THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2012 volume 112, issue 034
Crazy for cattle
Dancing through life
UNL professor recognized for cow research
Professor passes passion for dance on to students
She’s the man
Four students draw swords in preparation for a staged duel in “Agravio.” The production will open Thursday at the Howell Theater.
ASUN overrides president’s vetoes
Emotional meeting centers on Employee Plus One and fairness ordinance legislation
MORGAN SPIEHS | DN
Business at the Subway in the Nebraska Union has been better than expected. The location’s sales exceed sales of the other 15 stores run by the franchise owner.
Popular union Subway leads region in sales Carl Mejstrik DN
ASUN President Eric Kamler offers reasons behind his veto of Government Bill #3 to ASUN on Wednesday evening. Kamler’s veto of the bill, which supported the city of Lincoln’s recently passed fairness ordinance, was overturned by a vote of 17-4-1.
story by Conor Dunn | photos by Jon Augustine
he Association of Students of the University of Nebraska overrode two of ASUN President Eric Kamler’s vetoes at its meeting Wednesday evening. One regarded the senate’s support of Employee Plus One benefits at the University of Nebraska and the other supported Lincoln’s fairness ordinance, which prohibits discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in employment, housing and public accommodations. Kamler, a senior agricultural economics major, said his vetoes were based on personal belief and not that of the senate, his executive board or the student body. He also said he expected the senate would override his vetoes. Kamler attributed his Employee Plus One benefits veto for to its financial impact on the university.
“I don’t feel that now is the right time to extend health benefits for anyone until we get a better picture of where we are going as a university in terms of growth and if we can meet our proposed growth goals,” he said. In the spring, ASUN approved Government Bill #2 (Employee Plus One) and Government Bill #3 (Fairness Ordinance). Because of an administrative error, Kamler didn’t receive the legislation within eight days of it being passed. Kamler never had the opportunity to sign or veto the legislation, which meant, under ASUN bylaws, it didn’t exist. “I did not feel strongly about this bill then and still find it hard to be in 100 percent support of it at this time,” Kamler said in regard to Employee Plus One benefits.
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Michael Dunn, ASUN’s Government Liason Committee Chair, addresses President Eric Kamler in defense of Government Bill #3 at the ASUN meeting in the Nebraska Union’s Heritage Room.
Women largely absent from NU board NU Board of Regents has seen only four women regents in the past 143 years Cristina Woodworth DN The University of Nebraska Board of Regents has seen a varied group of 123 members come and go from its ranks over the board’s 143 years in existence. But nearly 97 percent of those individuals have had something in common: gender. “It appears to be an ‘old boys’ club’ kind of thing,” said Carol
Russell, who unsuccessfully ran for regent in 2006. “There really would be a better balance with the whole political agenda if more women ran and were elected to the board.” Since the creation of the board in 1869, just four of the 123 members have been women, according to a listing of past regents. The current board is all male; the last female regent served nearly a decade ago. Originally, 12 elected regents served on the board. That number was eventually changed to today’s eight elected regents and four student regents, who are the student body presidents at each of the NU campuses. The first women elected to the
board were Margaret Robinson of Norfolk and Nancy Hoch of Nebraska City, both in 1983. Rosemary Skrupa served as a regent from 1989 to 2001. The fourth and most recent woman on the board was Nancy O’Brien, who was defeated in a re-election campaign in 2003. “Men and women have different ways of thinking,” said Ann Ferlic Ashford, the only female candidate running for the board this year. “I don’t think enough women are willing to step forward and take on the time commitment of campaigning for leadership roles.” Ashford, who, if elected, would be the fifth women regent in history, said she believes so-
cietal stereotypes of women also dissuade some from entering political contests. “Being responsible in a traditional female role means being responsible for the family, as well as for your job,” said Ashford, who is campaigning to take the spot of her father, Randy Ferlic, who is not running for re-election. “Campaigning for a leadership role as a woman means stepping outside of these traditionally held molds.” Jan Deeds, director of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Women’s Center, agreed, saying it’s difficult for women leaders to find the right social balance. “We still have mixed feelings
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About a month and a half after opening, the Nebraska Union Subway is one of the top-selling franchises in the area. Steve Barton, owner of the union location and 15 other Subway chains, said the quick increase in sales surprised him. “Since we opened in August, we’ve done very, very well,” Barton said. “The sales were much higher than we had anticipated. This franchise has the highest volume of sales out of the 16 total stores we own.” Barton believes the Nebraska Union franchise, which serves between 120 to 130 customers during the lunch hour, appeals to students for a number of reasons, including health aspects. Tom Burnett, a junior psychology major, agreed that Subway has a certain appeal. “It has a convenience factor,” Burnett said. “It’s quick, it’s cheap, and I can load up on veggies. I eat at the union three times
a week and since Planet Sub isn’t here anymore, I’m getting a sub.” Subway boasts the most fast food restaurants in the U.S., with more than 24,000 locations nationwide. The chain previously had a franchise in the union, but it closed in 2008, making way for Planet Sub. Planet Sub closed in July 2012 allowing Subway to return to UNL after a four-year hiatus. “We have no connection to the previous (Subway) franchise,” Barton said. “But based off the numbers we have now, we’re doing better than Planet Sub was doing.” But even with booming sales, the fast food chain doesn’t have every student convinced of its sandwich superiority. Alex Dugan, a senior biochemistry major, is not impressed. “A lot of people say that it’s so healthy, but if I want something healthy, I’ll just go get a salad from Runza,” Dugan said. “I will admit that the bread there is usu-
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Abel leads campus in UNLPD citations UNL police reports cite MIPs, marijuana as common offenses DANIEL WHEATON and Emily Nitcher DN Jessica White and a group of her friends were drinking in The Village on the evening of Sept. 23. After midnight, they decided to take a walk along the Antelope Valley Trail. Heading toward the Harper-Schramm-Smith complex through the sewer tunnels, they ran into police. Four University of Nebraska-Lincoln students received minor in possession citations, including White. “I knew what I did was wrong,” said White, a freshman
psychology major. “This is my punishment. I’m not upset by any means.” White received punishments from the university police and from UNL. But she and her friends are not alone. Her citation was one of 207 citations issued by UNLPD on campus since the fall semester of 2011, according to police reports. The majority of the citations were minor in possession and possession of marijuana. And there was one report of rape and one report of arson. Some halls see more citations than others. Abel and Sandoz halls had the highest number of citations with 55 and 31, respectively, in the past three semesters. Abel also has the highest population, with 960 residents as of Aug. 20. Sandoz, however, is much smaller with 381 res-
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Klopfenstein wins dual awards UNL animal science professor says students remain his focus Layla Younis DN
BRIANNA SOUKUP | DN
Brittany Reed, a junior management major, talks to Chris Gengenbach about possible job opportunities at the second day of the Career Fair at the Nebraska Union on Wedesnday. Gengenbach works as the senior human resources facilitator for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Career fair attracts young students, new companies carl mejstrik dn The second day of the Career Fair commenced Wednesday with companies featured in the business, service, government, liberal arts and science fields. The Nebraska Union showcased 126 company booths as students perused the Centennial Room in search of internships and future careers. The career fair was crowded with as many people as free pens. But in addition to the usual swag, some booths presented more unique gifts for passersby. Hormel Foods Corp. gave away Dinty Moore microwave dinners while the InternNE.com booth raffled off chances to win a $25 gift card to Gordmans. While experience may be necessary for some internships, plenty of newcomers flocked to the booths. Erdem Akalin, a freshman economics major, entered his first career fair seeking internships for international business. “When I walked in, I realized just how big these fairs are,” Akalin said. “There’s a lot of companies, and to be honest, I don’t even know what a lot of them are.” Sam Kurtenbach, a freshman business administration major, was impressed by his first career fair. “I’ve been to interview fairs in high school, but nothing as organized as this,” Kurtenbach said. “It’s nice because all of these companies are fighting for your attention, but they’re doing it in a way that isn’t being shoved down my throat.” Freshmen weren’t the only students who attended the job fair
