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tuesday, october 1, 2013 volume 113, issue 027

Lecturer dismisses GMO concerns Professor says worries about genetically modified organisms distract from more important issues

‘This is green energy’

Kelli Rollin DN More than 150 people gathered in the Hardin Hall auditorium at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the first of the Heuermann Lectures this year, “Beyond GMOs to a More Honest Dialogue about Our Food.” Sally Mackenzie, a Ralph and Alice Raikes professor of plant science, spoke about the social stigma with genetically modified foods. She said society needs to shift the conversation from GMOs – genetically modified organisms – to what really matters: food and water supply. Genetically modified organisms are plants that have been altered at the microscopic level for a variety of reasons – to resist insects, pesticides or endure harsh weather conditions, for example. Mackenzie said she’s not suggesting that genetically modifying everything is the solution instead she said people should keep an open mind about what options may work to produce enough food for the world. Mackenzie grew up in California, where she said she began her experience with agriculture at 4 years old. She said her dad worked in fresh market agriculture, and she remembers the pesticides and chemicals being spread in the fields. “Those are the old days of doing agriculture, I hope, because there are better ways to do agriculture,” Mackenzie said. She said society considers GMOs unnatural and unsafe to eat, which gives them a bad reputation. Mackenzie said people learn through experience what foods are safe to eat and what’s not safe. For example, she said people know eggs are safe to eat, but they also know about salmonella, which eggs may contain. Mackenzie said using insecticides on fields can be good for high yields, but plants can become immune to it and the insecticide won’t work. The result can be crops infested with bugs or weeds. “Too much of a good thing is always going to have a downside,” Mackenzie said. Erin Kinley, a junior horticulture major, said she doesn’t really think about GMOs when she eats food. “It’s not something of concern, I would say,” Kinley said. “The main

Reclaimed water from the Theresa Street Wastewater Plant will be used to heat and cool facilities at the Nebraska Innovation Campus. The Nebraska Innovation Campus at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a joint project between Mayor Chris Beutler and Chancellor Harvey Perlman.

Wastewater repurposing will provide heating, cooling to Innovation Campus buildings story by Melissa Allen photo by Allison Hess


onstruction will begin this month on a $12 million joint project between the City of Lincoln and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to heat and cool Nebraska Innovation Campus with water. The Central Renewable Energy System will use non-drinkable water from Theresa Street Wastewater Treatment Plant to heat and cool facilities and then release it into Salt Creek. Olsson Associates, the engineering firm designing and installing the system, will use a system similar to the geothermal heat pump system, which uses the Earth’s temperatures to moderate heating and cooling for residential buildings. The system, which will be installed in individual buildings, will be capable of heating and cooling buildings as large as 1.8 million square feet. The natural water temperatures will depend on the season.

Lincoln community, Lang said. The system will be in use by April or May “The implementation of these programs and when the first buildings are completed, said Dan Duncan, executive director of NIC through email. technologies, when done in a common sense way, “This is green energy,” Duncan said. “We are can make financial sense for our taxpayers and shape the City of Lincoln’s image as a good stewusing a resource to heat and cool that at the current time is not being utilized. We hope this serves ard of the environment,” he said. Reed Brodersen, a senior environmental studas an example to students as to what can be acies major and chair of the Association of Students complished if you think creatively.” of the University of Nebraska’s environmental susThe system will pave the road for future innovations “trying to be generally environmentally tainability committee, said he expects both a quick return on the project’s investment and for the projsensitive,” UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman said ect to help reduce the carbon footprint of Innovain an email. tion Campus. “This is ‘clean’ energy and “It’s creating value and utilconserves resources,” Perlman ity from what is currently consaid. “Students as students benefit It’s creating sidered waste, making the sysbecause of the success of Innovavalue ... from tem as a whole more efficient,” tion Campus and as citizens by Brodersen said. “That’s great protecting the environment.” what is currently in economic terms and is a core This project will serve an ecoprinciple of environmental susnomic purpose as well, said Mike considered waste.” tainability.” Lang, economic aide in Lincoln It’s in Lincoln’s best interest Mayor Chris Beutler’s office, in an Reed Brodersen email. senior envionmental studies major to incorporate environmentally friendly technology when con“We feel this is the type of structing future buildings and initiative that can truly make a projects, Brodersen said. difference in our ability to attract research and “In the context of both climate change and technology-led businesses that, in turn, will bring high-quality jobs and investment to Innovation resource depletion,” he said, “environmental sustainability is both the responsible and the most Campus and our community,” Lang said. rational long-term strategy to promote resilience Like other environmentally aware programs and mitigation in a world of escalating resource such as Cleaner Greener Lincoln and the Landfill scarcity and negative climatic effects.” Gas to Energy Conversion project, this project will The energy system will help set Innovation serve to create positive energy outcomes for the

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Homecoming festivities to celebrate diversity on campus ASUN gets busy as Homecoming Week heads into full throttle with ‘Huskers Around the World’ theme tammy bain dn The ASUN office was abuzz. Association of Students of the University of Nebraska President Eric Reznicek was fretting about, amongst everything else, an upcoming test. Sen. Lauren Andrews flew out the door to hang up another poster. Their advisers watched and joked about this week’s craziness. Homecoming Week had begun. “It’s been crazy,” said Andrews, a senior advertising and public relations major and homecoming chair. “But it’s been crazy fun.” Andrews and her co-chair, Louise Duncan, were appointed last December. In February, they met with last year ’s two home-

coming chairs, where they chose this year ’s theme, “Huskers Around the World.” Though they tossed around other ideas, many of which simply had fun wording, it didn’t take long to decide on the theme, Andrews said. The theme was chosen in large part because of what Andrews described as a push for more diversity at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as well as UNL’s diversity statement, which says that as diversity increases, so does a need for change on both individual and group levels. It goes on to say that Student Affairs must be ready to address the changes. “I think it’s cool that we incorporate that into the Homecoming theme,” she said. “It makes it more welcoming.” Reznicek, a senior finance and marketing major, agreed. “It kind of incorporates the culture,” he said. Although he hasn’t had the opportunity to reach out to individual multicultural students, he said the most important thing was recognizing multicultural fraternities, sororities and organizations. Andrews said she and Duncan didn’t have to plan new events,

I think it’s cool that we incorporate that into the Homecoming theme. It makes it more welcoming.” Lauren AndrewS

senior advertising and public relations major

as they’d all been done before. Instead, they planned how some events could work better, and served as go-to contacts for campus-wide organizations throughout the homecoming planning process. Many of the events will incorporate the “Huskers Around the World” theme. Meanwhile, Reznicek has worked with the ASUN executives on advertising around campus. Along with social media and posters, he said awareness comes through leading by example. “I think it’s that general hype you give people when you talk to them,” he said. There was also the need to find volunteers for all of the homecoming events, though with the hype of Homecoming week, that wasn’t a tough feat, Reznicek said. ASUN itself won’t participate in the homecoming events, such as the

jester competition or the parade, but Andrews and Reznicek said the fun of it was working behind the scenes. Besides, they added, the ASUN members are involved in their own respective organizations to make floats for and participate with. Reznicek said his favorite activity this week will be the blood drive on Wednesday. It gives him the opportunity to volunteer and help people, but also, “I like seeing people faint,” he said with a smile. Reznicek agreed with Andrews that Homecoming Week is its own sort of crazy, but he wouldn’t call it stressful, thanks to the teamwork that surrounds him. “I haven’t had to really worry about anything,” he said. “We make the magic happen… well, Lauren does.” news@

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homecoming week schedule Tuesday: • City Campus Blood Drive at the Nebraska Union from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday: • City Campus Blood Drive at the Nebraska Union from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday: • Homecoming Royalty voting from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. • City Campus Blood Drive at the Nebraska Union from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. • Craig Morgan concert on East Campus at 8 p.m. Friday: • Lawn Display Competition (judging at noon) • Homecoming Parade at 6 p.m. at 16th and Vine streets. Pep rally and jester competition following the parade at the Nebraska Union fountain. Saturday: • Nebraska vs. Illinois Homecoming game at 11 a.m. Homecoming Royalty winners announced at half time.


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RSOs will compete for service-learning grants




On campus what: UNL Fall Blood Drive 2013 when: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. where: Nebraska Union

what: “Fun with Wildlife in Africa: Beyond Animal Planet” seminar by John Carroll, director of the School of Natural Resources when: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. where: Hardin Hall auditorium

what: Blood Pressure Checks when: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. where: Nebraska Union wellness booth

The Center for Civic Engagement is offering $1,000 grants to RSOs that promote sustainability sarah cohen dn For the third consecutive year, the Center of Civic Engagement is offering two grants of as much as $1,000 each to recognized student organizations planning service learning projects through the “Give Back. Big.” program. The Give Back Big campaign is a University of Nebraska-Lincoln competition for student organizations to showcase service project proposals that improve communities around the world as well as demonstrate the Center of Civic Engagement’s core values of service learning, leadership and character development. Last year, 13 proposals were submitted for review, and Greg Golden, a graduate student in educational administration and graduate assistant at the Center for Civic Engagement, said he’s expecting even more forwardthinking and innovative project proposals this year. “A lot of times student organizations have these profound ideas for community improvement,” Golden said. “The Center for Civic Engagement wanted to help them realize these ideas can be turned into projects and that is why the Give Back Big program started at UNL.”

grant. Two winning RSOs are se“The money really helps us lected each year and awarded the $1,000 grant money used to out because we have two large fund original service projects. projects currently that both require a lot of supplies and fundThe Center for Civic Engagement’s Give Back Big committee ing,” Pavlik said. “Just the supplies for one of the projects cost reviews proposals and selects anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000.” one winning student organizaPavlik said the grant money tion, and the other winner is selected through a poplar vote by has helped enable Engineers without Borders to carry out its the UNL student body. mission of providing clean wa“We know through research that students who are able to ter and power to people in need perform service throughout their around the world. This last sumcollege careers tend to develop a mer, the Engineers without Borbetter sense of what it means to ders Nebraska chapter installed be a responsible citizen,” Golden the third of seven solar panels they plan to build to power sevsaid. The Give Back Big commit- eral schools throughout Madagascar off the coast of Africa. tee is comprised of faculty and Last year’s community vote staff members from student affairs, the Center for Civic En- winner was the Nebraska chapter gagement and leaders from the of Dance Marathon, which used a Honors Program, as well as both 24-hour dance event to fundraise for Omaha’s Chilgraduate and undren’s Hospital & dergraduate stustudents Medical Center. dents. Through “There are a reviewing the who are able lot of ways to be applications submitted by student to perform service philanthropic or do community organizations, the service,” Golden committee selects throughout their said. “We know a winner based on college careers.” that if students overall commuGreg Golden are able to do the nity impact, feaeducational administration service learning sibility of budget graduate student projects that align and the project with their intercompletion timeests, the learning line of the service is more than likely to be more proposal. impactful.” For the last two years, the The deadline for recognized Nebraska chapter of Engineers without Borders-USA has been student organizations to submit a recipient of the Give Back Big Give Back Big applications to the Center for Civic Engagement is award. Graduate chemical and biomolecular engineering stu- Friday at 5 p.m. in the center’s ofdent Benjamin Pavlik was the fice, 222 Nebraska Union. The appresident and solar project leader plication can be found at http:// of the Engineers without Borders news@ Nebraska chapter in 2012, the second year the RSO received the

