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Inside Coverage

Hitting up the clubs at UNL

Backing the quarterback

RSO fair raises awareness of extracurriculars

Is NU’s Martinez the player the team can rely on?



In the shadow of the forsaken


Sonu, a mahout apprentice in New Delhi uses his jacket to dust the back of Gangaram, a 40-year-old Asian elephant on May 18. A presentation of student journalism from a summer trip to India will be held Thursday night at the Ross.

Perlman pushes enrollment, privatized health center UNL chancellor articulates his vision for the future, and enrollment is key Cristina Woodworth DN University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman called for a university-wide “singular focus” on increasing enrollment numbers at his annual State of the University address on Tuesday. In his 13th address, Perlman reemphasized his enrollment goal to reach 30,000 students by 2017. Increasing the number of students at UNL, Perlman said, is the only way to advance in other areas, such as gaining more tenure-track faculty and getting resources to build new facilities. “We need to relentlessly pursue every Nebraska high school graduate,” Perlman told the crowd

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln chancellor Harvey Perlman cracks a few jokes while giving the annual State of the University address at the Lied Center for Performing Arts on Tuesday. of faculty, staff and students gathered at the Lied Center for Per-

forming Arts. “We need to grow this university to 30,000 students.”

UNMC chancellor moves to fundraising position

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state of the university Enrollment increases is the only sure source of resources to fund our priorities.” UNL may not be the right place for every student, but those who avoid us because they think we are too big, run the risk of a lifetime of thinking too small.” We must focus on achieving our growth goals. Anything else is a distraction that consumes both human and financial resources.” Together we have done wondrous things. We now have the hard work of growing the university.” harvey perlman

university of nebraska-lincoln chancellor

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9/11 remembered


Staff report DN University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor Harold Maurer announced he will step down from his current position to spearhead university fundraising efforts in June 2013. Maurer will have served as chancellor for 14 and a half years at UNMC when he steps into his new role of professor in the university’s pediatrics department and chancellor emeritus on July 1. Before he became chancellor, Maurer served for five years as dean of UNMC’s College of maurer Medicine. He will also begin working at the University of Nebraska Foundation, handling fundraising efforts for UNMC’s new cancer center, a $370 million project that will house research facilities, an outpatient treatment center and a new hospital tower. “I believe the time has come for me to take on a new role with UNMC,” Maurer said in a press release. “I look forward to dedicating my time completely to fundraising for the Cancer Center Campus, which will truly transform UNMC.” Maurer has been credited with helping UNMC grow vastly in the areas of research and teaching along with obtaining higher-quality facilities since becoming chancellor in 1998. During that time, Maurer led the merging of Omaha’s University Hospital and Clarkson Hospital to form what is now the Nebraska Medical Center.

UNL’s enrollment fell this year to 24,207, meaning the university needs to grow by nearly 24 percent in the next five years to reach Perlman’s goal, according to Institutional Research and Planning. Some faculty and staff members said they believe the university will achieve its enrollment goals despite an overall decrease this year. Perlman also announced a plan seeking outside vendors to build a new, privatized student health center. That plan, though, has some students worried. “The current building is at the end of its life cycle,” said Perlman of the University Health Center. “It’s clearly inadequate.” He said students would benefit from a new, privatized health center because it could connect them to wider array of medical services as well as avoid an increase in student fees to pay to build a new center. Haylee Carpenter, a sopho-

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photos by morgan spiehs

Naval ROTC member, Dalton McMullen, a freshman meteorology major, wipes a tear away after the vigil’s end.


he blasts of three gunfire vollies cut through the silence outside the Nebraska Union Plaza Tuesday night where a crowd gathered and held candles in remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. “There isn’t one person that doesn’t remember where they were when (9/11) happened,” said Eric Kamler, president of the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska and a senior agricultural economics major. “It was our generation’s Pearl Harbor.” About 200 students, staff, faculty, soldiers and community members attended ASUN’s second annual candlelight vigil. The event kicked off with the ROTC color guard presenting the colors and a 21-gun salute by the National Guard. Freedom was the vigil’s theme.

“Today we celebrate the servicemen defending the freedom we take for granted, even when we don’t mean to,” said the Rev. Brian Kane, chaplain of the National Guard. Although the tragic events occurred more than a decade ago, Kane said there is collective value in annually remembering the day America was attacked. “Our nation does a good job of not forgetting,” Kane said. Kane was one of two speakers ASUN chose for the event. The other was State Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha, who served in the U.S. Air Force. “These acts of terrorism brought a new awareness to the nation,” Krist said. This awareness stems from those who take time each year to remember the lost lives, as well as commemorate

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Today we celebrate the servicemen defending the freedom we take for granted, even when we don’t mean to,” Rev. Brain Kane

chaplain of the national guard

U.S. military service, he said. Krist also stressed continued involvement in the community, volunteerism and taking advantage of freedom. “You are the patriots of this generation,” Krist said.

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campus briefs University seeks faculty, student input on campus master plan

University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty, staff and students are invited to offer input on an update of UNL’s master plan and a new landscape master plan at two open-house sessions held today and tomorrow. The open houses held Wednesday in the Nebraska Union from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. in the Nebraska East Union are to be the first opportunity for the community to give input into the plans for the university, according to a press release. Interactive, online mapping tools will be used at the sessions for people to add information about habits navigating campus. Consultants from the master plan’s design firm Sasaki Associates, Inc., will collect data on where people park, routes taken and significant places around campus. UNL’s current master plan was approved in 2006 and was to last 10 to 15 years. But with new goals in enrollment, faculty and research expenditures in 2017, UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman called for a new master plan. Consultants will return to campus in October or November to present findings and gather more information to finalize the plans. Final public presentations are scheduled for spring.

correction Panhellenic Council. The Daily Nebraskan regrets this error.

An article headlined “Panhellenic aims to raise $250,000” in the Sept. 10 edition of the Daily Nebraskan incorrectly identified Laura Collins, recruitment chair for the

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UNL students enlist as marrow donors Organizers hope drive will help provide more marrow matches for sick patients

she said. Before the event, Hall contacted the National Marrow Donor Program for supplies and information. Hall said she expected around 30 people at the drive, but by the end of it, the Multicultural Center helped add 42 names to the registry. Maren Westra That number is “more than I exDn pected, which is good because it’s a selfless thing to do,” said Nino De After failed chemotherapy last year, Guzman. one lymphoma patient and UniverEvery individual who wanted sity of Nebraska-Lincoln student to join the NMDP’s list, the Be the had to weigh her options: seek out Match Registry, had to read a list of a bone marrow transplant or wait to guidelines to ensure he or she met see if she could make it without one. all health requirements and was eliWaiting proved gible to donate. to be enough, and The testing proIf I was in Christen Nino De cess was straightforGuzman, a senior After filling the position ward: public relations maout the necessary jor, recovered. where I would forms and signing Nino De Guzman for consent, parbe needing it, I said the experience ticipants separately inspired her to help would appreciate swabbed the insides other cancer patients of their cheeks with it. I have, I mean, who can’t wait it out four cotton swabs. like she did. From plenty to go Those cotton 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in swabs will be mailed the Jackie Gaughan around so why to the NMDP, who Multicultural Center not?” will test the DNA on Tuesday, a bone and put the results marrow registration in a database. When isabella garcia drive took place. As freshman pre-nursing major a patient needs bone a cancer survivor, marrow, the dataNino De Guzman is base is searched to ineligible to donate marrow, but she find any eligible donors. volunteered at the drive. Joining the registry is not a comSylvia Hall, scholars counselor mitment, Hall said. If a potential dofor the Office of Academic Success nor is contacted and has changed his and Intercultural Services program or her mind, saying “no” is allowed. at UNL, coordinated the drive. She According to the NMDP, donors said it’s the first time the Multi- are not paid, but medical expenses cultural Center hosted one of the related to a donation are covered. events, but it’s not the drive’s first The Be the Match Registry is time in Lincoln or on campus. open to healthy individuals ages “We’re always looking for differ18 to 61, and anyone who adds his ent ways to involve our students,” or her name to the registry stays on

bone marrow quick facts • A spongy tissue inside the bones that produces red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. • Bone marrow biopsies are sometimes performed to check for certain cancers. A needle is inserted into the bone to remove liquid bone marrow. • A bone marrow transplantation, or BMT, describes a procedure in which a patient’s unhealthy bone marrow cells are removed and replaced with a donor’s healthy bone marrow cells. • Healthy bone marrow contributes to better immune system performance and recovery from cancer treatment like chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. • BMTs are sometimes a treatment option for leukemia, lymphoma or multiple myeloma. Source: Cancer Treatment Centers of America

it until he or she expires out of the system at age 61. However, anyone can have his or her name removed at any time, according to materials provided by the NMDP at the time of registration. All it took to convince Isabella Garcia, a freshman pre-nursing student, to attend the drive was an email from the university. Garcia said she donated blood consistently in high school and saw this as another way to help people. “If I was in the position where I would be needing it, I would appreciate it,” she said. “I have, I mean, plenty to go around so why not?” According to Hall, bone marrow is especially important to multicultural students because certain ethnicities experience more difficulty finding a match.

“It really depends on your ancestry,” she said. “Doing it (at the Multicultural Center) was beneficial for that reason.” Laura Ulibarri, a freshman biochemistry major, wants to become an emergency room surgeon. “I figured, if you can keep somebody living for a long time and give their family more time with them, (it’s worthwhile),” she said. “Eventually everyone will pass, but you can give them more time.” Nino De Guzman’s troubles aren’t over. She has a checkup every three months to make sure she’s healthy, and there’s still a chance she’ll need bone marrow one day. But for now, she said she’s just happy to see others joining the registry. News@

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correction An article headlined “Exhibit previews Pinnacle Bank Arena and Memorial Stadium expansion” in the Sept. 11 edition of the Daily Nebraskan incorrectly stated the Saturday opening

time of the exhibit, 8:30 a.m. The Daily Nebraskan regrets this error.

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Faculty suggests change in parking UNL Faculty Senate members debate faculty parking costs, study visitor housing

cops briefs Rape reported at Sigma Chi

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police are investigating a rape reported at the Sigma Chi chapter house at 1510 Vine St. earlier this month. The incident was reported on Sept. 4 at 12:25 p.m., but it was described by police as a “belated report.” Police could not provide further details Tuesday because an investigation is ongoing.

Sisters charged for minor in possession

Community service officers patrolling Schramm Hall said they noticed a woman stumbling in the lobby early Sunday morning. Chelsea Pote, an 18-year-old freshman pre-health major, and her 16-year-old sister both admitted to drinking. Pote blew a 0.254 blood alcohol content and her sister had a level of 0.124, according to police. The sisters were cited for minor in possession and taken to detox.