Animal science professor Terry Klopfenstein just added two awards to a long list of honors for his work in ruminant nutrition. But he hasn’t spent nearly 50 years studying the elaborate digestion of cattle to win awards. “I never come to work for awards,” he said. “Dealing with students is most important.” The Federation of Animal Science Societies granted Klopfenstein the American Feed Industry Association New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award for his “pioneering and innovative research relevant to the nutrition of animals” this summer. Klopfenstein also recently received the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame Industry Leadership Award. The professor has mentored more than 150 graduate students in his career at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which began in 1965, according to a university press release. His research on cattle digestion ranges from unique strands of E. coli to protein utilization and byproducts. These days Klopfenstein is semi-retired. On an average day he meets with his students for two hours. The first hour he spends discussing research; the second hour he spends teaching. “I would rather spend time with students,” he said. Klopfenstein went to Manhattan, Kan., in September and ran into a student he taught back in 1968. The professor keeps close ties with both his students and coworkers – so close that for 30 years, Klopfenstein has shared
Animal science professor Terry Klopfenstein recently won two awards for his cattle digestion research. His work ranges from protein utilization and byproducts to unique E. coli strands. bank accounts with colleagues. Galen Erickson, one of Klopfenstein’s former graduate students, has known him for 17 years. Today, Erickson is a professor of ruminant nutrition himself. He said the department is “so well-respected because of Terry.” Klopfenstein’s passion for working with students comes from a former adviser at Ohio State University. “He influenced me as a teacher,” Klopfenstein said. Klopfenstein also counts his father as a major influence. His father didn’t get the chance to attend college because of the Great Depression, so he worked on a farm in Ohio. Klopfenstein was around animals and cattle throughout his childhood. He came to Nebraska with his wife and his post-doctorate degree when he was 26 years old. Forty-seven years later, the couple has five kids and several grandchildren. Klopfenstein’s advice to stu-
dents who want to study animal science is to stay in Nebraska. He said Nebraska is the best place to study cattle because the state is No. 2 in cattle feeding and third in corn production nationally. He also appreciates the myriad opportunities offered him by the university. Larry Berger, head of the Animal Science Department, called Klopfenstein “one of the leading ruminant nutritionists of the world.” Berger was one of Klopfenstein’s graduate students back in 1975. “Thirty-five years later, I’m his boss,” Berger said. “He trained me very well.” Klopfenstein’s compassion for teaching students and working in animal science has been transferred to Erickson as well. Erickson said he loves his job because he gets to work with students. “(That’s) something I got from Terry,” he said. news@ dailynebraskan.com
crime: from 1 UNLPD CITATIONS PER RESIDENCE HALL Brianna soukup | dn
A representative from Nebraska Book Company speaks to Alex Combs, a freshman marketing major, and Caitlin Ellsworth, another freshman marketing major, about future career opportunities in her company’s marketing department at the University of Nebraska Career fair at the City Campus Union Wednesday. for the first time. Kaitlin Mayhew, a junior international business major, came with 10 resumes and a list of companies with whom she wanted to seek opportunities. “It’s a little intimidating when you first walk in and see all these booths, but I know it’s a great way to find an internship that fits with my major,” she said. And inexperience wasn’t confined to students. A number of businesses displayed booths for the first time at this year’s fair. Metal-Tech Partners operations manager Sam Scott ran his company’s first booth, which manufactures metal equipment.
“We were looking to see just what this was all about and kind of got in at the last second,” Scott said. “This is just us getting our feet wet.” The company came in looking for quality interns for the spring and summer. “I’ve talked to 14 or more students so far, and the day is not even done,” Scott said. “We’re definitely coming back in the spring. This is just a great opportunity for both businesses and students.” news@ dailynebraskan.com
Abel Sandoz Harper Smith Schramm Cather Pound Neihardt Courtyards The Village Knoll Kauffman Selleck
22 16 7 2 13 6 1 4 1 3 4 2 8
18 10 11 13 8 6 9 0 1 1 2 0 0
FALL 2012 UP TO OCT. 1 15 5 0 2 4 1 7 2 0 7 3 0 3
TOTAL CITATIONS 55 31 18 17 25 13 17 6 2 11 9 2 11
TOTAL RESIDENTS IN FALL 2012 960 381 434 424 430 279 194 424 463 511 542 114 422
Most common citations in all residence halls
* ALL NUMBERS FROM DAILY POLICE REPORTS EXCLUDE HOUSING CITATIONS. .
regents: from 1 about women and leadership, as a society,” Deeds said. “If women act how they are traditionally supposed to act, they are perceived as weak. If they follow what’s traditionally perceived as more masculine roles, they’re perceived as pushy or that something is wrong with them.” Ashford said her involvement in leadership stems from her childhood. “It started from the way I was raised,” said Ashford, who is the oldest of two sisters and a brother. “We were always told we could achieve whatever we wanted, have whatever career we wanted. There were no gender limitations put on us in any way.” Deeds said many women don’t experience this kind of support. “Often times what happens in the political process is there are people who encourage you to run for office no matter what level you’re at,” Deeds said. “I think we still don’t have that mindset, where people are actually looking for women leaders and supporting them as candidates.” Russell said she felt something of a gender bias during her regent campaign six years ago. “Gender may have played a role,” she said. “A lot of people just seem to think men are better at certain things, like handling finances and money. It’s a little demeaning in a way.” Hoch, one of the first two female regents, said she never felt such a
I don’t think enough women are willing to step forward and take on the time commitment of campaigning for leadership roles.” ann ferlic ashford nu regent candidate
bias while serving on the board. “When I was campaigning, people would come up to me and ask, ‘Why do you want to serve on that board of old men?’” said Hoch, who unsuccessfully ran for the Republican nomination for Nebraska governor in 1986. “I served because I really cared about the university. I never felt that gender was a big issue at all. We all did the same job.” Ashford said she has gotten used to working in predominantly male environments throughout her career. “I’ve often been the only female executive sitting around the table,” said Ashford, who held her first professional leadership role as a 28-yearold administrator at Clarkson Regional Health Service in Omaha. “I’ve learned that it’s OK. You can still have a voice and make an impact.” Current regents said they are not opposed to having women on the board. “It’s important to have new and fresh perspectives and ideas,” said Chuck Hassebrook, a regent from
Lyons who spent time on the board with women regents Skrupa and O’Brien. “Having women on the board would just bring a broader perspective to issues. It’s just as important to have more minority members on the board as well.” Deeds said although gender biases against women still exist, she is hopeful for the future of female leaders. “Attitudes are changing,” she said. “I see college students who have grown up with women in leadership roles, so it’s not as much of a surprise to them to see both males and females as vice chancellors and doctors and regents.” Ashford said society needs to inform younger generations about the importance of gender equality. “We just need to get the message out to much younger kids,” she said. “We need to explain how important it is to have a say in the process and that it is available to everyone, regardless of gender.” news@ dailynebraskan.com
idents. University Housing does not keep track of previous years’ residence hall populations. East Campus residence halls had no citations. Kauffman Academic Residential Center and The Courtyards both had the lowest number of citations: each had two since fall 2011. Kauffman had 114 residents as of Aug. 20 and The Courtyards had 463. But these numbers do not include citations from University Housing in which police were not involved. Housing does not count its overall citations, said Keith Zaborowski, associate director for residence life. According to university police data, the majority of UNLPD-issued citations are minor in possession and possession of marijuana. There have been 21 alcohol-related citations this semester, with an average blood alcohol content of 0.262. Housing has issued 16 alcohol-related citations this semester. Zaborowski said Housing has the numbers for previous years, but they weren’t available because of a recent switch from paper records to
