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‘we can’t forget’ An American Flag hangs on the edge of a fire truck ladder over the Union Plaza where the Association of Student of the University of Nebraska hosted a 9/11 candlelight vigil Wednesday night.
Candlelight vigil honors Lincoln soldiers, lives lost during 9/11
Will Sassen, a senior biological sciences major, Pat Ryan, a junior business administration major and Josh Reznicek, a horticulture graduate student, stand during the vigil.
n Oct. 9, 2003, 26-yearold Staff Sgt. of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment Christopher Swisher of Lincoln was one of two soldiers killed in Baghdad when their patrol was ambushed and hit by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. His mother got the news at 6 the next morning. Robert Kane was ordained as a Nebraska National Guard Chaplain a few months before the incident and telling Swisher’s mother was the first time he had delivered such news to a family. Kane recounted this memory in front of the Nebraska Union at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Wednesday night as students gathered with candles to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The candlelight vigil began with a 21-gun salute sponsored by UNL ROTC, the Honor Guard,
Student denied at Republican event College Republicans chair questions political affiliation, asks Democrat to leave group’s meeting Cristina Woodworth DN Last Wednesday, a registered Democrat sat in the food court of the Nebraska Union to hear gubernatorial candidate Beau McCoy speak at a College Republicans meeting. But she was asked to leave because of her political affiliation. The move went against the constitution for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s chapter of College Republicans. The constitution doesn’t include a rule that members must be a certain political affiliation to attend meetings, according to a copy of the constitution obtained from the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska. JR Bloom, state chair of the Nebraska Federation of College Republicans, said he had the authority to ask the student — ju-
nior global studies, history and Russian major Annie Himes — to leave the meeting because of the organization’s statewide constitution. University officials disagreed. “The state constitution does not supersede the UNL constitution,” said Marlene Beyke, director of administration for ASUN. “The incident is currently under review.” Himes, who is also an ASUN senator, said she attended the meeting “on a whim.” “I had never attended any kind of political meeting on campus before that — Republican or Democrat,” she said. She said she was sitting in the audience with two friends, waiting for the meeting to begin, when Bloom approached and questioned her political affiliation. Himes said Bloom told her to leave after she shared her political views. “I don’t really just leave when people tell me to leave,” said Himes, who said she questioned Bloom’s reasoning several times before leaving. “And I had a feeling that it wasn’t right that he could just tell me to leave.” Bloom, a senior economics major and chair of the ASUN Government Liason Committee, said he asked Himes to leave the
It wasn’t easy for me to do, but I respectfully asked Annie Himes, who is a well-known Democrat on campus, to leave the meeting.” jr bloom state chair of college republicans
group’s first meeting of the academic year after several members notified him of her presence. “Per state constitution, registered Democrats cannot be members,” Bloom said. “It wasn’t easy for me to do, but I respectfully asked Annie Himes, who is a well-known Democrat on campus, to leave the meeting. I was glad she was the only one we had to ask to leave.” Bloom said there were more than a hundred students at the meeting, all of whom he recognized as being past or present members and registered Republicans. RSOs that are local chapters of a state or national organization have to write their own localized constitutions that list out the group’s rules and regulations to become a UNL-affiliated organization, according to the Student Involvement website. Tim Alvarez, assistant vice
chancellor of student affairs, said he was also aware of the situation, but hadn’t had time to extensively study RSO policy and procedures when it comes to the groups’ constitutions. “Based on what I know, (Himes) should not have been asked to leave the meeting,” Alvarez said. If the College Republicans had a clause in the constitution mandating members had to be registered Republicans, it would run the risk of being voided by the university’s non-discrimination policy that applies to all university-affiliated groups, including RSOs. That non-discrimination clause states the policy of UNL not to discriminate based upon age, race, ethnicity, color, religion or political affiliation, among other factors, according to the
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Mary Peters of Lincoln holds her son’s military dog tags while listening. UNL Police and Lincoln Fire & Rescue, followed by speakers Association of Students of the University of Nebraska President Eric Reznicek, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Juan Franco and Kane.