Students charged for possession of marijuana

University police officers patrolling near Pound Hall said they saw three students smoking marijuana on the western side of the building Saturday at 2:49 a.m. One of the three students, Daryl Nelson, a freshman pre-health major, claimed responsibility for the marijuana after talking with police. Nelson was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia. The other students were not charged.

staff report dn Faculty parking permit prices were debated during the two-hour Faculty Senate meeting Tuesday afternoon in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Nebraska Union auditorium. “It’s kind of like Republicans and Democrats arguing over tax cuts,” said Mary Willis, an associate professor of anthropology. “I don’t think a secretary making $29,000 should pay the same parking fee as someone making $150,000.” Willis said she raised the issue last year, but the senate never reached a resolution. “It should be fair,” she said. President Mathias Schubert, an associate professor of electrical engineering, said parking permits have been discussed repeatedly during his seven years on the senate. Senate coordinator Karen Griffin’s suggested the senate invite the

Parking Advisory Committee to a future meeting. The group also discussed establishing housing for visiting faculty. The senate, which has been in communication with UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman on the issue, wants to make university housing an option for research faculty, visiting faculty or outstanding experts in their fields. “The initial response to a research survey was overwhelming,” Schubert said. “It seems that there are hundreds of people that need hundreds of housing opportunities.” The executive committee is in the process of creating a second, more detailed survey. Revisions to the Conflict of Interest policy, as well as the Student Code of Conduct modifications were also discussed. The executive committee will review changes by the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska to the code of conduct before passing it on to the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. The senate meets again on Oct. 9 At the Nebraska East Union. news@

IFC aims at attendance increase ‘to legitimize’

Students flee officers, receive MIPs

Officers patrolling S Street north of the Selleck Quadrangle saw a group of four people conversing sunday at 2:30 a.m. Once the people saw the police, two of the four sprinted north, police said. The police followed two of them. Colby Bates, a sophomore presocial science major, and Sean Endersbe, a sophomore business administration major, were each cited for minor in possession. Bates had a BAC of 0.199 and Endersbe had a BAC of 0.177, police said.

Graffiti found near Vine Street fields

University police received notice of the word “noser” spray-painted on the brick wall between the tennis courts and Vine Street fields on Thursday. The graffiti is roughly 10 feet long, and is painted in forest green paint. Police estimate the damages estimate at $100. —Compiled by Daniel Wheaton NEWS@DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM

elias youngquist dn The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Interfraternity Council’s Tuesday meeting lasted less than 15 minutes with sparse attendance. Out of the 26 IFC fraternities on campus, only six were present and the next meeting will not be for three or four weeks because of homecoming, according to Ty Schurr, a senior agribusiness major and IFC vice president. Getting people to meetings is a challenge IFC officials say they are working on. “One of our goals as a council is trying to legitimize IFC more,” said Jack Christie, a senior advertising and public relations major and IFC secretary. “So we’re learning how to get people here.” If a fraternity doesn’t attend

two meetings in a row, they can have voting rights suspended for a period of time. If a fraternity is suspended for two semesters, they’re up for expulsion from IFC. However, leniency is given to fraternities on a case-by-case basis. But reminder emails had not been sent out prior to the meeting, said Jeff Beavers, assistant director of Greek Affairs. “We kind of dropped the ball on this,” Beavers said. In another effort to increase the legitimacy of the council, a dress code has been implemented for members, and the executive board members are looking to enforce the rules more strictly this year. “We want this to be something that people get ready for in advance,” Christie said. news@

more advertising and public re- sity Press. “I think (increasing enlations major, said she thinks the rollment) is the only solution to current health center is perfectly solving our deficit crisis.” fine. Eddy Rojas, director of the “My mom works there and Durham School of Architectural was telling me she could lose her Engineering and Construction, job and benefits if they build a said he believes the goals are still new one,” Carpenter said. “I don’t achievable. understand why they’d move it. “I think they are realistic,” he The health center is already in a said. “I think they are certainly perfect location on campus where challenging but doable. It’s not students can just drop in between like they’re going to happen overclasses.” night.” Kristin Bainbridge, a junior Some students voiced conspeech language pathology ma- cern about adding more students jor, said she thinks the current to what they said is an already health center is in good condition crowded campus. as well. “I don’t know if I can imag“I would say that, although ine that many more people on nothing is too campus,” said Carfancy, it’s defipenter, of the nearly nitely good We can, and 5,800 additional stuenough to do its dents UNL would will, make purpose,” said need to gain to reach Bainbridge, who some investments enrollment goals. has had to visit “I feel like classes as we proceed, the center several are already full to times during the but sustained the max and addyears for a broing more students ken leg as well success depends will just add to that as bronchitis. “It on our enrollment problem.” always has what Bainbridge said growth.” is needed.” adding that many Perlman said more students he doesn’t know seems like a misharvey perlman yet if the aptake, even if it will university of proximately 100 nebraska-lincoln chancellor provide the uniemployees at the versity with more UHC would lose funding. their jobs with “I do not think the construction of a privatized our university could handle a subhealth center. stantial number of more students,” “Student healthcare is obvisaid Bainbridge, who said she enously a priority,” he said. “But it visions parking, housing and class doesn’t necessarily need to be op- sizes being big problems in the erated by us.” future. Financially, the university’s Perlman downplayed doubt 1.6 percent enrollment decrease about the university’s growth this year contributed to a $6 mil- goals. lion budget deficit, Perlman said. “UNL may not be the right To combat that deficit, Perlman place for every student, but those announced across-the-board bud- who avoid us because they think get cuts of 0.5 percent as well as we are too big, run the risk of a giving smaller salary increases lifetime of thinking too small,” he than were authorized by the Uni- said. versity of Nebraska Board of ReIncreasing enrollment is the gents. only solution to reaching other Perlman said he believes university goals, Perlman said. some of the reasons for this year’s Last year, he set a goal of enrollment decline included hav- increasing tenure-track faculty ing an understaffed recruitment by 160 professors to 1,300 and office and overall economic con- of reaching $300 million in reditions. search expenditures. In the past “I am confident that, with year, research funding has infocus, we have the will and the creased $58.8 million to $191.3 means to significantly increase en- million, according to university rollment for next year,” Perlman figures. said. Increases in tenure and tenThose university-wide budget ure-track faculty depends on cuts will hopefully be a one-time the resources that come from change for a deficit that could increased enrollment, he said. shrink substantially with an in- In turn, meeting university recrease in enrollment in fall 2013, search goals is dependent on he said. seeing an increase in tenureEven with the slight detrack faculty. cline in numbers this year, sevEnrollment gains are the only eral university faculty said they solution to funding our priorities, stand behind Perlman’s initiaPerlman said. tives. “Size matters,” he said. news@ “I’m all for the goals,” said Ann Baker, a manager at Univer-

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RHA funds cancer run, aids voter registration Emily Nitcher DN


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rha vote box

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Residence Hall Association passed legislation to give money to a local charity and help students register to vote on Tuesday night. Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa were asking RHA for $500 to help sponsor the Jack-o-lantern Jog, a 5k-charity run benefiting Team Jack. The money for the Oct. 24 event would help cover the cost of glow sticks and T-shirts for the night run, according to Ian Vosburg , a senior political science major and Mortar Board member. The event will benefit Jack Hoffman, a Nebraska boy with brain cancer. “Basically it has local support in Lincoln, and it’s a great cause,” Vosburg said. The money came from the programming fund. Vosburg said they asked for funds from RHA because it would get people in residence halls involved with the run. After covering the cost of the run, all money raised will be donated to Team Jack, Vosburg said. The bill passed unanimously after several senators said they felt the money went to a good cause. Mike Dunn, a senior communication studies major and ASUN senator, asked RHA to partner with the Government Liaison Committee to help students get involved in upcoming national and state elections. Dunn asked RHA to help GLC run new voter registration tables in the residence halls. RHA senators also said they hope this could be a way to get information out to students about voting. Dunn said RHA is in a unique position to reach out to a diverse

• Allocation of funds for Jack-O-Latern Jog: Unanimous yes. • Resolution for partnering with the ASUN Government Liaison Committee for voter registration: 32 votes yes, 5 votes n population of students, especially freshman and sophomores voting in their first election. President Meg Brannen, a junior advertising and public relations major, said she thought it was an important cause RHA should help with. “(We) definitely have the power to do this, and it’s important,” Brannen said. The resolution passed with 32 yes votes and 5 nays. “Today was a great example of how RHA can be civically involved,” Brannen said. “We have a great opportunity to educate students and give back to the community, and this meeting showcased that.” RHA also approved the appointments of the events and programming chairs. Megan Shumaker, sophomore communication studies and political science major, was appointed programming chair. Sydney Weddleton, freshman psychology and dance major, was appointed events chair. Brannen said she was excited with the new leadership. News@ DailyNebraskan.Com

“You will guarantee future generations of freedom.” Freshmen Sarah Howe and Marie Edwards, who were at the vigil, each remember 9/11 as part of their second-grade experience. Because they were young, they said they didn’t understand the situation until their parents explained it to them. Howe, an elementary edu-

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staff report DN They’ve only had one meeting, but the International Socialist Club is taking off. A newly formed recognized student organization at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the International Socialist Club, drew plenty of visitors at Tuesday’s RSO Fair. Charles Holm, a history graduate student, and SaRena Freet, a junior women’s and gender studies major, fielded questions and talked to students. Their booth was covered in newspapers and books and a piece of notebook paper hosted a list of names. During the event lasting from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., that list grew and grew. In fact, Holm said the ISC is doing better than expected. He estimates there were around 15 members at the first meeting and believes many more will come to the group’s second meeting next Monday. The RSO fair hosted all but four or five of the recognized student organizations on campus, according to Adam Brown, graduate assistant for student organizations. It was the fifth annual fair supporting student organization recruitment. More than 300 students attended by 5 p.m., Brown said. News


TOP: ASUN President Eric Kamler opens the event after the “StarSpangled Banner” and the playing of “Taps.” About 200 people were in attendance. BOTTOM: A candlelight vigil was held at the Nebraska Union Plaza last night in remembrance of the terrorist attacks that took place 11 years ago. to forget many issues, but when it comes to 9/11, Americans always stand together. The vigil concluded with silent reflection and a prayer led by Kane. As the vigil’s attendants left, the

melody to Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” played softly and was the only sound filling the evening air. news@


ABOVE: Angel Iverson, a junior fisheries and wildlife and environmental studies major, throws a frisbee to another women’s ultimate frisbee team member at the Registered Organization Fair yesterday afternoon on the second floor of the Nebraska Union. This is Iverson’s second semester on the team. BELOW: Freshman pre-medical and psychology major Faith Kerl makes a stop at the Spanish Club table during the Registered Student Organization Fair yesterday afternoon on the second floor of the union.