an electronic system. Housing pays the university police to have community service officers patrol the residence halls. According to the UNLPD annual police report, these CSOs are instructed to issue citations from both the police and from Housing. Resident assistants also patrol each floor to check on students. Zaborowski said the resident assistants are given specific protocol to prevent and report hall crime. If an RA sees any serious crime, he or she calls the police. And if Housing notices vandalism, they notify Facilities. Zaborowski said if a student is found drinking, Housing may deal with it in-house – and not call the police – if students are cooperating. Housing outlines its policies in its “Rights and Responsibilities” document available on its website. “My staff handles run-of-themill cases,” Zaborowski said. “We will handle alcohol and first-time marijuana cases.” This fall, university police has issued more citations on campus than Housing has. Sgt. Casey Johnson
said officers are told to speak to students who appear to be intoxicated. If students are passed out or look like they may have alcohol poisoning, they can be sent to detox. For severe cases, they may be taken to the hospital. Johnson said most citations occur when students return from off-campus parties and are too intoxicated to return to their dorm rooms unnoticed. “If you don’t leave your room, it’s actually really easy to not get caught,” White said. “Because we left, we got caught.” After she received her citation, White said she called her father and told him what happened. She said her father was disappointed, but he was glad she wasn’t hurt. “This was my first major mistake ever,” White said. White said that after her MIP, she doesn’t plan on drinking anymore. She said instead of partying, she plans on staying in her dorm and watching TV. “I’m just glad I didn’t get kicked out or anything,” White said. NEWS@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM
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asun: from 1 Student and faculty groups have pushed Employee Plus One benefits at UNL since 1989, according to ASUN Senate Speaker and senior nutrition and health sciences major Natalia Santos. The senate has approved support of Employee Plus One benefits each of the four years the bill has been proposed since 2007. Kamler voted twice as an ASUN senator to support Employee Plus One benefits at UNL and once as a student regent at the NU Board of Regents meeting last June, when the proposal passed 5-3. He also encouraged senators to pass the legislation when he proposed it for reapproval last week. The decline in enrollment at UNL has created a $6 million budget deficit to UNL’s campus, according to Kamler. “The healthcare expansion comes with a price tag of $1 million to $1.5 million, which amounts to a significant portion of that $6 million deficit,” he told the senate. But according to a PowerPoint presentation given at the June 8 Board of Regents meeting by Dave Lechner, UNL’s vice president for business and finance, the cost range is an estimated $750,000 to $1.5 million for Employee Plus One benefits. Two-thirds of benefits are estimated to apply to opposite-sex partners
subway: from 1 and one-third to same-sex partners. In open forum, nine speakers presented their disapproval of Kamler’s vetoes. “It’s a symbolic middle finger to the university’s LGBTQ population,” said Blake Rostine, a junior German and political science major. Residence Hall Association President and junior advertising and public relations major Meg Brannen said Kamler assured her and the LGBTQ community that, if elected, he would be a voice for LGBTQ student students on campus. “I’m embarrassed to have campaigned to make President Kamler the head of ASUN,” she said. Former ASUN Senate Speaker Emily Schlichting said in an email that undoing ASUN’s support for the Employee Plus One benefits policy would have no effect because it has already been enacted by the regents. “Not enacting this legislation is merely symbolic,” she said. “The message rings loud and clear – a disrespectful slap in the face to the employees (gay and straight) who cried tears of joy in the meeting room the day that this policy passed.” The senators drilled Kamler with questions regarding his vetoes. When some senators voiced their support for Kamler’s decision, the
opposing side interrupted, causing loud argument and the rolling of eyes and slamming of nametags. ASUN Internal Vice President and senior English and history major Kaitlin Mazour, who coordinates ASUN’s meetings, temporarily stepped down from her position because the coordinator must be neutral to the legislation addressed. Mazour said she could not support Kamler’s veto. “I am very disappointed in President Kamler for vetoing this,” she said. “I don’t think that when you are a representative of UNL or of any body you are in the position to put your own beliefs ahead of 25,000 other people.” The senate overrode Kamler’s veto for support of Employee Plus One benefits 18-3 with one abstaining to vote, which caused the room to erupt into applause. Kamler said he vetoed support for Lincoln’s fairness ordinance because he believes the issue has become politically charged. ASUN bylaws state the senate cannot advocate for partisan issues and can only act as an informative voice for the pros and cons of the issues. Sen. Mike Dunn, a senior communication studies major, said ASUN should advocate for equality, an issue that impacts a large amount of gay and lesbian students at UNL.
The senate overrode the veto 17-4 with one abstaining to vote. “I think his reasoning was flimsy,” Dunn said in regard to Kamler’s vetoes. “I don’t think this has helped his standing with the senate.” Kamler also vetoed Senate Resolution #4, which defined the senate’s support for changes to ASUN’s election policies. The legislation suggested shortening the election campaign, removing a candidate’s party from his or her name on the ballot and also asked the Electoral Commission to examine the definition of a campaign event. The senate failed to override the veto 6-12 with two abstaining from voting. The senate also addressed two pieces of emergency legislation. Senators unanimously approved a name change in the university’s recognition of Columbus Day to Native American Day. Although this has no impact on the federal level, the university will now recognize the holiday by a different name. ASUN also unanimously showed its support for “A Week Without Violence,” which is a series of events to educate campus about violence in the community. news@ dailynebraskan.com
ally fresh, but in general I just think all Subways are nasty.” And some students have no preference at all. “I eat at the union, like, four times a week,” said Connor Weihs, a sophomore mechanized systems management major. “Most of the time it just depends on the mood I’m in. It’s not like I always choose Sbarro or always go to Runza.”
Regardless of what people may prefer, one thing is certain: Subway will be serving students sandwiches for a while. “We signed an initial contract for five years,” Barton said. “After that’s up, we have another five-year option. So we’re planning on remaining there for the next 10 years.” news@ dailynebraskan.com
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Kamler’s veto fails to represent UNL students, faculty Last week, the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska President Eric Kamler encouraged the ASUN senate to pass two bills showing support for Employee Plus One benefits at the four University of Nebraska campuses and and for the Lincoln Fairness Ordinance. Both bills passed. On Tuesday, Kamler vetoed them. At Wednesday’s ASUN meeting, a largely outraged senate overrode his veto with an overwhelming majority. The Daily Nebraskan is proud of ASUN senators for standing up to its president’s offensive, not to mention hypocritical, move. We are utterly embarrassed to have a student body president representing us who would make such a statement. Former ASUN senator and UNL graduate Emily Schlichting, who worked to get Employee Plus One passed by the NU Board of Regents for four years, put it best in a letter read at the meeting. “The message rings loud and clear – a disrespectful slap in the face to the employees (gay and straight) who cried tears of joy in the meeting room the day that this policy passed.” Kamler ’s veto, had it not been overridden, would’ve sent a message to the Board of Regents that UNL students don’t approve of Employee Plus One and the Lincoln Fairness Ordinance. And as a bill the senate passed twice and with more than a two-thirds majority, this wouldn’t be an accurate representation of UNL students’ sentiment. His vetoes were also hypocritical. Kamler told the senate to pass the legislation last week. He voted in support of it twice before as a senator and once as a student regent this summer. Why the sudden change of heart? Kamler argued he changed his mind on the Employee Plus One benefits because of the financial implications of the decision, but that information was presented to him at the regents meeting in June, when he voted in favor of the benefits. The ASUN president undeniably has the right to veto whatever he wants. But decisions like this don’t accurately represent students and are an abuse of his power. ASUN should be a voice for all – not for one.