“As we approached the trailer home in West Lincoln that morning, all we wanted was to get lost, or better yet, have no one answer the door,”
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UNL suspends planning for new health center jacy marmaduke dn
“We’ve delayed it until we have a really good idea of what we want and how to pay for it,” he said. Association of Students of the Two months after the University of University of Nebraska President Nebraska-Lincoln hired an Omaha architecture firm to begin planning Eric Reznicek, who is a student for the University Health Center’s representative on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents, said 2015 move, administration has temthe university was “putting the cart porarily halted the process. before the horse” by planning the “I have no idea what’s going move without more on,” UHC Director information. He said Dr. James Guest said All of the administrators may in his office Wedneshire a consultant day morning. “All sudden from the University of the sudden things of Nebraska Medical just came screeching things just came Center before proto a halt for no spe- screeching to a ceeding with movcific reason.” ing plans. Vice Chancellor halt.” Franco said he for Student Affairs dr. james guest isn’t sure when planJuan Franco susuhc director ning will resume. pended programHolland Basham ming for the new Architects began center, set to be constructed in the parking lot south of evaluating the current UHC site in the Beadle Center, in a one-line email August and had toured all departlast week, Guest said. Wednesday ments and interviewed all departafternoon, Franco said the suspen- ment heads. Next on the schedule sion was a strategic move.
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Husker Athletics invites faculty, staff to tour East Stadium expansion
The University of Nebraska Athletic Department will host an open house for University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty and staff from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Attendees can tour the new Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior (CB3), the Nebraska Athletic Performance eLaboratory (NAPL) and two new general public and club stadium seating areas. CB3 is a university lab dedicated to brain-imaging research, which includes a functional magnetic resonance imaging machine, or fMRI, that can track blood flow within areas of the brain as well as detect behavioral changes. The lab is also designed to help faculty and students focus on concussion research. Faculty and staff are asked to enter through Gate 18 and take the north escalator to the top to begin the selfguided tour.
APLU appoints Perlman to university research advisory group
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities has invited Chancellor Harvey Perlman to help lead a new committee develop a national agenda for public research intensive universities. Perlman, along with 13 other presidents and chancellors from colleges includingthe University of Illinois and Arizona State University, will unite as advisers on APLU’s efforts for research funding, indirect cost recovery, public access for publications and commercialization of technology. APLU, which is a research, policy and advocacy organization comprosed of 218 public research universities, intends for the committee to serve as a voice and resource in helping it shape the future of public higher education.
Monday last day to restrict info from student directory
University of Nebraska-Lincoln students have until Monday to remove their names and contact information from the 2013-2014 UNL Student Directory. Information — names, campus address and phone, and home address and phone — is automatically included in the directory. To restrict information, students must go through MyRED or contact the University Registrar in 107 Canfield Administration Building and present a valid NCard. If students have previously requested a directory restriction on a UNL change of address form, they must do so again.
Accounting lecturer to teach in Italy
Gordon Quitmeyer, an accounting lecturer in the College of Business Administration, will teach two accounting courses with the Consortium Institute of Management and Business Analysis study abroad program in Paderno del Grappa, Italy, during the spring 2014 semester. In Italy, Quitmeyer will be teaching courses equivalent to intermediate accounting 313 and 314. CIMBA is a study abroad program offering a wide variety of courses in business, journalism and communication subjects. Students who are interested in studying aboard with CIMBA can visitcimbaitaly.com or email Megan Friesen, CBA academic adviser, at email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
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On campus what: A Bohemian Talks Back when: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. where: Great Plains Art Museum, main gallery, 1115 Q St.
