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Board of Regents approves 120-credit-hour degree plan Riley Johnson daily nebraskan
The University of Nebraska Board of Regents unanimously voted to standardize the undergraduate degree requirement at 120 credit hours Friday. Starting next fall, incoming freshman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the other three NU campuses will begin the 120-hour degree, in which, a student taking a 15-credit-hour load for eight semesters can expect to graduate, according
to the initiative. A recent university-wide study of students who began college in fall 2003 pinned the average time to graduation at nine semesters or 4.5 years, and most NU programs require at least 125 credit hours to graduate, according to NU Provost and Vice President Linda Pratt. NU President J.B. Milliken said those numbers require steps be taken to help out the students that need their degree in four years. “It’s incumbent upon us to provide the pathway for
those (students) that do know where they want to go and to do so efficiently,” Milliken said. About 60 percent of NU graduates reported loan debt after completing their bachelor’s degree with an average debt of $18,000, according to the Office of the Provost. While the move would likely save students money in the long term, some faculty might see added pressure to reduce their programs before the undergraduate bulletin comes out next semester.
“I think this is a really tough time frame to cut content out of a class or reduce or combine content,” Barbara LaCost, an associate professor of educational administration and UNL Faculty Senate president, LaCost told the Board of Regents some faculty had concerns that curriculum committees would have to make the reductions to their programs by as early as this October or, at the latest, December. While cuts and reductions are necessary, LaCost said faculty need to
make these big decisions in a stressful, short period of time. But some curriculum committees have already made the move. The College of Business Administration already has adopted the 120hour degree and one-third of majors at the College of Education and Human Sciences have taken on that standard as well, Pratt said. States like Arkansas, Florida and Maryland have similar 120-hour degree standards in place, Pratt said, so Nebraska needs to get on the
not forgotten Alex Ramthun, a major in the Marine Corps, wipes his eyes during his speech at the candlelight vigil at the Broyhill Fountain outside the Nebraska Union for the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
Campus remembers 9/11, honors service members as speakers share personal stories of sacrifice, reflection story by frannie sprouls photos by andrew dickinson
he heat of the day had begun to fade and not a cloud was in the sky. Students, faculty and community members gathered in the Nebraska Union Plaza to remember those lost 10 years ago. More than 250 people attended the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska’s 9/11 Memorial Service and Candlelight Vigil. “It is no doubt a day we must remember,” said Lane Carr, a senior political science and history major and ASUN president, during his speech. Carr presented along with Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Juan Franco, graduate student Malika Yadgarova, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman’s wife Sally Ganem and
Brandi Bengtson, a junior english major; Meranda Wellman, a senior english major; and Taylor Jensen hold each other during the prayer at the end of the vigil.
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External review calls for improvements to unions Jacy Marmaduke Daily Nebraskan
An external review board has spoken, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was listening. In the coming months and years, the Nebraska Unions,
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Student Involvement and the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center will see myriad improvements in organization, communication and efficiency, as prompted by a review of the programs conducted last spring. The creation of long-term
strategic plans for Student Involvement and the Nebraska Union is universally considered top priority. Every step will be carefully charted out in accordance with the plans, both of which are slated for completion in May. “That’s the biggest bang
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for our buck,” said Veronica Riepe, director of Student Involvement. “Once we have an idea of what our vision is, some of the other things will feed into that and be a result.” The departmental review process takes place every six
years and is conducted by a board of experts unaffiliated with UNL. Suggestions for improvement were across the board, ranging from
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A man among donuts: LaMar’s late shift GRAVEYARD SHIFT Cody elmore daily nebraskan
Inside, he shifts around the room like a shadow. Outside, the sticky, sweet smell of donuts beckons bystanders to investigate the aroma’s source. It’s 11:30 p.m. and Duane Kuhl is halfway through his 11-hour shift at LaMar’s Donuts. “I wasn’t going to let you in,” he said. “It never fails – a bunch of drunk people will tap on the window and harass me for donuts.” Kuhl, of Lincoln, took a temporary part-time job at Lamar’s eight years ago. The hours were right and so was the pay. He works full time now, pushing through 11-hour nights, slathering, glazing and raising the next morning’s supply of donuts. He leans down, inspecting the sprinkled, glazed, powdered bounty lining the trays. The scent inside the store is both intoxicating and heavy. “Everybody thinks being the guy who makes donuts is like a dream job or something,” he said. “After a couple months I couldn’t smell them and I definitely couldn’t eat them.” Getting to work around 4 p.m. or 5 p.m., he starts his shift preparing the donuts for the ovens in the back. After the baking is over he starts boxing orders for clients. A stack of note cards with addresses sits under his dough-stained hand. “We’ve got eight standing orders to fill this weekend,” he said. “Besides those, we’ll prepare about 93 screens of donut rings. We’ve also got about 90 pounds of other types for tomorrow morning.” The sugary, creamy rings sit in the dark, hiding from bargoers until 5:30 a.m. when Lamar’s opens its doors. The small store on the corner of
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bandwagon. “I think it will not only save students money, but it will also help create a milliken more supportive climate on campus to help students finish up in four years,”
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‘Go Green’ volunteers aid game cleanup Frannie Sprouls Daily Nebraskan
Students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are going green with UNL’s Landscape Services and Recycling Enterprises’ “Go Green for Big Red” recycling effort. “One of our goals is for people to know that the university is a recycle-friendly campus,” said Prabhakar Shrestha, a Recycling Enterprises coordinator and natural resource sciences graduate student. The effort is a simple task; 90 minutes before kickoff, student volunteers meet and collect recyclables from different tailgating lots near Memorial Stadium. Green trash bags are handed out to tailgaters for plastic and aluminum items. “We encourage people to place recyclables in the bags to prevent them going into the landfill,” said Jeff Henson, another Recycling Enterprises coordinator and community development and planning graduate student. Student volunteers walk to collect the green bags to place in the red dumpsters. For the first two football games of the season, about 20 people have volunteered their Saturdays. “Anything about going green, I’m for it,” said Tatiana Height, a freshman environmental studies major and
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volunteer. Those who volunteer must sign waivers to participate. They also receive a T-shirt, a green drawstring bag and a stainless steel water bottle. “It’s a fun thing to do if you don’t have tickets to the game,” said Cain Silvey, a junior environmental studies major. “Go Green for Big Red” has been around for three years. “This is only our second game, but the amount we’ve collected is above the past two years, so we’re off to a good start,” Henson said. Before the Tennessee-Chattanooga football game Sept. 3, volunteers collected about 2,000 pounds of recyclables. “It’s not a whole lot, but it
can make a difference,” Shrestha said. “People are coming from all over and seeing that UNL is a recycle-friendly campus.” By participating in “Go Green for Big Red,” Jenn Simons, a junior environmental studies and sociology major, said it shows students care about recycling. “A lot of people won’t recycle unless they are given the opportunity,” Simons said. Neil Tabor, a junior environmental studies major and president of Sustain UNL, said this year has been successful, but he would like to get an instadium recycling effort going. “‘Go Green for Big Red’ is a good opportunity to show
athletics and the administration as well,” said Matan Gill, a junior construction management major and Environmental Sustainability Committee chair for the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska. “Even though they are not willing to budge and help us create a sustainable program inside of the stadium, we’re still going to volunteer our Saturdays,” Gill said. With trash bags in hand, the group will continue to volunteer. “We all volunteer our time,” Shrestha said. “This is what we like to do.” Franniesprouls@ dailynebraskan.com
lamar’s: from 1 17th and Q streets emits a delectable musk, distinguishable despite multiple restaurants in the area; everyone recognizes the smell. Kuhl pours a cup of coffee, occasionally taking sips as he transports the rings back and forth into the display. His face is hidden in the darkness of the small dining room. Rattles and clanks sing out from behind the kitchen doors. Voices a decibel above a whisper mingle in between each metallic bang. “There’s a few of us here right now,” he said. “They’ll get here a while after I do to start preparing. It takes a little while to get done, but it’s a bit of a slow process.” National Donut Day, which falls on the first Friday of June every year, marks the
pinnacle of Kuhl’s accomplishment and exhaustion, he said. The day requires nearly double the amount of donuts of a normal night. He turns on the faucet, letting warm water rinse away multiple coats of powdered sugar from his fingers and palms. “I leave here every night smelling like a big glazed donut,” he said. “My new roommate hasn’t said anything yet, but I’m sure he will eventually. We do get a dozen free donuts a night, so I might be able to bribe him.” Inside, he goes into the kitchen, letting the door swing back and forth behind him. Outside, a group of two women and one man turn their heads, nostrils flaring.
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After working at LaMar’s for eight years, donuts lose their sweetness and become routine for Kuhl. One of the women, wearing stiletto heels, dressed in a black skirt and a white tube top, stumbles toward the scent.