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maurer: from 1 UNMC’s external research funding has also tripled to more than $90 million in the same time period, the release said. “Under Hal’s leadership, the UNMC campus has been transformed,” said University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken

cation major, said the experience took a different toll on her because she lived in Europe when the attack happened. Howe went to school on a U.S. military base because her father was in the Air Force. She remembers waiting for three hours after the attack before passing base security to get to her classes. Security guards checked every car, person and backpack, she said. She will remember the vigil’s message that every American plays a part in his or her freedom. “You don’t have to be in uniform to be a patriot,” Howe said, “because we all represent (the nation) as a whole.” Older students such as Mary Lenz, a junior pre-inclusive early childhood education major, and Mike Seager, a senior pre-architecture major, said they see 9/11 differently because they immediately understood what was happening. “Being older helped us gain a broader perspective,” Lenz said. Certain aspects of Lenz’s life have changed since the attack. “I’ll see a plane flying too low, and I’ll have a weird, immediate fear,” she said. Then she realizes it’s just an edge she’s developed in this post9/11 world, she said. Seager said society can be quick

in the press release. “Not only with remarkable new facilities for teaching and research, but through an unwavering commitment to a culture of excellence.” Maurer said he is looking forward to changing his focus while staying involved with the univer-

sity. “We will continue our momentum at UNMC, and we will not change course over the next nine months,” he said. “It will be business as usual.” news@

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Organizations, DN encourage early voting registration Today, you will notice one of the first of many efforts on campus to register students to vote. The Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services, the National Panhellenic Council and Occupy the Voting Booth are co-sponsoring a voter registration drive on the north side of the Nebraska Union from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Daily Nebraskan applauds these organizations for their efforts and encourages you to register early. Sure, it’s only Sept. 12, you’re late to class and have plenty of other days you could register. But too often the opportunity, one of the most basic and true rights we have as Americans, slips by. Some would say that voting, either Republican or Democrat, isn’t important in states that aren’t known to swing. However, Nebraska has the ability to split its electoral votes — it happened in 2008. Also, keep in mind local and state elections. The senate race between the Democratic nominee, Senator Bob Kerrey, and the Republican nominee, State Senator Deb Fischer, very well could be decided by the youth vote. Kerrey and Fischer are very different candidates with very different goals and directions for our state. Don’t let a candidate you don’t support get into office because you failed to register to vote. Additionally, if you want to be trained to register others to vote, the Center for Civic Engagement will be offering deputy registrar training in its office, Room 222 in the Nebraska Union, at 4:30 p.m. today. This bestows you with a great responsibility, and the Center for Civic Engagement is making it as easy as possible to be trained. Registering is the first step; informing yourself and making a decision can come afterward. You can’t do the latter without the former.

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icolas Cage will be starring as “The Doctor” in an Americanized adaptation of “Doctor Who.” Just kidding, but aren’t we all just about sick of this? Over the years, the United States has felt the need to remake many shows from the United Kingdom. Some have done great, others have failed miserably. However, a good remake only needs three things to be successful in the US: It needs to make a connection with its audience, create fresh ideas and establish good characterization. If you’re going to remake a show for a certain audience, you need to know who it is. You can’t just slap on some new actors and a new coat of paint and call the job done. Writers need to make them stand out. Otherwise, American viewers may as well hop on Netflix and watch the original. A prime example of this is when Bryan Elsley tried to make an American version of his hit show “Skins.” The show covered many issues such as drug abuse, pregnancy, death and psychosis. One major reason the show failed was the controversy it stirred. If you watched the British series, you would be well aware that it’s known for its explicit content and risqué behavior. The American audience, however, couldn’t adapt to this even though it’s considered a watered-down version of the original “Skins.” The show still wasn’t acceptable, and many parents found it inappropriate for the American audience. All of this was taken into consideration, and on June 9, 2011, the network announced it would not renew the series for a second season. Shows like this are trying too hard to be as good as their British counterpart, and they’re failing to appeal to their audiences. The original series was successful because many of the happenings and characters appealed to the people who live in the United Kingdom. The remake, however, failed to appeal to an American audience and didn’t last long. Fresh ideas are another key aspect to a welldone remake. One of the reasons writers remake shows is because they want to add something new, even though sometimes they don’t succeed. Taking an idea and then changing it in some

CHRISTIANNA FRIEDMAN way is what’s going to bring people in. An example of a remake that failed to do this was “Prime Suspect,” another take off from a British series that received the axe last winter. The show is about a female detective who joins a new squad and is persecuted and loathed by her coworkers. The American version only lasted 13 episodes and dropped to only 3 million viewers in the series finale. When the show first premiered in the UK in 1991, it stood out amongst a lot of shows because it had a strong female cop, which hadn’t been seen often in television at that time. However, when the remake came out in 2011, there had already been several shows with strong female detective leads. Because of this, it failed to stand out amongst the pack. Material from the original series was kept and the show failed to create a new identity. There was a huge time gap between the series and the writers easily could’ve made it more relatable and brought in new ideas, but because they didn’t, the show failed to stand on its own. Finally, a good remake has good characters. One of the most important things in writing a show, or even writing in general for that matter, is to build strong characters. You have to make the characters stand out and have quirks. You need to know them and build on that. Another spinoff of a UK television show that actually succeeded in doing this was NBC’s hit show “The Office.” The show alone averages 8 million viewers a season. But, it didn’t start off

that way. “The Office” only became successful after the second season. The first season catered too much to its British counterpart and started slowly sinking in ratings. Only when they decided to break off from the original did the show achieve success. The writers took their time and developed all of the characters. They focused on others like Creed Bratton, Kelly Kapoor, Toby Flenderson and Stanley Hudson, and built them up from scratch. The characters are truly diverse and are well developed. The first season of “The Office” almost failed completely, but when the writers decided to make some major changes, the show became a cultural phenomenon. The series even sparked several other new shows in this “mockumentary” style including “Parks and Recreation” and “The Farm.” Not every remake will end up a disaster. In fact, there’s one coming out this fall that might just beat the odds. “Elementary,” the American remake of “Sherlock,” kicks off this September. Based on what I believe makes a good remake, there’s speculation that this series will do well when it premiers. In this version, the writers make a connection with the audience by basing Holmes in New York City, and they establish a fresh idea by making Watson a female. They also establish good characterization by developing Holmes’s as a consultant who has had problems with drugs and is seeking rehabilitation. If my speculations are true, we can expect this to be an amazing show. There are some good remakes and there are many bad remakes. It’s a huge undertaking to take shows like “Skins,” “The Inbetweeners” and “Prime Suspect,” and try to make them better. There’s always a chance of making it successful, but it depends how it is done. You really need to consider your audience, come up with a fresh idea and develop your characters. Shows like “The Office” prove that it is possible to make a good remake, but it takes discipline to break off from that original story. Christianna Friedman is a Junior and Secondary Education major. You can follow her on Twitter at @ChristiFriedman and email her at

Misogyny in hip-hop, rap pushes feminism back


e ain’t got no worries. She as bad as a hooker, so she ain’t got no worries. She want me to eat her sugar, I say ‘Why you in a hurry?’” “No Worries” by Lil Wayne, one of the most popular songs on iTunes, has very explicit and derogatory lyrics toward women. The bass and beat may make this song seem like the best thing you have heard to date, but it’s not. Once you finish listening to the lyrics and watching the music video, you’ll see that it’s trash. Eminem, Beyonce, Pitbull and Chris Brown all make music videos with variations on the same thing. While you sit there watching the music videos, images of halfclothed women draping themselves over men flash across the screen. These images portray an unrealistic view of the world and women, yet these music videos continue to influence society. Music videos such as these paint a thin line between reality and fantasy. The blatant sexism garners stereotypes of women and also establishes expectations no woman could ever fulfill. The stereotypes present women with unrealistic bodies that others are unable to live up to. Although these images are prevalent throughout all genres of music, it’s the most prevalent in mainstream rap and hip-hop music lyrics and videos. In these videos, there are women who are in some kind of lingerie or bikini, dancing and flirting with men. It also seems that no woman is ever happy without a male’s

attention. No matter what the male has done to them (cheated, beaten or emotionally abused them), the woman always goes back. There is no way that this is an accurate assessment of reality, but what these images do is influence the attitudes of society. They shape what the public perceives as the correct behavior and make it socially acceptable to treat women in this particular way. I have seen this by means of sexually explicit catcalls and inappropriate touching in crowded areas, both of which are objectifying and demeaning. Rap music has become more objectifying of women in recent years. Rap originated in the 1970s as a type of urban poetry in the Bronx for the youth who were often disregarded because of their class and race. It began as cultural expression, but 10 years later, rap music took a turn and was no longer solely an expression of culture. According to Lilly Goren, author of “You’ve Come A Long Way Baby: Women, Politics and Popular Culture,” misogyny in rap music began to emerge in the late 1980s. Five common themes emerge throughout these music videos: There is derogatory naming and shaming of women, the celebration of prostitution and pimping (both of which are exemplified in Three 6 Mafia’s “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp”), sexual objectification of women (exemplified in Notorious B.I.G.’s “Friend of Mine”), the legitimizing of violence against women (which is seen in Eminem’s “Kill You”). Finally, the distrust of women is seen in the lyrics of “Don’t Trust ‘Em,” by Ice Cube and “Dr. Knockboot” by Nas. These are all themes young men listen to

VICTORIA HARTZOG when they plug in their iPods and turn on the newest 50 Cent song. According to Goren, rap music is the most listened to genre of music for 8- to 18-year-olds. When they listen to these songs and watch these music videos, it shapes their views and attitudes toward women. It affects how they will treat women, and because they see this as being OK in the music video, they will think that it is normal and expected behavior. If their favorite rap artist treats women that way, then why can’t they? This leads to problems not only with the young male population and their perceptions of societal norms, but it also affects women. It becomes a huge issue with women’s self-esteem and what they believe to be the “right” treatment in a relationship. According to Carolyn Kitch’s book “The Girl on the Magazine Cover: The Origins of Visual Stereotypes in American Mass Media,” rap videos that contain images of women in sexually subordinate roles increases the fe-

male’s acceptance of violence against women and as well as sexist attitudes toward women. This is something that needs to be stopped. Women shouldn’t be subjected to the treatment that music videos portray. We, as women, are so much more than our sexuality and our looks. Women have the right to be portrayed as fairly as possible in these music videos. It’s a shame to know that our society has been subjected to the notion that “sex sells.” There is clearly a blatant disregard for women’s intelligence in these music videos, and it makes me wonder how far music videos are willing to go until society sees that they are a major source for sexist attitudes. What impedes the movement of changing these attitudes is that these rap songs are constantly recognized by being nominated for awards such as Grammys and Academy Awards. There was much controversy surrounding the 2005 Academy Award win of Three 6 Mafia’s “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” for the movie “Hustle and Flow.” They performed the song on stage and won the Oscar for Best Original Song. There was a storm of criticism for the glorifying of the exploitation of women. Today, women are pushed to become what their male counterparts perceive and believe is the “perfect” woman. In all actuality, what constitutes the “perfect” woman? Hollywood seems to have taken the liberty of presenting us with an image of what the perfect woman should be and what the public expects the perfect women to be: tall, thin, big-eyed, with the latest designer brands and long voluminous hair. However,

some of us can’t live up to the standards set by Hollywood because of basic genetics. This portrayal of women will continue until there is a realization that these images may actually be doing more harm than good. There are some rap songs that do send positive messages in the way of social change and portraying women in a positive light. Songs such as “Make Me Better” by Fabolous, “Dear Mama” by Tupac and “I’ll Be There for You” by Method Man have social messages in them. Although these songs do exist, they are not the most popular rap songs. It makes me wonder why the public continually goes back to these songs that are so degrading toward women. Yes, rap music can have a catchy beat and can be good exercise music, but take a minute and actually listen to what the artists are saying. I bet some of the lyrics would surprise you at how misogynistic they are, and then you may realize that sexism is a problem and it needs to be changed. There is no reason that a woman can’t have just as much power as a man, even in the world of music videos. Changes need to start happening right here, right now. The portrayal of woman needs to change because once that happens, the attitudes of society will also change. Maybe then women will be seen in a better light and those sexist attitudes and lyrics will fade away. One can only hope that socially charged and respectable rap songs will emerge afterwards. Victoria Hartzog is a Junior English Major. follow her on Twitter @VictoriaHartzog and email her at


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A young woman dances with a veil over her face during a wedding ceremony at the Shadipur Depot slum in West Delhi, India on May 19. The colorful slum is home to the Kathputli colony — a community of artists and performers numbering in the thousands — but authorities are currently planning to demolish their homes to make way for a pair of high-rise apartment buildings.

