterback system: “I’ve been involved in two quarterback systems in Toledo when I was there, both quarterbacks do certain things a little better than the other, but they’re both outstanding quarterbacks, so to me, as you build your defensive philosophy around either one of the quarterbacks being out there on the playing field, you got to do what you do well. It continues to be the same offense that Coach Wilson’s been very successful with. You’ve got to be prepared for those quarterback runs when (Tre) Roberson’s in there.”

Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen

On last week’s win over Iowa: “It was a big time game again on the road at Iowa. It was a tremendous football team we had the opportunity to go play, tremendous crowd— back and forth battle. I love the way the kids fought. They continued to battle through the adversity they had a little bit through the week, and then that they had obviously at the beginning of that game, and great team effort. We found a way to come out on top, and we’re fortunate to walk out of there with a victory and we’re moving on to BYU.” On Bringham Young University’s defense: “First of all, I’d say they have very good players, they communicate very well and they play great team defense. Bronco (Mendenhall) is the defensive coordinator, and he’s always done a great job putting the pieces of the puzzle together and giving the best players on the defense opportunities to make plays.”

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz

On rebounding from the loss to Wisconsin: “It was a tough loss Saturday to a very good Wisconsin team. Both teams really competed hard, and it was an excellent football game and we give them a lot of credit, they’re an excellent football team. We go back to work today, and get ready for a trip to Purdue. It’s conference play on the road and it will be a tough contest.” On Iowa’s difficulties in the red zone: “I’m more focused on what happened last week, and we came away with three points each time. First half in particular we had a drop, and there’s no guarantee we would’ve made the first, but we would’ve gave ourselves a chance to and we didn’t. Second time down there we had a couple of penalties, which made it tougher. You’re not going to beat them (Wisconsin) just kicking field goals.”

Minnesota Interim coach Tracy Claeys Nebraska coach Bo Pelini

On his reaction to the final-second Hail Mary win: “I was looking for a lot of things, and I also didn’t have a good view of it. I saw the official’s arms go up, but then I was obviously looking for, you know the play was under review, so it was something where first thing’s first, let’s make sure that nothing happened that I wasn’t aware of, and keep it controlled until we saw exactly what happened.” On Nebraska’s up-and-down season: “Well I think everyone’s going to experience some ups and downs as the season goes on. Every year’s a little bit different. We can’t ride the highs and lows. You have to have a consistent approach, and we try to do that as a staff.”

On Saturday’s game against Penn State: “We’re excited about returning home next week after getting a big road win last weekend. It was a very good Indiana team. Penn State’s quarterback is the leading passer in the Big Ten, they’re extremely talented on offense, and defensively they give you a bunch of looks and play great fundamentals and play extremely hard.” On winning four straight conference games: “I think everyone we get from here on out, if we’re able to add some more wins, it just shows the progress that we’re making and we’re trying to establish new standards here and that’s not something we’ve talked about. I didn’t realize that, till you said that, that’s pretty amazing, but it also says it’s a tough conference in the Big Ten, and since the early ‘60s and till then, Minnesota has struggled.”

Purdue coach Darrell Hazell

On the 56-0 loss to Ohio State: “We played a great Ohio State football team, and we didn’t start the game very well. We turned the ball over early, which caused a ripple effect throughout the rest of the day.” On comparing himself to Kirk Ferentz in 1999: “Well anytime you can take a look of the history of any guy that struggle in their first year, there’s always promise. I feel good about the future of this football program, and we’re going to do all the things we need to do to get some of the things we need corrected, so I’m very optimistic.”