“Do you guys smell that?” she said. “A donut sounds so good right now.” codyelmore@ dailynebraskan.com
Impact World Hunger pushes toward goal of feeding homeless Conor Dunn Daily nebraskan
Scarcely acknowledged or given the time of day, certain individuals float around campus and downtown Lincoln. These people are the homeless, and they are growing in number with each passing year. However, a student organization exists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to help alleviate the suffering. Impact World Hunger functions with the desire to make a difference in the world. “You get an indescribable feeling of accomplishment after doing something good for someone else,” said Brenda Coufal, a senior international studies and political science major and president of Impact World Hunger. Impact World Hunger was reinstated in 2009. The organization existed several years ago, but became dormant after most of its members graduated. Coufal and other members reorganized the group officially last year, roping in a multitude of students to participate in events like food drives, collecting donations at football games, serving meals to the homeless and volunteering in the community. “We have an emailing list of nearly 200 people,” Coufal said. She is inspired by the large amount of students showing their desire to help those in need, she said. Impact World Hunger raised $2,200 through several events in the fall semester of 2010. It raised enough money to place in Feeding America’s Virtual Food Drive national competition. At Big Red Welcome last year, the group partnered with
another organization, HOPE International, that promised to donate $1 for each photo uploaded to its website from the event. The campaign raised around $200. Impact World Hunger has also worked with the surrounding community, specifically elementary schools. “Last year we sold Valentine’s Day cards that were made by local elementary school students,” Coufal said. “The money we raised we sent to Sri Lanka Aid, who in turn used the money in rebuilding schools.” Markus Schoof, a sophomore history, international studies and Spanish major, and transfer student from Germany, is also a member of Impact World Hunger. He has been involved with the group for one year and expressed his surprise at how successful the group’s activities were after only one year. “We have a great atmosphere because every member of our organization is stunningly friendly and dedicated to a commendable cause: making our community a better place by helping out those who are in need,” Schoof said. Impact World Hunger meets at the Nebraska Union the second Tuesday of every month. Any student who wants to participate in the community is encouraged to join the organization. Impact World Hunger has already had its first meeting of the semester and Coufal said it was a good turnout. “I love seeing new students come in and contribute their thoughts and ideas to the group,” she said. “I can’t wait for the difference we’ll make this year.” Conordunn@ dailynebraskan.com
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Big Red Arts Welcome when: Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. where: Sheldon Sculpture Garden what: Free food, drinks, performances by UNL students and performance by the Bathtub Dogs. contact: Shannon McClure at 402-472-5928 or smcclure3@ unl.edu Why The Help Isn’t Helping: A Roundtable Discussion when: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. where: Andrews Hall, Room 229 what: Discussion hosted by the UNL Institute of Ethnic Studies. cost: Free and open to the public contact: Nancy Knapp at 402-472-1663 “Water: Connecting Everything to Everything Else”
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Boulder, on his book about the southern Colorado coal field wars in the 20th century. contact: Tim Borstelmann at 402-472-2414 or firstname.lastname@example.org Bike and Dine Ride when: Friday, Sept. 16, 3 p.m. where: UNL Outdoor Adventures at the Campus Rec Center what: Bike ride ending at The Isles Pizza. cost: Food and drinks. Extra cost for renting bikes/gear from the UNL Bike Shop. contact: The Bike Shop at 402-472-4777 Midwest Acoustic Fest when: Friday, Sept. 16, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Where: Union Plaza what: Festival featuring Jay Nash, Kyshona Armstrong and Steve Means. Free food, novelties and music hosted by UPC and CNL. “Flippin Project”
unveiling when: Friday, Sept. 16, 7:15 p.m. where: Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center what: Unveiling of a mural portrait of George Flippin, the first African-American athlete at UNL. cost: Free and open to the public Husker Game day Tailgate when: Saturday, Sept. 17, three hours before kickoff. where: Nebraska Union Plaza What: Hotdogs and music hosted by KFRX and the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska. contact: Lane Carr at 402472-2581 or lane.s.carr@ gmail.com Intramural Sports 2-Person Golf Scramble when: Sunday, Sept. 18, 1 p.m. where: Highlands Golf Course what: Golf competition in pairs hosted by Intramural Sports.
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Ashley Wessel, a sophomore culinology major, leans on Brandon Mills after the end of the candlelight vigil for the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. Major Alex Jack Ramthun of the U.S. Marine Corps. Franco told students that tragedy has a way of bringing out the best in people and reminded students it’s OK to be angry about what happened. “It is those who do harm to us (who) should be held responsible,” Franco said. “But only those who do harm to us, not innocent people who look like them.” Tears ran down the faces of many throughout the service and it was when Ramthun spoke that many were not able to hold it in. Ramthun, who had served in Afghanistan and Iraq, told the audience a story of a soldier he served with. Ramthun had witnessed one of his men sacrifice his life in order to save another. During the story, Ramthun had to pause to regain his composure. “Remember, over 100,000 men are doing the same thing,” Ramthun said. “Never forget them.” After the service, several lined up to thank Ramthun for his service. Many were affected by the speech, including Derek Dauel, a sophomore finance major. Dauel, who has friends and family members overseas, said he especially liked Ramthun’s speech. “He had seen, first-hand,
someone make the ultimate sacrifice,” Dauel said. Coming to the service made the process of joining the military easier for Andrea Wilson, a freshman biochemistry major. Wilson is a part of the National Guard. “I’ve grown up a military brat and many of my friends are in the Army,” Wilson said. “It’s because of 9/11 that made me want to join.” Jared Stevens, a sophomore psychology major, and many others gathered around the memorial wall after the service. Stevens was only a fourth grader on Sept. 11, 2001. “I really understand 9/11 more now that I’m older,” Stevens said. “A lot of us were only fourth graders, and we couldn’t comprehend or realize the impact.” Yadgarova, who moved to Lincoln from Tajikistan in 1999, told the audience 9/11 did not affect her as much as others. She did not have family members in New York City. But watching the World Trade Center towers fall on television, she said, was heartbreaking to watch. “All of us lost something in how much it hurt us,” Yadgarova said. Remembering an important event can also have downfalls. Jana Dobiasova, a
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freshman economics major and international student from France, thought it was nice to have the memorial service but was also wary of the reactions people had. “I think American patriotism shows it’s really kind of dangerous, even for the soldiers,” Dobiasova said. “He’s really broken.” Carr fears that the memory of 9/11 will fade. “When you think of 9/11, mourn and remember,” Carr said. “Recall your duty to make the wrongs of that day right in all your power.” franniesprouls@ dailynebraskan.com
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FALLING BEHIND ON THE FOUR-YEAR DEGREE The University of Nebraska Board of Regents approval of the 120-hour degree gives students a chance to complete their degree in four years provided they take 15 credit hours per semester for eight semesters. However, fall 2010 data from the Office of the Provost at the University of Nebraska shows only three-fourths of NU* freshmen completed less than 15 credit hours per semester. The majority of sophomores, juniors and seniors also completed less than 15 credit hours last fall.
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Clark worries that students looking to graduate in four years might miss out on broadening their knowledge, and give up opportunities to wider knowledge on a narrow aspect of their major. Some of her friends don’t have the luxury of taking classes outside the requirements, Clark said, because it derails their plans to get in and out on time and at a low cost. That’s not the case for her, she said, because of the aid she receives from scholarships. “I can take a class just because I want to,” Clark said, “and I don’t have to worry about paying for it.” Another student, Jinsheng Liu, a junior computer science major, supports the 120-hour degree. “I think it’s good, but I won’t be benefitting,” Liu said. Liu said he expects to graduate in December 2012. After studying for two years
The 2010 Census shows that a shrinking number of 15 to 19 year olds combined with a growing number of baby boomers in the state could create problems with Social Security, according to a professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Jerry Deichert, director and senior research associate at the Nebraska State Data Center at UNO, spoke at Hardin Hall Friday afternoon on the University of NebraskaLincoln’s East Campus about the 2010 Census and how Nebraska’s population has changed since 2000. While the population of baby boomers has gotten larger, the 2010 Census shows that the number of 15 to 19 year olds has gotten smaller in the past decade. “If the university has a goal to increase the number of its students, it’s going to be a hard thing to do because (colleges are) going to be fighting over a smaller group of students,” Deichert said. The rising number of baby boomers in Nebraska creates a problem with college students in terms of what will happen when they retire. “When you think of Social Security, what’s going to happen in the next 10 years?” he asked. Deichert said this could mean the workforce going into retirement will have to be supported by the workforce coming in; younger people may have to work even harder to get Social Security. Christine Nycz, a graduate student in anthropology and geography, attended the lecture to learn more information pertaining to her area of study. She said she was surprised at the number of baby boomers in the state. “I figured there were more baby boomers,” she said.
“I didn’t realize how many there (are).” According to the 2010 Census, there are more than 600,000 baby boomers, or people aged 45 to 64 years old, in the state of Nebraska. “I’m a single child,” Nycz said. “I have the responsibility to take care of my parents by myself.” Nycz said she expects she will have the responsibility to help her parents financially in addition to paying for her own retirement. “It’s going to be up to me to provide for myself,” she said. “I don’t have a lot of faith there will be a lot of money left.” Deichert projected that in five years that the number of 70 to 80 year olds will almost double. “So you folks are going to have to work pretty hard to take care of me,” he joked. Deichert’s lecture also focused on the growing concentration of the state’s population in the three largest counties – Douglas, Lancaster and Sarpy, which are primarily Omaha, Lincoln and Bellevue. “As a result of the loss of its population, District 49 moved to Sarpy County,” he said. The student population affects the census because it is taken in April, when students are still at school. “All of the folks living in Lincoln are counted as living in Lincoln instead of their permanent residence,” Deichert said. Nycz is one of the people who came to Nebraska for college. “I fit into the category of ‘I came here to go to school,’” she said. “I don’t know what impact I have (on the state). I feel like a passerby (sometimes).” The growth in Nebraska’s population has been in the eastern part of the state and
along the major transportation routes, Deichert said. Another factor in population change is natural change, which the census counts as the number of births and deaths. “Most of the natural change comes in more births,” Deichert said. “Deaths are flat.” Deichert interacted with the audience when he asked one of the members of the audience to name of a famous person from Nebraska. “Johnny Carson,” the audience member answered. Deichert said this relates to migration as Carson moved out of the state. “One of the biggest exports Nebraska has is its people,” he said. The 2010 census showed that less people are moving out of the state and more people are moving in. “Metropolis counties also got population from other Nebraska counties,” Deichert said. “With Omaha and Lincoln, it’s easy to see why. You come to Lincoln to get a degree and then go to Phoenix or Dallas.” Deichert said immigrants help to even out the percentage of students that leave the state. According to the census, the number of racial minorities has increased. Nycz said she thought the most interesting part of the lecture was the information about the growing number of immigrants. “You’d think of Nebraska as not a very popular space,” she said. “It was interesting to think of immigrants coming to Nebraska.” These trends are not unique to Nebraska. Deichart said that was especially true for the Midwest and plains states. “If you look from North Dakota all the way to Texas, you see the same kind of patterns,” he said.