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Student journalists bring India trip experience to event “India’s Forsaken”at the Ross story by ingrid holmquist | art by chris rhodes ››Editor’s Note: The following story contains mention of Daily Nebraskan editor-in-chief Andrew Dickinson. Dickinson is not quoted and his presence in the story is exclusively for color and context. drug addict approached University of NebraskaLincoln photojournalist Andrew Dickinson and begged for money. Knowing the rupees would fuel addiction, Dickinson shook

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Allauddin Sec, 26, paddles on his makeshift raft on May 16 in the Yamuna River, which cuts through India’s capital, New Delhi. He and other men and boys spend their days using magnets to pick up coins thrown by passersby into the river, which is sacred to Hindus but has been left lifeless and black after decades of pollution.

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his head no. The words the addict said next shocked Dickinson. “I’ll pray for you and your family.” Dickinson’s experience in India last summer, as well as other culturally shocking topics from the India trip including leprosy, domestic work, education in the slums, gender issues, pollution, elephant training, artist colonies and poor working conditions, will be expressed through 11 students’ multimedia pieces and discussions about their work at a free event at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. The India trip was set into motion by Bruce Thorson, UNL associate professor of journalism at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. Thorson inquired about the possibility of the trip to fellow associate professor of journalism Scott Winter, who traveled to India with students the prior year. “I was certain that if we brought some of our best photojournalists, we’d be able to do some pretty amazing stories,” Winter said. “(Thorson) was sold right away.” Winter said the trip was especially relevant because establishing stronger ties in India is a part of the mission of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. As the second-most populous country and largest democracy in the world, the characters and stories within India’s borders lend themselves to broad journal-

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Rajendara, a homeless drug addict, cries after having a wound cleaned and mended at the Yamuna Bazaar. Rajendara had no money and, in order to buy drugs and avoid withdrawal sickness, he stole from another addict, got caught and was attacked. The Yamuna Bazaar is a two-square-mile area where approximately 1,200 injecting drug users live on the streets.

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Sahara Begum fixes her hair before heading to work on May 22 in her home in Gurgaon, India. Sahara lives in a 10-by-10-foot brick row house and walks nearly 1.5 miles every day to clean an apartment in a high-rise building.


Asha Devi Mandal showers at Kusht Rogi Seva Ashram, one of about 700 leprosy colonies in India, the most of any nation. Mandal has had leprosy since she was 6 and now lives with her hands and feet deformed from the disease. Those living with leprosy and their families face stigma and discrimination from most of Indian society.


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UNL to host film screening about post-9/11 Muslim life emily kuklinski dn The alienation of Muslims in the United States after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has been well-documented. But like the national idea and recollection of the day itself, so too does the fallout for Muslims in the US evolve. A screening of “Mooz-lum” by Qasim Basir will be held on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s campus, hosted by the University Program Council (UPC). The event will be Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center. It’s a documentary which aims to shed light on Muslim life in a post-9/11 world and a movie that Muslim Students Associa-

tion treasurer Symone Kayyem, a senior international business major, said is one that UNL students should see. “I think people are discovering themselves, who they want to be ... and that it’s very important that everyone keeps an open mind,” Kayyem said. “UNL students come from all around the world, and it’s important to always want to learn something more. So people should be taking advantage of this event and learn about ... different sides of the world.” Kayyem, who has spent time in and out of the United States, has witnessed the effects the 9/11 tragedies have had on her and her family. Although she said she has never experienced anything as

Castro draws on own adversities in hopeful, new book UNL graduate Joy Castro is already finding success with “Island of Bones” rachel staats dn Joy Castro’s “Island of Bones” was a stunning and brutally honest retelling of some of her life’s most painful and lovely moments. If writing is like getting lost, as Castro says, then reading this book is a scary and exciting adventure of the best kind. Told in essays that range from a couple paragraphs to a handful of pages, each segment uses vivid imagery to bring readers on a journey where identity is hazy and one’s place in life is hard to find. As a poor Latina girl growing up in Key West, Castro was taught to be strictly obedient to her elders, especially the man of the house. But when her mother was remarried to an elder of the Jehovah’s Witness faith, her family endured deprivation and assault for years. Although she ran away at the age of 14 to live with her father and went on to become the first in her family to graduate from college, Castro struggled with her religious, cultural, gender and economic identity. These struggles became even more apparent when the writing touches academia, where her ideas about feminism and culture in writing did not mesh with what she learned in class.


ISLAND OF BONES Joy Castro UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA PRESS ESSAYS With Toni Morrison’s quote, “The function of freedom is to free someone else,” Castro longs for writing that is practical in its applications for poor women of color. Although acknowledging the problems facing women and other minorities is good, that writing doesn’t do much good unless it can help someone. “Island of Bones” does just that. Through stories of triumph and dismay, Castro shows that where you were is not necessarily an indicator of where you can go if you have the strength to persevere. Growing up is a tender, heartbreaking, peaceful and hopeful process, and it might take you your whole life. arts@

“There’s a stigma associated with (Muslim) culture ... and I’d like to see what all the movie addresses about those issues.”

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traumatic as “Mooz-lum” depicts, certain things have changed such as the “looks from other people or the utter shock from when I say that I’m Muslim.” One UNL student who is looking to take up this opportunity and learn more about the Muslim community is Mariah Wailes, a freshman general studies major. “I feel like 9/11 has changed the perception of Muslims in America,” Wailes said. “There’s a stigma associated with their culture just because of that, and I’d

tyler keown Grab your shovel and start digging into the Earth’s crust. Avoid the gas and fault lines, but dig with purpose, ignoring what should be a physical impossibility as the mantle gets harder. The sunlight no longer reaches you, but you continue to go deeper and deeper. OK, stop. Look around with the flashlight you should’ve brought without anyone telling you to. Oh neat, a Brontosaurus fossil! And over there, a full prehistoric man that’s been preserved in amber! Get out of the hole somehow. Go around and tell others what you’ve seen, how the history of the world is right beneath our feet. Explain how it made you realize what a blink you really are in the spectrum of time and how it made you want to live in the moment. Get on Facebook and send a message to that pretty girl that you’ve never talked to in class but added anyway, because while you may not be around long, you’ll be around long

enough that it’ll still be embarrassing if she turns you down in front of others. It is with this sense of gusto that you will continue to live your life until death. Unfortunately, this begins to work against you quickly when others confuse your confidence for arrogance. You try to change your actions while maintaining your original mindset, but this becomes a balancing act and you can’t shake the feeling that you’re compromising yourself, so you accept that you cannot control what others think of you. That’s where I come in, having no idea where you’ve been or what you’ve done. I am walking behind you on the sidewalk, headed to my history of rock ‘n’ roll course. I do not like you. You are wearing a snapback hat and walk with a stride that suggests that you think you are doing better than anyone else in your age group. “Who are you?” I angrily think. “What gave you this confidence, jackass?” You are oblivious to my anger, instead thinking about how nice this world is when you escape the grasping claws of those who have formed opinions about you based solely on assumptions. You turn up your headphones and lengthen your

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Author Castro talks hot streak er told anyone. Another woman Learning to write action was a struggle for me. But I really wrote to say her sister had been molested, and she’d felt helplove mysteries and thrillers, too, Author of several well-received so studying some really good less to stop it. Another woman ones carefully to re-educate my- told me she’d been raped. They books, including two recently all loved the book, which offers released within a two-month self was a pleasure. I read a lot a vision of strength, hope and span, Joy Castro has quickly of Dashiell Hammett, Dennis Lerecovery. It shows that survivors hane and Kate Atkinson and that made a name for herself covering are tough and that what they’ve helped. complex themes across multiple endured is truly devastating and DN: How would you degenres. scribe your own relation to New worthy of our respect. Readers Her collection of personal who’ve survived trauma really Orleans, the book’s setting? essays, “Island of Bones,” was cheer for that message. JC: My husband is from New published in September by the DN: In another interview you University of Nebraska Press Orleans, and he took me there and explores Castro’s struggles to meet his family soon after mention that in the original version of “Hell or High Water,” the with identity after adoption by a we first met during grad school. main character, I fell in love with Cuban American family of Jehowho is a victim New Orleans as I vah’s Witnesses. Her first book, One woman of sexual abuse, “The Truth Book: A Memoir “ was falling in love was a child with James, and I’ve wrote to was named a Book Sense Notable instead of an been traveling there Book by the American Booksellsay she’d been adult. The ediers Association and excerpted in regularly with him tor pushed for for the last 20 years molested at 7 and The New York Times. Her first the change. Was novel, the mystery-thriller “Hell now, staying with frustrathis family, hanging never told anyone. this or High Water,” was released in ing? Especially July and named a National Lati- out with his friends joy castro since the novel and getting to know no Book Club selection. Already On Reader Response is partly about the city. COEXIST finished with its sequel, Castro confronting very I always love spoke with the Daily Nebrasdark, but also kan about the process behind The xx hearing from readvery real issues. Did your origiers that they were sure the author her novels, the often harrowing must have been a New Orleans nal vision for the novel change topics her writing explores and because of this? native. That’s a huge compliment what’s to come in her young caJC: Not much, but I really to a writer. reer. fought that change. I think we’re DN: The book takes place Daily Nebraskan: A lot of all aware that, occasionally and reviewers are remarking on the three years after Hurricane Kaunfortunately, terrible things do trina and deals with many other scope and variety of elements at happen to young children, the play in “Hell or High Water” — a traumatic issues, including sexuvivid setting, politics and class, al abuse and kidnapping. It’s also most vulnerable and innocent human rights. And all in a mys- about overcoming those traumas. among us. I didn’t want my book to flinch from that hard truth. tery thriller. What was the most Are you getting reactions from challenging part of this book’s people who have read the book But the publisher wouldn’t compromise. They felt that it would in light of Hurricane Isaac? Or process? be too dark for most readers to Joy Castro: Thank you! For their own loss and struggles? bear. JC: I’ve heard from a numme, plot itself was the most difDN: “Hell or High Water” ber of people from New Orleans ficult aspect. My scholarly trainjust came out this summer, but and the surrounding region who ing focused on the modernists: you’ve already finished its sehave really loved the book, and Woolf, Joyce, Eliot, Faulkner and quel, correct? What did you learn that’s extremely rewarding. Nina so on. If you’ve read them, then you know they weren’t really big Sankovitch wrote her HuffPost from writing the first book and how did that change your writon action or clear, forward-driv- Books review after reading “Hell ing narratives. Because of being or High Water” during Hurri- ing of the sequel? JC: Well, I really did learn immersed in their work for so cane Isaac, and she liked the way the novel was exploring trauma a lot about plotting, action and long, I wrote epiphanies, intericause and effect by writing the and resilience on multiple levels. ority and lyrical interludes much One woman wrote to say first one, so the writing process more easily and naturally than I she’d been molested at 7 and nev- for the second one went a lot could manage cause and effect.