Penn State coach Bill O’Brien

On running back Bill Belton’s turnaround season: “I think it takes a while, we moved him from receiver to running back when we first got here and I don’t think that’s the easiest transition all the time and so I think that took a while. Then he was injured last year, you know he had a bad high ankle sprain in the first game of the year, and never really totally came back from that, and I think he’s healthy this year, he’s had a year in the system, he’s doing better off the field, which I think helps his mindset on the field, and he’s a more patient, better running back than he was last year.” On Allen Robinson: “I think he (Allen) is a self-made guy. He came into the offseason last season, and worked extremely hard to improve his own skill set. He’s a faster player, he’s a stronger player, and he really works hard on his own in the film room to learn our offense better, so we’re able to move him around. Allen’s having a helluva year.”


Michigan Stadium Ohio State, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Minnesota overall record: 909-316-36 national titles: 11 conference titles: 8 (Last: 2000) heisman winners: 3 notable current players: quarterback Devin Gardner, wide receiver Jeremy Gallon, running back Fitzgerald Toussaint, notable former players: quarterback Tom Brady, running back Denard rivals:

Robinson, wide receiver Jason Avant, safety Charles Woodson mascot: Biff, a live wolverine record against Nebraska: 4-3-1

Grand Valley State (1983) hometown: Dayton, Ohio

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overall head coaching record: 72-59 (25-9 Michigan) (11th year) head coaching career: Michigan (2011-present), San Diego State (2009-2010), Ball State (2003-2008) notable assistant coaching stops: Michigan (1995-2002), Oregon State (1989-1994), Toledo (1987-1989),

On his team’s contention of a national title: “Well I can kind of relate it to the 2006 team there. They just continue to get better and better. There are some areas of our team that weren’t very good, we’re young, and we had to replace eight starters on defense. It looked like early in the year we had some quarterback miss three games, our tailback miss three games. We had our tailback have an injury and lost our best player on defense. So the long story is that there is no question, with the way we’re playing right now that I compare it to the ‘06 team that we’re playing at a very high level and getting better each week.” On where Ohio State needs to improve: “Well I think the defense continues to get better, we’re in the top 10 in the country versus the run, and pass defense we have been much better, but we’re certainly not where we need to be, so we’re going to continue to grind on that. And our kick return team. So those are going to be the areas we’re really going to real hard. The kick return unit, and the pass defense.”

Indiana coach Kevin Wilson

On Saturday’s loss to Minnesota: “It was a disappointing loss, and we battled back and unfortunately we came up short against Minnesota. We got another great challenge and opportunity against Illinois coming in this Saturday, we’re looking forward to it.” On the performance of two 100-yard rushers: “We fell behind in the game, didn’t really play a good first half, but in getting back into it we were able to use some run, I think they were playing the pass a little bit, and we did a fair job of blocking. Those two guys played well I think that’s the first time since 2003 in a Big Ten game that we had two guys over 100. We got a little better running, we’ll need it next week, and we’ll need it in the final four games.” compiled by Thomas Beckmann


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On running back Treyvon Green’s play against Nebraska: “Well, he’s played really well all season long, and unfortunately he hasn’t been 100 percent either, and to watch the way Trey has played has been nothing less than spectacular. We’re very thankful for him and really proud of his toughness. He’s battled through a bunch here in the past couple of years, and particularly this year, so the way he played, he’s given everything he’s got, and very proud of him.” On quarterback Trevor Siemian: “I don’t know I’d say he lost his confidence as we just didn’t execute a lot of things around him. Yeah, I thought he played pretty well on Saturday. Obviously, you’d love to have that pick back, but he expects those ends to be on the ground when you do three-step protection. Nonetheless, you just have to keep grinding.”