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regents: from 1 Pratt said. The problem, she said, was an explosion of knowledge going on throughout the world, which led to new and creative areas in disciplines. That explosion of knowledge added courses to the degree requirements list and tacked extra semesters onto many students’ college years. The four-year degree concept is nothing new. The idea that students can navigate college in four years has been around for a long time. But, Pratt said, colleges need to think about the students who don’t want to pile up debt. LaCost agrees. The standard, she said, means less financial pressure on some students and families trying to pay for collegiate expenses. LaCost said she has not heard any opposition from faculty about the 120-hour degree itself, only the time frame. Another positive, LaCost said, is the 120-hour degree standard forces curriculum committees to sit down and evaluate their programs with a much more critical eye in order to consolidate classes. That has its downsides too, said Allie Clark, a freshman civil engineering major. Clark said with the impending program cuts some specialized courses might not be available to students looking to focus on a particular area of their discipline. For Clark, that’s environmental engineering.
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in Malaysia, he transferred to UNL two years ago. This semester, Liu has enrolled in 20 credit hours — 17 at UNL and three at Southeast Community College — to help him catch up and get his degree next winter. Along the way, the Chinanative also switched his major from actuarial science to computer science. Liu said he had to take an additional U.S. history class because of that switch, an unnecessary class in his eyes. The move to cut and reduce courses might eliminate unnecessary degree requirements like his second history class. In the end, Liu said he thinks the move will prove successful for the University of Nebraska, even if it requires additional pressure on some people. “There are always tradeoffs that are good for students and bad for some faculty,” Liu said. Rileyjohnson@ dailynebraskan.com
including graduate students in Student Involvement staff meetings to updating technology in the reviewed areas to adding artwork to the Nebraska Union. “We want them to give us ideas of how we can do a better job at helping students,” said Tim Alvarez, assistant vice chancellor for Student Affairs. “It’s really that simple.” In June, the Nebraska Unions and Student Involvement issued a response to the program review and a timeline for improvements. The response addressed the nine recommendations, including incorporating the Nebraska insignia and traditions, updating technology, increasing the efficiency of food service and introducing the East Union for summer use. The strategic plans will address the majority of the recommendations, most of which program officials said they had already identified as areas in need of improvement. “In program reviews, usually you’re not going to get a lot of huge surprises,” said Mary Edgington, chair of the review board and senior director of Union and Student Activities for Pennsylvania State University. “But it helps to get those views solidified by someone who’s completely objective. Sometimes it’s just good to hear someone else say you’re right.” Riepe said Student Involvement will see slower changes, because modifications require a joined effort of the department as well as student organizations like ASUN. But according to Director of Nebraska Unions Charlie Francis, changes are already underway for the Nebraska Union. “We’ve talked about looking at our whole area and redesigning it for more efficiency,” Francis said. “That is a priority prior to having a strategic plan.” The Nebraska Union has also commissioned a group of staff and students to improve brand integration in
unions program review In a 28-page 2011 Program Review of the Nebraska Unions, Student Involvement and the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, an external review board detailed nine recommendations for improvement, listed in priority order. 1. Strategic Plan: The programs should form plans for improvements to be made over the next five years. 2. Master Plan for Nebraska Union and Nebraska East Union: Both unions should develop a vision for future improvements. 3. Unified Communication and Branding: Improve communication throughout the staff and the campus. 4. Student Involvement: Increase efficiency and communication throughout the Office of Student Involvement. 5. Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center: Fortify the connection between the multicultural center and the unions and review the placement of student organizations and use of wall space within the center. 6. Nebraska Insignia and Traditions: Create new traditions and incorporate them into the Nebraska Union. Cultivate a “Nebraska” feel in the union. 7. Technology: Update technology in all areas, improving websites, wireless connections and availability. 8. Food Service: Make adjustments to the contract for Chez Hay, the catering facility within the union. 9. East Union Summer Use: Consider using the East Union as a venue for summer conferences. the facility. “When you go to the Nebraska Union, you’re going to know you’re in Nebraska,” said Laura Miller, a junior secondary education major and Union Board president. The review and implementation process form a continuous cycle of improvement
and critique, but Edgington hopes all involved will maintain perspective. “Nebraska is in a very good place,” Edgington said. “There’s always room for improvement, but you can only go up from here.”
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Opinion DAILY NEBRASKAN
monday, september 12, 2011
DAILY NEBRASKAN editorial board members ZACH SMITH
IAN SACKS editor-in-chief ANDREW MCCLURE
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Motives for 120hour degrees call for scrutiny
The University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved a standardized 120-credit-hour degree requirement Friday. Graduating in four years at a four-year university is important. But the prioritizing of time over quality may not benefit students in the long run. The Daily Nebraskan supports accessibility of four-year degrees to all students. However, there are factors that should be taken into consideration. The reason students aren’t graduating in four years should be evaluated. If the low rate is because students are lazy, the correct response is not to lower the credithour requirement. If it’s because students aren’t being properly advised or informed of how to make their classes count, this should be fixed before the number of credit hours required to graduate. The ability to graduate in four years saves students both time and money. Yet though short-term tuition costs are important, students are cheated out of much more money when they graduate with subpar degrees. Big Ten schools vary on credit-hour requirements. Michigan State University and Northwestern University both have 120-hour major requirements. But many Big Ten schools only have 120-hour minimums to graduate. Many of their degrees still require more credit hours. The motives behind this change must be thoroughly examined. If the university only wants 120-hour majors to save students money, that reasoning is not enough. The change should be made only if it is absolutely what’s best for students’ educations. Students shouldn’t be graduating in 120 hours when their field of study actually requires more than 120 hours to be prepared for a career. Faculty members say 120-hour degrees are doable, but the time frame for changing curriculum to satisfy this requirement is unrealistic and could hurt students and programs. This consideration isn’t something to be left by the wayside. The overall goal of curriculum changes should center on their impact on students’ preparedness for their careers. Not convenience – not even money. Having a more achievable credit requirement for graduation is a good intention. At a four-year university, there should be more than 30 percent of students who actually graduate in four years. But quality of education should be the bottom line, not timeliness.
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Palestine steps toward peace
he conflict between Israel and Palestine has been and always will be a powder keg. This month, Palestinians will take the unprecedented step of applying for full-state membership to the United Nations. Currently, they hold nonstate observer status. While this upends the peace process, this course of action is the best way forward for negotiations and the first step toward achieving a lasting peace. Israelis argue that instead of promoting peace, this weakens it. Rather than negotiations resuming after the UN accepts Palestine as a state, negotiations, they say, would stall, and tensions rise between Israel and Palestine. Israelis argue that this amounts to a unilateral declaration, and Palestinians ought to simply negotiate. Frankly, the idea that taking an application for membership in the U.N. is unilateral is laughable. One doesn’t see a much more multilateral organization than the U.N., which contains every country on the planet in some fashion. And Palestinians know the United Nations recognizing them as a state on the borders set out in U.N. Resolution 194 (the West Bank and Gaza Strip) does not mean they instantly have a state and Israel will withdraw from the occupation. Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority president, said he would “happily resume negotiations with Israel after returning from New York City.” But this seems to be the only way to really push the reset button on the conflict. Palestinians argue, rather convincingly, that instead of destroying the two-state solution — which Israel claims Palestinians are doing with this resolution — they are preserving it. As an example, they use the expansion of settlements in occupied
zach smith Jerusalem. No country, including the United States, has an embassy in Jerusalem. In 1967, Israel annexed East Jerusalem, denying citizenship to its residents, leaving them without passport or nationality. This expansion of settlements means the future Palestinian state is quickly shrinking. Israel will insist on keeping the largest of its settlement blocs in the West Bank, while dismantling smaller ones. The largest of the blocs surround Jerusalem. At a panel of former Israeli security officials in Washington, D.C., this summer, Shaul Arieli, former head of the Interim Peace Agreement, noted that 75 to 85 percent of settlers could stay in Israeli territory by swapping only three to four percent of the land. At this same panel, Alon Pinkas, former Israeli consul general in New York, explained the curious behavior of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. In late July, Netanyahu asked his national security adviser for a way to nullify the Oslo Accords. It’s strange that the Israeli responsible for peace is searching for a way to dismantle it. Seen in this context, the Palestinians’ claim that they want to preserve the two-state solution makes a lot more sense. Declaring a state for Palestine and a state for Israel all but makes certain that Palestinians will see a future state. In Washington, I had the privilege of meeting Maen Areikat, ambassador to the United States from the
Palestine Liberation Organization. He stressed the Palestinian desire to live side by side, in peace and security with Israel. Yet he became annoyed when he reached the subject of settlements. He denounced efforts by the Israelis to de-legitimize the peace process by building more settlements, which could only lead to a one-state solution. Yet, as Pinkas said at the event above, “We are coming to a time where Palestinians say, ‘You want us, you have us,’” accompanied by the principle of one man, one vote and peaceful demonstrations. “What will we do then?” he asked. Pinkas envisions a possible future where Israel must make a terrible choice. Choice one: Give the Palestinians full and equal rights as Israeli citizens and lose the Jewish nature of Israel. Choice two: Institute apartheid and give up democracy. Fortunately, it hasn’t come to that – yet. This is why the Palestinian initiative at the United Nations is so important. It creates an internationally recognized pair of states. Instead of vetoing the application, the United States should support it. At the least, our country ought to support the nonmember observer state status which the U.N. General Assembly will grant. Everyone seems to recognize that everyone wants peace. No one can seem to agree on a clear and complete definition. That will come through negotiations, but the first step is this important move at the United Nations. The excitement ahead of the vote is palpable, even if its consequences aren’t immediate. For the future of Middle Eastern peace, let’s hope the Palestinian territories are recognized as a state later this month.