what: Your Partner in Research: Using subject specific library resources when: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. where: C.Y. Thompson Library, Room 12
In Lincoln what: Cruizen Cool Ride Night where: Garage sports Bar & Grill, 5551 S. 48th St. when: 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Understanding the Affordable Care Act where: Unitarian Church of Lincoln, 6300 A St. when: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. what: Fallbrook Farmers’ Market where: Fallbrook Town Center, 570 Fallbrook Boulevard when: 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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Office of Equity, Access and Di- Speakers find out you’re letting liberals in, and they are not comversity Programs website. fortable with that.” Bloom said UNL’s College For now, Himes said she Republicans chapter has had instances in the past of Democrats just wants to make sure other students are not discriminated attending meetings and causing against. problems. Soon after she was asked to “Before my time here, we had an issue where several peo- leave the meeting, Himes said ple came to a meeting and se- she spoke with officials from cretly recorded some parts of the Student Affairs, ASUN and the Office of Equity, Access and Dimeeting,” Bloom said. versity Programs. Bloom said those record“Essentially, I’m not vindicings were then given to the metive,” Himes said. “I just don’t dia where certain remarks were taken out of context, and the want this to happen again. Especially when there’s a gubernatogroup’s reputation was hurt. rial candidate or “We used to an educational have campus poI don’t purpose to a lice come and sumeeting. I don’t pervise our meetunderstand understand why ings so we weren’t a student should having any is- why a student be allowed to be sues,” Bloom should be allowed kicked out. I want said. “Fortunately students to know we haven’t had to be kicked out.” that they have a to deal with anyannie himes right to attend thing else during global studies major an RSO’s meetmy time here being if they choose cause we’ve taken to attend an RSO adequate precaumeeting.” tions.” Bloom said he, too, has taken Bloom said allowing regisaction after the incident to try to tered Democrats into College update the UNL College RepubRepublican meetings ruins the lican’s constitution to add the atmosphere of the meetings. membership requirement of be“Once you let one Democrat in, you let them all in,” Bloom ing a registered Republican. “In my mind, anyone can said. “It’s not a College Repubcurrently apply for memberlican’s meeting anymore; it beship, but not everyone gets it,” comes open forum.” Bloom said. “We’re dealing with He added that other politithe university for working on cally affiliated students such as changing the local constitution registered Independents are alright now.” lowed at meetings. “The way I news@ see it, we would have a loss of dailynebraskan.com credibility in the political realm.
were meetings with a student focus group and the UHC Steering Committee, a body made up of students, administrators and UHC representatives. Those meetings have been canceled. “I don’t even know what (the firm’s) findings were,” Guest said. “It appeared to me they were making good progress.” Holland Basham Architects was tasked with forming the building plans for a new, 47,000-squarefoot health center. The new space, which would be smaller than the existing center, is Chancellor Harvey Perlman’s answer to the University of Nebraska Board of Regents 5-3 rejection in June of his plan to privatize the health center. If the board had approved Perlman’s plan, local health care provider Bryan Health would have assumed UHC operations and funded construction of a new center. After regents voted down the privatization plan, Perlman instructed UHC to make the move on its own. The university’s master plan designates the current health center space for construction of a parking structure for visiting scholars and graduate students, Institutional Research and Planning Director Bill Nunez said. But Nunez said the plans aren’t official and could change. Guest was to present the budget for the new facility on Oct. 2. He said the unexpected halt in the planning process worries him. “It was tight as it was,” he said. “A delay will only make it more difficult to meet that deadline.” news@ dailynebraskan.com
Furniture showcased for Nebraska Union renovation Union Corn Crib opened for students, staff to comment on the tables, chairs put on display STAFF REPORT DN University of Nebraska-Lincoln officials set up chairs and tables in the Nebraskan Union Crib on Wednesday to garner opinion on how the first floor of the renovated union should be furnished. Sara Luther, a sourcing specialist for Procurement Services, was listening to what students and faculty said about the different furniture options. She said the furniture won’t be on display any other time. “We’ve had multiple student groups, the union board and Student Involvement come by,” Luther said. “We’ve probably had 150 students walk through today.”
She said everyone has differLuther said the evaluation committee for the union had cer- ent opinions, so it’s important to tain specifications for what kind know what people like. Among of furniture it was looking for, the furniture were tables with including price, product durabil- built-in outlets. Luther said a lot ity and comfort. She said multi- of people liked the idea of havple companies made bids on the ing the outlet in the table, but project and came back with their some were concerned that Apple proposals. Afterward, the evalu- computer plugs wouldn’t fit ation committee decided which properly. furniture options it wanted to “It’s good to hear those opinsee, so the furniture was then ions because there might be brought into the something that I Crib to be tested or somebody on We’ve by the public. the evaluation She said the committee hasn’t probably union cleaning thought of,” she staff also came to had 150 students said. see the furniture walk through Luther said and give feedback it’s nice to see the on what products today.” pieces and get a would be easier to general consensus sara luther clean. from students, sourcing specialist Luther said staff and faculty. she took notes on “We want to people’s thoughts avoid purchasing about the furniture to pass along something that might look good to the evaluation committee. The on paper, but in reality, maybe it committee will then take the doesn’t sit very well or it’s not public’s comments into consider- very sturdy. So this process helps ation when making the final dewith that,” Luther said. news@ cision on what furniture would dailynebraskan.com be best for the union.