Month-long LGBT celebration begins Art, poets and activists will be featured at UNL throughout LGBT history month Tyler Williams DN The first Marine seriously injured during the Iraq War is speaking at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Wednesday as part of LGBT History Month. Eric Alva is a gay Marine veteran who lost his right leg during combat. After receiving a purple heart and being honorably discharged from the military, Alva has dedicated his life to the progression of the LGBT movement for equal rights. He will speak on the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy from his perspective as a gay service member from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Nebraska Union. The lecture is part of a series of events the LGBTQA Resource Center is hosting throughout LGBT History Month, which is an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history and the history of gay rights and related movements. Also related to the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is a photo display featured in the Nebraska Union’s Rotunda Gallery until Oct. 11. The display is a double feature with

photos from Jeff Sheng’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and “Fearless” collections. The first collection features photos from closeted service members before the repeal of the policy in the armed forces that kept homosexuality in the military under wraps. Amy Vanderpool, an educational psychology graduate student and the Graduate Assistant for the LGBT resource center described the series as “about service members who weren’t allowed to be themselves in the military.” The other exhibit displays photographs of closeted athletes who kept their sexuality hidden for fear of ridicule and rejection in their communities. On Oct. 10, Athlete Ally founder and executive director Hudson Taylor, a former college wrestlerturned coach and activist, will present “Allyship: Championing Inclusion on Your Campus.” Taylor founded Athlete Ally, which is a group seeking to spread openmindedness about sexuality in athletics. National Coming Out Day is on Oct. 11, and the resource center will hold a “Come out, bowling with us” outing on East Campus. Those interested can meet with the LGBT group at the union around 5 p.m. or at the East Campus bowling alley at 6 p.m. On Oct. 16, Kit Yan, a transgender spoken word artist, will hold a creative writing and storytelling workshop from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Nebraska Union. Space is limited, so those interested must RSVP by email to Yan will then perform in the Ne-

lgbt history month calendar of events • Today through Oct. 11: Jeff Sheng exhibits in the Nebraska Union Rotunda Gallery • Oct. 2: Eric Alva presents “Hear the Human Story Behind the Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’” 7 p.m. • Oct. 4: Rotunda Gallery reception, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. • Oct. 10: Hudson Taylor presents “Allyship: Championing Inclusion on Your Campus” • Oct. 16: Kit Yan workshop at 3 p.m., with a performance at 8 p.m. • Oct. 17: 11th Annual LGBTQA History Month Dinner at Cornhusker Hotel, seating at 6:30 p.m. • Oct. 18 and 19: Great Plains Poetry Pile-Up (http:// • Oct. 25: Guys and Dolls Drag Show in the Nebraska Union Centennial Room, 7 p.m. braska Union Auditorium at 8 p.m. The culmination of the month’s events will be the 11th annual LGBTQA history month dinner on Oct. 17, with Kit Yan as the keynote speaker and Stacy Waite performing poetry. Seats can be reserved by contacting the LGBTQA resource center. The deadline for tickets is Oct. 8, and tickets are $20 for UNL students and $30 for non-students. Also at this dinner the LGBTQA’s Being the Change award will be presented. “We just decided we would like to recognize someone who really made a change in the LGBTQA community” said Pat Tetreault, LGBTQA Resource Center director. On Oct. 18 and 19, the Great

Plains Poetry Pile-up Performance will take place at the union, featuring LGBTQA students. On Oct. 25, the third-annual Guys and Dolls Drag Show will take place at 7 p.m. in the union’s Centennial Room. “It’s a fun, low-stress way to figure out if drag is for you,” Vanderpool said. Tipping is encouraged at the show, as all the tips will go toward fundraising for the Midwest BLGTQA college conference. “It’s an amazing opportunity for students because it may be the first and only time they are around that many LGBTQA at one time,” Tetreault said. news@

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lecture: from 1 concern is the number of pestichanging DNA is a fact of life and cides on fresh produce and the is what drives diversity. preservatives in processed food.” “DNA recombination is evShe said because she’s a hor- erywhere,” she said. “Nature ticulture major, she identifies has this driving force to come up with many combinations.” with Mackenzie’s message. KinExamples of ley said there are DNA recombinatoo many artificial The issue tion are genetics sweeteners and preand how some servatives in food about GM people have blue today, which didn’t eyes or brown used to have as as far as I’m hair. She said the large of a presence concerned is a same concept is in the agriculture distraction.” applied to GMOs and food business. and plant breedMackenzie said Sally Mackenzie ing. genetically modiplant science professor “We’ve simfying something ply taken advanis similar to what tage of a very plant breeders do. natural process that goes on all The DNA is changed, which is called recombinant DNA, to the time,” Mackenzie said. She said plants wouldn’t look make a different version of the the way people expect if they original product. She said ex-

were all natural. For example, carrots would be thin and brown if breeders didn’t alter them in some way. Also, organic ruby red grapefruit usually gets its color from irradiation. “The issue about GM as far as I’m concerned is a distraction,” Mackenzie said. She said “the science is already done,” and GMO foods appear to be safer than most other foods. The real problem, Mackenzie said, is figuring out how to feed the growing population, especially as 2050 approaches. She said phosphate and water are running low and society will need to adjust. “Yield enhancement is going to be the thing we care about most in the future,” she said. news@

Campus and UNL apart from others competing for private sector business relationships, Lang said. “The Central Renewable Energy System is a unique way of accomplishing this goal,” he said. “From the city perspective, we are very supportive of Nebraska Innovation Campus.” Brodersen, Lang and Duncan agreed that Innovation Campus’ focus on innovation for the future will benefit Lincoln both economically and environmentally. “We are committed to making NIC (Nebraska Innovation Campus) a place that creates an innovative culture,” Duncan said. “Innovation that creates a more sustainable future for the planet is a big part of why we are developing NIC.” NEWS@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM

research roundup Blame it on the alcohol. A new study released by Iowa State and Cornell universities have found that wine drinkers aren’t sure about how much alcohol they are consuming. The study, published in Substance Use and Misuse, showed participants poured 12 percent more wine in a wide glass than in a narrow glass, and they were also 12 percent more likely to pour more in a glass in their hand, as opposed to one on a table. The kind of wine also makes a difference. Participants poured 10 percent more white wine in a glass, more than red. Fast food needs to get a little faster, says a recent study by Insula Research for QSR Magazine. A 2013 Drive-Thru Performance Study has found that drivers waiting for their food have increased an average of 8.19 seconds since last year. The study attributes the wait to more complex food items on the menus, like Taco Bell’s cantina bowl, Wendy’s pretzel burger and Burger King’s bacon sundae. Seven different restaurants in 40 different states were assessed, including Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Krystal, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Taco John’s and Wendy’s. If you’re looking for speediest service, Wendy’s wait time was fastest with an average wait of two minutes and 14 econds, while slowest was Chick-fil-A, who came in last with an average wait time of three minutes and 24 seconds. Same-sex marriage may not be as popular as polls indicate, according to a recent study by University of Maine researcher Richard Powell. The study shows opposition to same-sex marriage is underestimated by 5 to 7 percentage points in preelection surveys. A recent poll by Gallup has found 52 percent of Americans believe in the legalization of same-sex marriage, while 43 percent oppose the initiative. Powell found people weren’t as honest on the pre-election surveys because of “social desirability,” or giving the socially acceptable view instead of their true feelings. Getting some shuteye can make you more fearless, suggests a new study published in Nature Neuroscience. Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine researcher Katherina Hauner found that getting a good night’s sleep can help reduce phobias and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Fifteen participants were mildly shocked while seeing two different faces, as well as a certain smell attached to each face. When participants were asleep, the smell was presented alone. When they woke up, they looked at the two faces again. While looking at the face linked to the odor they smelled during sleep, their fear reactions, such as sweat production, were found to decrease. United States researchers recently studied children in China and found that almost nine in 10 kids recognize cigarette logos. The study, published in the Pediatrics journal, looked at children ranging in age from 5 to 6 years of age from six countries with the highest rates of smoking among adults – Brazil, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia and China – and found that 68 percent of the 2,423 children could recognize at least one cigarette brand logo. Lead author Dina Borzekowski reported that even the children who lived in non-smoking households could identify the brands. Indian children were found to have the highest rate of intention to smoke when they were older – 30 percent of the children said they plan to smoke. -compiled by Paige Osborne art by ian tredway

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Students voice opinions on Railyard district As construction and development heat up in Lincoln’s Railyard entertainment district along Canopy Street, the area is already home to several

restaurants including Hiro 88 sushi and Buffalo Wings & Rings, as well as the Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Daily Nebraskan asked students: What would you like to see in the Railyard?

I would like to see more ATMs. It really surprised me how hard it was to find an ATM down there, you know looking for change for parking. It’s the simple stuff.”


football practice notes Michigan implements ‘magic bus’ system

Campus bus stops at the University of Michigan are becoming smarter with the implementation of smart signs by Parking & Transportation Services. The smart signs have a Quick Response Code and Near Field Communication technology, which makes commuting easier for smartphone users. This technology allows riders to scan the code and access bus schedules and route information. The signs can’t provide real-time bus arrival information yet, but riders can still track live times using the Web-based “Magic Bus” system. Parking & Transit officials can add information to the smart sign technology such as detoured and temporary stops or if the number of buses running has stopped.

indiana launches school of informatics and computing

Charles Signing senior statistics major

I’d like to see more parking. Though I am really excited for the bands coming (to the Pinnacle Bank Arena).”

Indiana University launched a new school on Sept. 27. The School of Informatics and the School of Library and Information Science combined into one school. The new School of Informatics and Computing is one of the largest information and computing schools in the nation. The launch ceremony featured Peter Lee, corporate vice president and head of Microsoft research.

minnesota opens on-campus clinic

The University of Minnesota’s St. Paul Clinic, operated by Boynton Health Service, was remodeled this summer and now offers more options for students, faculty and staff. A grand opening will take place on Friday. Patients used to have to travel to Minneapolis for care, but now with the St. Paul Clinic, treatment is more convenient. For the first time, students will be able to make mental health appointments at the St.