Zach smith is a senior music and political science major. reach him at zachsmith@ dailynebraskan.com.
Hipster stereotype shows lack of understanding
he label “hipster” is one of the most ridiculous that you can affix to a person. I’ll open with a few clarifications, just in case you haven’t heard of the term “hipster.” The first argument against calling anyone a hipster is the term’s nebulousness: What does it mean? What does it imply – a certain musical taste, a look, a way of thought? In reality, when people say “hipster” they envision a balance of all of the above; hipster is a concept more than anything, a hazy stereotype that brings to mind a blend of emo and indie, affluence and apathy, and above all, irony. Stylistically speaking, you’re left with a mix of tattoos and disaffected facial hair, ankle-gripping jeans, flannel and V-necks, Parliaments and Pabst, plus-sized headphones and fixed-gear bicycles. The greater your score on the above list, the higher you’ll place on the hipster style index. As with any stereotype, everyone has preestablished concepts of various subcultures and groups, which are very fun to publicly regurgitate. This is the stuff that fills out latenight comedy repertoire and hours of small talk. This is all generally harmless, if you keep it to hipsteras-style, and don’t make the jump to
hipster-as-mentality. The reason I have issues with hipster-dubbing is that it’s reductive and tends to say more about the person labeling than the ones being labeled. Hipsterdom exists as a collage of connotations, not in its own right. Like the labels pretentious, self-righteous, right/left-wing, or unpatriotic, “hipster” doesn’t do much other than affirm people’s internalized conceptions about the label. Presumably, these labels have to be earned. You can call someone unpatriotic or patriotic, but it won’t say anything about their inherent character. Indeed, whether the same action is called patriotic or unpatriotic usually depends entirely upon the critic: It says more about a person’s own biases than the party critiqued. In the same way, hipsterdom often acts a scapegoat of sorts – attacking it says very little. Usually, when people dub others hipsters they’re making enormous assumptions about them, often attacking them for a lack of sincerity, ironic disaffection or trendfollowing mindlessness. This isn’t to say that hipsters are always innocent. Much of what is identified as the hipster subculture is unapologetically vain, trendy and probably worthy of some level of derision. However, what’s dangerous is that when you equate a certain subculture with defined attitudes and
marc koenig lack of worth, you begin a process which is demeaning and eliminates individual merit. In a word, you stereotype. Consider that the basic big theoretical objections to hipsterdom are commercialism and narcissism. Who claims to be above these two things – who possesses the monopoly on integrity and self-sacrifice? I suggest it’s far more dangerous to point at others and pretend to be above vanity, thoughtlessness and arrogance than it is to be what most people call “hipsters.” Genuine hipsters have been around in one form or another since time immemorial. A youth culture which openly prioritizes being cool isn’t a new phenomenon. What is new has more to do with the way we perceive it, the fact that we pay it such close, ravenous attention. I submit that it’s not hipsterdom that is our problem – rather, our
obsessive self-regard, preoccupation with mere surfaces: with lightness, with self-indulgence. Hipsters are so roundly criticized and derided for their lack of sincerity, for adopting a blasé manner to hide their own self-consciousness. Clever defense mechanisms, dancing ironically in order to not be criticized for dancing poorly. Fearing above all, not being wrong or foolish, but being banal. But the fact of our present culture is that that’s pretty much how we all function, if we don’t pay attention to our motivations. What’s upsetting about hipsterdom is that it draws our attention to this fact: We’re all poseurs. To some extent, we all fit into a self-imposed and socially constructed formula. Through our actions, we’re all, every day, placing ourselves into the great patchwork of the culture at large. Each item of clothing, the way we choose to spend our time and money, our choice in hair style, the way we react to the homeless — each of the little ways we choose to uplift or kick down others — is a silent, overt vote for the kind of world we want and the place we project ourselves into it. Hipsterdom is distressing because it simultaneously says two things about this terrible, grand, daily responsibility: Pay attention to this! And, also, screw this. To do the first is uncomfortable;
the second is our easiest reaction. Most of us fall somewhere in the middle, with the hipsters. So the reason to not judge them, the hipsters: we’re all in the same world, and it is very gray. It’s possible, for instance, to buy vintage, second-hand clothes out of a sincere desire to better the world and avoid consumer-driven wastefulness. It’s possible to be vegan, not to follow a trend or be different, but out of a genuine desire to better both animals’ and one’s own welfare. It’s possible to ride a fixed-gear bike out of a love of our planet and a wish to protect its ecosystem. If someone feels these things sincerely, are they any less a person if they also wear chunky glasses frames? Which is more damning: imperfectly attempting to live an intentional, purposeful, unique life, while often failing, obviously and publicly, to be genuine and others-focused? Or pointing out the ways that others attempt and fail to be genuine and others-focused, assuming the worst of their characters? Which of these seems more vain, more empty, more concerned about others’ opinions of you? Which seems more “hipster?”
marc koenig is a senior english major and is currently wearing toms. reach him at opinion@ dailynebraskan.com.
Arts Entertainment monday, september 12, 2011
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The paintings of men and women of color in the Harmon and Harriet Kelley collection not only depict individual stories, but also provide direct insight into our society and identities. The NAACP Community Conversation: Art of Social Justice will be held Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. in the Sheldon Museum of Art. Ethnic studies associate professor, Jeannette Jones, of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, black studies professor, Margaret Jones, of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and
director of the Sheldon Art Museum, Jorge Veneciano will host the event. The event will primarily focus on the Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African-American Art: Works on Paper. Other African-American art will also be featured. The event is intended for the audience to study the art and examine its social context, while discussing what the art means to them. The event is made possible by the Lincoln chapter of the NAACP. “Guests will rotate from one gallery to the next during the course of the conversations, like a moveable feast
for the mind,” Veneciano said. Jeannette Jones will offer the perspective of a historian, though she offered the caveat that the goal of the hosts is not to come in with a set agenda on what to discuss. “We want the audience to form their own opinions and ideas after viewing the art,” Jones said. The Lincoln NAACP has had similar community conversations in the past. Each time the conversation changes venues, this time they are teaming up with the Sheldon. “We’ve had a growing relationship with the NAACP, beginning three years ago when
we established an AfricanAmerican Masters Collection at Sheldon,” Veneciano said. According to the director, the Kelley Collection was a major inspiration for the community conversations to happen. “The beauty and strength of the Kelley Collection, which is on loan to the Sheldon, was an inspiration,” Veneciano said. “This visionary collection, developed over decades by Harriet and Harmon Kelley of San Antonio, makes conversations like this possible.” Veneciano and Jones agree that depending on the artist and the painting, the social
message that comes across can be very abstract or very blunt. “Art and museums are a slice of life, not apart from society,” Veneciano said. “They will always reveal and advance the social mores of any society.” Jones’ academic background in history and ethnic studies will aid the analysis of the art. “Historians know that culture is an important part of life — that it helps determine values, ideas and political issues and creates literature, poems and other art forms,” Jones said. In Veneciano’s opinion, this event is unique and
important to the Sheldon because it allows the museum to engage the public in ways that museums often cannot. He hopes the audience will come away from the evening with not only a new perspective on social justice as it pertains to African Americans, but also on the art itself. “I want people to understand the experience of learning to see art; how it can make sense in their lives, how others express values they hold dear and how we come together in these moments of conversation,” Veneciano said.