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Harter started running cross country when he was a freshman at Millard West High School in Omaha. During his time as a high Joe Harter said he’s been working school runner, he was named the harder as an athlete more than ever. Gatorade Nebraska Boys Cross In his first meet as a Husker, Country Runner of the Year, was a the Augustana Twilight, he was the 2012 first-team All-State Selection second Husker to cross the finish and won the 2012 Nebraska Class line, placing fourth overall. Since then, he was the fourth, the sev- A State Cross Country Championships. enth and, most recently, the first “Throughout high school, I Husker to cross the finish line at progressed as an athlete and just their meets. started training more,” Harter Although he doesn’t consider his race at Sunday’s Big Ten Cham- said. “I got down to a 15:22 for a 5k, which is pretty respectpionships to be his able in high school.” best race, he led the Harter said he’s alteam to the finish line. ways been a Husker at Both coach Dave Harheart, but the athletic ris and Harter said the facilities and opportumen’s team is young. nities for him to grow But,, Harris thinks the as a student athlete group will continue to were what truly made improve over the years. him decide to come to “I think the potenNebraska. Other reatial is there for much sons Harter chose Nebetter in the future,” braska were his team Harris said. “Freshman and coach. finished first for us – Harter “Trevor (Vidlak) speaks well for us in the and Jarren (Heng), the future.” two seniors, really influHarter finished at the Big Ten Championships with a time of ence us every day to want to succeed,” Harter said. “They push us 25:37.1, placing 62nd overall. Goto our limits in practice. The guys ing into the race, he wanted to place in the top 50, which Harris really had a lot of fire and want to do better every day. Without them, said is a respectable finish in the we wouldn’t be close to where we Big Ten Conference.

are today.” Harter said sophomore Jacob Olson has also had an influence on him.. At the Tim Young Invitational two weeks ago, Olson won his first collegiate meet, and right behind him in second place was Harter. “(Jacob) has really taken me under his wing and taught me how to be a better runner,” Harter said. “We run really well together, and he’s just a great teammate.” This season, Harter has had no specific goals except to have a positive impact on his team. “I still don’t think I’ve had my best race of the season yet, but after being a top runner at the Big Ten Championships, I feel like I’m doing what I wanted to do for my team,” Harter said. “If I can develop into a leader on the team, I’ll be really happy.” Harter said he’s “been training his butt off,” in the hopes of having a good season. With just one meet left, he said he feels optimistic about the rest of the season and hopes to finish on a positive note after a low finish at the conference meet. “We’re really disappointed with how we ran,” Harter said. “But we’ve got one more meet left, and we’re looking to prove how good we actually are.” sports@



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The Huskers clinched the regular-season Big Ten Championship with a 3-1 victory against Indiana on Friday, which is Nebraska’s first regular-season conference title in 13 years, and now the Huskers (No. 7) enter the conference tournament as the No. 1 seed. Nebraska will make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005, the same year it last won a conference tournament.

Sophomore Denise Martin was the first Husker to shoot at least 584 in both smallbore and air rifle in a dual since Ryann McGough shot 588 in smallbore and 584 in air rifle against West Virginia in 2009. Martin shot 584 in smallbore and 587 in air rifle to lead Nebraska to a victory against the University of Tennessee at Martin.




After falling down a set against Northwestern on Saturday, the No. 11 Huskers responded by attacking at .545 percent (with 14 kills and two errors) on their way toward tying the match. After losing the third set, Nebraska once again responded. In the fourth set, the Wildcats out-killed the Huskers, but Nebraska committed only one error on the way to an attack percentage of .478. Nebraska won in five sets.


Both the men’s and the women’s cross country teams finished 11th at the Big Ten Championships on Sunday — the men out of a field of 11 teams and the women out of 12 teams. The men finished 11th for the second straight season, while the women improved their 12th-place result from a year ago. Combined, the Huskers had only one top-50 finisher: freshman Anna Peer, who finished 50th with a 6k time of 22:16.8.

WRESTLING Fourteen Huskers placed in the top eight at the 32-team Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open on Sunday, including All-Americans James Green (157 pounds) and Robert Kokesh (174 pounds). Green and Kokesh won their weight classes, as did freshman heavyweight Collin Jensen. The No. 12 Huskers added runner-up finishes by freshman Tim Lambert at 125 pounds, sophomore Anthony Abidin at 133 pounds and junior Jake Sueflohn at 149 pounds.