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Campus stereotyper judges his own judgment of others A STUDY IN SCARLET

like to see what all the movie addresses about those issues.” Kayyem said the film also serves as a platform to talk about how a broader audience of people has been affected by the tragedy. “Everybody went through 9/11,” she said. “It’s not based where you’re from or what religion you are or anything like that. It’s a good movie to open your eyes about how some people live dayto-day after what happened.” At the screening, writer/director Basir will be present to further

discuss ideas raised by the film. The slate of topics for discussion is to be determined by the audience and what spectators interpret in the film. As for Kayyem, she said she hopes that some of her own questions might be answered. “I’d like to hear him talk about making the movie,” Kayyem said. “I’d like to hear him talk about how he got it so right.” Wailes said she hopes Basir can speak on his own experiences as well. “It’d be interesting to hear his first-hand account of being Muslim in a post-9/11 America and just how his life changed as far as if he was treated differently in airports or just in general.” The event is free for students with a valid NCard and $5 for the

stride even more. I slow down my walk, trying to get even farther from you and your confidence of which I am oh-sojealous. I am the jackass. This is the situation that may be occurring every single time I see somebody and make an assumption about them. I kind of wanted to show that maybe I’m wrong at times. This is a disclaimer of sorts. I’m feeling apologetic right now. Writing this column makes me question the way I look at others. Am I too harsh/shallow/nearsighted? Will my instinct to group everyone into categories ultimately be my downfall? No. My downfall will be my addiction to love, I think. But I digress. Like I said, this column has changed my mindset when I wander campus. It makes me hyper-aware, constantly looking for things to mock or point out. It’s made me question why I assume so much. It’s made me want to become a person who actually meets someone before casting judgment. This might be the first (and only) column where I want to share life lessons, but really, I feel like I’m onto something here, although it’s probably something the rest of you learned in second grade. The next time you’re headed to class and you start to get irrationally mad at the guy wearing those overpriced Beats by Dre in front of you, think about how he may have seen something so meaningful that he no longer cares what anyone thinks, even you. He may also just be a nice guy that has a habit that annoys you from afar. Either way, if you think about it, it’ll make you feel small, but it’ll also make you a better person, assuming you want to change. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t had a complete change of heart. I’ll still be mocking others for arbitrary reasons, because I know that’s what the readers want. Unless it isn’t what the readers want. I’ll have to take that risk, I guess. tyler keown is a sophomore broadcast journalism major. reach him at arts@

joy castro Read the first chapter of “Hell or High Water” for free on Amazon. Follow Joy Castro on Twitter at @JoyCastro. faster. “Hell or High Water” took four years; the second book took only a year, and it felt smooth and natural. The sequel is called “Nearer Home,” and it will be out from St. Martin’s in July 2013. My editor just sent me the cover design, and it’s really cool. I’m psyched about it. CM: Is there a third book in the works? If so, would you approach it differently? JC: I’m currently just thinking through ideas for it. It’s in that daydreaming-noodling-jotting down notes stage. Right now, I’m more focused on the launch of “Island of Bones” and on continuing to publicize “Hell or High Water,” which has been optioned for film and TV. The producers are pitching network television studios this week, I think, which is exciting. So I’m just letting ideas for the third crime novel percolate right now. I can’t really draft during the school year anyway — revise, sure, but not dream up something from scratch — so it will need to wait until next summer. That’s good, though. It gives me time to fool around with a lot of trial ideas and narrow them down to something strong and fresh. arts@

New xx album blends club beats with relaxation joey zimmerman dn When the English indie-pop group The xx dropped its self-titled album three years ago, the Earth was blessed with some of the most beautiful minimalist instrumentals and calming vocals we’ve ever heard. In 2010, all of the band members were around 18 years old when they started playing at big musical festivals such as Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. Their debut album reached platinum and even won the Barclaycard Mercury Prize for best British and Irish album of the year. Now The xx is back with its sophomore album, “Coexist,” which took three years to complete: well worth the wait. However, this time around, courtesy photo the lyrics are more powerful, telling With its second album, “Coexist,” the xx embarks on a more tales of a love gone awry. The main club-induced sound, a nod to some of the nightclub beats the component that sets this album apart members missed while touring their first record. from its predecessor is Jamie xx on the synchronizer. His hypnotic and drowning beats are more dominant on this album and match perfectly lates what separates this xx album with Oliver Sim’s gentle bass lines. from what the band crafted three It’s an instrumental balance that was years ago. The loop Jamie xx lays down at the very beginning grabs the certainly intentional. listener right away and drops them “‘Coexist’ was inspired by club at the end by fading out into steel music,” said Jamie xx in an interview drums. with Music News. “We’ve all come The opening song back off tour and “Angels” tries to break been partying a bit We’ve all the listener’s heart more. We left when with the least amount we were 17 and we come back of noise possible. missed out on that Croft sings repeatchunk of our lives off tour and been edly,“ They would be when everyone partying a bit OF BONES as in love with you as else was ISLAND partying. I am” over three quiet Club music has more. We left COEXIST lines. As the bass line definitely Joy had Castro an when we were 17 picks up toward the influence Uon the NIVERSITYand OF Nwe EBRASKA The xx missed end of the track, Croft next record.” reveals, “And the end P RESS E SSAYS Club music, out on that chunk comes too soon/ like sidered as whole, is chill and relaxed. indeed. dreaming of angels / Though the synchronizer almost apThe track of our lives when and leaving without proaches a loud club level and the “Swept Away” is everyone else them.” The notion of guitars scream when played at their a great example of heartbreak is a con- peak (a la “Missing”), the tranquil this. It begins with was partying. stant throughout “Co- voices of Croft and Sim always bring a layering of Romy exist.” If it wasn’t for Jamie xx Madley Croft’s us back down to the wonderful city of the xx member the catchy drums and and Sim’s soothing Bliss. Population: us. groovy bassline on voices over a disIt’s a record where setting mat“Sunset” we’d be left ters, too. You won’t be bumping this tant guitar scream. crying in despair on the bathroom As it progresses, Jamie xx releases a at the house party this weekend. This tile from the lyrics. Croft sings, “I saw break-beat with claps and before the album isn’t meant for that. Nor is the you again, it felt like we had never audience members realizes it, they’re band. A relaxing listening atmosphere bobbing their heads and closing their met / it’s like the sunset in your eyes is what The xx calls for. and never wanted to rise.” arts@ eyes. The album’s soundscape, The track “Try” beautifully emu-



wednesday, september 12, 2012


that could have gone better: an ongoing series about relationships that didn’t go on

‘Reason to remember the name’

››Editor’s Note: To avoid the deflating long-term effects of sheer embarrassment, the names of all parties in the following column (Part 2 in our series of failed romance stories) have been changed. Relationships, hey, hey, hey. My name is David. It’s not, but you need to know that it is. I was abroad when it happened, in an affluent, accessible European city (full of gorgeous, liberated women and tall, handsome men). I was leaning against the neon-laced bar of the night club with the awkwardly chic name — Shades or Zoom or Trance, I don’t remember exactly — looking for nothing but a self-esteem boost. I was halfway between drinks four and five, neither tall nor liberated, and both shortcomings were weighing heavily on my slipping mind. From the moment she walked up to me, she looked interested or maybe she had a stigmatism. For the first few minutes, my suspicion kept me from regarding her sports car hips and loose, kissable lips. The most it could have been, I realized later, was a “summer fling.” That’s what I would have called it if I had been one of the ladies from

“Grease.” But I’m a gentleman, even if it is of the short and unliberated variety, so I tried to consider — as she slid a hand on to my shoulder and then my own hand and I waved at the bartender for a vodka tonic — exactly how I could let her know that later on, when I was stepping over her strewn clothes to wash my face, that I’d be trying to appreciate her for my vague picture of who she was. At the bar, our first few sentences were lost in space, in the oppressive house music. When her voice finally did reach my ear, it was low and full of dust and sex. The accent was manic and bouncy and thick. “A drink,” she whispered to me, stating the obvious in a beautiful, but stupid sort of way. She was already clutching the vodka tonic I bought her. And then: “You look homey.” “Nice of you to say,” I said starting to sway as I tried to stand up straight. “I’m not from around here.” “Lonely,” she said more forcefully in my ear, the tip of her tongue catching my ear lobe. “You look very lonely. What’s your name, darling?” “David,” I said because that was my name. “Dahveed. This is a lovely name.” It made sense for me to ask her now. “What’s yours?” “What?” She looked confused. A frail balding man clapped me on the shoulder, like an old friend, lost in the music and the booze. I shrugged him off. “Your name!” I was pretty sure she said “Andrea” with a long ‘a.’ Like 90 percent positive. “Andrea,” I said back to her, like a child learning to speak. She shook her head in a very wild, careless movement. “Ana,” she corrected, I was pretty