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Awareness is more than ribbons
ctober is usually a month that kicks off the start of fall and football season, but for me it’s a reminder of what I’ve lost. Almost every year my aunt and my cousins walk in a 5K in memory of my grandma to raise support for breast cancer awareness. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, an issue that tends to go unnoticed on college campuses. Observances of LGBTQA History, Domestic Violence Awareness and Bully Prevention are also in October. These usually take precedent on college campuses. I’m not saying these aren’t important, but there are other issues, like breast cancer to be aware of. VICTORIA HARTZOG Breast cancer is such a huge issue in this country and many young people don’t realize it. Awareness needs to be raised on this issue cancer. There have also been Facebook statuses especially on college campuses. It is important the past two years, where girls were to put what that young women become aware so that they color bra they were wearing and nothing else can take the proper precautions in breast cancer and last year, where they keep their purse, for prevention. example: “I like it on the chair.” I received a mesBreast cancer affects women every day, ac- sage on Facebook to put this as my status, but I cording to the FDA. Almost a quarter of a million didn’t participate. women a year are affected and approximately Breast cancer awareness and breast cancer 35,000 women a year die from this disease. Colis no joke. The disease is not something that lege students, who are the future need to raise people can turn into something funny or sexuand show support for this disease. Even my ally explicit. I have witnessed first -hand what brother’s high school football team has shown breast cancer can do to someone and it’s not as their support for breast cancutesy as putting your status as “red” cer by wearing pink socks or “blue” or changing breasts to booRaising for one of their games. Why bies. Breast cancer is much scarier and don’t the Huskers do somesupport serious than that. thing special for breast canI admit that when my grandma and showing cer Awareness? Granted, was first diagnosed I didn’t really unbreast cancer is more than awareness for derstand. She was just sick to me, like just the color pink, but I having the flu. I hoped she would feel it would bring this is- Breast cancer is get better. As I grew up and realized sue to the student popula- something that the severity, it wasn’t just her being tion. More students would “sick.” is very near and become aware that October Once you here those words “teris more than just football dear to my heart. “ minal” all joking goes away and you season. It’s also Breast Canrealize this person you have in your cer Awareness Month. life isn’t going to be there much lonRaising support and ger. Time with that person becomes showing awareness for Breast cancer is somemore precious because you don’t if this is thing that is very near and dear to my heart. the last time you will see them. Breast cancer Breast cancer has affected my life. I was in the awareness is more than just “saving the tatas,” fourth grade when my grandma was diagnosed it’s about saving someone’s life and preservwith breast cancer for the first time. She went ing families. My grandma was the one person into remission and then a few years later, when besides my parents who I could talk to about I was a sophomore in high school, the cancer re- anything and that was taken from me. It had turned. I was a junior in high school when she nothing to do with her “boobies” it was about passed away from Breast Cancer. I believe that what I was losing, my best friend. It was about young people don’t realize how serious this dis- my grandma telling me that she was sorry she ease is. The awareness they think they are rais- wasn’t going to see me graduate and the reing is really no awareness at all. alization that she would never know where I I‘ve seen wristbands that say “I Heart Boo- went to college. bies” which are supposedly in support of breast My awareness and support for finding a
cure, not only for breast cancer, but any cancer grew dramatically. I was no longer locked in my delusion of what “sickness” was cancer became a reality to me. I know that it’s difficult to see the reality if you don’t know anyone who has experienced it, but I hope this helps in alleviating the “joking” and the funny word play from what some people think is awareness. I want awareness to be raised on college campuses so that people understand that cancer really is no joking matter and showing awareness isn’t as simple as wearing a wristband. It’s about being aware of what breast cancer is and who it affects. Yes, you may know what breast cancer is and that it exists. But do you know how much of an impact it can have on one’s life? Awareness is about showing that support to a friend who has a loved one with breast cancer or showing support even when you don’t know anyone with the disease. My cousin knew some girls who walked in the Chicago three-day breast cancer walk in support of raising awareness and finding a cure, just because they wanted to. They didn’t know anyone directly affected by the disease. Now that’s showing awareness. Vera Bradley every year has a special breast cancer pattern and proceeds from the sales go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, that’s a positive way to show support and bring awareness. Pinning a pink ribbon on your backpack or jacket speaks volumes. It’s much more effective than posting a Facebook status that really has no context to it. Show support in a tactful and respectable way, so that a cure can be found. So that girls don’t have to lose their grandma, like me, or their mom or their aunt or even their friend. Women are fighting this disease every day and the least that you can do is pin a pink ribbon to show that one person that you care and that you are fighting along with them. And above all that you are supporting them in their fight. So take a minute and really think about what breast cancer really is. Think about what is and isn’t the right kind of awareness. I know I will be appreciative of the awareness you show, whether it be participating in a walk, buying a Vera Bradley Breast Cancer Tote, or sporting a pink ribbon. It shows me and others that we’re not alone in raising awareness and that maybe in the long run breast cancer won’t win. Victoria Hartzog is a Junior English Major. Follower her on Twitter at @VictoriaHartzog and reach her at opinion@ dailynebraskan.com.
Unfair legal obstacles remain for LGBT parents
o to your nearest baby store. You will likely see a couple happily perusing through strollers, cribs and pint-sized socks. What does the couple look like? I’m going to guess that you pictured a man and a woman (probably with a baby bump). Most soon-to-be parents fit that description – most, but not all. Some are infertile. A few want to adopt. Others are gay or lesbian. People in these three categories can go through a lot to become parents. In the United States, same-sex couples experience the most difficulty becoming parents, which is incredibly unfair. The legal and medical processes required before having kids are difficult, lengthy and often costly. Completing those processes proves the hopeful parents truly want children and have put a lot of thought into their decision. Celebrities like Neil Patrick Harris, Dan Savage, Elton John and Rosie O’Donnell are all raising children with their same-sex partners. “We really had thought it through financially, emotionally, relationship-wise … These kids come into our world with nothing but love,” said Harris in an interview with the Los Angles Times. However, being a child’s biological parent, being a child’s legal parent and being a parent to a child are three very different things. There is little that gay couples can do about biological parenthood. Until science advances more, only one of the gay parents can be biological. Two methods allow for this: in vitro fertilization and heterosexual sex. If couples try using in vitro fertilization,
a process where sperm and egg are manually combined and then planted in a uterus, the process can cost up to $15,000. Worse yet, the process isn’t always successful. For the latter, this usually means one partner has kids from a previous relationship. Either way, only one of the mommies or daddies can share the child’s DNA. If married (and one is the biological parent), both parents are automatically considered the legal parents of a child upon its birth. Couples who use surrogates go through a more complicated legal process. What makes a parent legal? According to Nolo.com’s legal encyclopedia, legal parents are people “who [have] the right to live with a child … and to make decisions about the child’s health, education, and well-being… [They are] also responsible for financially supporting the child.” That is easy enough to do, but how do you get that on official papers? Unfortunately, same-sex marriage is only legal in seven U.S. states: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Washington and Washington D.C., and on Jan. 1, 2013, Maryland will join those lofty ranks. So if you don’t live in these states, there are a few extra issues to address. Let’s say you and your steamy gay or lesbian partner live in one of the less openminded states like Nebraska. You are the nonbiological parent. What if your partner and child are in an accident? If your partner dies, you can’t make medical decisions regarding your child’s health because you aren’t a legal parent. How do you obtain those rights? The aforementioned states recommend that the non-biological parent file for stepparent or second-parent adoption, regardless of the state you live in. With the adoption on record, you will have legal authority to make
VAL KUTCHKO medical and other decisions for your child even if you travel to Nebraska. Not all states recognize second-parent adoptions, however, and obtaining the consent of the child’s other biological parent is necessary, too. Sounds like a mess, doesn’t it? That’s because it is. If same-sex couples don’t want to have children with their own DNA, but still want children, their only alternative is to adopt. The adoption process isn’t simple, whether you’ve got the biological “in” or not. Many states don’t allow or are unclear on joint same-sex adoption, which is the next best option in states that don’t permit same-sex marriage. The state, birth parents and adoption agencies involved in an adoption have their own requirements. State laws require plenty of unpleasant paperwork, hearings and home studies. Adoption Media LLC describes the home study as “the most important step in the adoption process … [It] is the evaluation of an adopter’s home, lifestyle and capacity to …
raise a child.” The home study costs several gay marriage would leave families “harmed thousand dollars. What if the person evaluat- beyond repair.” People like Sartain think having you and your home doesn’t like you or the ing two moms means no one will be there to fact that you’re gay? You can only hope that raise the boys to be manly and tough, no one they won’t be biased against you. to enforce the rules. They think having two Agencies can be more subjective and can dads means no one will cook or clean or drive deny you an adoption based on age, religion kids to sports practices. LGBTQ activist Zach and marital status (e.g. sexual orientation) Wahls was raised by two moms and he was among other things. The birth mother can be quarterback of his high school football team. as choosy as she likes. If she wants the parGlenn Stanton, director for family forents to be red-haired vegetarians, then you mation studies at Focus On The Family, better dye your hair and change your diet. thinks homosexual parents increase the Of course, most birth mothers aren’t quite so likelihood of children being gay, lesbian, picky, but you never know. transgender, mentally unstable and dangerObviously, gay couples have a little ous. It’s also speculated their children won’t trouble making babies. They have options adhere to traditional gender roles. Stereotype to start a family, but most of those much? options are highly restricted. If Having gay parents Lesbian neither person has children from a doesn’t make you more and gay previous relationship, the process likely to be gay; it makes of making your family “official” is couples are forced you more likely to emeven more difficult. brace people who are Heterosexual couples can be to navigate a different. Children who parents (legally speaking) by sign- lot of red tape have gay parents are just ing their name on a birth certifias likely to become rock cate. They can adopt and become in order to have stars or politicians as any stepparents or guardians. Markid with straight parents. children and legal riage isn’t even necessarily one Children who have gay of their requirements for parent- rights over their parents don’t think that hood. Sometimes all they need is there is anything wrong children.” a positive DNA test – regardless of with their family until their involvement in a child’s life. some douchebag decides Lesbian and gay couples are to blurt out something forced to navigate a lot of red tape in order to hateful. have children and legal rights over their chilAny person willing to go through all that dren. Why is this? effort, just to love and protect a child should be Again we have arrived at the familiar is- welcomed into parenthood. sues of ignorance and discrimination. For exVal Kutchko is a sophomore news-editorial major with a minor ample, the so-called “pro family” movement in LGBT/sexuality studies. Reach her seeks to limit civil rights for LGBTQ persons at opinion@ because, as Archbishop J. Peter Sartain said, dailynebraskan.com.