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Freshman making mark for NU David Stover dn For many incoming freshmen, college can be a difficult transition, but for freshman rifle shooter Rachel Martin, the transition has been getting better. The Huskers are ranked No. 11 in the nation, and the freshman’s presence is already being felt as she has been a vital part to their success. “It’s definitely different,” Martin said. “I’m not used to the college life, but I’m getting into the swing of things, especially being an athlete. We’ve got a lot of academics to do plus all of our training but it’s pushed me in a good way and helped develop a lot.” Hailing from Peralta, N.M., Martin already brings a lot of experience to the Husker squad. “I started rifle when I was 8 years old because of my dad,” Martin said. “He coached the 4-H team and so I shot with my two sisters. So we all shot for quite a long time. But then I started taking it more seriously around when I was 13 or 14.” Martin said she developed her

Shooting National Junior Team. competitive edge thanks to her These accomplishments caught older the attention of many schools as sisters, Sarah, 19, and Kaitlyn, 21. The Martin sisters all shot, and Texas Christian University, Murray State University and the Unicompeted with each other for bragversity of Mississippi recruited ging rights. “It was hard competing against her. However, the camaraderie of Nebraska’s team my sisters, but in the long proved to be too run it helped develop me good to turn down, as a person and competias Martin became tor,” she said. “I would the only one of her definitely say it was a sisters to carry her plus.” rifle passions to the Her competitiveness collegiate level. carried into her high “I got recruited school career, as Martin by some schools was a 4-H New Mexico and Nebraska just High School State Chamreally popped out pion in the smallbore at me,” she said. event of competition all martin “The main factor four years. In 2012, her was the team that junior year, Martin placed was already here. sixth in the Junior Olympic National Smallbore Champi- All the girls on it are really great. And we a get along really well and onships. She continued to grow into her senior year as she was help each other all the time. So that an American Legion Precision 3-P definitely was a deciding factor.” Martin has gotten off to a Air Rifle Champion, Plzen Hopes Women’s Smallbore Rifle Cham- strong start this season, as she helped the Huskers win their first pion, 2013 U.S. National Junior Women’s Smallbore Rifle Cham- meet against the United States Naval Academy by contributing a pion and 2013 Rocky Mountain Women’s Air Rifle Champion. score of 581 in the smallbore and a Martin is also a member of the USA score of 575 in the air rifle competi-

tion. And in the University of Tennessee at Martin tournament last weekend, Martin earned a score of 583 in the smallbore and 584 in air rifle. Her scores helped the Huskers earn their second win in a row. While she shot better in air rifle in each meet, she enjoys standing more, she said. “I love smallbore standing,” Martin said. “It’s not always my best score but I just enjoy it so much that I always look forward to shooting it. And especially now that it’s at the end of the match because in the new rules, it’s really fun for me. So I always end on a happy note.” Coach Stacy Underwood has definitely noticed Martin’s maturity, she said. “Rachel comes to us with a lot of experience,” Underwood said. “She’s very focused and disciplined and always has a plan of action.” With that focused disposition and thirst for success, Martin provides the Huskers with a promising glimpse of what is to come for the Nebraska rifle team. sports@

Coming off of one of the wildest finishes in school history, the Nebraska football team has to re-focus quickly with a road test against 6-2 Michigan on Saturday. Though Ron Kellogg III became a hero in Saturday’s game with the 49-yard Hail Mary to Jordan Westerkamp, coaches Tuesday assured that redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong Jr. would again be the starter, despite his three interceptions against Northwestern. “We had some communication errors,” offensive coordinator Tim Beck said. “We had some young wide-outs who had a bust here and there. Miscommunication between receivers and a quarterback here and there, you’ll get that.” Junior wide receiver Kenny Bell was sidelined during the second half of the game against Northwestern and didn’t practice Tuesday. Beck said the youth, because of the injured Bell and Taylor Martinez, could have been the reason why the Husker offense may have sputtered in the second half. But, Beck said, the work that Armstrong needs to put in is better thinking on his feet. He recalled Armstrong missing a blitz call, leading to one of his interceptions. “I try to make it hard on him


in practice,” Beck said. “I even make stuff up sometimes, just to show him to always keep those cards in his back pocket in case something happens. Armstrong was 15 of 29 for 173 yards and one touchdown against Northwestern, and his start against Michigan will be his fourth of the season.