Journalism college earns $8,000 grant for projects lis Arneson dn Thanks to an $8,000 grant, students in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications now have a place to unleash their creativity and delve into experimental storytelling outside the classroom. News-editorial professor of practice Matt Waite said earlier this summer, Interim Dean Jim O’Hanlon encouraged faculty to apply for funds available through donations to the college and earlier funds. Waite proceeded to submit a one-page document outlining what he wanted to do with Maker Hours. About two weeks ago, Waite was notified that Maker Hours had received a grant. Maker Hours meets every Friday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 27 of Andersen Hall. It’s a place for students to do anything from building websites to building automated data gathering sensors. “It’s a place that you can experiment,” Waite said. “So much of the future of digital journalism is about things that are experimental and out there on the edge. A lot of our classes have to teach fundamentals and don’t have time to go into technology. We don’t always have time for experimental storytelling.” Waite started Maker Hours late last spring. The idea came from a couple of places, he said. “I’ve had a number of students come to me and say ‘Hey, I’m graduating in a month, and I don’t know HTML and CSS, can you teach me in the two weeks before I graduate?’” Waite said. “And my answer is ‘No, two weeks is not enough time to do that.’” The ongoing debate at the college about introducing more technology into the classroom also inspired Waite. “There’s a balance to be
Let’s encourage people to do things on their own. A lot of times they’ll learn more that way.” matt waite
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struck there,” Waite said. “There’s a tension between people who want more technology in classes and people who don’t want to overlook fundamental things that we have to teach at the expense of technology.” Waite’s solution was to not interfere with classes. “Let’s encourage people to do things on their own,” Waite said. “A lot of times they’ll learn more that way.” Through Maker Hours, Waite serves as a mentor to students as they learn about new programs or working on Web projects. “The biggest thing when you’re learning a new program is finding a mentor, finding someone you can ask questions of,” he said. “I thought, ‘I can be a mentor. That I could answer questions, that I could help people get started, I could help them make progress.’” Senior broadcasting major Madalyn Gotschall began attending Maker Hours this fall, but she has been working with Waite on various projects since she transferred to UNL in fall 2011. “That is something he is so great about: He makes sure that students know his door is always open,” Gotschall said. “I also had been talking to him about some projects I wanted to complete before I graduate in December, and he said during Maker Hours we could make them happen.” Gotschall has been working on a personal website/online portfolio during Maker Hours. Maker Hours helps alleviate some of the stress, she said.
“It is a set time every week that Matt is available,” Gotschall said. “You are not only scheduling a half an hour time slot with a professor, and you are not in class having to compete to get your professor ’s attention – you are the reason Matt is there and while there are other students there it makes you feel more comfortable and relaxed.” The application process for Maker Hours funds has not been worked out yet, Waite said it will be pretty informal, like writing him a letter outlining what you want to do, how much money you need, what you need to do it and how you want to use it. “I’m going to try as hard as I can to make as many of these projects happen as I can,” Waite said. “I’m really wanting to unleash people’s creativity and push the limits of that and apply the digital tools to digital storytelling.” Maker Hours is for big and small projects alike, Gotschall said. “Maker Hours don’t need to be used for these huge, really impressive projects,” Gotschall said. “It could just be an idea for a story and figuring out how to incorporate something different into it – that’s enough of a reason to go. Anyone is welcome. Matt and the students who are there make sure to make that clear.” Journalism students who are interested in Maker Hours should contact Waite at matt. firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www. makerhours.org. news@ dailynebraskan.com
ASUN non-discrimination clause may get 3 additions Staff Report DN The Association of Students of the University of Nebraska held its weekly senate meeting Wednesday and released a resolution about nondiscrimination clauses within Recognized Student Organizations at the university. “The university updated their non-discrimination clause and added things we don’t have,” said Frank Stroup, the Student Services Committee chair and a senior music
education major. The resolution, proposed for Bylaw A, will make an amendment to the ASUN bylaws for non-discrimination clauses by adding three more characteristics to the list of items RSOs cannot discriminate against: genetic information, pregnancy and political affiliation. ASUN senators will vote on the amendment at its Sept. 18 meeting. Many of the ASUN committees began meeting or will begin to meet this week. External Vice President Jeff Story, a junior English and politi-
cal science major, spoke on behalf of the Government Liaison Committee and said the group met for the first time Tuesday. The group plans to set up a booth in the Nebraska Union in the future to handout pocket-sized U.S. Constitutions to students. The Diversity Strategic Development Committee and the Academic Committee also met for the first time. No new legislation was voted on. NEWS@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM