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to reclaim her pride and take revenge on her ex-lover. The story begins with Leonora’s lover, Don Juan abandoning her. She takes off after him, disguised as her male alter-ego, Don Leonardo Ponce de Leon (Leonardo). Along the way, Leonora meets up with her brother and seeks his alliance in her quest, while keeping her identity secret. Little does she know, Don Juan is suffering from his own broken heart as he pines for the condesa, Estela. But he is not alone. Two other men, Principe and Fernando, are also trying for the heart of the condesa. The play twists and turns through numerous sword fights and confrontations, before ending with each character paired with a lover.
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stories by Kekeli Dawes and Yulia Petrova
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akeup is a part of some girls’ daily routine, even if it’s as simple as only M applying lip gloss. In the world of play production, make-up is certainly applied on both actresses and actors, in sometimes wild or sometimes simple ways. And it’s definitely not just a lip gloss. The actors in “Agravio” are expected to learn how to apply their own make-up before they take the stage and transition into the characters they portray. The makeup technique used in “Agravio” and many other play productions is known as “basic corrective,” according to Stephanie Kahler, a pre-social science major a member of the make-up crew. “Basic corrective” is used to cover any flaws in the actors’ faces, while also keeping features from being drown by heavy lighting. While people may think all play productions display dramatic, heavy makeup, that’s not always true. For some productions, the simplicity of highlighting and defining actors’ faces is more important. “Makeup for Agravio is make-up that does not look like 21st century make-up,” said Julie Douglass, the show’s costume designer. “Features are more defined,
In a rehearsal of “Agravio” in Howell Memorial Theater, Flora, played by Jenny Holm, undresses and steals the belongings of Shade Ingraham’s character, Tomillo.
he Golden Age of classical Spanish theater holds a timeless story, known as “Agravio.” All shows need costumes, lights, a set and make-up, but without the actors there is no show. Actors rehearsed for four hours every night for five weeks. Aside from learning lines, students also had to learn how to handle weapons, as there are multiple sword fights throughout the show. This is the first time this play is being performed after being translated from the original Spanish. Learning lines can sometimes be difficult, but Kayla Klammer, a junior theatre major who plays Dona Leonora, said the momentum of the show keeps them from forgetting dialogue while on stage. “Agravio” is a story that demonstrates courage through the most difficult times in which a woman of the era endures. Dona Leonora, the main character, must fight her broken heart. At the same time she disguises herself as a man, Don Leonardo Ponce de Leon, who must literally fight for her life in order to reclaim her name. “It’s not as easy it looks to play a man, playing a woman pretending to be a man three-fourths of the show,” added Klammer. In addition to learning her female character inside and out, Klammer also had to adopt manly qualities to properly portray her male alter-ego. Klammer said the most difficult part of her role is sword fighting, which is even trickier when she is in costume and wearing a corset. Klammer said Dona Leonora is such a “strong determined character as a woman and as a man, she must preserve her honor, and doing so when most other women of the time would’ve just given up.” “It’s a great story from the woman’s perspective in that time,” said Fred Drenkow, who is studying theater at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As the stage manager, he said he is in charge of making everything go according to plan. “It’s refreshing to see a different kind of source of your craft, being able to dig into the Golden Age of Spanish theater.” arts@ dailynebraskan.com
ogan Caldwell is a technical theater production senior, and “Agravio” is his capstone production, a part of his senior thesis. When he found out he would be the sound designer for a production set in Spain, he instantly knew his musical direction. “I wanted to mix flamenco with modern style music, and the first thing I thought of that would be perfect for that was Rodrigo y Gabriela. They’re this modern flamenco duo who play this classical guitar, but then bust into some heavy stuff that doesn’t really have a place in that music.” He said he thought the group’s style perfectly matched the plot of
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Logan Caldwell, a senior sound design major, works on the music for the Johnny Carson School’s “Agravio” production on Tuesday.
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Directing his production of “Agravio” is a translation from Ana Caro’s Spanish play “Valor, Agravio y MuT jer”, which Ian Borden, an assistant professor of theater and the show’s director, finished translating two years ago. Even after publishing, Borden wanted more from the script. “We still needed to move it further to make it really play for an English-speaking audience,” he said, adding he has made certain adjustments to
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ja Jackson, a senior technical theater production and dance major, said she A thinks emotion is important in the produc-
tion of “Agravio,” so she had to do some “mood research” to get the lighting just right. The “Agravio” lighting crew works with over 60 colors of lights, so not all the lighting cues are subtle. “I really like productions here because we push for more saturation in color,” said Travis Triplett, a sophomore technical theater production major. “This show is a very lovey-dovey show in that all the characters will find their match,” Jackson said. “So you have to
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Lucy Myrtue, a senior theater performance and secondary art education major, puts on her makeup while Liz Chu, a junior textile and apparel design major, braids her hair before a full rehearsal of the Mainstage show “Agravio” at the Howell Theatre on Wednesday. In the play, Myrtue plays the character Estela.
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Graduate textile merchandising and fashion design student, Yang Yu assists with the costumes for “Agravio”, opening Thursday. The play takes place in the Spanish Golden Age. “Hoop skirts were a new thing for me,” Kayla Klammer said, who is a lead character in the production. imply romantic,” said costume designer Julie Douglass of the costumes for “Agravio.” “The fabrics of velvet, satin, brocades, give this period-style play the feeling of romance,” the University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate student said. Although “Agravio” is originally set in 1620, Douglass said they “cheated” when designing the costumes. Instead, she created outfits based on Spanish clothing from 1580. The design process began with Douglass cramming what should have been about six months of research about the Spanish Golden Era into two months over the summer. Although the show is opening Thursday, Douglass said they have been constantly making revisions to the costumes. “(I’m) tying up all loose ends to make sure it all comes together, keeping actors safe during sword-fighting scenes, making sure shoes are not slippery, hats do not cover faces and so on,” she said. Billy Jones, a theater major who plays Don Fernando and Rufino said his favorite part about his costume for “Agravio” is his cape, “They are fancy and, yet, made for fighting.”