Abdullah In the Zone

Junior running back Ameer Abdullah again reached the

1000-yard season rushing mark on Saturday against Northwestern. This time for 127 yards on 24 carries. The 127 yards puts Abdullah at 1,108 on the season, which is fifth in the country. And Beck doesn’t see him letting up any time soon, he said. “I think he’s still full of energy right now,” Beck said. “I like where he’s at. I’m pleasantly surprised and pleased and I think he’ll be ready to go (Saturday).” Abdullah’s production

staff report dn After leading the Nebraska soccer team to its first regular season conference championship s i n c e 2 0 0 0 , c o a c h J o h n W a l k er was n a m e d the Big Ten coach walker of the year on Tu e s d a y. Nebraska senior forward Jor-

dan Jackson was also named Big Ten midfielder of the year, while senior defender Ari Romero was named Big Ten defender of the year. Jackson, who recorded eight goals and eight assists during the season, and Romero, were also named to the All-Big Ten First Team. Senior goalkeeper Emma Stevens, who recorded 73 saves this season, was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team along with teammate freshman forward Jaycie Johnson. Johnson was also to the AllFreshman Big Ten team with Husker midfielder Sydney Miramontez. Nebraska junior midfielder Hanna Dittmar Jr. was also honored with a sportsmanship award on Tuesday. sports@

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these past few games have minimized touches for his backups, including sophomore Imani Cross, who only had five carries for 15 yards on Saturday. But Beck said that with Abdullah hot, why give the ball to anyone else? “I just think Ameer is in the zone,” Beck said. “The way he’s playing right now, that doesn’t mean those other guys aren’t good players, but the level of his game, the way he’s playing, the way he’s seeing things right: it’s something we really, really like.”

Junior running back Ameer Abdullah reaches for a stiff arm in the win over Northwestern on Saturday. Abdullah surpassed 1,000 yards rushing for the season during the game.

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As I said, there is nobody in our program who is going to replace Lindsey.”

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Defense ready for the challenge

Freshman linebacker Josh Banderas had a solo tackle and two assisted tackles in the win over Northwestern, but couldn’t stop talking on Tuesday about the excitement leading up to the game against Michigan. “I mean, Michigan on ABC in the Big House,” Banderas said, “Challenge accepted.” The Nebraska defense held Northwestern to just a field goal on their final drive, which set up the throw from Kellogg to Westerkamp, which, Banderas said, kept the defense excited about their ability to keep Nebraska’s hopes alive at the end of the game. compiled by chris heady

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12th season at Nebraska. As the Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2013, Yori has become the winningest coach in Husker history. She is hoping to be able to play in the regional that will be hosted on her home court at the Pinnacle Bank Arena. “We’re excited to be in that position,” Yori said, “but to be playing on those dates is another thing, whether that comes to fruition. In terms of the big picture and what is happening with women’s basketball, I’m overall a proponent for what is going to happen in the future with going back to the top 16 seeds hosting and having neutral regionals.” Beside the returning players and coach, the Huskers have a few new faces in the team roster including guards Hannah Tvrdy and Esther Ramacieri and for-

ward Allie Havers. Tvrdy started in her first collegiate exhibition game against Pittsburg State. In the first two exhibition games combined, Tvrdy has averaged 10 points. Alongside Tvrdy is the 6-foot-5-inch Havers who has averaged five rebounds in the past two games. In the preseason, Nebraska beat both Pittsburg State and UNKwith final scores of 95-47 and 7534, respectively. The Huskers will kick off their regular season this Friday when they play UCLA in the Pinnacle Bank Arena. sports@