sure. Still, I looked at her full of hesitation. “Dancing is fun,” she practically scolded me and took my hand or perhaps she never let go of it, but slammed her drink down on the bar and we stepped toward the center of the club. Mosh is too loose a word for what was happening. It implies a kind of individuality to each person throwing themselves around. This was more like a tidal wave of bodies, all at the beck and call of a bald DJ in Bose headphones and a fur-lined vest. The wave carried us together, bound by the rhythm of the spastic lack of true rhythm, and then apart and to the bar four or five more times or back into the crowd and onto the train and off at the wrong stop and back on to the train and back to my summer apartment and on to the floor and eventually washed us ragged and half-clothed on to my bed. “I cannot very much believe this,” she said to me, her English falling away a little. “My friends said to me, Nandres, you will never find a handsome man in that club.” “Your friends call you ‘Nandres?’ “Of course they do, silly! Dandra is my name!” “Oh.” It struck me that her mouth was very warm and that I could see her, but my eyes weren’t opening very wide. And then I only remember two bodies tossing each other around like rag dolls. Then it was morning and my head was on fire. “We should get breakfast,” she said loudly. “I think I’m really starting to like you.” We walked around the corner to a cafe with crepes and excellent coffee and we passed a friend of hers who might’ve called her ‘Lana,’ but he didn’t acknowledge me, even though she was holding my hand. I thought of

asking her to a guilty dinner in a few night’s time. “Dahveed, I have really loved this. I had a ‘good time’ as you say in the States.” I was paying the check and smiling at her. “That’s very kind of you, darling.” “Darling, ha,” she threw her head back. “Who talks this way? You are so sweet. Call me by name.” There was something rising up in me, alcohol maybe. My cheeks began to flush. I started to laugh nervously in vowel-filled bursts: “Ha! Ha! Hahahaha!” “Dahveed, my name.” She suddenly didn’t find me amusing. Maybe if I had pretended to be deaf, things would’ve turned out better. “Andre 3000,” I mumbled. Her lips retreated back off her teeth and I thought for a moment she might bite me. Might’ve been preferable to all the screaming. “YOU AMERICANS think only of yourselves! You know what you need, Dahveed, is a handbook for girls!” As she stormed away, I tried to imagine what this would look like: diagrams of the female anatomy, 12step recipes from one-night stand to engagement, a chapter on the importance of names. I wondered if such a thing existed and if so how much it might cost in Euros. I was starting to run short. The sun was turning the heat up on midmorning now as I walked back to lie down in my bed and the old women were starting to hobble out of the massive cathedral on the corner of my street. One of them had been watching, taking me in with measured eyes, as I squinted and my hangover started to bull its way into my head. Her voice was eager though and she said some-

GIMME 5: Husker hangouts Gimme 5: Gameday hangouts for students under 21

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Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center: Home games are shown on the big screen at the Ross. Admission is free and open to the public. Buffalo Wild Wings: Enough said. Enjoy some wings and watch the game. There’s bound to be more TVs than people. Visit either the 1328 P St. or 7301 S. 27th St. location.


Husker Watch Party: Hosted by UNL Campus Nightlife, away games are shown on the big screen at Memorial Stadium. The event includes free admission, food and drink. The next showing is Oct. 6.


Your Computer: is great for those who do not have the time or the desire or the means to socialize for the game. The website has a free audio subscription for a live stream of the games.


The Husker Nation Pavilion: If you’d still like to be in the midst of the greatest, reddest fans in college football, check out the Husker Nation Pavilion. It is located north of Memorial Stadium at the Grass Practice Field (held before home games). The event offers inflatables, food vendors and seating to watch the game. compiled by Jourdyn kaarre | art by lauren vuchetich

thing to me in her native tongue. “I’m sorry. Only English,” I said and even my own voice was fueling the headache. “Disappointment,” she muttered at me. “Americans are very given to disappointment.” “I’m sorry,” I said back in her native language. Then “thank you” and then “how much for a tram ticket?” and then “I’m sorry” again. That could’ve gone better. arts@

Love Library houses little-known slew of games Nathan Sindelar DN Kelly Stading arrived in Love Library’s Media Services hoping to find CDs about Spanish. She overheard a man talking about the video game “Portal 2” and it piqued her interest. She later found out from media services librarian Richard Graham that the department carries several other titles available for students to check out and play for free. Graham is the person in charge of selecting and ordering the games available for students to borrow. He recently ordered a slew of last year’s greatest hits. “‘Dark Souls,’ ‘Skyrim,’ ‘Uncharted 3,’ ‘Batman Arkham City,’” Graham rattled off elite-tier games adorned with rave reviews and multiple “Game of the Year” awards. “I am definitely going to use this,” said Stading, a graduate student of art, referring to the Love Library selection that already includes games such as “Call of Duty,” “inFamous,” “Red Dead Redemption” and “LittleBigPlanet.” Like Stading, though, most students, even those heavily invested in gaming are unaware of the service. Scott Barrett is one of them. “I wouldn’t be surprised if you asked 100 people and only three knew about it,” said Barrett, graduate student of psychology and president of UNL’s Electronic Gaming Club. “Infamous,” an open-world action game, is the most popular of

the little-known game selection, checked out 20 times during a year and a half period. The puzzles, jokes and cooperative gameplay of “Portal 2” come in second with just 19 checkouts. The trend continues down the list of 21 games currently stocked, some borrowed as few as six times. Graham started bringing games into Media Services three years ago. He took inspiration from the University of Michigan when they began, according to its website, archiving games and systems from the 1970s to the present. “On other campuses at other universities, there’s kind of a growing use of it in classrooms.” Graham said. “Special education classes look at how students use platform games. Some English departments are interested in the storylines like, say, ‘Fallout 3.’” While he said that no professors have approached him asking for gaming-related materials, Graham still looks at having the games in stock as worth the possibilities for students and staff. “It is such a small investment that it’s certainly worth our time to, kind of, prepare for the future.” Both Graham and Barrett see a future in which games are important in college education. “Gaming is going to become such an integral part of our society that universities would be kind of crazy not to look at incorporating that or having classes on it,” Barrett said. “Games like Skyrim and Fallout, they have stories to them, so in some ways are like literature and movies. But what

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analysis.” “Certainly video gaming has been a growing part of our pop-

ular culture and merits collection and merits looking at from academia, from academic viewpoints,” Graham said. Despite these possibilities, Love Library’s collecting of games was halted for a year. “The last dean didn’t like the games and kind of had me put the hold on it,” Graham said. “And, so, in a sense, it’s a new day.” With his new funding, Graham ordered six new games. “Certainly there’s an entertainment element that we want to consider or popularity, but I’m kind of interested in looking at video games that have more complicated storylines or allow people to do unusual things,” Graham said. “So a game like ‘Flower,’ it’s not a first-person shooter. It really takes advantage of trying to push the envelope in terms of controlling, what it means to have a beginning, middle, end and more about the experience.” Although Graham acknowledged that the collection is small, he’s optimistic about growing it and is open to hearing requests from visitors. “I need faculty, staff or students to talk to me about how they use video games,” he said. Graham said he is looking for games that are important to the industry and its development — the ones that will be remembered. “We’re not just shooting at something,” he said. “There’s a real experience. There’s a real sort of immersion into another world that I find fascinating.” arts@

this week in films UPC Presents: “Mooz-lum” Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker Qasim Basir

when: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. where: Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center how much: free (with NCard), $5 for faculty, staff and students

Reel Talk Movie Series: “Papers”


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where: Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, Unity Room how much: free

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india: from 5 while working to expose the condiistic research. tions of the injecting site. The group of student photojourThe emotionally charged trip led nalists and three UNL professors the group to what Thorson said was spent three weeks on nine stories. While many of the locations and one of the world’s most impoverished contacts utilized by the journalists nations, yet he said it felt surprisingly safe. stayed constant from the 2011 trip, “I think that we felt safe because of this year’s journey differed in many ways. The first trip focused on crank- their national religious views,” Thorson said. “They really ing out daily stories respect humanity.” that touched the surI think this Winter’s main face of many national is what praxis throughout issues. The second their endeavors and most recent trip education should abroad was to have was dedicated to the students produce looking deep into look like and this quality work and incultural phenome- event is a way for crease “global compenons and the lives of tency.” Indian people with that message to “I think we extended pieces of get across, not achieved our goal (to journalism. increase global comWith more in- only for students petency) by day two,” depth research, the and faculty, but Winter said. “And tone of the project folwe’ll achieve the lowed a more maga- for Lincoln as a great stories by 2 a.m. zine or documentarywhole.” the night before the style approach. show. Not because “We’re calling it Scott winter we’re not organized, a photo documentary associate professor of but because these project, which is kind journalism stories are never good of misleading because enough for these stuthere’s lots of video dents’ standards.” too,” Winter said. Winter said he hopes the event at The students and faculty memthe Ross will inspire attendees to use bers were on a mission to document their money to travel to countries that world poverty with all its complex can increase their global competency, implications for humanity. “I try not to use the word ‘pov- rather than typical spring break deserty’ specifically because people tinations. “I think this is what education from the other country may feel a should look like and this event is a little exploited,” Thorson said. “Just way for that message to get across,” because we’re documenting poverty Winter said. “Not only for students doesn’t mean that all the stories are and faculty, but for Lincoln as a negative. But at the same time, we whole.” want to put our lens and attention The group of worldly photojouron issues that need to be fixed.” nalists has been toiling over their Thorson said while traveling respective multimedia projects to around the Yamuna River, Dickinson prepare for the looming presentation watched as the drug-users “literally at the Ross and to communicate to a shoot up all day long, or at least sevcrowd thousands and thousands of eral times a day, and it’s amazing to see miles away the immediacy they felt that kind of toll on people.” in India. Dickinson witnessed two deaths

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Chidren of a slum in Nangloi, a northwestern district of New Delhi stand outside the slum school’s locked gate. The gate is locked at 10 a.m., and children who come too late cannot attend school that day. “These student journalists were really moved by the people that they met and their task is to get their viewership as moved by the compelling nature of these stories as they were when in India,” Winter said. “They want to put the viewers where they were in the field. They want Lincoln to be moved because

they were moved.” During their trip, the students and professors were struck by the kindness of their sources, even though the journalists were unable to ethically offer anything in return for interviews and photos. Thorson said that a lot of people asked, “What’s in it for me?”

“We explain to sources that by doing this story and shedding light on their situation, that’s how we can do the most good for everybody,” Winter said. The group is now challenged with the task of connecting with its audience at the Ross and moving them to do something about the prob-

lems and stories discussed. “You can watch ‘The Hangover 2’ on Netflix any day this year, but this is the only day that you can be moved by stories from the slums of New Delhi, which have a lot more to do with your life than you think,” Winter said. arts@


wednesday, september 12, 2012

Huskers disappoint on final day, fall to 7th place Nebraska neared a top-3 finish, sunk to bottom-half of field after sour final round Mark DiSomma DN Nebraska entered the final round of the Chip-N Club Invitational only six strokes away from capturing third place. The inexperienced Huskers stumbled in the final round, shooting a 318 total, their highest round in the tournament. They finished seventh out of a field of 13 teams.