However, “Agravio” presents a challenge: most actors are playing at least two characters. Douglass said she had to modify costumes to make performers’ changes from one character to another go smoothly and quickly. Jones explained changes can be difficult, but the costumes are constructed to break down fast. Douglass’ costumes include multiple layers of hidden velcro and zippers for fast removal. Emily Holm, a freshman theater major and member of the costume crew, said these are the “most extravagant costumes she has ever worked on in any production.” Although the outfits are practical, actors and costume designers agree they are also beautiful. Patrick Stayer a sophomore theatre major who plays Ludovico said, “(There is) so much trim and deep colors … more formal, fancier than in my last production, “Three Musketeers,” where I played a guard dressed in a much more simple costume.” arts@ dailynebraskan.com
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Professor dances on mountains, plains madeline christensen dn As a young girl, Susan Levine grew up in Midtown Manhattan with a Rockette for a mother and a musician for a father. Levine said the two influenced her dreams of becoming a professional ballerina. Now the director of the dance program at the University of NebraskaLincoln, Levine has fallen in love with modern dance, performed on top of a mountain and taught a marching band how to channel their inner Beyoncé. Needless to say, Levine has stuck her pointe shoes in more than just the world of classical ballet. “I think I realized that dance is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life when I was about 12 or 13,” Levine said. “It was when I realized that my teacher thought I was good, and she encouraged me to take adult classes.” Levine trained at a classical Russian ballet school in New York City under Igor Youskevitch, one of the most prominent male ballet dancers of the 20th century. “It was all very inspiring,” Levine said. “My mother, who was a Rockette, was my first teacher.” Levine added her friends’ artist parents gave her lessons. “That was the great thing about growing up in New York City: Culture was all around me,” she said. Levine spent the rest of her youth in pointe shoes, some days dancing until her toes bled and “on the ballet track.” It wasn’t until college that she was exposed to modern dance. “Modern definitely strayed away from the classical ballet training I was used to,” Levine said. “It was so expressive. I mean, they had us rolling around on the floor. I really had to let go, and improvisation was especially hard. I wanted to be told exactly what I had to do in technique class.” However, Levine embraced this new style of dance and at 25, joined the New Hampshire dance company. “That’s when it all started for me,” she said. “The choreography, the gigs … and it was all modern dance.” She soon received her Bachelor’s degree in theater and dance from Keene State College in Keene, NH.
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Susan Levine, an associate professor and head of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s dance program, reacts to a student’s technique as other students practice a routine on their own around her in Mabel Lee Hall’s dance studio Wednesday. Levine continued to choreograph dance pieces but had to work two other jobs in addition to projects. She received a Master’s of Fine Arts in 1999. Levine was an assistant professor at Fitchburg State College – now Fitchburg State University – outside of Boston, when she choreographed “Call of the Wild.” She recalls performing the piece at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, one of the largest cultural festivals in the world, as one of her most memorable experiences in dance. “It was so beautiful, and one the greatest experiences to dance there,” Levine said. Levine said another of her favor-
ite dance experiences was dancing on top of Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire. “My entrance in the piece was me peeking out from behind a rock,” Levine said. “As I looked out to the crowd from behind this rock, there were thousands of people up on top of this mountain to see the performance. It was such a rush of adrenaline.” Levine said, as a dancer, there is nothing like performing in nature. “It’s so great being out in the open like that and then on top of a mountain looking out onto everything – you can’t explain the feeling.” Now Levine devotes herself to passing her love of modern dance on
to students at the beginning of their UNL careers. “My classes are an eclectic blend of ideas rather than technique,” Levine said. “I like to give them a ‘released’ feel. We start on the floor and move our bodies. We move in small ways and big ways. I like the warmup to feel like you’re already dancing.” Toni Longoria, a senior dance major at UNL, was introduced to modern dance by Levine. “Susan helped me set goals and reach them,” Longoria said. “I had never done modern until my sophomore year when I entered the dance program as a minor. By my junior year I became a major, got involved
with traveling and made the cast of student and faculty pieces.” Longoria said Levine is a great instructor because she combines a positive attitude with new, different experiences. “Improv and modern is a very personal style of dance,” she added. “Susan makes you feel comfortable experimenting with new ideas and partner work.” Levine said she believes teaching has been fulfilling in a variety of ways. “It’s that moment when my students go, ‘oh my god, I love this,’” she said. “It’s when they move on to careers and a larger market that I know they are capable of dancing for. It’s when they really start to perform. Everyday has little moments.” Levine said one of her most unique teaching moments was when the director of the Cornhusker Marching Band, Tony Falcone, asked her to choreograph a routine to Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” for the band of hundreds of non-dancers. “It’s not everyday you get to stand at the top of the stands with a microphone, telling a marching band to ‘channel their inner Beyoncé!’” she said. Levine added that the “Single Ladies” piece, although with trumpets instead of stilettos, was a hit. But she’s not finished. Levine said she still has a bucket list. She’s planning a summer concert for 2014 in which she will work with four other choreographers. Levine said she also looks forward to continuing to watch her students go on to careers in NYC and Boston. She also added she hopes for another chance to have her students perform at the Edinburgh Festival. Levine said she whole-heartedly believes that it’s never too late to begin dancing, and she encourages UNL students who are even slightly interested to investigate the dance program. “Singers and actors take dance to learn more about stage presence, but athletes can benefit, as well – they find it’s great cross-training,” said Levine. “Above all else, it’s exercise, a new art form and you learn about yourself in a different way.” arts@ dailynebraskan.com
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the script, including changing one character from a man to a woman and shortening some of the dialogue. “Even as we are working in rehearsal, the actors themselves have been helping refine the text to make changes that work better and come up with their own ideas. So it’s been a communal effort in the final stages of rehearsal, so that has been exciting.” Borden said the goal when translating was to communicate the plot so the performance, rather than dialog and text, is understandable for Englishspeaking audiences. Borden said he thinks much of the production’s meaning is conveyed through the play’s action. “Leanora, a very independent and strong woman character is capable, if not better, than many of the men she fights,” Borden said. “When the play was written in 1637, it was quite
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Director Ian Borden takes notes while he watches his cast perform a full dress rehearsal of “Agravio.” an amazing statement to put on stage. So the stage action, actually, is where the statement comes
through, rather than the text. “ Borden said he especially enjoys the action and is a certified
any sort of warmth,” Jackson said. “There are several night scenes, so we use that warm, candle-lit look, but there is also moonlight.” Tripplet said he especially enjoys the forest scene in the play, where the crew uses several green shades that don’t otherwise fit in the production. “I like the forest scene, because there’s haze and strobe lights,” said Jackson. “It’s nice and dark, forest-y, and creepy. It’s a really great scene.” Jackson said the sword fighting scenes were some of the most difficult to work with. “In lighting that, you need
to make sure there is enough on stage for them to fight but not blind them, so it’s very tricky,” Jackson said. “You have to focus all that attention when they are fighting with swords on stage.” The lighting crew said they always try to find ways to outdo themselves. “We play tricks like, ‘can I make this light cue without anyone noticing?’” Jackson said. “For example, I can make this person brighter on stage so you only look at them without noticing the lights have ever changed. It’s the subtle tricks that will help the story (and) that lighting designers
teacher of stage combat with The Society of American Fight Directors. Borden found that training in dance helped two of the actors who have never fought before on stage. “I’ve just got to get them to stop looking like they are doing ballet,” said Borden, adding he remembers it took him a couple of weeks to do so, Borden said it is easy to work with the student actors, “I think people will tell you I can be intense at times, but I try to make sure that the actors are creating a lot of the movement organically and that it is coming from their work. It really is a communal effort that we are all doing this together,” he said. “It’s part of the period I study, The Renaissance, a lot. But it has sword fighting, Don Juan, and girls dressing up as guys, lots of intrigue, and a lot of fun.” arts@ dailynebraskan.com
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think, ‘what is the color of love?” and then you have to think about what the color of love in Spain looks like.” The lighting for “Agravio” is lush, warm and romantic. “I look at the architecture for the color palette, as well as the lighting they used,” Jackson said. “What we have here are incandescents, but they wouldn’t have that in the 1800s.” The range in lighting changes with the time of day because most of the play takes place outdoors. “They are outside in gardens and on terraces where there isn’t any light around them to create
and tech enthusiasts will appreciate, but won’t take away from the story.” Jackson said he likes how the lighting completely transforms the stage, “We turned the whole stage into a forest, so you don’t see any of the structures there.” Though they both enjoy the dramatic lighting cues, Tripplet enjoys the more nuanced cues in “Agravio.” “The best lighting designs are when things shift when I hardly notice,” Tripplet said. “I like the big, flashy stuff too, but I prefer the subtle changes.” arts@ dailynebraskan.com
music: from 5 the play. “We want it to be Spanish guitar, but we want some of that revenge that is in the metal sound they have, because Leonora is trying to kill Don Juan. She’s emotional as well, so that is when we dip back into that Spanish guitar.” Rather than have the duo’s music as the soundtrack to the entire play, Caldwell took a different approach. “I took little snippets I liked from different modern flamenco artists, and mixed them like a DJ would,” he said. “I re-pitched and warped them to make a whole new song.” Caldwell explained he likes taking the “not-so-easy route.” “I like taking the stuff that
shouldn’t work, and seeing if it does,” Caldwell said. “Some directors are really frustrated by that, but me and Ian have been on the same page the whole time.” Caldwell said he has spent several long nights making minuscule tweaking to samples. “Think of two people playing guitar, and you like what they both play,” he said. “If you make them play each note in unison, it makes a song that nobody could’ve heard in the first place. I wouldn’t know how to play it, and I don’t think the two people I sampled from would know how to play it. So people will hear it, and think it’s a song, and that’s cool.” arts@ dailynebraskan.com
makeup: from 5 highlighting contours and edges of the face.” Along with makeup, actors and actresses must pay close attention to how they do their hair. “I would definitely say the hair is ‘classical’ and resembles a Grecian sense in the style of hair,” Kahler said. Male actors are not exempt from makeup. The same ‘basic correc-
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Three keys to success For nebraska 1. Stop Braxton Miller
For Ohio State 1. Fluster Taylor Martinez
Miller is tearing up opposing defenses right now. He is by far the most dangerous quarterback in the Big Ten – that includes Michigan’s Denard Robinson. If Nebraska wants to win this game, it starts by controlling the dual-threat quarterback, a task that no team has accomplished so far this season.