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While the NU soccer team has already won the regular season Big Ten title, the Huskers are now looking for a Big Ten tournament championship


he No. 7 RPI Nebraska soccer team wanted to be a prominent name in the Big Ten Conference this season, and after winning a regular season title, the Huskers believe that they have a shot to win the Big Ten Tournament. Last Friday the Huskers defeated Indiana 3-1 to clinch the Big Ten regular season title. But for the team, there is still a lot of soccer left and the next few weeks will define itself. “We still have the conference tournament so we’re going to approach it the same way we’ve done,” senior defender Ari Romero said. “We need to compete, push each other and hold each other to be Big Ten Champs. As for NCAAs, it’s been a couple of years since we’ve made an appearance so we approach it the same way. Taking each game and pushing each other and I know we’ll go even further.” As the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, the Huskers will face No. 8 seed Minnesota on Wednesday afternoon in an opening round rematch between the two programs. Earlier this season, The huskers defeated the Gophers in a 1-0 shutout after an early goal from senior forward Jordan Jackson. In net for the Gophers is freshman goalkeeper Tarah Hobbs, who was recently named the Big Ten goalkeeper of the year. For Minnesota, the team squeaked its way into the tournament after being tied with Ohio State in the Big Ten standings with a 4-5-2 conference record. The Gophers beat out the Buckeyes for the Big Ten tournament, because Minnesota’s overall record was better than the Buckeyes. After losing to Illinois 3-1 at home last Thursday, Minnesota were tied for eighth place in the conference. Even if the Huskers exit the Big Ten Tournament early, they have already sealed a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005, when they lost to Illinois in the third round. Because Nebraska is No. 7 RPI, the possibility of hosting a few games in the NCAA Tournament is high. The top eight teams in the RPIs will host a game in the NCAA tournament, and for some of the players, the Big Ten Tournament is the top priority for the team right now. “I just want to be focused on this with no distractions,” Romero said. “That’s what we’ve been telling the team that those are just rankings. It’s how we view our team, how we view ourselves and what we expect to accomplish.” Although the Big Ten tournament is this week, the team wants to return to play another game at home to give themselves an advantage moving forward in the postseason. “We would have our own support, we would have our own comforts,” Stevens said. “Home field advantage is just always so much bigger once you get into postseason play so it would be awesome.” sports@

Senior defender Ari Romero reaches for a ball earlier in the season. Romero and the Huskers will face off against Minnesota on Wednesday in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament.

Huskers feel at home in arena The Nebraska women’s basketball team makes final adjustments for Friday season debut

Husker bowlers look to repeat as national champs Austin Pistulka dn

Natasha Rausch dn With 7:53 remaining in the 2013 Sweet 16 NCAA tournament game against No. 5 Duke, Nebraska forward Jordan Hooper sprained her ankle. Although Hooper contributed six points and 11 rebounds for the Huskers, Duke beat Nebraska 53-45. The loss ended the National Championship run for Nebraska, but left the No. 6-seeded Huskers with their winningest season in history. Nebraska finished as the Big Ten Conference regular season runner-up with a 12-4 record and 25-9 overall record. Following the season, Hooper recovered from her ankle sprain and was able to play with the gold medal USA basketball team. Heading into the 2013-14 season, Nebraska will return four of its starters from the NCAA Sweet 16 game. The only Husker missing is point guard Lindsey Moore who graduated and is now playing in the WNBA for the Minnesota Lynx. Sophomore guard Rachel Theriot has taken over Moore’s place in the starting lineup. In the first exhibition game against Pittsburg State, however, she was forced to sit the bench because of an ankle sprain. She started the following game against the University of Nebraska at Kearney, though. “As I said there is nobody in our program who is going to replace Lindsey,” Nebraska coach Connie Yori said. “We have to do it collectively, everyone has to get better, we have to get more products of our returning starters and they have got to expand their game. Rachel Theriot will be moving to point guard but that