Rachel Huston

sophomore animal science major

I’d like to see restaurants other than the typical American food like burgers. Sushi and Ethiopian type of stuff. Also street shows; magicians and street singers, things going on during the game so you can step out and watch.” Brenda Ikinya

sophomore business administration major

A good sports bar with a good night life. I know a lot of the seniors and juniors would like that.” Dylan Rogers

freshman biological systems engineering major


Dance-Off photos by Jake Crandall

RIGHT: Members of Mortar Board act out a skit during the Monday Night Live homecoming competition on Monday.

Paul and East Bank Clinics. A 2013 Boynton survey report on college student health found that 43.3 percent of students reported experiencing one or two stressors within the last year. Student stressors can include academic pressure, financial stress, work and school balance, living adjustments and relationships. Mental health is the top issue on UM’s campus and Boynton has noticed a steady demand for mental health services over the last 10 years.

penn state partners with sustainable communities collaborative The Sustainable Communities Collaborative will engage Penn State students and the community to participate in sustainability projects. The projects are linked with existing courses at the university. Six projects are included in the program, including things such as storm water management and reducing auto emissions. The partnership between the university and the Sustainable Communities Collaborative was publicly announced at the Light Step, Right Step festival in downtown State College last Saturday.

michigan state renovates hockey arena

Michigan State will make the hockey experience more efficient by having new lights installed in the university’s Munn Ice Arena. The lights, which cost $575,000 were installed over the summer and are a part of a larger renovation on the arena. Other updates include new heating, ventilation, air conditioning and replacing the ice-making process. The arena is among the first ice rinks in the United States to have light-emitting diode, or LED, lights, which produce little to no heat. The LED lights are expected to last 10 years and will use about one-fifth of the energy the previous lights used. The lights can be turned on and off instantly rather than having to warm up. The installation is also said to improve fan experience with more vivid colors because of the LED lights.

BELOW: Members of Kappa Alpha Theta, Pi Kappa Phi and Sigma Phi Epsilon participate in the Monday Night Live homecoming competition on Monday. The theme of this year’s Homecoming is “Huskers Around the World.”


What kind of doctor do you want to be? Members of Phi Delta Theta, Pi Beta Phi and Theta Chi preform during the Monday Night Live homecoming competition on Monday.

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CRES marks step in right direction for sustainability October marks an important new chapter for Innovation Campus: the start of construction on a system that will use water to heat and cool its buildings. Called the Central Renewable Energy System, or CRES, the technology will utilize water not fit for drinking as a heating and cooling component, then release the water into Salt Creek. It’s the kind of innovation that inspired Innovation Campus itself, and the Daily Nebraskan editorial board is pleased to see it becoming a reality. CRES represents a $12 million partnership between the City of Lincoln and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While it’s always positive to see the university and city teaming up, what’s even more encouraging is the magnitude of the investment the two actors are making in sustainability. Innovation Campus represents the future of the university, but it also stands for the future of the Earth – a future that will be jeopardized if we don’t innovate. CRES is a step to protect natural resources and expand on alternative sources of energy. Sure, it isn’t the only step that must be taken, but it’s certainly one in the right direction. In times of deep environmental uncertainty, it’s reassuring to see local efforts to change the course of the nation’s traditional fuel sources. The Daily Nebraskan hopes that Innovation Campus’ leaders take more steps like this one. Administrators have said Innovation Campus’ initial focuses will be food, water and fuel, so it’s in a prime position to become a national and worldwide leader in sustainability development. CRES feels like the start of something wonderful, and hopefully, it could be the start of a new, more positive direction for the state of Nebraska.

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UNL alcohol policy hurts students


s September ends and Husker football season kicks into full gear, there is something that most students at University of Nebraska-Lincoln are likely well aware of: Many students at UNL like to have fun and that fun often involves alcohol. To combat underage and irresponsible drinking, the university has taken many different measures to curb what they view as a serious problem. Much of the university’s revision of its policies on student drinking came after 1998, when NU Directions was started as a way to combat a series of problems, including alcohol-related deaths and a 62.5 percent binge drinking rate among students in 1997. While I commend the university not only for its concern for students and its focus on academics, and the proven statistics to decrease alcohol-related problems among students, I feel there are areas where they and the law enforcement have gone too far to enforce these continually updated policies. The university has almost solely focused on the reduction and abstinence of alcohol usage. Instead, they should focus their efforts toward fostering a community of intelligent students that can either choose to abstain from alcohol or drink responsibly without being under the constant fear of getting into legal trouble. Like the officials of our university, I do not condone underage drinking, but as a student, I have a more realistic idea of what can and cannot be done to encourage responsible drinking among students. No matter what type of strict policies, constant policing of campus on weekends and midnight dorm floor checks by security, they will never put an end to underage drinking – on or off campus. I understand our officials want me to come to college for the right reasons, but what I want them to understand is that it is completely plausible to earn a great GPA, be involved and still manage to have a fair share of fun at the Rez on Husker gameday and the North Bottoms on Friday nights. For many students, the strict alcohol policies of the university and their efforts to increase police enforcement in traditional col-

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lege party house areas leave students feeling like an enemy of the university, not an ally in the effort to encourage responsible drinking. I have witnessed a multitude of events here in Lincoln that give me the impression, officials and law enforcement are more concerned about strict crackdowns and punishment for illegal drinking instead of an honest concern about our safety and wellbeing. UNL and campus police are notorious for overreaching reasonable boundaries to enforce the law. I have multiple friends that have had their cars pulled over for incredibly minor violations, such as making a wide turn, and then were issued MIPs, despite making an obvious effort to be responsible by finding a sober driver. I’ve seen dorm security knocking on students’ doors to breathalyze them even though they’ve already proven that they’re safe enough to take care of themselves. Even Husker gamedays at the Rez have been tainted by law enforcement going overboard and issuing MIPs to students who are behaving in the same fashion as the vast majority of responsible football fans. The university should continue to promote responsible drinking and alcohol education to students, but they should make an effort to decrease the amount of law enforcement and ticketing that is involved. The more than 600 MIPs issued on campus alone each year make many students who come to UNL for the right reasons, come away with blemished records that make it harder to become employed. Despite proven effectiveness to reduce binge drinking, these statistics don’t make up for the aggressiveness of their enforcement or the damage they do to students’ futures. The fact is that whether there are laws or enforcement, college students are going to drink.

If you’re having hundreds if not thousands of MIPs each year issued to students, the chances are very likely that many of these students came to college for the right reasons. Maybe a student that rarely drinks happens to get caught in an unlucky situation and then gets caught up in the law. If students are sold on attending college because it will make them more employable, then isn’t it the job of UNL to help ensure they graduate with the best possibility to succeed? Having enough minor law infractions can make major differences in the eyes of employers. If UNL continues to encourage these tactics along with the Lincoln Police Department, they are only hurting our chances of succeeding. Therefore, it is in the best interest of the university to use law enforcement as a measure to make students who have had too much to drink arrive home safe. Instead of MIPs on campus, they should offer alcohol education classes or, at a minimum, reinstitute the campus diversion program so students’ records remain unblemished. The number of MIPs issued each year or the percentage of students who didn’t drink does very little to reflect the quality of a university and does even less to reflect the value that it brings to its students. If the goal of programs like UNL Directions is to promote a healthy lifestyle, then they surely need to find a new direction. If they’re going to measure the success of students’ health by statistics, then why don’t they at least make it focused on statistics that we actually care about? UNL should contemplate using more innovative ways to get students to truly care about themselves and others. Reducing the amount of drunk driving on campus, alcohol-related injuries or fatalities and the number crises averted would provide more value to our campus than reducing the number of students who had two to five drinks in a night. If we as a university are going to acknowledge that student drinking can become a real problem, then we have to start searching for real solutions. Wade Burkholder is a senior Business Administration major. Reach him at opinion@

Big-city mentality acts to protect people from harm


on’t talk to strangers. I thought everyone knew this. It seemed like the same elementary rule of thumb that applies to things like not licking the toilet bowl seat or chewing with your mouth open. But for some reason, thinking this way here in homey little Nebraska is something considered insane … at least the talking to strangers bit. The way I’ve come to think is known by my friends as a “big-city mentality.” In their minds, I can be a bit cold and overprotective when I’m making my way downtown with them. They think my decision to be over-processed and childish when I recommend that we use the buddy system. Sure, I don’t trust a lot of people, and yes, I think that you should file in two-by-two to the bathroom stall, but it’s better to take too many precautions than to be ignorant of the world. When I moved to Nebraska in the sixth grade, I started to notice things. People here are really nice. Almost a little too nice. You can wave at strangers on the street, and they don’t think you’re a terrorist. You’re allowed to strike up conversations with people in line at Starbucks,

and it’s acceptable to the point where it’s almost encouraged. This is a concept that I’m still getting used to, and although I enjoy it, I’m unsettled by how trustworthy people are of one another here. I’ve tried to change. I’ve tried to strike up conversations with people at the grocery stores and the walk home alone. This seems to be the norm around here, and I’m trying to fit in. It’s been successful the few times I’ve tried, and it’s getting easier each time. I’m glad to say that none of these strangers have attempted to steal my wallet, so I have to believe that not everyone is out to get me. I have tried the Runzas and have husked some corn stalks, visited Vala’s Pumpkin Patch and worked at the Henry Doorly Zoo for quite a while. Despite all this, I have yet to shake off my big-city ways. My friends who have been native Nebraskans for their whole lives scoff at me for some of my alien behaviors, like when I insist on taking my purse up with me when I take communion at church and refusing to allow them to walk back to their car alone at night in Omaha, but these habits are hard to shake. I grew up having my mom and pops telling me there are creeps all over the place, and it’s better to be too safe than to

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be caught off-guard. So, these habits have become second-nature to me, and they make me feel more secure. So I lock my doors and walk in groups not because I am stuck up or snooty, but more because it’s a security blanket of mine. I’ve seen that the world can be a cold and dangerous place, and know that bad things can happen anywhere, no matter how green the fields may seem. These habits of mine have been labeled by my friends as being my “big-city ways,” being that I’m more guarded, and less trusting of people I’ve never met. But, I can’t shake the feeling that these are good instincts to have. So many times, I’ve witnessed my friends who haven’t left Nebraska before attempt

trekking to big cities on their own, and returning with horror stories. Whether it was the traffic they encountered in D.C., or the death glares they received for saying “God bless you” on the subway; big, crowded cities are a world all their own. Despite how cute and lovable Nebraska is, it doesn’t offer the seductive promise of excitement the East and West coasts have to offer. From what I’ve seen, the desire to live somewhere promising to zest up someone’s life causes them to leave unreservedly and unprepared for the trials that await them on the distant shores. Even just taking the time to say “howdy” to nearby states can prove to be invaluable for preparing yourself for future excursions. Some friends and I decided to go to Kansas City for a few days on our own as our first road trip without parents or supervisors. Although it’s not all that big or intimidating of a city, when we took a wrong turn into the bad part of town, that was culture shock enough for them. They made fun of me for being an overprotective mom, but when a stranger knocked on our window and ceaselessly barraged us to roll down the window and began following us in his car, I knew in that mo-

ment they knew we weren’t in Nebraska anymore. There comes a point where this smalltown mentality, no matter how cozy it may seem, becomes more of a danger than it does a comfort. If you’re more worried about offending someone than ignoring your instincts that something doesn’t feel right, then we’re in trouble. Taking minitrips locally with friends helps build up a comfort level with how we feel in new situations, especially when you’re doing it with someone who’s lived in the city before. You become aware of how other places in the world work, and you begin to understand how you can become assimilated within it in the safest way possible. Being too safe is never a bad thing, especially when you’re trying to branch out in the world. Even though it might not be much of a necessity while at home in Nebraska, it’s something that the real world is going to ask of you eventually. Emily Kuklinski is a sophomore English and Theatre Directing and Management major. Reach her at opinion@