As Martinez goes, so do the Huskers. Ohio State needs to get pressure on Nebraska’s starting quarterback. When he is pressured, he is mistake-prone. And when he is mistake-prone, the Huskers tend to struggle. Ohio State could win this game easily if Martinez turns the ball over.
2. Feed the Running 2. Somebody other than Braxton Backs Miller Ameer Abdullah and Rex Burkhead proved they are the best rushing duo in the country last week. They seemed to take turns at performing their best as the game wore on. If quarterback Taylor Martinez struggles early, look for offensive coordinator Tim Beck to give these two guys the ball more.
3. Emotions in a Hostile Environment
Miller is Ohio State’s entire offense. He has accounted for 73 percent of the Buckeyes’ yardage. Eventually, he’s going to have a bad game. Who is going to step up when that happens? Running back Jordan Hall has shown promise early in the season, but was hurt in last week’s game against Michigan State.
3. Use the Crowd
Big games in big places haven’t been Nebraska’s cup of tea the last few seasons. Remember last year at Wisconsin and at Michigan? The Horseshoe against the Buckeyes is another challenge the Huskers have to beat in order to be considered among the Big Ten’s elite.
Ohio State boasts one of the loudest and more hostile crowds in the country, not to mention the stadium is one of the biggest in college football. The Buckeyes need to take advantage of that crowd. Create some big plays and see how the maturity of the Nebraska plays out.
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competing with some of the Big Ten’s top teams. It just comes down to being stronger offensively. In a game that can be decided by just one goal, the Huskers especially want more quality shots on goal. For Nebraska to have greater success offensively, it hopes to maintain the physical, aggressive play that it is known for, and is necessary to compete with the other Big Ten teams. “We need to commit to ball winning and playing physical,” said NU assistant coach Dan Bassett. That includes taking the risks, to help get a greater reward. “We just want to focus on being as dangerous as we can,” said freshman midfielder Katie Kraeutner. With this aggressive play, the Huskers hope that they can win the ball more and help keep it up front. By having more offensive control, Kraeutner said this would greatly help the defense. “In order to make it easier for our defensive line we also need to get the ball up front,” Kraeutner said. “The more we have the ball up there, the more we can take the stress off our defensive line.” But as Nebraska heads into the bulk of Big Ten play, it knows that it is close to some more wins – it just has to keep up the hard work. “We need to keep that commitment high regardless of any disappointment,” Bassett said. sports@ dailynebraskan.com
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take the match. “They’ve worked hard, they have,” coach Cook said. “I have a lot of trust in them that they are going to find ways to get it done, and they’ve earned this opportunity to really make the most of the season and drive this team.” Even though the Big Ten is the most competitive conference in the country, having seven top 25 teams, the conference seems to be run by the top three teams: Penn State, Purdue and Nebraska. And in the next 24 days, Nebraska will play both of those teams, starting Friday at Purdue – a team that, in coach Cook’s words, “smoked” them last year. “They jumped on us and we were just not ready to play,” coach Cook said. “That was, that was the low point of last year. That’s when we hit rock bottom. So, I hope our players, the seniors, remember that and are ready to do something about it.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com
Cole Pensick is Nebraska’s utility man on the offensive line. The junior can play each of the three interior offensive line positions, according to assistant offensive line coach John Garrison, and he gives the team some flexibility along its front. “He allows us to be able to move him around from left guard to center to right guard,” Garrison said. “He’s kind of our utility guy inside and has done a nice job.” Pensick was the preseason favorite to win the starting job at center, but former walk-on Justin Jackson earned the position instead. Pensick could have been down after losing out, but he responded positively, Garrison said. “He’s had a great response. He just wants to play football,” Garrison said. “That was his attitude. I think, obviously it hurt him when that happened, but he goes ‘alright coach, what can I do to get playing time?’” The Husker coaching staff didn’t have a utility role in mind for Pensick when they brought him in, but when the junior stepped up in a drill, it opened their eyes. “Actually, I think we had a guy go down in one of the stations,” Garrison said. “We are in separate groups sometimes, and you don’t have a guy, and somebody just jumps in. He probably took three of four reps and we thought this guy could play guard.” Pensick could play multiple positions this weekend, Garrison said.
Brown likes his backs Ron Brown’s eyes light up when he is asked about his I-back duo. Rex Burkhead and Ameer Abdullah are two of the coach’s favorite players to talk about, and after practice on Wednesday, he got into why he likes them both so much. “These two guys have that
thing inside,” he said. “You don’t have to light their torch for very long, and the other thing I appreciate about both of them is that they are very resilient guys.” Although they came from different backgrounds and brought different expectations to Nebraska, Brown said the pair has traveled a similar path. Both had to wait behind an established starter before taking a larger role. “Rex had to sit behind Roy (Helu) a little bit and didn’t get all the touches right away,” Brown said. “Ameer has had to take on that role as well. They both have emerged as young guys into key roles for a variety of different reasons and the are both game ready. It’s a great combination.”
Buckeyes fast on defense The Husker coaches expect a fast Ohio State defense to take the field on Saturday in Columbus. Brown said the Buckeye defense is even faster than it was a year ago. Ohio State’s defensive line is smaller and quicker, according to the coach. “It looks like a lot of the bigger kids have lost some weight,” he said. “Which means that we are expecting them to be in better position and play quicker.”
Fixing the fumbles Six fumbles against Wisconsin has Nebraska’s attention and the team is in search of a fix. “First I’ll try to look at what is the reason for the fumbling,” Brown said. “I mean we’ve put the ball on the ground for a variety of reasons. It could be handoffs. It could be snaps. Every time the ball hits the ground, it’s a fumble. That’s what the NCAA calls it.” The next step is to get to work, according to Brown. “All of those things we address,” he said. “Concentration, focus and technique is a lot of that. We have our ways to get at it, and it will work.”
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BLACKSHIRTS: from 12 to be ready to react to what their opponents throw at them. “We won’t be able to play with three linebackers,” Whaley said. “That’s just how the game works. You won’t play everybody that plays to our strengths every week.” Ohio State has a weapon that threatens Nebraska’s biggest defensive weakness: missed tackles. Quarterback Braxton Miller caused problems for the Huskers in last season’s game before sustaining an injury. This season, with Miller healthy and improving, the Blackshirts are working on tinkering with their game plan to limit Miller. “I’m sure I’ll have different responsibilities this week,” Compton said. “When we face guys like (Michigan QB Denard Robinson) and Braxton, you get an extra set of
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eyes on him. You have to get an extra guy to the party. You can’t leave guys one-on-one with them. “You have to get off blocks, you have to rally to the ball. If he makes one guy miss, that second guy has to be ready to get him.” The Huskers showed a tremendous amount of progress and improvement Saturday in terms of finishing tackles and getting off blocks, producing 11 tackles for loss and three sacks in the contest, moving the Badgers back a total of 54 yards.