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Rachel Theriot puts up a shot in a game last season. Theriot, according to Nebraska coach Connie Yori, will move to point guard in place of the graduated Lindsey Moore. leaves a void at the wing spot. There is a reason why Lindsey rarely left the floor.” With seven returning letter winners on the team this year, Nebraska looks to kick off its first season in the Pinnacle Bank Arena. With the new arena, Lincoln has been chosen to host one of the four-team NCAA regionals – the first time an NCAA basketball tournament game has been held in Lincoln since 1993. Already having played two exhibition games on the new

court, the team is beginning to get used to its new home. “We’re still getting used to the gym,” said Hooper who was chosen to the preseason coaches and media team. “It’s starting to feel more like home.” Before the season began, the Huskers were named the Big Ten Conference preseason team of the year. This is the first time in Nebraska history that the Huskers have been chosen for the honor. “I didn’t pick us to win the Big Ten and I’m not sure why every-

body else did, because we have a lot of work to do, but, you know, the poll is for you guys to have an opportunity to write about something,” Yori said. “That’s how we look at it and it doesn’t change what we do or who we are. It does put more of a target on our back, but, yet, we still go about our business and try to do the things we always do.” Yori will be returning for her

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have stood out in practices. “Everyone that comes into this program needs to be talented,” A freshly oiled lane. A newly shined Khulkin said. “Especially because ball. The season begins again for the Nebraska is one of the elite schools in bowling. So everyone who is here is Husker bowling team. The Huskers extremely talented.” are coming off a national champiWhat many people don’t realize, onship run a year ago, the 11th national title in the school’s history. Of is the strategy behind a good round of the six starters on last season’s team, bowling. “Bowling is like golf four return to help the but with a heavier ball,” Huskers return to the Staub said. “There’s no denational championship fense and so it’s all about stage. how you manage what you Those returning are trying to do. In golf you include All-American take into account the objunior Liz Khulkin stacles whether it be sand and senior Yan Ling. or grass or trees. In bowling Khulkin was named the obstacle is where the the most valuable oil’s placed on the lane and player in the national knowing what release you championship match need to do and that sort of for the Huskers. Also thing. In all sports it’s how returning for his 19th Khulkin well you can manage your year as coach of the movement, how smart the team is Bill Staub, who decisions are on when and won national coach of the year honhow to play, and that gives you a better or for the second time during his tenure at Nebraska. On top of that, chance on being successful.” For Straub, he’s confident in a posNebraska was voted No. 1 in the country with 19 out of 26 first place sible repeat win. “The potential is there (to win anvotes. other national championship),” Staub Although there are four returning starters, the Huskers are a young team. said. “It’s probably easier for me to anOf the 10 athletes on the team, six are swer that question after a few tournaments, but there is certainly potential freshmen or redshirt freshmen. “Of our six starters, four of them to do so.” The athletes are confident as well. have championship rings on their fin“It’s a dream of mine to go back gers,” Straub said. “The other two of them have to be a freshman just out to back to back,” Kuhlkin said. “It would be the first time in Nebraska of necessity. It’s just how the numbers history and collegiate bowling history. came out.” There are a lot of very talented teams Like any sport, practice is the key out there so you can’t say that nobody to success in bowling. is going to touch us and we are that “We do drills and drills and drills much better than everyone else, but and drills, then we scrimmage,” Staub said, “The next day, we do drills and we have good players and I do think we can repeat.” drills and drills, then we scrimmage. I The Huskers open the season in really think the girls are getting tired of Valparaiso, Ind., for the Crusader Classcrimmaging each other and are ready sic. to compete against someone new.” sports@ To the athletes, many teammates

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