Junior Katelyn Wright, who entered Tuesday tied for sixth and was only five strokes off the lead, faltered and shot a +7 and dropped down into a tie for 11th. Fellow junior Steffi Neisen of Columbus rebounded from a shaky first day and moved up three spots into a tie for 21st. Redshirt freshman Morgan Smejkal also finished tied for 21st after her first three rounds of collegiate golf. Rounding out the Huskers squad was redshirt freshman Jackie O’Doherty of Lincoln and true freshman Cassie Deeg of Hugo, Minn., who tied for 36th and 42nd, respectively. Coach Robin Krapfl, who is in her 26th year as head coach, was not worried about her team’s per-

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a very good team, and we have so much potential. I think that once (the freshmen) get this tournament under their belts, I really think that this team is going to surprise a lot of people this year.” Southern Methodist surprised no one by claiming its second straight title at this event. The Mustangs as a team shot +1 during the final round, finishing 18 strokes ahead of the other twelve teams in the final round. Overall, they shot a total of 903 and won by 15 shots. Southern Methodist’s true freshman Alexandra Rossi of Austin, Texas, individually won the tournament by two strokes over Amy Anderson of North Dakota State, who was the leader entering Tuesday’s final round. Rossi rebounded after a poor second round to shoot a tournament-low 68 in the final round. The Huskers now look to the Golfweek Challenge in Vail, CO, September 24-26 to gain the crucial experience needed to contend in a very competitive Big Ten. sports@

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Move to B1G brings change of D Lanny Holstein DN When Nebraska moved to the Big Ten a season ago, football coach Bo Pelini reconfigured his defense to better fit the Huskers’ new conference. With a change in conferences came a change in offensive style. Pelini decided to adapt his defense accordingly. “Well, we were in a very spreadout conference,” the coach said. “And then we move into the Big Ten, and we are trying now to load up on linebackers to get ready for conference play.” Nebraska’s defense is a better fit to take on Big Ten teams this season than it was a season ago, according to Pelini. The unit is bigger and has more depth at linebacker than it has had in a few seasons. But as UCLA demonstrated on Saturday, it’s weaker against the spread attack. “You start building your systems for conference play, then you come back at the start of the season and play spread-out teams, so you are jumping back and forth a lot,” Pelini said. “You have to use your personnel differently, which presents challenges for you.” The Huskers opened the season with two games against spread offenses, Southern Miss and UCLA, and they are set to face a third in Arkansas State this weekend. “I think we will be tested,” Pelini said. “I think it will be a good follow

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Nebraska’s defense gathers after a play Saturday. The Blackshirts are feeling the effects of a defense in transition between leagues. up to the game we just played. We need to get better against that offense. It comes kind of at the right time for us. We need to make a jump and evaluate how far we are coming.” Giving up 653 yards of offense to the Bruins on Saturday has the Husker coaching staff hard at work this week. Defensive coordinator John Papuchis said after Monday’s practice that he and the rest of the defensive coaches are looking at everything to find a fix. “We’re looking at everybody,” Papuchis said. “We are looking at whoever is going to give us the opportunity to be the most successful. One thing that

we want to do is get a little bit faster this week. Team speed is something that has been a little bit lacking our first couple games, so we are going to try to get some of our faster guys on the field and see how that goes.” Finding a balance between speed and size is an issue the Husker staff is dealing with this week. They need to be big enough to defend the downhill rushing attacks that they will see in the Big Ten, but also must match the speed of spread teams in the nonconference schedule. Versatility is the key to playing good defense, according to Pelini.

The coach said the team doesn’t always know what to expect from its opponents and may even see a multitude of different offenses within conference play this season. The team has to be ready for anything. “A lot of times you have no idea,” Pelini said. “But the interesting part about our league is that now that Ohio State is changing to the spread, you can see a lot of variety in this conference. You see pro style and a couple of teams that are spread.” Nebraska’s defense took a step back against UCLA, according to Pelini. The unit was exposed by speedy backs and a case of poor tackling. It’s back to square one for the unit. “We kind of find ourselves where we were early on when I got here, like the second year,” Pelini said. “I found that we got better as we went on, so we’ll just see how it plays out. I think it is a big challenge for our defense and our coaching staff, we just need to rise to the occasion when there is a challenge in front of us.” The coach believes in his system, and although his team is amidst a rough patch, he feels he can pull it out of its funk. “It is hard to find positives when you give up so many yards,” Pelini said. “But I believe what we are doing will just be fine in the long run. I have been through this before, and I have a good idea on how to fix it.” sports@

men’s golf

NU opens year with first-place finish STAFF REPORT DN On one of the windiest days in recent memory, the men’s golf team finished their first tournament of the season with a win, squeaking out a first-place finish with a score of 899. The Huskers were able to hold off the Illinois State Redbirds by one stroke on Tuesday at the Fairway Club Invitational at Arborlinks Golf Course in Nebraska City. “It was so brutally hard to be honest,” coach Bill Spangler said. “You just wanted to survive. It was as hard as I’ve seen Arborlinks play in a long, long time.” The Huskers faced winds that were persistently gusting around 25 mph. Couple that with greens that were void of friction, there were not very many

shots that brought that wow factor. “It was just trying to keep the ball in play and make the putts if you could,” Spangler said. “It was so windy, that it was hard to make anything. I mean anything over two feet was a roll in the dice because the greens were so fast. There were no gimme putts out there. Every shot was hard because of the wind, no matter how close or how far you were from the hole, but the guys hung in there, so to their credit, they were good enough to win.” Senior Kevin Gillick posted a score of 219, tying Ricky Hearden of Illinois State for first place, but because of the tiebreaker rules, he officially placed second. “The tiebreaking procedure was the low third round,” Spangler said. “Rarely are there playoffs in college

golf anymore because of travel plans and people need to get back to their campuses. So in that regard with the tiebreaker, (Hearden) won, but technically, Kevin tied for first, and he was the low guy. So in our eyes it was just a tie for first and it was a great turnout by Kevin because he played extremely well.” There were three new players starting for the Huskers. Aaron Wong, a freshman, who was leading through 36 holes, placed seventh with a score of 223. Kolton Lapa, a freshman, and Matt Record, a junior, also playing in their first college tournament, scored 231 and 235, respectively. Junior, Manuel Lavin rounded out team play with a 232. “It was kind of an unknown going in there seeing how (the newcomers) were going to play and respond. By in

large they all did some good things,” Spangler said. “Aaron Wong struggled today, but still had such a good first day. He is going to come away with a lot of good positives from this tournament. Kolton and Matt both did good things too so I was encouraged with how they played. Manuel Lavin played well, as did Kevin shooting 73 and 74 in today’s wind and how difficult the course was, playing was really good.” On a day where Mother Nature got the best of most of the golfers, Spangler was proud that his guys were able to battle their way to the top. The Huskers hope to keep the momentum rolling at their next contest, held at the D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate in Normal, Ill., on Sept. 22-23. sports@


football practice notes Carnes practicing at wide receiver

Sophomore Brion Carnes is no longer practicing at quarterback for Nebraska. As reported by HuskerOnline and the Lincoln Journal-Star, the former quarterback is working at wide receiver in an effort to get on the field. Carnes was listed at fourth on the quarterback depth chart a week ago behind junior Taylor Martinez, senior Ron Kellogg III and freshman Tommy Armstrong, a likely redshirt. The Huskers’ wide receiving corps is another loaded position, as six receivers have caught balls in Nebraska’s first two games, while Taariq Allen, who has yet to catch a pass, has seen significant playing time as well.

Hurried throws plague Martinez

Offensive coordinator Tim Beck said on Tuesday that quarterback Taylor Martinez hurried his throws in the second half of Nebraska’s game against UCLA on Saturday. The coordinator blamed the Huskers’ struggles on a lack of execution and said the quarterback was no exception. “I think he hurried some things out there,” Beck said. “I don’t know if he felt like he had to get rid of the ball, get it to the receivers faster so they could run on those plays. He anticipated or assumed coverages at times and didn’t let them develop at times. All the things he was really doing in the first six quarters of his junior year, he hurried it.” Beck seemed frustrated with Martinez’s performance against UCLA. He said that he couldn’t explain what caused the quarterback to hurry in the second half, but he still has faith in the junior signal caller. “We just have to keep working,” Beck said. “We have to keep believing in what got him to the point at which he was playing and what he was doing.”

No timetable for Burkhead return

Senior running back Rex Burkhead has no timetable for return, according to Beck. Burkhead has not practiced since spraining his MCL in the first quarter against Southern Miss two weeks ago and is under the supervision of the Huskers’ training staff. They have him rehabbing on the side as Nebraska practices, according to Beck. “He’s been running around for a couple weeks,” Beck said. “I don’t really know what they do or what his prognosis is or when he gets back.” Even if the senior is out again this weekend versus Arkansas State, Beck said he liked the way sophomore fill-ins Ameer Abdullah and Braylon Heard stepped up to the task against UCLA. “I like the way both of those guys played,” he said. “They were quick and decisive in their decisions. They ran hard. I was pleased with those guys. It’s just unfortunate that we turn the ball over.”

High tempo helps Husker offense

Nebraska ran a no-huddle offense for the second straight game this weekend. Beck said on Tuesday that he likes the confusion it creates for the defense. He said it allows the offense to pressure the defense in ways a traditional tempo does not. “The faster you go, the less likely (the defense) is to gather all that information and relay it to the players to let them know when they line up like this or if they are in this set, this is what goes on,” Beck said. When asked if running at such a high speed adds pressure to the offense as well, Beck admitted that it does. “We are probably under more, but if you are doing it all the time, your practiced for it, and it becomes second nature like anything else.” — Compiled by Lanny Holstein

B1G teleconference Brady Hoke, Michigan

On whether he is encouraged or concerned from the first two games of the year - “Probably a little bit of both to be honest. There is some concern there that we need to play better on both sides of the ball up front. We need to block better we need to be a little more physical at the point of attack.” On Devin Gardner receiving - “We would like to see that. It helps him a little bit knowing what Denard is looking for and looking at. I think he is just scratching the surface of being the kind of receiver we need him to be.”

Bo Pelini, Nebraska

On assessing Arkansas State - “They are talented and fast. They have good speed on the field and are pretty good offensively. They have struggled defensively, but they are young in their system. They are a talented and dangerous football team.” On main areas for improvement - “Overall execution and consistency. That’s where we are at this point of the year. You probably hear that across the country, but that’s where we are right now. We have to play a lot better defensively. We kind of took our turns in that game the other night. As far as our consistency is concerned, it’s not where we need to be and our level of execution isn’t where we need to be yet.”

Mark Dantonio, Michigan State

On rivalry games - “We really try and focus on the moment here. We try not to get caught up on where we are at. We try to focus on the next challenge. We don’t get too far ahead of ourselves. We talk about the rivalry games throughout the year, but I think the rivalry games — the emotion and the enthusiasm — come from the people who have played it before them.”

feel unless you watch something on TV. Other than the scores you don’t really have a feel. I don’t read too much into everything that is written because there is too much written these days. When we get to them we try to reevaluate everything that is going on and try to look back on the histories.”