Event offers new, returning students exposure to UNL art Katie Nelson daily nebraskan
Multi-talented author pens immigrant tale chance solemPfeifer daily nebraskan
David Bezmozgis is the kind of talent that makes you want to quit, just find a monotonous desk job for the daytime and let the cable television wash over you at night. In a career not 10 years old, the Latvian-born writer has penned two books, each receiving overwhelming critical acclaim. The first, “Natasha,” followed an immigrant family (the Bermans) through a series of short stories and was named a New York Times notable book of 2004, as well as nominated for the Guardian First Book Award. Earlier this year, Bezmozgis offered the international literary community “The Free World,” which focuses on a Russian immigrant family’s (the Krasnanskys) arrival and early experiences in 1978 Rome. Last year, the author was named to The New Yorker’s prestigious 20 Under 40 list. The second half of Bezmozgis’ double threat is his film work, which has
thus far culminated with the writing and directing of “Victoria Day,” which was screened in competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The Daily Nebraskan caught up with the multitalented artist to discuss the depth of his creative endeavors. Daily Nebraskan: When you see your name appear on The New Yorker’s 20 under 40 list, how tough is it not to feel undue pressure? David Bezmozgis: The only pressure I feel is my own. To write well. DN: The Krasnanskys and the Bermans are very different families of characters, but on the heels of “Natasha,” what compelled you concoct another immigrant family? DB: I needed a different family, with a different composition, to explore a much wider spectrum of life, in part, Soviet life, which is what I wanted to do with the novel. DN: And speaking of that concoction, could you enlighten the readership about how the Krasansky line developed in your
mind? In some ways the hardline grandfather, the earnest father and the playboy son seem like a well-aligned trio of roles, but how did they come together? DB: I wanted to compose a family that would reflect the various aspects of Soviet life, past and present, i.e.; 1978. So the three men: Samuil, Karl and Alec are three different types of people. Let’s say they’re three characteristic types. Characteristic of Soviet life, though, we could just as easily say, characteristic of any culture. But the cast of characters in the book is larger than these three men. Polina, Alec’s nonJewish wife, for instance, offers another perspective. So does Josef Roidman, the one-legged violinist. So does Lyova, the Israeli defector. The idea was that all the characters who played a part in the story represented different facets of Soviet experience and different attitudes to that experience. To put it
Bezmozgis: see page 7
Three weeks ago, students were welcomed back to school with more than 300 booths and bags of free cups, T-shirts and coupons. On Tuesday, students will be welcomed back to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln again with a night of free performances. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., all students are invited to venture into the Sheldon Museum of Art Sculpture Garden on the west side of the Sheldon Museum for the Big Red Arts Welcome. “The big goal is to bring freshmen in,” said Michael Kappen, a senior music and finance major and the campus involvement intern for the Lied Center. “We want to open their eyes a little and to let them know the things that are out there on campus.” The evening is being sponsored by a variety of fine arts organizations, including the College of Fine and Performing Arts, the Sheldon Museum of Art, the Lied Center, the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center and the Great Plains Art Museum. The Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film will also be participating in the event. Each of the partaking parties will have booths displaying event schedules and promoting student discounts. The theatre and film school will also hold drawings for free tickets to their upcoming shows. Throughout the night, various student groups will hold performances, ranging from singing to sword fighting. The Bathtub Dogs, UNL’s all-male a capella group, will be the featured performers, singing popular songs including “Animal” by Neon Trees, “Used to Love U” by John Legend, and “Little Lion Man” by Mumford & Sons. Between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., dancers from the College of Fine and Performing Arts will perform three 10-minute sets. “It’s an arts welcome, and I think that it’s really important that dance is part of the arts,”
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said Susan Levine, an associate professor of dance. “I want people to know that we have these great dance programs and beautiful dancers here at the university.” All sets are modern dance and will be performed by juniors and seniors majoring in dance. Some dances were choreographed in class, while others are solo interpretive dance performances. None of the dances will be performed to music. Levine handpicked statues that the dancers will perform in front of, hoping to bring the two visual arts together. In another form of entertainment, the Johnny Carson school will slash through the evening with various sets of stage combat. “The reason we select that is because it is very visual and because we are doing “The Three Musketeers” in the spring,” said Julie Hagemeier, the general manager of the Johnny Carson school. Students in attendance that evening can expect to be surprised by various forms of stage combat breaking out throughout the evening.
IF YOU GO Big Red Arts Welcome when: Tuesday 6-9 p.m. where: Sheldon Museum of Arts Sculpture Garden how much: Free
However, the demonstrations remain up in the air at this point, as the school is still looking for volunteers. Various jazz groups will also perform throughout the evening. Although the event is geared toward freshmen, all are welcome and encouraged to come. “I think there’s a misconception that if you’re not an arts student, then you’re not welcome at the Sheldon,” said Monica Babcock, the associate to the director of the Sheldon Museum of Art. “The arts and the programs and the exhibitions that are offered at the university are for all students. That experience makes you a better, well-rounded student and community member.”
monday, september 12, 2011
Fiction stereotype defied by author NO COLUMN FOR OLD BOOKS
Chance SolemPfeifer There exists that age-old pedagogy-depreciating saying: “Those who can’t do, teach.” Like most erudition-related axioms (“I’m hot for teacher,” not withstanding), this one rings with some falsehood. Taking stock of today’s prose and poetry writers, plenty of the best and brightest exert effort in classroom instruction, as a means of honing their craft, keeping themselves accountable to young writers and paying the bills (at least when The New York Times Bestseller List isn’t pounding down the door). All of this reminds me of an axiom I’m about to make up. Those who can’t write, write genre fiction. “Is this one wrong, too?” you ask. Nah. I wouldn’t have come up with it just now simply to boot it into the useless adage graveyard. Your average mystery/ fantasy/sci-fi writer can’t do what Jonathan Safran Foer does. Please don’t get agitated, genre fiction junkies. (You’re probably hanging out in one place. Also, your mom needs the kitchen for dinner so clear all that H.P. Lovecraft stuff off the table.) Alright, I’m speaking in generalizations, but walk into any Barnes and Noble, head to a genre-specific section and the caliber of prose and originality is going to be lacking compared to literary fiction. Relative criticism landed. That said, as a reader, there are few greater
victories than discovering a great crossover writer – an artist considered so masterful that public and critical opinion sort of just hoists them into rarefied air and what’s considered to be a more refined echelon of fiction. How’s the view from up there, Kate Atkinson? When it comes to her latest offering, “Started Early, Took My Dog,” (released earlier this year), I’m hesitant to classify Atkinson’s novel in any regard. It is nothing, if not beautifully complicated. One of the novel’s key players is Jackson Brodie, a recurring detective in Atkinson’s books. Think Roger Murtaugh (he’s perpetually getting too old for this shit), but with some depth — partially defying the gruff stock character and unashamed in revealing his melancholy. Poor fella is going through a rather strenuous divorce. But curiously enough “Started Early” splits time between Jackson and another completely unrelated character, Tracy Waterhouse, a good-hearted former police officer (scarred from violence and degradation she witnessed in society’s armpit). At the novel’s opening, Tracy is working as a security guard at a shopping center in Leeds _ struggling with an attraction to the Polish man renovating her place of residence and her literal, benevolent purchase of a child from a vile drug addict. But narrative duality isn’t enough for Atkinson, who indulges in focal writing on a multitude of other characters, including a handful of Tracy’s coworkers,
the handyman and Tilly, a struggling actress. I can see where this lack of typical coherence would put off some readers, but I found it refreshing to be honest. When you’re dealing with a crime/mystery novels, the grass is matted down and ripped up by decades of authors scrambling to get to the same destination via the same path. Atkinson is off-roading it in a most obvious sense. And Atkinson’s voice seems to be one of great sophistication and broad analysis. It’s not sarcastic or colorful, like a Janet Evanovich, but soft and intelligent and thusly, each one of her characters seems to take on a similar softness and intellect. Troubled definitely, but pleasantly clever. Perhaps most impressive in this corral of teeming character, is that Atkinson doesn’t simply introduce the cast and dismiss them to run around underdeveloped and with nothing at stake in the broader narrative. Even with figures so miniscule as Grant, one of Tracy’s more abrasive coworkers at the mall, we come to easily understand them, their motivations and an explanation for their tenor. It’s this order out of chaos style that has Lev Grossman of TIME likening Atkinson’s work to “Agatha Christie mysteries that have burst at the seams...” I’m inclined to agree. The attention to detail is eyecatching. And for lovers of extended Dickinson motifs (starting with title and epigraph and continuing throughout) and colloquial, but coarse British diction satisfaction awaits, you wanker. chance Solem-Pfeifer is the book that beat the speed reader. Reach him at chancesolem-pfeifer@ dailynebraskan.com
Novel examines faith, relationships in crisis Rachel Staats daily nebraskan
Randall Wallace, best known for his screenplays “Braveheart” and “We Were Soldiers,” has recently released a new book, “The Touch.” This latest offering, about a young doctor whose life is turned upside down in a car accident, was a stunning portrayal of faith, hope and how love can help people through hard times. Dr. Andrew Jones had his life planned out. He had asked his girlfriend, Faith, to marry him as they looked up at ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, but before they could begin their new life together, Andrew witnessed Faith’s death in a car accident. Unable to operate because of the painful memories of that night, Andrew abandoned his talent in favor of teaching young surgeons. Dr. Lara Blair, owner of Blair Bio-Medical Engineering, is looking for a surgeon capable of performing
an intricate brain surgery on “Roscoe,” a medical dummy. Every doctor who has tried, including herself, has failed. When she hears about Dr. Jones she resolves to hire him, but it won’t be easy to convince him to come back to surgery. The relationships between the characters are wonderfully described and unfolded throughout the book, making them easily relatable to the reader. The writing is excellent and it flows well. The characters’ relationships are at the center of the story, but the novel also discusses difficult topics like grief, faith and moral dilemmas. One topic touched on throughout the book is the ethics of medicine and the differing views on end-oflife decisions (taking a person off life support, etc). Wallace brings these topics to the surface, but his writing makes it clear that he is not making the decisions for the reader, but instead that he is trying
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Local used bookstore celebrates 20 years Kelsey Lee daily nebraskan
Nestled in a cold basement beneath a warehouse on 16th Street were several shelves made of scrap lumber, supporting a couple thousand books. Cinnamon Dokken and Bryan Peterson were fulltime University of Nebraska-Lincoln students, filling those shelves with used books and selling them to customers between classes. It was in this dimly lit, unheated basement that Dokken and Peterson brought to fruition the used bookstore and Lincoln staple, A Novel Idea. After a year under 16th Street in downtown Lincoln, Dokken and Peterson moved A Novel Idea to its current location, where it has thrived for 19 years. This week marks the bookstore’s 20th anniversary, with plenty of activities occurring on Sept. 16 and 17. Back in 1991, before the bookstore began, Dokken and Peterson devoted much of their time to used books, investigating garage sales and used bookstores around town. “Bryan and I were friends and always thought it would be great to start a used bookstore,” said Dokken. She had always been attracted to the history the reader can experience with used books. “Through the change of hands you never know what you’re going to find in a book,” Dokken said.