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Wendy Ring speaks on climate change’s effect on public health Andrew Barry DN Dr. Wendy Ring may be in the health profession, but she has made promoting awareness about climate change her passion. Ring spoke about the effects of climate change on public health to a nearly full auditorium Wednesday at Hardin Hall on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus. She and her husband are traveling across the continental United States to spread awareness and are reaching different destinations via tandem bicycle, camping along the way. Ring represents Physicians for Social Responsibility and Climate 911, an organization of health professionals dedicated to voicing concerns about climate change and public health, as well as promoting revisions in how these issues are handled. Ring is part of a growing number of health professionals concerned about how climate change is affecting human health. Health organizations such as the American Medical Association and World Health Association are cautioning people about the dangers excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere can cause for people’s well-being. “There is no controversy among health professionals about this issue,” Ring said before the event. Four main points – air quality, water quality, food quantity and safety,
My goal is to help bridge the gap between what the scientists are telling us and what the general public and policy makers know.” dr. wendy ring climate
and infectious disease – are linked to climate change, according to Ring. She said her concerns stemmed from environmental issues, and she translated these worries into understandable context for the general masses. “I think my goal is to help bridge the gap between what the scientists are telling us and what the general public and policy makers know about climate change,” Ring said. “It’s just a communication problem. (Scientists are) speaking different languages.” Victoria Nelson, a sophomore environmental studies major, said she had not thought about climate change in the context of public health before Ring’s presentation and reacted to the speech with a sense of inspiration. “(Ring’s presentation) makes me even more passionate about why I chose this career,” Nelson said. On her journey across the U.S., Ring has participated in presentations for the public and encouraged other health professionals to join the movement. Her last destination is Washington, D.C. She said she hopes to use signatures collected from health care
providers across the country to convince the federal government to make informed changes about public health issues with origins in climate change. Ring believes asthma is one of the notable signs that carbon dioxide emissions are causing problems. An article by Scientific American said asthma rates have seen dramatic increases in the last three decades. Ring supported this research and vocalized similar information. Ring also talked about the 2008 Beijing Olympics. A different Scientific American article said Beijing’s industrial cutbacks substantially affected the air quality. At the time of the Olympics, Beijing’s carbon monoxide pollution was down 47 percent, and particulate matter elevations decreased by 20 percent. Ring doesn’t know if it’s too late to nurture the earth back to health, but she is not going to stop her mission. “We really have no time to lose in lowering our emissions,” Ring said. news@ dailynebraskan.com
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Dr. Wendy Ring speaks on the effects of climate change and the harm our choices make to the environment and ourselves at Hardin Hall on Wednesday. She is touring the nation as part of a national engagement effort on climate change and health organized by Physicians for Social Responsibility and Climate 911.
vigil: from 1 It’s our responsibility to make sure that the people that come after us remember too what our country has given and lost to earn our freedom.” eric reznicek asun president
Kane said of that morning. “We said a quick prayer before we went up to the house. Our uniforms were still hidden by the morning’s darkness. We tried the doorbell, but it didn’t work. We knocked, and there was no answer. So we tried again. We saw a light come on, then someone peeking through the window. And then, sobs.” Kane said as he looks back, if he were to visit Mrs. Swisher’s home now, 10 years later, he would have something else to say. “I would say to her, ‘Mrs. Swisher, I have the deepest regrets that your son was killed in the line of duty. But my life has been made better by his sacrifice. We can account for all the blessings of this great nation we call home partly because of his sacrifice,’” he said Swisher’s profile was one of 83 that were on a board outside of the union representing men and women whose lives were lost in the line of duty after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Others include 33-year-old Sgt. 1stClass Linda Tarango-Greiss of the Nebraska Army National Guard and 21-year-old Cpl. Adrian Robles of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. “We can mark today as a trigger,” Kane said. “What calls you back to the events of 9/11? Whether it be volunteering for your community, going to your place of worship, seeing firetrucks in the state of emergency or going to a sports game and hearing the National Anthem, we strive to do what Swisher’s wife and mother do every-
day: We remember.” It’s crucial younger generations remember the events of 9/11 and the lives lost during and after it, said Reznicek, a senior finance and marketing major. “I think the main concern with my generation is that we’re the last ones that truly remember that day,” Reznicek said. “Therefore, it’s our responsibility to make sure that the people that come after us remember too what our country has given and lost to earn our freedom.” Nate Ackerman, a freshman actuarial science major, said the vigil served as a moving remembrance for the soldiers. “It can bring up painful memories for those who have lost someone,” he said. “But it’s got to be remembered. It’s not easy for them, but it’s our chance to try to understand their pain.” Freshman business administration major Ryan Suhr said the most emotional part of the vigil was the board with the 83 profiles of soldiers who died in the line of duty. “It really put a face on it,” he said. “It becomes more personal when you see who you’re honoring.” For Kane, remembering the lives lost is a personal responsibility. “For most of us, it’s just one day. But for some people, they wake up everyday and remember,” he said. “We don’t want to remember, but we can’t forget.” news@ dailynebraskan.com
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Students bow their heads in a moment of silence, which ended the formal portion of the 9/11 candlelight vigil.