Kirk Ferentz, Iowa

On improving offensively - “Pretty much everything. When you have one touchdown in two ball games that says it all. We have work to do and we will just continue in that work.” On going down field in the passing game – “Our passing game isn’t where we want it to be in any phase, down field or in any regards. So we will just continue to work on it. Obviously the other part is we have to do a better job at getting the ball down in the red zone area.”

Jerry Kill, Minnesota

On Western Michigan – “From the offensive side of the ball they are averaging 340 yards throwing the ball and another 140 yards running it. There is no question with Coach Cubit’s background and being familiar that offensively they have always been a juggernaut and hard to deal with. They are one of the top schools in the MAC Conference year in and year out. Defensively they have changed from what they have been in the past.” On emotions during Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa games – “We try to stay consistent. I don’t think we prepare any different every week. I don’t think you can in college football. I have never been a coach that makes one game more important. The most important game is the next one you play.”

Bret Bielema,

On practice routine - “We just got back into Wisconsin our normal routine. Before the Syracuse On the firing of offengame you are in game week, but it still feels sive line coach Mike like camp. You hope to get into your normal Markuson - “I think routine in week 2, but the circumstances overall, I just wasn’t didn’t dictate that and we had to adjust. For seeing the results. me it just feels great to get back into our This wasn’t someroutine and to be a little hoarse here talking thing that was decided overnight. I’ve to you guys on a Tuesday afternoon.” had discussions with Mike going back into last spring. I felt like if we weren’t Tim Beckman, going in the direction that I would like us Illinois to go, I wasn’t going to wait until the end On Illinois’ loss to Arizona of the season to make a change just beState - “When we lose, we cause that’s the way it is usually done.” lose as a team. We didn’t play right on any side of the On new offensive line coach Bart Miller ball on Saturday.” and his Nebraska connections - “All the things I know about Nebraska are good, On his relationship with the so hopefully that is a positive. He came Big Ten while he was as Toledo - “I had a here highly recommended by our last ofgreat relationship with the Big Ten coaches. fensive line coach Bob Bolstad.” They were outstanding people, and I think our players respected the Big Ten at Toledo, Urban Meyer, but we also wanted to be able to play with Ohio State them.” On California’s defense - ”Cal runs a Danny Hope, very unique defense. Purdue We call it a double On the Boilermakeagle or bear defense. ers’ loss to Notre Very unique, we won’t Dame - “I thought see another defense like that all year.” our team hung in there until the end when Notre Dame was On being cautious of using Braxton Millable to knock in a field goal at the end of er in the run game - ”That’s one of the the ball game. We are disappointed that we things you have to be aware of when you didn’t win, but we are very encouraged at run the spread offense and your quarterthe potential of our football team.” back’s involved. We had that all the way back to Josh Harris to Alex Smith to Chris On punter Cody Webster - “Well, I thought Leak to Tim Tebow to now Braxton.” one of the biggest factors in the football game on Saturday was field position. He’s Kevin Wilson, always a factor every Saturday, but it really Indiana held true this past Saturday.” On losing quarterback

Bill O’Brien, Penn State

On what he looks for in a quarterback - “The first thing that we look for in a Pat Fitzgerald, quarterback is that that guy has to have certain intangibles that Northwestern On emphasizing areas in are important to the position. He’s got to be practice - “The entire pro- very, very smart. He’s got to be tough. He’s gram, on Saturday we got to be a leader.” weren’t very physical on the perimeter on either side. On quarterback Paul Jones adding tight end That was probably the most to his role on the team - “He just wants to disappointing thing watching help the team. He just wants to play. AfOn the level of awareness of other Big Ten teams - “You see scores and that is pretty the video. The only way you are going to get ter talking with him a few times, this was something that he was all for.” much all you see. You really don’t have a better at that is working on it in practice.”

Tre Roberson to injury “He will be able to get a redshirt. We’ll have him for three more (years), and he’ll have a great career.”

On how the Indiana offense changes with new quarterback Cam Coffman “Tre could make a little more with his feet, but at the same time, Cam is a good enough athlete that we will still do some of that. Cam is probably a little bit better thrower. He has a little bit more potential to be a little bit more polished there.” — Compiled by Jacy Lewis and Lanny Holstein


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to go?

Martinez’s yards, athleticism don’t equal greatness

art by Lauren Vuchetich

Be patient, NU QB is work-in-progress andrew ward Let’s face it. Taylor Martinez is nothing better than an inconsistent quarterback. Don’t get me wrong, he’s an incredible athlete. That 92yard touchdown run on Saturday was impressive. He’s got breakaway speed. I get that. But as far as being a quarterback, he’s only mediocre at that job. After watching him practically throw the ball into the hands of UCLA defenders on Saturday, it’s hard to think positively. I’m not going to take anything away from the numbers he’s piled up throughout his career, though. In two years and two games as a starter, Martinez ranks fourth among NU quarterbacks with 1,961 yards rushing in his career. He only needs 165 more yards to pass Steve Taylor for third all-time. Martinez also ranks sixth at Nebraska, passing for 4,253 yards, only 228 yards away from tying Eric Crouch atop the list. Martinez is also second all-time at Nebraska with 6,214 yards of total offense in his career. Martinez has achieved a lot. But do you consider Martinez one of the best quarterbacks to play at Nebraska? Let’s compare him to other people on those lists. Eric Crouch, Tommy Frazier, Joe Ganz. The list goes on. In my opinion, Martinez isn’t better than any of those quarterbacks. And he’s ahead of most of them on these all-time yardage lists. So how does Martinez get all that yardage and still not be considered a Husker great? Well, let’s start with when Martinez gets that yardage. Look at Southern Miss. It was the first game of the year against a team that is in a rebuilding year. Martinez lights them up. Five touchdowns and a career-high 354 passing yards, completing 76 percent of his passes. And he looked good doing it. Martinez loves stuffing the stat sheet against mediocre competition like Southern Miss. Look at UCLA. He mustered just 179 yards passing on a 54 percent completion rate and no touchdowns. This came against a team that gave up a pair of touchdown passes to Rice quarterback Taylor McHargue. Did I mention that McHargue plays for Rice? Oh, and he also completed 60 percent of his passes. Martinez also seems to play his worst in big games, like he did against UCLA Saturday. Against Wisconsin, Ohio State and South Carolina last season, arguably Nebraska’s three biggest games in 2011, Martinez averaged a meager 161 passing yards and one touchdown. He also threw five interceptions in those games. Those numbers don’t exactly scream “elite.” The turnovers and his questionable decision-making are what hurt him the most. Against UCLA, he threw the ball blindly a couple of times when he was about to be sacked. For example, late in the first half when Nebraska was driving and in field goal range. Martinez went back to pass and the Bruin pressure came almost immediately. Before he knew it, Martinez was sacked. As the defender spun him around, he threw the ball blindly toward the sideline. It ricocheted off a UCLA defender and landed in the hands of a Bruin defensive lineman. An interception for

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UCLA, giving them all the momentum heading into halftime. Luckily for Martinez, his knee was down before he threw the ball, as an official review showed later. So he got away with it, but what was he thinking? That was a crucial moment in the game. UCLA had just scored a touchdown to give it a 24-21 lead with a little over three minutes in the half. The Bruins had all the momentum. All Nebraska needed was a field goal to stall the momentum. And Martinez almost blew that chance. It’s clear that Martinez is an inconsistent quarterback. I think I have established that. The real question is why do we expect him to be elite? The guy has blinding speed, but a subpar arm and inconsistent decision-making. Those usually aren’t good attributes for even a good college quarterback. So here’s my message to you, Husker nation. Martinez is consistently inconsistent and has been since he first put on a Nebraska uniform. What you have is a mediocre quarterback. Quit expecting for him to be something he’s not. In other words, deal with it. Andrew Ward is a junior broadcasting major. Reach him at

When the bright lights of Los Angeles shone down on Husker quarterback Taylor Martinez on Saturday at UCLA, he reverted to his old form. With the game still very much in the balance, Nebraska needed its junior signal caller to put the team on his back in the second half. In the first half, the Husker offense was up to the task, putting up 24 points and more than 300 yards of total offense, but the second half was a different story. Nebraska struggled to get out of the shadow of its own goal post, even losing one possession on a safety. Martinez, who broke a careerbest 92-yard run and looked comfortable in the first half, struggled to get the Huskers out of trouble late in the game. Several of the quarterback’s passes were batted down at the line of scrimmage, and, with about three minutes to go, he threw an interception that sealed the game for UCLA. In the eyes of many, Martinez came into Saturday’s game a changed man. Fresh off his 354-yard, fivetouchdown performance in game one, it looked as though he had turned a corner, but the weekend didn’t go as Martinez had planned. In front of a large contingent of family and friends, the quarterback was tested and beaten by the Bruin defense. Now it’s over, and Martinez must move on. The quarterback is saying all the right things in front of the media this week. But does he really believe in his revamped mechanics?

Will he ever be the dual-threat dynamo that Husker coaches have envisioned? The clock is ticking on his Husker career, and in year three as a starter, there are still doubts about Martinez’s ability to beat a defense through the air. I say give him time. He showed a glimpse of brilliance against Southern Miss a week ago. His ball was tight, it came out with zip, and he was making the correct reads. Games against Oklahoma State in 2010 and Northwestern in 2011 offer further proof that the quarterback is capable of putting up the kind of passing numbers necessary to carry an offense. No one doubts the quarterback’s speed and running ability. When fully healthy, Martinez is one of the top rushing quarterbacks in the nation. As a freshman, he ran for just under 1,200 yards (not counting losses on sacks) and scored 12 touchdowns on the ground. He played with an injured ankle much of last season and still managed to run for 1,040 yards and nine more touchdowns. True dual-threat quarterbacks are tough to find. Martinez has the rushing part of that down, but is not a complete passer yet. He needs to become more consistent through the air for the Husker offense to realize its full potential. Work this summer with quarterback guru Steve Calhoun on footwork and mechanics should help Martinez stabilize his performance. Against UCLA, he seemed to regress a bit, but that was to be expected against his first real defensive test since revamping mechanically. According to Martinez, the Bruins brought blitzes he didn’t see week one versus Southern Miss, and he rushed a few throws because of it. As the season goes along, the quarterback will become more comfortable with his new mechanics, and won’t revert as often. How well he adopts them will determine his success. Struggling against UCLA is not cause to give up on Martinez. The junior has shown the talent, albeit inconstantly, to throw a good ball and read a defense. He is an incredible athlete, as the 92-yard touchdown run illustrates, and is making an effort to get better. He realized that simply practicing the same poor mechanics would get him nowhere and made the decision to change them. There are no excuses for poor play in college football, Martinez himself would tell you that, but he deserves a break from the criticism. The potential for greatness is there. I say give him time. Lanny Holstein is a junior broadcasting major. Reach him at sports@