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Lincoln plays host to Halloween events for all ages Compiled by Maranda Loughlin Art by Rebecca Rickertsen

ROCA Roca Berry farm produces more than just fruit. In fact, it features a family-friendly spread with a life-sized “Candyland” game, a carnival house and “Hillbilly” bowling. At night, the 180 acres turns into a ghost-farm with a haunted hayrack ride through its cornfields, a haunted manor, the “Psycho Path” – a 20-minute “ghoul-ridden” journey, mazes and even duck races. Roca Berry Farm still thrives after 33 years of business. Maybe it’s the 100,000 pumpkins to choose from, or the multiple and varied food stands like the “Donut Hut,” the “Roca Dog House” or the “Nacho Stop and Ice Cream Depot” dispersed throughout Roca. Whatever it is, it’s working. “I think it’s because people like the quaintness of the farm,” Beverly Schaefer, the farm owner, said. “We try to make it homey and comfortable while providing good services without an enormous price.” Ticket prices at Roca vary depending on when a person comes. For a daytime pass it is $9.50, while a night pass is $10. To have a bonfire at Roca the cost is $45, which includes picnic tables, wood, skewers and a four-hour time limit. For Roca’s “Scary Farm” series of night attractions (“The Psycho Path,” “Haunted Hayrack Ride,” “The Haunted Manor” and “Fort Where Am I”), thrill-seekers must pay $16.

NOSFERATU On Oct. 31, the Abendmusik organization will play the film “Nosferatu” in the sanctuary of First-Plymouth Congregational Church. “Nosferatu” is the first film that depicted the gothic horror novel, “Dracula” by Bram Stoker. A silent film, this tale of horror was shot in 1922 and could not be named after the book because of copyright issues. Tom Trenney, a nationally renowned organ improviser and the artistic director of Abendmusik, will be playing a 6,000-pipe Lied Organ during the full duration of the silent film. The church will be dimly lit to provide a ghostly atmosphere, Trenney said. “We wanted a safe and fun place for people to come for Halloween,” Trenney said. “And we have this really ancient and eerie organ that we thought would fit perfectly with the film.” This is the first time Abendmusik has put on “Nosferatu,” but the organization has shown multiple films including “Phantom of the Opera” and “The Mark of Zorro.” Tickets to the event are $5 for students, and the show will start at 7 p.m. People are encouraged to wear costumes to receive free popcorn and take a tour of the First-Plymouth’s haunted singing bell tower after the film.


Grace solem-Pfeifer Dn Last September, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln group, PREVENT, which uses peer education to combat acquaintance rape and relationship violence, visited Robert Specht’s Feminist Activism class. Specht recalls that the class was asked to make lists of things that both men and women do to prevent sexual violence. “The women’s list talked about dressing conservatively, avoiding going out alone at night and parking in well lit places,” Specht said. “The men’s list was blank.” The activity inspired Specht, a junior studio design major, to join PREVENT, and he has been president of the group since last May. “Rape isn’t something men are taught to think about it,” Specht said. “It’s considered a woman’s crime, despite the fact that the vast majority of rape are committed by men. There’s very little done to educate men. That seems insane, but then, that’s rape culture.” “Rape culture” refers to attitudes and actions within a society that normalize and excuse sexual violence. Specht said rape culture is a something men are rarely asked to consider, despite the fact that, particularly in college, both genders are frequently in the position of making decisions regarding sex, alcohol and hookups. “It’s just a general rule of

First there is Dark Lands, where a crazed bus driver drops customers off onto Eagle Raceway’s track and into a swarm of witches, zombies, mutants, scarecrows and clowns. Then there’s Night Terrors, a haunted house in which customers follow the story of a girl who’s stalked and attacked by monsters in a dreamscape. Lastly there is Luminon. “It’s an alien house,” Eagle Hollow Haunt employee Miranda Hruska said. “It’s pretty much one of a kind. You go in and put on 3D glasses, and you get to tour this alien world where the creatures aren’t so friendly.” Along with being a scary alien in the 3D Luminon attraction, Hruska is also the Interlibrary Lending Assistant at the Love Library on campus. She was approached three years ago to be a makeup artist at Eagle Hollow Haunts. Then Hruska discovered that it was also fun to terrify customers. “My favorite part is scaring people, and making them pee their pants,” Hruska said. “Sometimes you just see that one person and you think, ‘Ah, I know I’m going to get you.’” Along with the three haunted locals, Eagle Hollow Haunts also has concessions stands, bonfires, Scaryoke - a spooky take on karaoke - and Cool J DJ to keep the crowd dancing when no one is singing. Eagle Hollow Haunts is located at 617 S 238th St. in Eagle, and a trip through all three attractions costs $20. The park is open from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October, and 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sundays and select weekdays.

A civilization of zombies roam more than 20 acres of land at 16500 SW 14th St. in Martell, on the edge of Lincoln. This October, these bruised and banged-up creatures will be attacking hayrack rides full of customers. CJ’s Paintball Park’s Zombie Hunt event premiered Sept. 27 with over 100 zombie-chasers armed with glow-in-the-dark paintball ammunition. The next night, over 140 customers attended and rerode the Zombie Killing Wagon multiple times. This isn’t just a few zombies, either. There between 50 and 100 glowing, walking dead that ambush the wagon in torn up and rugged clothes with fake bloodied faces, said Charles Jeffers, the manager of CJ’s Paintball Park. The course even has a zombie tip jar. “We’ve had a couple people get scared,” Jeffers said. “But you gotta be quick and shoot at the zombies, because if you don’t, they could get up on the hayrack ride and eat your brains.” The Zombie Hunt happens every Friday and Saturday night through Oct. 26. The first hayrack ride and 100 rounds of glow-in-the-dark paint cost $20, and, for students with an NCard, the cost is $15. CJ’s Paintball Park also will have refreshments on-site and a bonfire. A spoiler for the scaredy-cats out there: At the end of the hayrack ride, you will be chased off of the wagon by a horde of the zombie employees. This isn’t for the faint of heart, Jeffers said.

PREVENT challenges men to consider rape culture UNL group starts conversation to change male perceptions about rape culture

EAGLE HOLLOW HAUNTS Thirteen miles outside of Lincoln sits Eagle Hollow Haunts, a nontraditional haunted park that has three very different attractions.

thumb that you don’t hook up yourself, and the guy isn’t quite with someone who is belligerto that stage - I think that can be ently drunk,” said Curtis Rempel, considered pretty close to [rape],” a sophomore business adminissaid Jonathon Danson, a freshman tration major. “You want to make pre-architecture major. sure they’re on board with it, othFrequently, however, both erwise that’s borderline rape.” parties involved in a hookup are Nebraska Revised Statute 28under the influence of alcohol. 319 defines first degree assault Kennell believes this shifts the as sexual penetration without the dynamic of a one night stand. consent of the victim or sexual “If they’re both badly drunk, penetration when the perpetrator personally I would see the hook“knew or should have known that up as more mutual than if just victim was mentally or physically one of them was,” Kennell said. incapable of resisting or apprais“If one party is in their right mind ing the nature of his or her conwhen the other isn’t that’s when duct.” the line is overstepped.” Officer Koan Nissen, the eduWhen alcohol is involved, cation and personnel officer for many men and women rely on UNLPD, explains that even with- their friends and sober witnesses in the law, this leaves room for to judge the situation and to help subjectivity. guide their decision“I’ve found making. There’s very with such a “My roommate young population and I had a converlittle done that sometimes sation, we said that makes question- to educate men if it comes down to able choices that ... that’s rape that, we definitely are sometimes fuwant the other pereled by alcohol. culture.” son to step in or bePeople find theming willing to call it robert specht selves in bad situout,” Danson said. president of prevent ations,” Nissen Kennell believes said. “Oftentimes the friends of both those situations the male and female might not have occurred without have a responsibility to help them alcohol.” exercise good judgment, but acFor Carter Kennell, a junior knowledges that sometimes the biological sciences major, it’s time opposite occurs. to stop pursuing a potential hook“If you’re both drunk, I think up if he notices a girl has started your friends should play a huge slurring her words. role. If you’re out, you probably “It’s not necessarily spoken have sober drivers or friends with of it, but there’s a line that ev- you, and someone in your circle erybody kind of knows,” Kennell needs to decide it’s time to go said. “It’s up to personal judghome,” Kennell said. “But it goes ment. There’s a just a point where both ways. There are instance people can generally tell she’s where a guy’s friend will actually had too much to drink.” encourage a guy and just say ‘Let The threshold at which some- him do his thing.’” one is judged to be incapable of As a result, social circles have giving consent varies from person a pivotal role in shaping expecto person. tations and boundaries that are “I think if you can’t walk, like, at all, you’re stumbling all over Rape: see page 7

Beautifully orchestrated finale sums up series TYLER KEOWN


››Warning: the following contains spoilers for the series finale of “Breaking Bad.” Let’s pretend the finale didn’t play out the way it did. Let’s look at Walter White dying of cancer in New Hampshire. His body deteriorating, unable to keep his eyes open for long periods of time. He grows to enjoy his chemotherapy, only because the side-effects are different from what he usually feels every day, which is very little. He keeps replaying everything that has happened in his life, eventually convincing himself he never made a mistake and those around him messed everything up, especially Jesse. Walter accepts that the money will never reach his family and begins to offer more to Ed to stay with him whenever he visits, so desperate for anything even resembling respect. Eventually he dies alone, succumbing to his tumor-filled lungs. Ed finds his body and buries him somewhere, the last man to ever see him. Nothing Walter has done has mattered