“You can find pressed flowers, old photographs and inscriptions that bring a lot of life into a used book.” Despite Peterson and Dokken’s responsibilities as students, they managed to juggle school and opening a small bookstore. One of Dokken’s professors, Linda Pratt, became very supportive of the bookstore, so much so, in fact, that she came to the shop to have class on occasion. “She made the trek from campus to our space every week, so we could talk about Walt Whitman,” Dokken said. Once in their new location, Katherine Bergstrom became involved with A Novel Idea. A friend of Peterson’s, she came into the bookstore one afternoon to hang out. “Out of nowhere Bryan said he had to go to karate class, so I took over the register,” said Bergstrom. “It was the second time I had been in there, but I rang up sales and started helping people. Then Cinnamon came in, looked at me and said, ‘Who in the hell are you and what are you doing in my chair?’” Peterson eventually sold his half of the bookstore and moved to Japan, and Katherine is now managing the bookstore. “I tripped over the threshold and never left,” Bergstrom laughed. Both Bergstrom and Cinnamon developed a great working relationship through the years and
Some cities don’t have any bookstores, and I think our success is a testament to the people here. Cinnamon dokken A Novel Idea owner
Bergstrom claims that they compliment each other very well. “I always say that Kat is Bryan’s greatest contribution to the store,” Dokken said. Their compatibility is evident in the sheer longevity of A Novel Idea, as they now celebrate 20 years of business. On Sept. 16 and 17, the store will host a number of activities to show appreciation for their Lincoln customers, including numerous giveaways for books, totes and gift certificates. Entertainment in a variety of forms will also be provided. “Old and current customers have been popping out and offering to do different things,” Bergstrom said. “We have face painters, even belly dancers and some guitar playing, too.” This celebration will surely reflect the community that has grown and developed in and alongside A Novel Idea. “Lincoln is a generous community,” Dokken said. “Some cities don’t have any bookstores, and I think our success is a testament to the people here.”
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“Mary Simon Rediscovered” is a quilt that has won more than $10,000 in prize money and nationwide recognition, a special designation as quilts go. And Nancy Kerns, the creator of the piece, will be the featured quilter at this week’s Tuesday Talk at the International Quilt Center and Museum from noon to 1 p.m.. Kerns, the featured speaker, has won various awards for her outstanding work and specifically for “Mary Simon Rediscovered.” At last fall’s International Quilt Festival in Houston, she won the $7,500 Founder’s Award. She also walked away with the $5,000 Best Hand Workmanship Award at the American Quilters Society Lancaster show in March. It’s so far so good for the burgeoning competitive artist. “Those two contests are the only contests I’ve ever entered,” she said. Kerns’ mother first sparked her young daughter’s interest in quilting. She recalled a specific day when her mother took
her to the fabric store and told her to pick out one piece of fabric. “I wanted every piece,” Kerns recalled. “That’s when I fell in love with fabric.” Since 1975, quilting has been a huge part of Nancy’s life and it’s taken her not only all across the country, but all around the world. Many of her best friends, she’s met abroad through quilting. Kerns will be displaying “Mary Simon Rediscovered” on Tuesday, which is a reproduction of the original Baltimore Albumstyle quilt. The original is more than 150 years old. This reproduction took Nancy more than 6 years to complete and everything on the quilt is stitched by hand, including the more than 1,000 yards of stitching that holds the piece together. The Baltimore Album quilts are a unique style with patterns representing strong community, religious and family connections between those who helped contribute to the quilts. This style of quilt was primarily practiced in and around Baltimore, Md. between 1845 and 1855 and are referred to as “Album”
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quilts because they contain many different blocks with various pictorial designs, such as flowers, animals and baskets. With the two awards already under her belt for this reproduction quilt, Kerns and her prized creation have been invited for an exhibition at the New England Quilt Museum located in Lowell, Mass. Kerns is also very involved as a teacher, currently working as an instructor at the Baltimore on the Prairie workshop held at Mahoney State Park. This workshop happens every September with quilters from all across the country. “I’m a problem solver by nature,” Kerns said. “When I see a person struggling, I like to help them figure it out.”
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BEZMOZGIS: from 5 another way, the different characters provide the book with different tonalities. Some some are comic, some are sombre and some are tragic. DN: From a sheer storytelling standpoint, is there something inherently compelling about the root shock associated with immigrants that makes them ideal subjects and characters? DB: Yes, I think so. The stakes are high. These are people in extremis. Every choice they make has the potential to change their lives. DN: When you’re talking about 1978 Rome, would you find it tougher or easier to get a beat on the tenor of a year and an era in the more recent past than, say, the 1920s or the 1950s? DB: If you mean that 1978 is the recent past, I agree with you. It’s a particular sort of challenge to write about the recent past, particularly if you were too
young to really experience it. On the one hand, it isn’t so foreign as the distant past. Much has remained the same. So that makes it easier. The plumbing is essentially the same and you don’t have to concern yourself with horses. But much has also changed. For instance, in 1978, the telegram was still a common form of communication. Try sending a telegram today. Trying to get a handle on what is different was the challenge. First, it was the period. Second, it was a foreign country: Italy. But also Latvia and to a lesser extent, Ukraine. And third, it was a foreign culture. Or, let’s say, a foreign-ish culture. I grew up in an immigrant home speaking Russian. But I didn’t grow up in the Soviet Union. I didn’t go to school there, I didn’t work there, I didn’t fall in love there, I didn’t absorb the culture. So as much as the period was a challenge, so too was the
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Husker Recap nebraska 42, fresno state 29
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Nebraska offense awakes late, uses big plays to escape Fresno Upset bid
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Tight end Kyler Reed narrowly holds onto a fourth quarter pass from Taylor Martinez. Reed finished with two catches for 61 yards.
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During Fresno State’s postgame press conference Saturday night, quarterback Derek Carr’s uniform was unusually white. Not the kind of white that is common after playing a Nebraska defense on the road inside Memorial Stadium. But the sophomore signal caller wasn’t sacked a single time during Nebraska’s 42-29 win. According to Carr, he was knocked down only once. And a young, beat up Fresno State offensive line seemingly outplayed the perennial dominant Nebraska defensive line. “The offensive line blocked great and I did what I can,” Fresno State running back Robbie Rouse said. “I did what I can – I want to keep Derek’s uniform as clean as possible.” The Husker defense was in the opposing backfield a lot in the season opener. NU recorded three sacks and 11 tackles for a loss last weekend against Tennessee-Chattanooga. But a largely downhill running game and designed quarterback rollouts kept the Bulldogs out of the negative play ion Saturday. “I knew they were going to try and bring anyone they could after me,” Carr said. “I would, too. I’m a young quarterback; this is my second start. I would do exactly what they did – try and get hits on me. That’s why I was so proud of our offensive line and Robbie.” Fresno State’s offensive success would have been hard to predict entering Saturday’s matchup. In the Bulldogs’ week one loss to California, Fresno State accumulated just 210 total yards – 68 on the ground and 142 through the air. More so, the NU defense held Chattanooga to just 60 yards rushing on 31 carries. Rouse carried the ball 36 times for 169 yards on Saturday. Carr completed less than 50 percent of his passes, but a
The Husker offense needed a big play as the fourth quarter began. NU was clinging to a 21-20 lead, and if the first three quarters were any indication, that margin wouldn’t be enough against a scrappy Fresno State squad. This was Kyler Reed time. Reed scored eight touchdowns and had three receptions of more than 40 yards last season, but after just one catch the first week, he hadn’t even been targeted entering the final period. Reed finally got his opportunity, as he beat his man off the line and Taylor Martinez launched a rainbow that dropped perfectly into his arms. And very nearly slipped out. As the ball arrived, Reed’s helmet slid down, restricting his vision. The ball began to slip, but the junior pressed it up against his body to set up a touchdown, the first of three NU scores in the fourth. “Fortunately I was able to hold onto it,” Reed said with a smile. “And I don’t think the coaches noticed.” Reed’s big play was just one example of many after intermission that finally got the Husker offense going after a first half that made the Huskers look like they were running in sand. “I was really mad coming off the field,” receiver Jamal Turner said. “We felt like we should have been scoring more and we weren’t. We honestly felt a little disrespected because of all the players they put in the box. We feel like they were saying we (as receivers) can’t score.” Coordinator Tim Beck and the rest of his staff gathered to discuss adjustments. The Bulldogs, as they had seen on film, loaded the box against the run, a strategy that effectively stuffed the run but was susceptible to big plays. The second half plan? Unleash the speed. Freshmen Turner and Kenny Bell, along with Reed, combined for three of NU’s six offensive plays that went for 38 yards or more. Martinez recovered from a miserable first half passing (4-for-13 with two picks) to dominate the second half on 6-for-8