Compton said a lot of the success on Saturday was due to the confidence and comfortability the team had in its second year in the league. He hopes to carry that over to Saturday’s conference road opener. “We played more aggressively than we did last year,” Compton said. “We played a lot more conservatively. We were in a new conference; we weren’t always prepared for what teams might give us.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com
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iante Evans wanted the assignment. The junior defensive back had waited on the sideline for most of the first half. His role as the Husker nickel back wasn’t getting him on the field against Wisconsin’s heavy personnel, and he wanted to change that. More specifically, he wanted to cover Wisconsin wide out Jared Abbrederis. So Evans took action. He went to secondary coach Terry Joseph and asked for the role. “I told him I wanted to guard him,” he said. “I felt like I could take on the task, so I asked if I could do it.” Evans’ wish was granted. He shadowed Abbrederis throughout the second half, effectively stifling the Badger star. After he caught five balls for 107 yards and a touchdown in the first half, Evans limited Abbrederis to two catches for 35 yards in the second. The defensive back’s play was the answer Nebraska needed in the secondary, according to Joseph. “We wanted to calm the game down a little bit,” he said. “We were stopping the run pretty good, but to take away the pass, you can’t dedicate two guys to (Abbrederis) every time, so Ciante was the best option, and it worked out for us.”
Joseph said Evans made plays against Wisconsin he wouldn’t have made a year ago. The coach is impressed with the progress his junior nickel back has made. “To go in and play the way he did in the second half is just a tribute to him,” Joseph said. “The biggest thing I told Ciante is look how far you’ve come in a year. Last year against Wisconsin probably wasn’t his best night, then to come back 365 days later is just a tribute to the work he’s put in.” Evans said he feels more confident this year with his role on the team. He never would have asked for an assignment like covering Abbrederis a year ago. There’s no way, he said. But now if he feels like he can do something to help the team, he will say something. The biggest difference in Evans’ play this season stems from a comfort level that wasn’t there for him last year. He feels like he is more technically sound and isn’t as easily frazzled by an offense’s schemes and tricks. It’s a comfort level with what he is doing that allows him to better read what the opponent is doing, he said. “Sometimes we get caught up in the moment with different keys and different shifts, like last week when they were trying to
confuse us,” Evans said. “But if you go back to day one what the coaches taught you, at the end of the day, it’s all going to work out the same.” Joseph, the third defensive backs coach Evans has had at Nebraska, stresses the little things in practice, and that makes all the difference, according to Evans. Having a coach that focuses so much on the finer aspects of the position helps him lock down his technique, so he can concentrate on “just playing” in the game. “That’s what you are supposed to do,” Evans said. “You’re not supposed to let outside things get into your mind and be able to confuse you. You’re supposed to make the game as easy as possible.” Joseph sees the game slowing down for the junior each day as he coaches him. As he marveled on Tuesday at the progress Evans has made from a year ago, he endorsed the junior’s future as well. “The sky’s the limit with this guy,” he said. “He’s playing with great confidence, feeling good about the way he is playing, and I think it is showing on the field.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com
Blackshirts find success in basics Nebraska players makes the most of sticking to the basics on defense Chris Peters DN The Blackshirts needed to make a statement. Early season games against Southern Mississippi, Arkansas State and Idaho State weren’t enough – those were lower-level competition. Nebraska’s trip to UCLA resulted in the second highest total yards given up by the Huskers ever. They needed a big moment. On fourth down with one yard to go, Nebraska clung on to a three point lead late in the fourth quarter as Wisconsin came to the line in a heavy set. Alonzo Whaley had seen this before. “They had been running the same play the whole game,” Whaley said. “(Earlier) I was kind of tentative about hitting that gap. “It’s fourth and one. You don’t have that hesitation to be able to see what play unfolds.” The offensive linemen revealed the play – a run to the right side. Whaley found his spot, a window open in the “A” gap, between the center and the guard. He hurried into the hole and found himself paired up with Heisman Trophy finalist Montee Ball. In a split second, the ball came loose from Ball’s hands and toppled into Husker Harvey Jackson’s. “It’s an indescribable feeling,” Whaley said. “You’ve got 86,000 people going crazy and you’ve also got 150 guys celebrating. “It’s a good feeling knowing that
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Linebacker Will Compton celebrates after a play during NU’s win against Wisconsin on Saturday. The Huskers were able to contain Heisman Candidate Montee Ball from their base defense. everything you set out to work for is taking place in front of your eyes – and it essentially came down to
play.” The final defensive snap of Saturday’s game was the exclamation
point on an impressive showing by the Blackshirts. Nebraska held Wisconsin to just 56 yards rushing, an average of 1.4 yards per rush – a number that would be impressive against any opponent - but becomes noteworthy when it comes against a team that averaged 5.4 yards per carry last season, accruing 3,298 yards on the ground. One key difference between Saturday’s game and Nebraska’s previous four games was the style of offense. Wisconsin operates out of a rush-heavy offensive set, while all of Nebraska’s previous opponents utilized some version of a spread attack with an emphasis on passing. When offenses spread out wide, Nebraska has to do the same, substituting smaller defensive backs in for linebackers to help cover the pass. On Saturday the Huskers got to use their base defense: the 4-3, which has three linebackers in place of the nickel (5 DBs, 2 LBs) and dime (6 DBs, 1 LB). Whaley, Will Compton and Sean Fisher, all seniors, are used in the base 4-3. When spread teams, like this week’s opponent Ohio State, face the Huskers, the team shifts personnel, often substituting out Fisher and/or Whaley for defensive backs Ciante Evans and Corey Cooper. “Versus their open looks, we’ll put more defensive backs out there,” defensive coordinator John Papuchis said. “That’s all dictated by what they are doing, but if they stay with what they have been doing, we will play more nickel personnel this week.” Last week’s defensive stand was by far the most impressive this season. It appears as though Nebraska is best suited to defend power rushing teams. That being said, the team has
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Huskers taking care of ‘unfinished business’ Chris Heady DN
early second-round exit from the NCAA tournament last year after a loss to Kansas State. The Huskers Hidden underneath John Cook’s felt like they had an opportunity slip through their hands, and now, sleeve is a message. A symbol. they have unfinished business with The wristband is black, decorated with white and red letter- the rest of the league. Since then, Cook has seen the determination ing that circles the entire bracelet. and drive from his seniors, espeWhen he looks at it, his eyes light cially Werth, Lauren Cook and Gina up with intensity. Mancuso, to carry out the business. “Every day,” he says looking “They determine how well we up. “24/7. Unfinished business.” play,” Cook told the media MonThe motto, which was drafted up by the team for this upcoming day. “And if we struggle, it’s usually on those guys season, is much too.” more than a marWe have The stats show keting campaign. coach Cook’s stateIt’s what drives to play ment to be worthy. them. In Nebraska’s two “We have to every point like losses, (Iowa State play every point it’s the National and Penn State), like it’s the Nationthe three seniors al Championship Championship combined to only point,” senior cap- point.” hit a percentage of tain Hannah Werth Hannah Werth .223. Whereas, in said after the Husknu outside hitter the team’s past two ers’ 3-0 win against wins, the three hit a Michigan State last percentage of .350. week. “We have to But what’s most important go into every match with that unfinished business mentality and is how high the trio has taken the Huskers. just get after it.” Lauren Cook has been playing And with the exception of a few out of her mind lately, knocking in a hiccups, the “unfinished business” total of 398 total assists in the month mentality has worked. It’s the driving force for the 11-2 Huskers, who of September, on an average of 39.8 squeezed into the top five this week assists per game. Mancuso leads the team with 3.43 kills per set, as with two wins at home. The motto was derived from volleyball: see page 11 the feeling NU had after the team’s