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Bryan Cranston stars as Walter White for the last time, a part he called “the role of a lifetime.” in a positive way. He is a man that destroyed himself and those around him. And that is how Walter White leaves this world. Not Heisenberg, though. In the “Breaking Bad” series finale, “Felina,” we got to see how Heisenberg faces death. And boy does he ever. The opening scene sets the mood for the entire episode. Walt sits in a car he’s attempting to steal as snow covers the windows. As he tries to get the ignition to turn by using a screwdriver, police lights begin to flash through the windows. He looks up, ready to face the police. They drive by, and he goes undetected. He checked the sun visor and voila, finds the key. He has the ride he needs to get back

to New Mexico. This is a microcosm for the entire episode: He needs a lot of things to go right for him to get him to the ending of the life he wants, but he’s going to try, because what else is there? It was hard to guess exactly what the gun we’d seen episodes ago was meant for. Walt was very upset with Jesse the last time he saw him. Same goes for Jack. And Gretchen and Elliot weren’t super cool about the situation when they appeared on “Charlie Rose.” As such, it was super intense to watch Walt stroll into Gretchen and Elliot’s home unnoticed. The way he looked at the home, appreciating the craftsmanship

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Marvel Cinematic Universe creates entertaining franchise for all Marvel Studios recognized this problem, and in the mid-2000s they set a plan into motion that ZACH would make their characters more FULCINITI accessible to general audiences and would avoid the DC continuity problem. The plan was to bring as many characters as possible into a single movie timeline, so that rather than standalone films like With the exception of Batman and “The Punisher” and “Spider-man” a little bit of Superman, I know that had been produced by differnext to nothing about the DC Unient studios, the new Marvel movverse. ies would be produced in-house What I do know about DC, I and would all exist in the same learned because I felt, somehow, cinematic universe. excluded. The Marvel Cinematic UniI know that for 50 years, DC verse officially began in 2008 with allowed numerous writers to pen “Iron Man.” It’s weird to think stories featuring its characters. that before that movie, the titular Batman, Superman, Green Lansuperhero was considered sometern, The Flash were all written in thing of a minor character. But the different incarnations, with differfilm was an unprecedented sucent backstories and chronologies cess, and with a short post-credits across different series. scene, Marvel planted the seeds of Until 1986, with a limited sesomething bigger than just a franries called Crisis on Infinite Earths, chise. With the release of “Thor,” DC had allowed its continuity to “Captain America” and “The Inentangle itself unchecked. credible Hulk,” each with postCrisis attempted to solve this credits scenes of their own, they lack of a definite continuity with fleshed out their greatest ambition, the creation of a multiverse. The a movie that would tie all of those main Superman story arc, the secharacters into one epic story: ries “revealed,” had taken place “The Avengers.” on “Earth-One.” Alternate stories None of that would have matfeaturing Superman had taken tered if the movies had been bad, place on other Earths. Hence the though. So rather than banking on “Infinite.” superhero appeal alone as other I know this because studios had I went in search of an done in the ... They entry point, somewhere past, Marto begin delving into set a plan vel brought DC’s massive catalog of in talented characters and stories. I into motion that directors never found that entry would make their like Kenneth point, but I found Crisis Branagh and characters more and, even with its good Jon Favreau intentions, it didn’t fix accessible to to ensure the the problem for me. For quality of the DC characters them- general audiences the cinematic selves, I remain largely ...” universe. ignorant. And with The problem is that the excepcomic books, despite a tions of “The Incredible Hulk” and passionate fanbase, are still a niche “Iron Man 2,” Marvel consistently medium. The first X-Men movie told good stories, each one adding made almost $300 million at the a small piece to a larger narrative. box office. No X-Men comic has And then “The Avengers” came, even come close to those returns, and it was bigger and better than and probably never will. anyone could have anticipated, Part of the problem is that no due in large part to the role of one really knows where to start. writer/director Joss Whedon. There’s almost a century worth of Now, they’ve expanded into Superman comics out there, and if yet another mass medium: televiI don’t want to read every single sion. one of them, where do I begin? “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” de-

With a more accessible storyline and wide-spread appeal, marvel’s “The Avengers” was a box office smash.

veloped by Whedon, picks up where “The Avengers” left off and features several characters from Marvel’s stock, including agents Coulson and Hill (Clark Gregg and Cobie Smulders, respectively). More importantly, it is an extension of the cinematic universe’s continuity, and it tells us a bit about what Marvel is trying to accomplish. With a single film continuity, every film in the established lore is

tied to the others. Marvel created an incentive for viewers to see every single movie because they’re all part of a larger story. It’s a brilliant move because it satisfies essentially everyone: film critics who are largely fed up with awful comic book movies, comic book fans who want to see faithful adaptations of their favorite stories and enjoy a solid continuity, and general audiences comprised of schmucks like me who don’t have a background

Death sparks new appreciation VINCE MORAN

Actors’ tragic, untimely deaths cause audiences to recognize talent that was always there Celebrity deaths have always been an integral part of popular culture, especially if the celebrity in question died a tragic, early death. Take for instance, the mass amounts of James Dean and Marilyn Monroe memorabilia on the shelves of countless stores. Many people have never seen a film featuring either of these actors, yet they immediately recognize their face on any of the innumerable items that bear their image. Another such death shook the public at large when the great James Gandolfini died this past June of a heart attack in Rome. Gandolfini was most famous for playing the ruthless, yet somehow immensely likeable and relatable mob boss, Tony Soprano in HBO’s hit show “The Sopranos.” Guided by creator, David Chase’s impeccable vision, Gandolfini, along with co-stars like the equally brilliant Edie Falco, is highly responsible for the current “New Wave” of American television. The public and celebrity response to Gandolfini’s death may have come as a surprise to those not familiar with “The Sopranos,” because he was not someone who came immediately to mind when discussing the greatest actors of the past couple of decades. However, what is clear from these responses is that he was a hidden

talent, and one of the essential artists of television and film who was not utilized nearly as often as he should have been. He was an immense presence on the screen both in size and ability. His unconventional looks may have cost him roles, but no matter what part he was given and no matter what film he was in, he brought an amount of depth and humanity to each of his characters that very few actors have ever been able to convey. Brad Pitt even compared Gandolfini’s capability as an actor to that of the great Marlon Brando, often cited as one of, if not the, greatest actors of all time. Last year Gandolfini had a particularly promising streak with notable supporting performances in “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Not Fade Away” and especially in Andrew Dominik’s “Killing Them Softly.” In the film, he steals every scene he’s in. The magnetism and presence he is able to convey with a simple close up is uncanny. He gives a master-class in acting, revealing so much pain, anger and other feeling through the melancholy look in his dark eyes and the simple, powerful facial expressions that say so much more than any amount of words. As is the case with every actor who comes from a successful television series, it was difficult for Gandolfini to get roles since his name and face had become synonymous with the character he played so flawlessly – even though last year seemed like a testament that he was finally getting more diverse roles. His new film, “Enough Said,” which premieres at The Ross this Friday, puts him in a role completely out of his comfort zone, as the lead in a romantic comedy. The reviews for the film have been stellar, and he has been continuously cited for giving yet another charming and genuine performance. “Enough Said” nearly cracked

lose someone they love, but, due the top 10 in the box office this weekend, partly thanks to all the to the nature of their occupation, the masses have also lost someone publicity his death has raised for the film. This is one disturbing who played a part in their lives effect of celebrity death phenom- even if indirectly. It isn’t the man enon. It puts a lot of money into James Gandolfini that they are the hands of corporations who are mourning, but a shadow of his profiting off of the leftover good- true persona that they came to know through his work onscreen. will of an actor’s early passing. What is so upsetting is not simply Just as “The Dark Knight” that the actor that played Tony Sowent on to break box office records after Heath Ledger’s death, prano is gone, but the actor who could have taken on any number “Enough Said” is fast on its way of fascinating roles will no longer to becoming independent director Nicole Holofcener’s highest-gross- be around to give life to them. Like all feelings of sadness ing movie, already having grossed more than half as much as her last after the passing of someone imeffort “Please Give” in merely two portant, the sense is mostly, if not totally, selfish. While one is sad weeks. While it is unfortunate that for the individual that has passed anyone gets to profit at the expense and others that are deeply affected of another’s death, it’s simultane- by his or her death, one’s primary concern is for one’s ously wonderself and one’s own ful that some of When a emotions. With the Gandolfini’s work passing of a celebis finally getting legend rity this is especially noticed. Holofthe case. What one cener is one of the dies...the masses is most upset about current cinema’s have also lost is the fact that he or most unsung disomeone who she will never get rectors, “Killing to witness another Them Softly” is played a part work by the great one of last year’s most intriguing intheir lives - even actor. In a world films, “The So- if indirectly. ” where it’s extremely pranos” is a show difficult to direct a that EVERYONE movie unless you’re should see, and interested in making films similar now the public is finally experiencing these great works of art to Michael Bay or to get roles uneven if it is under undesirable cir- less you have the looks of Channing Tatum or Scarlett Johansson, cumstances. it’s difficult for artists like James What is so fascinating about mourning these celebrity deaths is Gandolfini to make it in the film industry. how there can be this mass amount It is important to be thankof sorrow and pain expressed for someone that the general public ful for the small amount of artists who don’t fit the Hollywood has had zero interaction with. This always comes as a great shock mold and are somehow still able to some, and while it does seem to work in film or television and to appreciate and celebrate their strange on the surface, when analyzed closer, it’s completely un- work while they are around to make it. derstandable. arts@ When a legend dies, their family and friends do not only


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ABOVE: Competitors shake their stuff to “Wobble Baby,” representing India in the theme of “Huskers Around the Globe.” RIGHT: The jumping globe balloon is the crowd favorite at the Monday Night Live Multicultural Dance Contest.

in comics but appreciate well-told stories and value the escape from reality that cinema provides. And with the addition of a TV show to the continuity, Marvel can introduce even the most obscure characters from the comics, develop them for a steady audience from week to week and then, if it feels right, put them in the movies. Those plans haven’t been made explicit by Marvel, but it’s a fairly safe inference.