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Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr dives for the pylon in the first quarter on Saturday. After review, it was ruled a touchdown and the Bulldogs took a 14-7 lead. lot of the incompletions were Nebraska on the night 444 make adjustments and we endthrowaways in order to avoid yards to 438 and Bulldogs ed up doing that. We fought a sack or negative play. He fin- coach Pat Hill said there was through a lot of difficult situaished 20-for-41 for 254 yards nothing fancy about how his tions especially with field poand a touchdown. team was able to be so effec- sitions. But that wasn’t by any “They had a good scheme to tive. means a good performance by negate our pass rush and he’s “Our offensive line helped us at all.” a good quarterback,” NU de- run it right down their throat,” If nothing else, Fresno’s perfensive coordinator Carl Pelini Hill said. “There weren’t any formance gave confidence to said. “Got a good arm and he trick plays or reverses. It was future Husker opponents. Hill knows when to throw it away. straight ahead, off-tackle, dive said he believed if his defense You know, he wasn’t going to football. would have stopped Nebraska take a sack and they did a nice “I’m guessing their team on a late third down in which job. They had a good game doesn’t give up too many yards NU quarterback Taylor Marplan for us.” on the run, do they? Nope. I tinez ran for a 46-yard touchCarr’s rollouts, something like the way we performed.” down, the Bulldogs would Pelini said he wasn’t expecting Fresno State’s 29 points were have gone down and scored to to see from Fresno on Satur- the most Nebraska has given win the game. day, helped cut the field in half up to a non-conference oppo“It was a very physical game and put NU’s defensive backs nent since Virginia Tech defeat- and I’ll tell you what, our kids on an island. Carr was 7-for-11 ed NU 35-30 in Lincoln in 2008. were not as big as Nebraska,” for 80 yards in the first quarter, “They studied up on us pret- Hill said, “but I thought we as the Bulldogs converted 3-of- ty good and put us in positions stood up and muscled with 5 first downs and jumped out to where we would have to ad- them all night long.” dougburger@ to an early 14-7 lead. just,” Nebraska linebacker Will dailyNebraskan.com Fresno State outgained Compton said. “And we had to
Was it the coaches or the players who struggled the most? Maybe a little of both happened Saturday night when Nebraska got more than it bargained for against Fresno State. Which side of the ball you’re looking at makes a difference, too. NU offensive coordinator Tim Beck and members of the offensive unit all said that they expected a fight from this Bulldog team. They’d studied the film and knew the feast-or-famine nature of Fresno’s defense would open the way for big plays. Beck praised the team’s coaches’ and players’ ability to stay the course against a defense that regularly piled players in the middle of the field, stacking the box for NU’s run game. The offense knew they would have plays that FSU could sniff out and yes, patience is a virtue. The Huskers proved that with adjustments they made in the second half, particularly the fourth quarter. The offense began to spread the field out toward game’s end, utilizing speed on the perimeter through the air. Quarterback Taylor Martinez went from completing 4 of 13 passes for 79 yards and two interceptions in the first half to being 4 of 6 for 79 yards in the third quarter alone. He finished with 219 passing yards and
a touchdown. Beck and Co. were pushed to their limits to an extent, forced to sink or swim with passes on the perimeter. It worked and Husker fans got a look at young receivers Kenny Bell and Jamal Turner. Rushing the ball didn’t really go well until the last half of the fourth quarter, boosted by a 46-yard Martinez touchdown with 3:28 left in the game. Now, the argument that NU was waiting for the big play is one thing, but the frustration that came in between NU’s five plays of 40-plus yards was palpable. The rushing game was stuffed when someone other than Martinez had the ball, the gaps up front were closed by Fresno State’s defensive line. The struggles that NU experienced at the hands of the Bulldogs’ defense were extensive and possibly telling about a group that still seems to be finding its identity. If you thought Fresno State was a test of this offense’s ability to move the ball in a sustained fashion, wait for Washington. While the early offensive struggles can be explained by film and patience, Nebraska’s defensive battle Saturday showed vulnerability that NU hasn’t displayed since 2008. Like the NU offense, the Blackshirts used halftime to dissect Fresno State’s game plan. The Bulldogs were using a max-protect scheme designed to keep quarterback Derek Carr safe from Nebraska tacklers. By rolling the redshirt sophomore out of the pocket, the offense was able to keep defensive
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The Ameritas Players’ Challenge gave Nebraska volleyball its first opportunity to showcase itself before moving on to its inaugural season of Big Ten play. Nebraska didn’t take the challenge lightly with victories on all three nights, including two sweeps against Creighton and Weber State. However, the No. 11 Huskers had difficulties in a victory against St. Mary’s. NU dropped the second and fourth sets to the Gaels, with a scoreline that didn’t have the wow factor expected of NU against an unranked opponent, 25-13, 21-25, 25-18, 23-25 and 15-13. “We’re still up and down,” coach John Cook said. “That’s caused by errors that we make, mental errors that we make at the wrong times.” Despite a loss to No. 14 Colorado State last weekend, Cook believes that the Gaels gave NU the biggest challenge its had all season. “St. Mary’s is the best team we’ve played this year,” Cook said. “They played great tonight, they could have packed it in after game one and didn’t.” NU setter, and MVP of the tournament, Lauren Cook saw the loss as another example of her team being unable to play well consistently. “It’s the third time that that’s happened,” Lauren Cook said.
“We’ve blown out a team the first set and then we go to the next couple sets and we either lose them or they are really close.” The second set of the match against St. Mary’s was an anomaly. The other sets Nebraska hit more than .200, yet only hit .095 during set two. The first set Nebraska out hit the Gaels .333 to -.036. However, Cook said that the first set was aided by a star struck Gaels team, fueled by the Coliseum’s atmosphere and athleticism of NU. “I think St. Mary’s was a little intimidated by the crowd, and they came out a little shaky,” John Cook said. “That wasn’t the team we had been seeing ... They’re a team, you play them early in the year, they ball handle, they dig, they hit shots. “They’re just a difficult team to play.” After Nebraska had barely eked out the win against St. Mary’s, who received 17 votes in the coaches’ poll, captain Jordan Wilberger stressed the importance of Nebraska playing every match passionately. “I want to see each and every single person,” Wilberger said, “from the players on the court to the last player on the bench find 100 percent passion and commitment to this team.” Nebraska came out Saturday and swept Weber State in quick fashion, 25-15, 25-7 and 25-16. NU out hit the Wildcats by .327
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Nebraska junior Gina Mancuso had 15 kills and hit .500 in the Huskers’Ameritas Players Challenge ending win against Weber State and the NU Coliseum. and was led by Gina Mancuso, who hit .500 on the day with 26 total attacks. The sweep gave Mancuso and Nebraska a satisfying win to cap the weekend. “Everyone did a great job today,” Mancuso said. “We kept our focus strong. For a few games now we’ve come out flat in that second game. Today we were like, ‘We’re going to make a change, we’re going to fix this.’” Mancuso’s performance on Saturday coupled with 15 kills against St. Mary’s earned a spot on the Ameritas all-tournament team alongside teammates
Cook and Morgan Broekhuis. For coach Cook, Nebraska isn’t where it needs to be at this point in the year. However, after this weekend he knows what the Huskers need to do to reach their potential. “I think they know now what has to happen,” he said. “So now they know and we got to do it. We’ll find out Saturday. They know what they have to get better on, they know how they have to play, they know what they’ve got to do mentally as a team. “Now it’s up to them to do it.” Robbykorth@ dailynebraskan.com
packer: from 8 linemen and blitzing backs out of Carr’s hair. The brother of No. 1 NFL draft pick David Carr performed splendidly in his second career start — even after halftime. Despite changes, the Husker safeties and linebackers made some of the same mistakes they’d already committed in the first two quarters, freeing up Carr to keep the game too close for Husker fans’ comfort. It’s not often that the Pelini brothers have been challenged by scheme. If anything, the Bulldogs deserve credit for
challenging the unit everyone thought would dominate. Some of Fresno State’s play-action passes were executed perfectly against NU blitz packages. Make no mistake, there were lulls in the game (nearly the entire second quarter) where if NU’s defense hadn’t halted the Bulldogs at midfield, things could have gotten ugly. Three second quarter Fresno State drives started at the FSU 49, the NU 49, and the FSU 48. Each ended in an Andrew Shapiro punt. While the offense struggled to make a first down, let alone a sustained drive, the Husker defense kept them
in a game that Carr could have blown open. Fresno State was a speed bump of the maturing kind. Nebraska and its fans got a better sense for what some of the new guys are capable of on offense. Ultimately, the defense recognized the problem in time to grab the win. Beck and the Pelinis got a better feel for scheme changes. Shaking it off and catching your breath is the best remedy for this one. You’ll hold your breath longer next weekend. Jeff Packer is a senior Broadcasting major. Reach him at Jeffpacker@ dailynebraskan.com
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Nebraska men’s golf coach Bill Spangler and his inaugural group of Big Ten Cornhuskers are set to tee off the season Monday at the Fairway Club Invitational, their annual home tournament. Arbor Links Golf Course, the Huskers home course, located in Nebraska City, will be the site for the 12-team tournament. According to Spangler, Arbor Links is one of the best courses in the state. “It’s a great way to start the season,” Spangler said. “We
get the opportunity to keep working on what we’ve be doing, on our home course.” The team is carrying a lot of momentum from the qualifying rounds, especially the Huskers top golfer, Scott Willman. In five out of the eight rounds, the senior was able to shoot under par. Willman attributes his recent success to playing against good competition. During the summer, he competed in PGA qualifying events, saying that the tournaments changed his mindset of the game. “In college you’re taught to shoot for pars,” Willman said. “Lately I’ve been trying