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And when the credits roll, audiences will want more of the characters that inhabit the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With some sense of familiarity, they can turn to the comics to enrich their knowledge and enjoyment of the entire Marvel roster. For someone like me, whose knowledge of comic books is sort of tangential, the accessibility is much appreciated. arts@

bREAKING BAD: from 5 This is one of the biggest sacrifices Walter made in the entire show: his ego.”

and beauty of the home he could have had if his ego hadn’t gotten in the way, had he been able to accept that Gretchen didn’t love him. The way he quietly made his way through this what-if life so calmly suggested that he had a plan, and it was hard to not assume that it was centered around murder. Of course, it didn’t. He instead forces the couple to save his money and deliver it to Walt Jr. at age 18 (Holly’s apparently not getting anything?) and used two idiots with laser pointers to assure that his wish was fulfilled. It was a big move, making his past work for him like that. All the money he had earned, coming from a legitimate source like it (probably) should have all along. It was closure for that part of his past. That was one of the first Santa-like moves Walt made in his journey back to Albuquerque. One of the strongest scenes in the episode was his interaction with Skylar. I’d have loved to see how he convinced Skylar to allow him to talk to her, but Walt’s words have always been his strongest suit, so it isn’t too much of a jump to see him explain to his wife all his motives. I’m not sure I believed him when he said he’d done everything because he was “good at it.” That’s clearly what Skylar had wanted to hear all along, and in saying what he did, he gave Skylar the gift of feeling that her assumptions about her husbandturned-methlord being right. She had the satisfaction of knowing that she knew better than he did about everything that had happened, even if it wasn’t true. That was one of the biggest sacrifices Walt had made in the entire show – his ego. He was willing to say what Skylar needed to say, in the process helping his family like he always wanted. The time he spent in the cabin reflected on his face — the loneliness he felt in being right couldn’t outweigh the satisfaction acting like he was wrong offered and he had accepted that. It’s the same face he made when he slid the gun to Jesse and let him choose whether to let him live or not. How beautifully orchestrated was that entire scene? Walt knew exactly what he was walking into. The way he looked as though he was defeated when Jack told him he’d be killed soon was masterful on Walt’s (and Bryan Cranston’s) part. He knew exactly how everything would go down, and he played the game just right, letting Jesse take him to the ground and unleashing that home-grown death machine. It was a trademark Heisenberg move, destroying multiple people with a wave of his wrist. Todd had his life destroyed by the chains he had put on Jesse was another big moment. From the moment he shot that kid on the dirt bike during the train heist, he had Jesse coming for him. That, coupled with the mur-

der of Andrea, left nothing but revenge in Jesse’s mind, and it was a total triumph for Jesse to be able to take him out for good. Then he gets the chance to kill Walt. He stands there, gun pointed at Walt, demanding the respect he’s always wanted. And Walt finally gives it to him. Jesse is free. Not only from the cage the skinheads kept him in, but from the dominating presence Walt has had in his life. He no longer has to live in fear. He never has to face his biggest fears again, because they’ve already happened. Certainly, his life is still in shards following the death of Andrea, but he knows things can only get better. It’s over, this chapter of his life. And then Walter dies. A bullet wound in his torso, he wanders the meth lab the skinheads have built, admiring the machinery. He is surrounding by his true love, science. He knew this was coming and he accepted it gracefully. He lies down, a life of crime and lies surrounding him, and surrenders to life, to the cancer diagnoses and to the authorities. The police come in to find his body, too late to capture their number one target. And that’s how one of the best shows television has ever seen ends. Walt in control of his life, something he couldn’t have claimed before he was diagnosed. He won. And he knows he won. It’ll be hard to say goodbye to him. The anxious energy he created in fans’ chests as Sunday evening approached each week is something that’s hard to come by. At parties, we’ll have to find other conversation starters other than “Hey, are you caught up on Breaking Bad?” The theories we present to our friends on Facebook chat at 1:30 a.m. are just a memory at this point. It was a bit tacky that AMC asked fans to thank “Breaking Bad” after the episode ended, because you’re supposed to entertain us, television, but really, we do have a lot to be thankful for. This show was an accomplishment, a story told with such precision it’s nearly hard to believe. It kept us entertained for five seasons, and gave many of us shared moments of disbelief with friends as we watched it play out. It gave us something to look forward to when we realized we had enough time in class to watch an episode on Netflix. It handed a challenge to us when our friends kept telling us to get caught up and gave us satisfaction when we finally did and we could join in heated discussions about whether Jesse would kill Walt or vice-versa. Most of all, it gave us a truly mesmerizing story about a man that broke bad. Check back next week when I take a look at what “Breaking Bad” means as a whole. Tyler Keown is a junior journalism major, and he just can’t find anything else to watch now. Email suggestions to him at arts@

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


‘Meatballs’ proves funny, entertaining Despite outlandish and childish plot, sequel satisfies audiences of all ages Vince Moran DN Who would have thought that a 32-page children’s picture book had enough material for not only one feature-length film, but two? Sony Pictures Animation, apparently. The company has just released “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” the sequel to their 2009 success “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” and this film picks up directly after its predecessor ended when Flint (Bill Hader) saved

his town of Chewandswallow from his own rogue machine, the Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator - or, as he calls it for short, the FLDSMDFR, which makes food rain from the sky. In this chapter, Flint is recruited by Chester V (Will Forte), a Bill Nye the Science Guy-like character who happens to be Flint’s childhood hero, to destroy the FLDSMDFR which is now creating foodimals, or food animals, that are running wild through Chewandswallow. However, Chester turns out to be an evil genius in disguise, and, as in every PG movie, Flint and his friends must learn some important lessons before they can overcome this dastardly villain and save the day. Now, as ridiculous as it might be to believe after reading this outlandish and childish plot summary and as astonished as I am to hear myself say it, “Cloudy with a

Chance of Meatballs 2” is actually a lot of fun and surprisingly really funny. There is no doubt that it’s a kids movie through and through, with little to no material in it specifically for adults, but it is harmless, stupid fun. Without being abundantly annoying, “Cloudy” makes for a fond trip back to the Saturday morning cartoons of childhood. The movie is completely aware of its absurd nature. It knows how dumb everything about it is, and it’s not ashamed of it. It never comes anywhere close to taking itself seriously, and the audience is constantly conscious, and partly laughing at their own cooperation in experiencing this film, that they are watching cleverly created and named foodimals like “flamangos,” “watermelon-efents,” “mosquitoasts,” “tacodiles” and many more. The animation is utterly beautiful, and it once again proves that

animation is one genre in which 3D technology actually does work. It has an amazing color palette, which flourishes in every frame, a joy to behold. It is not concerned with making its animation as lifelike as possible like “Shrek” and some other animated films do, but creates its own artificial look for its unique CGI universe. The voice performers are all great and the cast features “Saturday Night Live” alums Bill Hader, Will Forte and Andy Samberg, as well as Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, Kristen Schaal and, for some reason, the great James Caan (I’m assuming he lost a bet). The one downside to this cast is the offensively stereotypical African American cop voiced by Terry Crews who replaces Mr. T from the first film. It seems even in animation black actors cannot get a job unless they take on these problematic and clichéd roles. There are some moments in the film that fall flat because they

cross the line of just too stupid, and a couple scenes in which the film turns serious to deliver their messages with a bluntness that’s both importantly accessible to its young audience and, to anyone with more than 12 years under their belt, quite forced. Among the film’s messages is its environment-friendly agenda. While it’s not “WALL-E,” by any means, it does offer up something resembling a moral theme which could lead to deeper discussion. Despite some small flaws, and even though “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” is a kid’s movie, it still succeeds as a highly entertaining show for audiences outside its intended age demographic. If you go with a group of friends, maybe after an alcoholic beverage or two, it’s a guaranteed blast. arts@

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teractions at parties, and you have to go with that,” Loeffelbein said. “If she was all over him, if she is making out with him and a lot of witnesses saw it, I would be less likely to believe her. That’s not rape then.” As president of PREVENT, Specht gives presentations to classes, sororities and athletic groups that provide education and start dialogues among students about sexual assault crimes. The experience is often eye opening, especially for men, Specht explained that most people are surprised to learn that excessive intoxication removes ability to give legal consent in Nebraska. “If a woman is drunk and, she comes back and says after the fact that it was rape, that’s still valid,”


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1.Ohio State (5-0 Overall, 1-0 Big Ten) Coming back from injury, quarterback Braxton Miller looked very comfortable being back in the huddle. Miller threw four touchdowns on Saturday against Wisconsin while the young Buckeye defense held its own for the most part against an electric rushing attack. The excitement continues next Saturday when the team must go on the road to face No. 16 Northwestern.

2.Northwestern (4-0, 0-0) The most important bye week for the Wildcats came last week in preparation for the game against No. 4 Ohio State on Saturday. Pat Fitzgerald hopes his team is ready for what will be entering Evanston this week. Both Ohio State and Northwestern beat California on the road earlier this season, by margins of 14 points and 18 points, respectively.

3.Michigan (4-0, 0-0) The Wolverines fell back in the polls again, to No. 19, after their bye week. After squeaking out victories against Akron and Connecticut, Michigan is one of the lowest-ranked undefeated teams in the country; its marquee win against now-unranked Notre Dame is beginning to look less impressive. This week the Wolverines will have an opportunity to move up in the rankings when they host Minnesota at the Big House.

4.Nebraska (3-1, 0-0) There are many things that Nebraska fans hoped the team would fix before the homecoming game versus Illinois. Most prominent are the defense and Taylor Martinez’s toe, because the Huskers shouldn’t look past 3-1 Illinois after the way their defense played against South Dakota State. Revitalized Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase poses another dual threat to Nebraska.

5.Wisconsin (3-2, 1-1) Out of all the Big Ten teams, the Badgers have had the toughest first stretch of the season. After close losses to both Arizona State and, most recently, Ohio State, Wisconsin is able to take a breather and will return to face Northwestern in two weeks. The bye week gives Badger running back Melvin Gordon, the nation’s second-leading rusher, a chance to rest after going down with an injury against the Buckeyes.

6.Michigan State (3-1, 0-0) After the results in recent weeks, the matchup between Michigan State and Iowa has become very interesting. The Spartans are sitting just outside of the polls, while the Hawkeyes won their first conference game of the season and are two wins away from becoming bowl eligible. Michigan State had a bye week after losing at Notre Dame, giving new starting quarterback Connor Cook more time to help spark a stagnant Spartan offense.

7.Iowa (4-1, 1-0) If the Hawkeyes would have put up another score on Northern Illinois in their first game, then people would be looking at an undefeated Iowa team right now. Although Iowa lost the first game by three points, the team has been playing above expectations, and for that it can thank Mark Weisman, who ran for 147 yards last week in the 23-7 win over Minnesota in the battle for the Floyd of Rosedale.

8.Penn State (3-1, 0-0) The Nittany Lions had a pretty successful bye week, aside from taking time off before conference play; the team had some scholarship restrictions by the NCAA. Now they can take the field with a lot to look forward to this week against Indiana. Freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg will look to tear up a Hoosier defense that ranks second-to-last in the conference by giving up 33 points per game.

9.Minnesota (4-1, 0-1) Following an unbeaten run through a soft nonconference schedule, the Gophers’ issues were exposed against a fired-up Hawkeyes team that was hungry to beat Minnesota and win the trophy game. It doesn’t get any easier this week at a Michigan team that won 35-13 in Minneapolis last season in quarterback Devin Gardner’s first start.

10.Illinois (3-1, 0-0) Of all the offenses that took the field on Saturday, it was Illinois that put up the impressive numbers. The Fighting Illini racked up more than 600 yards of offense against a weak Miami of Ohio defense. The Illini’s only loss came against No. 15 Washington, and Nathan Scheelhaase and company will try for another 600-yard performance against a Nebraska defense that has already allowed that feat this season.

11.Indiana (2-2, 0-0) Things aren’t looking good for the Hoosiers. After a not-so-subtle loss to Missouri two weeks ago, the team is entering a trouble spot in its Big Ten schedule. Indiana must face Penn State and cross-division opponents Michigan State and Michigan in the next three games. Indiana is 11th in the nation in points per game, but it ranks No. 97 in scoring defense.