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to play more aggressive, putting myself in better positions to make birdies.” When asked what stood out to him about his team during qualifying, Spangler was quick to mention the play of Willman, adding that he’s excited to see how his top player will perform. “I have no doubt that Scott will play well,” Spangler said. “As a team, if we play our game and don’t worry about the external distractions, we’ll be fine. At the end of the day, all you can ask for is that the guys gave their best effort and have no regrets.” Sharing his coach’s optimism, Willman believes the Huskers have a good shot at returning to Lincoln with a win. “We’re talented. I feel like we can win, and I expect our team to think that,” Willman said. The women’s golf team will also begin its season Monday in a similar fashion. The Huskers open up the Big Ten era with a home meet of their own. Sixteen teams will be making the trip to the Lincoln Country Club to compete in the Chip-N Club Invitational, including fellow Big Ten opponent, the Iowa
Hawkeyes. Coach Robin Krapfl enters her 25th year at the helm with a young, but talented team. Other than a trio of seniors, the Huskers are made up of three sophomores and four freshmen. Despite the youth, Krapfl feels like her squad will be just fine. “We have a good team this year and our goal is to win,” Krapfl said. “Our seniors are demonstrating leadership both on and off the course, helping our young players to adjust. The talent level and cohesion of this team is sky high.” No. 1 golfer Madeleine Sheils expects the team, and herself, to have a shot at winning the invitational. Sheils acknowledged the fact that at this point it’s hard to tell where they are at as a team, but that they have potential to go great things. As far a leadership goes, Sheils says she is trying to lead by example. “I try to give it my all every practice and qualifying match, as well as offering encouragement and advice to the younger girls when needed,” Sheils said. “That’s how a good teammate should act.” austinepp@ dailynebraskan.com
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Seven matches into the season, I don’t have any idea what a realistic expectation for the Nebraska volleyball team this season would be. A Final Four appearance? A conference title? Just keeping the streak of a top-16 postseason ranking (every year since 1988) going? Normally, the answer would be all of the above. But, despite playing seven matches against teams with no shot at the national title, NU has struggled. The Huskers were dragged to five sets against non-conference opponents three times. This happened only twice last season, and those matches were against Florida and Illinois, not New Mexico State, Colorado State and St. Mary’s. While NU has certainly looked the part of national title contenders at times — especially the first two sets against Colorado State — too often the team has allowed inferior opponents to break its rhythm, force it to commit errors and, generally, not play up to its immense talent level – especially during the final three sets against Colorado State. The team is certainly aware of that. “I don’t think that we’ve played one of our best matches yet,” Taylor Simpson said after Saturday’s sweep of Weber State. “When that comes, everybody will know who we are and what we can do.” One of those “best matches” will need to come soon: a simple look at the schedule, and last week’s AVCA poll, will show why. Of Nebraska’s 21 remaining matches, 12 are against AVCA top-25 opponents, plus another two against a Michigan State team that just missed the cut. While NU’s schedule has a minor miracle (they avoid having to play Illinois on the road) it’s still so rough that a second or third place conference finish, which used to be a worst-case scenario, is hardly a guarantee. If the Huskers were still in the Big 12, they would play just six matches against such competition due to the fact only three Big 12 teams are
ranked in the poll against six from the Big Ten, not including Nebraska, which makes seven. Coach John Cook has his work cut out for this year. So what is a good expectation for the team? Easy. A national championship ... next season. The goal for this season should be to develop the players returning for 2012 while continuing some of Nebraska’s most important traditions: namely, making regionals in the NCAA Tournament and finishing in the top 16 of the final poll. A quick glance at the roster will show why NU will be a feared team next season. The three players NU put on the Ameritas All-Tournament team — Lauren Cook, Gina Mancuso and Morgan Broekhuis — will return. As will Hannah Werth, a second team All-American last year, and the trio of Hayley Thramer, Lara Dykstra and Taylor Simpson, who will all have a year of real experience under their belts. Add the possible return of Allison McNeal and a couple of impact recruits, and NU’s 2012 team will be deeper, more experienced and have a better idea of how to succeed in the Big Ten than this year’s version. So, does that mean this year’s team can’t compete for the Big Ten or a national championship? Absolutely not. All the talent is there, and it’s not like Nebraska is the only power to have struggled at times so far this season. Mighty Penn State has fallen as well, and two of last season’s Final Four — Texas and USC — have two losses. While the schedule is tough, it’s not as if the Huskers have never beaten ranked teams before. Plus, the Huskers should improve tangibly when Werth breaks out of her slump. While her defensive stats are as exceptional as last year, when she was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, her offense has been a bit off. She’s down 0.38 kills per set, and 0.84 off of her attack percentage. Should those numbers go back to last year’s averages, NU should be stronger on offense. The point is that this is a transition year, in more ways than just the change of conference. Fans should pay more attention toward individual development than NU’s rank. This should be a strong season. And next year will be even better.
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fresno: from 8 passing with 140 yards and a scoring toss. “Once we saw how they were trying to play us, we were able to devise some plan to get the ball to the different guys,” Beck said. “They either stop you or they give up big plays. We knew that. We have to be patient because they’re going to stop us at times. But when we get the opportunity, there are going to be big plays.” The success is easy to get excited about, but it doesn’t cover up the fact that the Huskers, like in their first game, struggled to sustain a drive without a big play. NU didn’t have a scoring drive without a play of at least 42 yards. But the Huskers had a feeling going into the game that it might be this way. Beck said that film study revealed the Bulldogs’ tendency to move safeties close to the line of scrimmage in an attempt to stifle the opposition’s running game. That left long opportunities to attack deep, leading to a seemingly feast-or-famine
offense. “The way they play, it’s kind of the nature of it,” center Mike Caputo said. “Sometimes they’re going to catch you with the downhill way and their attack (the running game). But they’re also gonna lose some big plays to it, too.” Although the offense was better than it was last week, by no means is it a finished product. The Huskers struggled to run the ball consistently between the tackles and Martinez fumbled three times (though NU recovered all of them). Upcoming opponent Washington proved last year it can beat the Huskers if they continue to slip up, so more progress will need to be made before this Saturday. “We all know that we’ve got a whole heck of a lot more improvement to make in all phases of the game,” offensive line coach Barney Cotton said. “There was improvement from last week. Are we there? Absolutely not.”
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Husker quarterback Taylor Martinez stretches for the end zone in the second quarter of Saturday’s 42-29 win against Fresno State. Rex Burkhead scored on the next play.
nebraska 42, fresno state 29
adrenaline Thrilling plays from Abdullah, Freshmen lead NU to win
zero Number of negative plays the Nebraska defense forced Saturday night. The Bulldogs featured a heavy downhill running game and Fresno State I-back Robbie Rouse carried the ball 36 times for 169 yards. The Huskers had 11 tackles for losses and three sacks last weekend against Chattanooga.
Quarterback Taylor Martinez’s Big Ten rank in rushing yards per game. The sophomore has gained 150.5 yards on the ground per game in the first two games this season. Wisconsin’s Montee Ball and Iowa’s Marcus Coker are tied in a distance second at 90.5 yards per game.
Everybody will remember Ameer Abdullah’s 100-yard kickoff return touchdown, but the freshman was effective with all of his returns. Abdullah broke Nebraska’s single-game return record, amassing 211 yards on five returns.
NU receiver Brandon Kinnie goes up for a catch, but wasn’t able to make the completion against Fresno State on Saturday.
The last time the Husker defense allowed more than 29 points to a non-BCS Conference school. Fresno’s 29 were the most since Ball State scored 40 in the 2007 season. NU escaped in that game with a 4140 victory, needing a late fourth quarter score to take the lead for good.
Number of different receivers who caught a pass on Saturday. Taylor Martinez only completed 10 passes, but he spread his passes around effectively. Redshirt freshman Kenny Bell and junior Tim Marlowe each recorded their first career receptions.
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Fresno State and Nebraska players compete for a jump ball thrown by quarterback Taylor Martinez at the end of the first half Saturday. L.J. Jones intercepted the pass and the Bulldogs went to the half with a 17-14 lead.
game balls Ameer Abdullah Ameer Abdullah answered Husker fans’ questions about the potential of NU’s young backs. Abdullah used superior field vision on special teams Saturday, gaining 211 yards on five kickoff returns, an NU single-game record. His longest went for 100 yards and a touchdown, and swung momentum Nebraska’s way at a vital time in the fourth quarter.
Quincy Enunwa The sophomore receiver built on a strong performance last week by hauling in a third-quarter touchdown that put the Huskers up for good. But his most important play may have come two quarters earlier, when Fresno State’s Derron Smith picked off a Taylor Martinez pass. Enunwa chased him down and blew up the defensive back from behind, forcing a fumble and getting the ball back for the Huskers.
Derek Carr Fresno State’s signal caller didn’t look like a guy who was starting only the second game of his career. The sophomore was poised in the pocket and made smart decisions, throwing the ball away when he needed to. The Fresno State offensive line kept Carr’s jersey clean, as the Husker defense didn’t record a sack. Carr finished 20for-41 for 254 yards and a touchdown and rushed for a touchdown in the first quarter.
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