12.Purdue (1-4, 0-1) The first quarter of the game against Northern Illinois looked promising, and then the Boilermakers fell apart, allowing 45 points in the next three quarters against the Huskies. Purdue’s only victory of the season was by six points against Indiana State. The only direction now for the Boilermakers to go is up, and with a bye week, there will be a long list of things to fix before they host Nebraska. —Compiled by Josh Kelly


With eight of the 12 teams in the Big Ten Conference being ranked before conference play started, the Big Ten looked to be a powerhouse in volleyball. The Nebraska coach John Cook made a comparison about the Big Ten in his news conference on Monday. “Who knows about Big Ten in football, but certainly the SEC in football, I think any win you get there is a great win, and I think that’s what the Big Ten volleyball conference is like,” Cook said. The first week of Big Ten play showed any team can win in this conference. The Michigan State Spartans took down two top teams last weekend: No. 5 Penn State and No. 12 Ohio State. Another big surprise was No. 14 Michigan starting out Big Ten play with two losses, also against Penn State and Ohio State. Michigan competed in the Final Four last season. According to Cook, no team in the Big Ten will finish undefeated.

Huskers are improving

Cook said the No. 10 Husker squad has improved overall. “From every part of the game, to confidence, to being a team,” the coach said. “We’ve made huge strides in everything.” The Huskers (9-2) are just five serves from being ranked No. 1 in the country, according to Cook. The coach also said he wants the team’s ace to error ratio to be even. “A good comparison is, well you only get 10 ser-

vice errors if you get 10 aces,” Cook said. “If you have 10 aces and 30 service errors, you’re in the hole 20.” Cook also said the team’s ratio is improving. “Serving-wise, our ratio is getting better,” Cook said. “But it was way out of whack the first few weeks. We had way more errors than aces.” According to Cook, the team is serving tough, and Nebraska will look to win more points off of the serve.

Composure is key

The Huskers, at times, can have four freshmen on the court, and the biggest surprise to Cook was how composed they have played. “At Illinois is not an easy place to play,” Cook said. “Those kids handled it really well.” The team’s poise came from experience early on from home matches in front of large crowds at the Bob Devaney Sports Center and big road match-ups, according to Cook. “We learned how to handle the crowds at home, which is really stressful,” Cook said. “Then, going to Texas was a big step for us, how we handled it there, and then that gave us the confidence and experience, somewhat, to go into Northwestern and Illinois.” The Huskers will face two teams that are 2-0 in the Big Ten this weekend, and Cook expects the Devaney Center crowd to be the loudest yet. “I think the crowd will be more electric,” he said. “Now it’s Big Ten, I think it all ramps up.” —Compiled by Eric Bertrand sports@

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Freshman setter Kelly Hunter (left) leads No. 10 Nebraska with 0.33 service aces per set. Coach John Cook said his team’s ace-to-error ratio has improved since a rough start serving this year.

FOOTBALL CONFERENCE NOTES Nebraska fresh off bye week

Nebraska finished up its nonconference schedule and coasted into the first bye week with a 3-1 overall record. “I thought we got a lot of work done,” coach Bo Pelini said. “Like I said, I think every time we go out there, it’s important for this football team right now. It’s important to continue the process and continue to progress. I thought we did that last week as a football team.” Pelini also noted the off-week gave his team more time to heal smaller dings and bruises. Though the Huskers didn’t face an opponent last weekend, senior offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles said last week was far from a week off. “We had good practices in the bye week,” Sirles said. “We didn’t take it off. I don’t think the team came out there and just said it’s bye week, and we’re going to mess around. We definitely put in hard days of work when we were out there, then we got some good days off to kind of recover.” The practices, Sirles said, reminded him of camp practices, consisting of physical drills.

Players ready for Big Ten

After taking a Saturday off, Nebraska will be back in action on Saturday to open Big Ten play against Illinois. Several players expressed the added motivation moving into conference play, including senior receiver Quincy Enunwa. “These are the games that are going to determine whether or not you make it to the Big Ten Championship,” he said. “If you’re not motivated enough by that, then I don’t know what to tell you.” According to running back Ameer Abdullah, though, the team holds the same intensity no matter who Nebraska lines up against on Saturday. “You should prepare the same whether it is for a Big Ten game or non-conference,” Abdullah said. “I feel like everyone should focus on the little things a bit more. But intensity-wise, we bring the intensity every day, and noth-

ing is going to change.” The intensity the team has shown reminds Sirles of last year’s squad, he said. Nebraska, as Sirles pointed out, enters the conference schedule with three wins and a loss to UCLA. “We know going into Big Ten play that we can still go to the Big Ten championship,” Sirles said. “We proved we did it last year. That’s the ultimate goal, is to get there and to win it. That’s where we’re keeping our focus. We’re staying the course right there, and Illinois is our first test.”

Martinez still unknown for Saturday

Senior quarterback Taylor Martinez did not practice throughout bye week, Pelini said, but he did participate in individual drills off the field. Still, if Martinez isn’t 100 percent for Illinois, Pelini said he has plenty of confidence in back-ups Tommy Armstrong Jr. and Ron Kellogg III. “Last time it was what we saw in practice that led us to Tommy being the guy to start the game,” Pelini said. “That’s probably where we would lean right now going into it if Taylor didn’t play. A lot of it depends on the next three days of practice, too.” Seeing a new starting quarterback is nothing new, according to Abdullah, as the practice routine has the team playing with all three of the quarterbacks, he said. “We pretty much mix up quarterbacks with different units all the time, just trying to build good relationships with all the quarterbacks, all the receivers and all the backs,” Abdullah said. “So it doesn’t really affect our relationship very much.” Though there are differences between the quarterbacks, such as Armstrong’s ability to throw further and Kellogg’s tendency to throw harder, as Enunwa said, it doesn’t matter to him which quarterback is under center. “A pass is a pass,” Enunwa said. “When you go out

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Senior offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles (71) said Nebraska’s experience coming back from an early loss to make the Big Ten Championship Game in 2012 will help the team this year. there, you don’t think about that kind of stuff because then it starts getting into your head. I go out there and if the ball is in the air, it’s my ball.”

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Father’s coaching helps Decker Hailey Decker’s father, hitting coach for San Francisco Giants, influenced her to go to Nebraska David Stover DN After getting eight hits in four games over the weekend, sophomore infielder Hailey Decker opened up about what led to her success at the plate. “When I’m in the box,” Decker said, “it’s more about competing and having belief in myself.” The sophomore from Keizer, Ore., grew up with a baseball and softballtargeted influence because of her dad, Steve Decker, who played seven years in the major leagues and is a hitting instructor for the San Francisco Giants. Decker said her father has had the biggest influence on her game because, when she was young, he taught her how to hit. The relationship between father and daughter has made a huge impact on the player she is today. With her father coaching nine months out of the year, the duties of dropping Decker off at softball tournaments belonged to her mom, Maite Decker. Decker grew up playing competitive softball, even when her role model could not always be there to see how she was doing. However, knowing that her dad’s presence was with her at the plate, she continued to thrive. When the time came to choose a college to take her softball career, Decker’s parents mentioned Nebraska. “At first my parents were like you need to go on a visit to Nebraska,” Decker said. “And I was like, ‘No, why would I want to go to Nebraska? I want to stay on the West Coast and be close to home.’” Originally skeptical of her parent’s suggestion to come visit, Decker

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Sophomore infielder Hailey Decker, who started all 61 games last season as a freshman, had eight hits in Nebraska’s four-game Big Red Classic over the weekend. embraced the Husker Spirit immediately. “I ended up coming out here and going on a visit, and I fell in love with the whole atmosphere, and the people, and the coaching staff and the facilities,” Decker said. “Coming here and going and visiting other schools, just, nothing compares to here.” In her freshman season, Decker hit .244 with 13 doubles and six home runs. This season, she is one of 12 underclassmen on the 16-player roster. “It’s a young bunch playing,” coach Rhonda Revelle said. Decker said homesickness is not an issue, even though she rarely sees her best friend, Camille, who is at Brigham Young University. Being raised in a major league baseball coach’s home, the distance does not faze her. With a year under her belt, she is

fully immersed in not only winning, but also having the camaraderie with her teammates. With the amount of time the Huskers spend together, Decker continues to soak in the memories and triumphs. One pregame memory she continues to embrace involves sharing her eye black with her teammates. “I always put on my eye black, and then I put on Tatum’s (Edwards) eye black, and then I give the eye black to Tatum, and then she puts it on Taylor (Edwards),” Decker said. The star infielder said her friends would describe her as hyper, upbeat, aggressive and protective. With those qualities, Decker spends most of her time hanging out with her teammates, and in her down time, she enjoys watching movies. After her softball career, Decker hopes to get involved in either elite-

level softball coaching or giving back to those with learning disabilities. “I know I want to coach at some point,” Decker said. “I do want to get back to elite coaching and at a D-1 level. But I’d like to have a family first and raise my kids. I have ADHD and a learning disability. So I’d like to do something with testing and helping people get accommodations. And to help people with what I’m going through.” Decker’s passion for what she wants to accomplish is contagious. Her presence is felt by opposing pitcher, her friends and the Husker softball team. Being a sophomore and having the impact she has already created on the Husker community makes one only think about the excited future ahead of this young softball player. sports@

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Junior setter Mary Pollmiller’s streak of seven straight games with at least 30 assists ended during the weekend, but a strong all-around game on Friday helped her to a Big Ten weekly award.

Pollmiller wins weekly award Junior transfer Mary Pollmiller wins Big Ten Setter of the Week for her 54-assist game against Northwestern Staff Report DN Nebraska junior setter Mary Pollmiller was named the Big Ten’s Setter of the Week, giving her the first Big Ten weekly award of her career. This is the second award claimed by a Nebraska player this season, two weeks after freshman outside hitter Amber Rolfzen was Co-Freshman of the Week. Pollmiller had three kills and hit at an attacking percentage of .600, and she racked up 54 assists in a four-set victory against

Northwestern on Friday. In a strong all-around performance, she also had nine digs, two blocks and a service ace in the Northwestern game. She added another kill and 27 more assists in the Huskers’ threeset win at Illinois on Saturday. A transfer from Tennessee, Pollmiller was a Second-Team AllSEC performer and the SEC Freshman of the Year in 2011. In 2013, Pollmiller leads the No. 10 Huskers with 391 assists in 11 matches. The rest of the team combined has 147 assists. She is averaging more than 10 assists a set and is one of only three Huskers averaging more than one per frame. Before Saturday’s game, Pollmiller had topped 30 assists in seven straight games, totaling 299 assists in those contests and averaging about 43 assists per match and nearly 12 per set in that stretch. sports@

football: from 10 He’s shaky at times, sure. But he knows how to win in a tough environment, too.”

morgan spiehs | dn Sophomore Dusty Boyer won a three-and-a-half hour match against LSU’s Harrison Kennedy and began his next match, a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 victory against Drake’s Matt Frost, 15 minutes later. Boyer started his next match Monday night, but it will not finish until Tuesday.

Boyer advances in ITA event Sydny Boyd DN The Nebraska men’s tennis players continued the ITA All-American Championships at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on Monday. The Huskers sent four men from the program and had one singles player advance to qualifying: sophomore Dusty Boyer. “I played a three-and-a-half hour long match,” Boyer said. “I beat a singles player from LSU, and then they asked me play again 15 minutes later against a singles player from Drake. It was crazy.” Boyer’s first match was against LSU’s Harrison Kennedy, and he won 7-6 (4), 6-1. He quickly returned to the court to defeat Drake’s Matt Frost 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. “I was just trying to finish the match,” Boyer said. “My legs were cramping, and I had already played four matches. It is survival of the fittest out there. It’s brutal.” Coach Kerry McDermott attributes Boyer’s stamina to the programs training. “We always stress to these guys how important it is to do all

of the running and to constantly push themselves,” McDermott said. “It is for times like these, and it paid off for Dusty. It came down to him outworking the player. It was important for him.” In a match originally scheduled for Tuesday, Boyer took on University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Rafael Rondino in the men’s qualifying singles draw Monday night. After a full day of playing, Boyer headed to the court to try to win another match to advance in the championship. “They moved his match to Tuesday night; he won’t finish until 10 p.m.,” McDermott said. “He needs to continue to do the same things he did earlier and play smart tennis.” Boyer is looking to improve on his serve. “I’ve been missing a lot of serves, and it takes a lot of energy to keep missing those,” Boyer said. “It’s special to be one of four players at the tournament and see how good I can be against the top players.” Sophomore Marc Herrmann showed up strong early in Monday’s tournament but was de-

feated in his final match of the prequalifying men’s singles. Herrmann beat Northwestern’s Mihir Kumar 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. Hermann then proceeded to play Mississippi’s Stefan Lindmark who beat him 6-4, 6-1. “Overall, I played well,” Herrmann said. “My legs were tired, and I missed a couple of easy shots. He took advantage of my legs and fatigue, and I just couldn’t get it back.” Even when the competition is even and the player is keeping on top of the match, little mistakes can get away from him. “Marc broke early in the first set and then was pretty even,” McDermott said. “His legs got tired, and he didn’t recover as well as we hoped he would. He made more mistakes than he usually does, but those things happen. He’ll learn from it. I give him credit for getting so far.” At the ITA All-American Championships last year, Herrmann played and lost during the first round. “Making it to the finals this week was really good for me,” Hermann said. “It was good to

play some guys that I will see again and gain some confidence.” Advancing this far into the competition was a good learning experience for all of the players who attended. Beau Treyz, Tom Blackwell, Boyer and Herrmann all gained insight to how to play better from the tournament. Tuesday will bring Boyer’s singles match along with the qualifying doubles round. All four Husker players will play against competitive doubles teams in hopes of advancing to the finals. “We’re looking to see what these guys can do as a team and the experiences that they can have,” McDermott said. “I think they will pull out some surprises and pull off a good win.” The matches will start early in the day and will not end until late Tuesday night, if the Huskers advance. “Doubles is quite a bit different than singles,” Boyer said. “It’s just kind of a new experience. I have no idea what most of these players are like. I am just going to jump in and figure it out.” sports@

basketball: from 10 cluded five points for the White team from Nathan Hawkins, a freshman from Garland, Texas, and four rebounds for the White team from Tim Wagner, a 6-foot3-inche guard from Galesville, Wisc. The new Huskers add onto a team with nine returning players, including three starters from last season: sophomore forward Shavon Sheilds, junior forward David Rivers and senior guard

Ray Gallegos. On the merging of old and new, Gallegos said after the scrimmage the team will have to “just continue to work hard.” Coach Tim Miles didn’t speak much of the new players after the scrimmage, but said how excited he was for the new arena and upcoming season. “I really love the setup,” he said. “It sounds great, looks

I really love the setup. It sounds great, looks great. The guys love it. I just think it will take some time to get adjusted.” TIm Miles basketball coach

great. The guys love it. I just think it will take some time to get



the most fundamentally sound quarterback. I know his throwing motion isn’t pretty, and some of his decisions are questionable at best. But the guy is a proven leader. Let’s not forget what he’s done in the clutch. Nebraska was down by 17 with 10 and a half minutes left in the third quarter against Wisconsin in 2012. In a 107-yard rushing effort, Martinez helped the Huskers propel to a 30-27 win over the Badgers. Nebraska also faced a 12-point deficit to Northwestern in 2012 on the road mid-way through the fourth quarter. In the final minutes of the fourth quarter, Martinez threw two touchdown passes to lift Nebraska to a 29-28 win. Then, Nebraska was down by three with 11 seconds left in the game against Michigan State on the road. Martinez rolled back and found Jamal Turner for the game-winning touchdown. Like I said, the guy is a proven leader. The fact is Martinez is one of the most interesting players in college football. He’ll make a bad play that completely boggles your mind, then he’ll come back and find a way to move the chains. He’ll throw three interceptions against Wisconsin on a national stage in 2011, then bounce back by leading a program-best comeback

over Ohio State the next week. He’ll throw three picks and run for only 40 yards in a blowout loss against Ohio State the next year, but recover by rattling off six straight victories as Nebraska’s leader. He’s shaky at times, sure. But he knows how to win in a tough environment, too. I understand why everyone is so quick to jump on the Tommie Armstrong bandwagon. I really do. He throws a delicate pass, can run the option with precision and is already showing signs of a respected leader as a redshirt freshman. He’s no doubt exciting for Nebraska future. But come on. You really think he should start over a healthy Martinez? Tell me, when Nebraska lines up, down by five in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter on the road, who do you want screaming instructions to the team? Who do you want reading the defense and calling an audible? Who do you want making sense of otherwise utter chaos? A redshirt freshman who had a career game against an FCS opponent (no offense, Tommy) or a proven leader? Nebraska should choose Martinez every time. sports@


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BETTER Tommy Armstrong’s performance against South Dakota State has many thinking he should supplant Taylor Martinez as full-time starter — they should think again column by Kyle Cummings

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Freshman quarterback Tommy Armstrong went 12-15 for 169 yards and a touchdown filling in for Taylor Martinez against South Dakota State.

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can’t tell you how many times I heard that Taylor Martinez should sit the rest of the season, regardless of his health. With all due respect, are you people crazy? Yeah, Tommy Armstrong Jr. and Ron Kellogg III had a heck of a game against South Dakota State, but let’s not go overboard yet. Starting the two back-ups against South Dakota State was the right decision by Bo Pelini, and as long as Taylor Martinez is hurt, there’s nothing wrong with giving Armstrong and Kellogg more snaps, especially with such a manageable schedule ahead. Sitting Martinez while he heals is a smart decision against teams like Illinois, Purdue or Minnesota. As he showed against SDSU, Armstrong should have no problem jumping into the fire in the first few conference games for Nebraska. But once Martinez is healthy, you’d better believe he’s the one Husker fans should want under center. I’m not trying to blast Armstrong by any means, either. He put up some impressive numbers against the Jackrabbits, and I’ll be one of the first to say he’ll be a gem for Nebraska moving forward. Still, Martinez’s experience is hard to challenge. I get Martinez isn’t

While senior quarterback Taylor Martinez struggled in his last outing against UCLA, his experience as a four-year starter keeps him above Tommy Armstrong on Nebraska’s quarterback depth chart. Martinez missed the last game with turf toe.

COMPARING QUARTERBACKS Minutes Total yards Yards per play



80:10 629 5.62

23:24 230 9.58

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Freshman Tommy Armstrong gains more yards per play than senior Taylor Martinez, though Armstrong accumulated most of his stats against FCS opponent South Dakota State. Armstrong's statistics are still impressive, but Nebraska fans should remember that Martinez has 41 more starts–and five more second-half comebacks–under his belt.



7.47 3.2 9.96

9.76 6.9 14.08

Yards per minute Rush yards per attempt Pass yards per completion

Passer rating Total offense while on field Total offense per minute



156.3 1,172 13.92

196.6 446 18.92

Nebraska QB: see page 9

Newcomers get first time on Huskers’ new court In Friday night’s scrimmage, NU fans got their first look at Nebraska’s freshmen, transfer players Chris Heady DN The Nebraska men’s basketball team kicked off the 2013 season Friday night with its first practice of the year, which was open to the public for a scrimmage from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Fans got a chance to not only see a new arena, but also quite a few fresh faces on the court that are set to play big minutes this year. Three transfers were finally unleashed from their one-year forced redshirt. All three players – guard Deverell Biggs and forwards Terran Petteway and Walter Pitchford – have two years of eligibility left, and will most likely all be competing for

starting positions this season. Biggs, a junior college transfer from Seward County Community College, played 23 minutes and packed the stat sheet with five points on 2-of-9 shooting, four assists and three rebounds. Biggs is a 6-foot guard who last season averaged 14.6 points, 3.1 assists, 3.3 steals and 3.7 rebounds and was a NJCAA All-American. Biggs was joined by two Division 1 transfers, Petteway from Texas Tech and Pitchford from Florida. Petteway played all 25 minutes and had four points, six rebounds and an assist for the White team. Pitchford, who gives the Huskers an inside-outside presence, was 4-for-7 for 10 points, leading all scorers, and five rebounds. Pitchford was 1-for-4 behind the arch and played 16 total minutes, and also won the dunk contest that took place at halftime. Chemistry will be key for the Huskers moving forward with new pieces and players, but they seem to be on their way. On the first play of the scrimmage, Biggs hooked up with Pitchford on an alley-oop play for the White team.

Four freshmen played in Husker jerseys for the first time Friday, two of whom played more than 20 of the 25 total minutes. Those two, guard Tai Webster and forward Nick Fuller, both contributed big to the Red team in its 39-37 win over the White. Webster shot 4-for-9 with 8 points, including 3 rebounds and a team-leading 3 assists. Webster, a four-star recruit from Auckland, New Zealand, also made the gamewinning shot with a jumper from the right elbow with less than 20 seconds. Webster will likely accompany Biggs in the backcourt this season. Fuller, who participated in the 3-point contest between halves, was 3-for-5 for eight points and added four rebounds in 21 minutes of play. A 6-foot-8-inch freshman from Sun Prairie, Wisc., Fuller was a finalist for Mr. Basketball in Wisconsin last year and gives the Huskers an outside presence other than senior Ray Gallegos, who led the Big Ten in 3-pointers last year. Other freshman production in-

basketball: see page 9

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Sophomore transfer Walter Pitchford (35) played 16 minutes in Nebraska’s open practice Friday night, shooting 4-of-7 for 5 points and collecting 5 rebounds.

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