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ABOVE: Alex Burch (left), a junior computer science major, helps Christiana Spicer, a freshman actuarial science major, with her math homework Wednesday in Love Library South, Room 110. The Study Stop acts as an easily accessible resource to help students with almost any subject as well as being a free source of coffee. RIGHT: Students work in a study area provided by Love Library. A sign outside the door of Study Stop lists all the subjects the TA’s are prepared to help with that night.
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Students need to engage with those of differing beliefs Last Wednesday, the College Republicans removed another student from its meeting because said student did not share the same political views. According to the news story, she was present to hear a gubernatorial candidate speak; ostensibly, to listen and learn more about the candidate. This student wasn’t conducting herself in a manner that would’ve disrupted the meeting’s proceedings or in a manner that would warrant that her presence be questioned. The Daily Nebraskan’s Editorial Board finds this deeply troubling. Collectively, the reasons the College Republicans gave for removing the student from their meeting boil down to a deep-rooted intolerance for others who don’t share the same (political) beliefs as they do. Moreover, the organization embraces — and is actively pursuing — an exclusionary policy that effectively isolates the group from anyone who disagrees with its views. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to surround yourself with like-minded individuals. There are several quotes about the benefits of doing so on the Internet somewhere. There are also several quotes on the Internet about the importance, and indeed, the invaluable benefits one receives by engaging with those who share different, but not incompatible, beliefs. Embracing the risk of being trite, we’d like to point out that our university should be a place where we all collectively strive to achieve the latter. The undercurrent of fear and mistrust that belies the actions of the College Republicans is a consequence of our country’s ever-present undercurrent of fear and mistrust of those who idle on the other side of the aisle. However, it’s worth pointing out that these aisles, divisions, parties and beliefs are social constructs. Meaning, our actions reinforce or dismantle these divisions; they build trust and acceptance or breed distrust and intolerance. It would be overly simplistic to deride the College Republicans for alarmingly blatant discrimination — to stop there is to take the easy way out. What’s necessary here is the need for a serious and open dialogue about divisions and beliefs and our roles in creating and sustaining them. Unfortunately, we’ve inherited all of our forefathers’ hatred, fears, indomitable pride and the impossibly resilient conviction that our beliefs are or at least should be universal. Remember that we have a choice. We don’t have to internalize this hatred, this fear, this pride, this conviction — we can do better.
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Dining hours frustrate students
an we talk about the absurd weekend dining hall hours? I wake up every morning at 7 a.m. — yes, even on the weekends — and the first thing on my mind is food. Thankfully, there’s a dining hall right downstairs where I know I can get coffee and bacon, and I can already taste it. Then I look at my phone and see it’s Saturday and deflate because it’s the weekend, and for some ungodly reason, the dining hall is not open. The dining hall hours make it unreasonably difficult to utilize the meal plan on the weekends. Weekends are supposed to be the easy part of the week. The last thing I want to do is figure out where I can go for breakfast. The dining hall hours cater to the stereotypical college student who stays out after 1 a.m. and wakes after 10 a.m. What about students who don’t fall within such a narrow range of eating habits? If I want something hot on a Saturday morning, I shouldn’t have to take the lengthy jaunt down the road to Lamar ’s. Likewise, if I need dinner at 8 p.m. on Sunday, the most convenient option shouldn’t be the Abel C-Store. The dining hall website boasts “flexibility” and “unlimited access” as “signature features of UNL’s dining services.” I take issue with the word “unlimited” in reference to dining services. On weekdays, Selleck is open the latest — until 8:30 p.m. The weekends are even worse. Abel and Selleck remain open from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Harper doesn’t open for Sunday dinners and CPN shuts down from Friday evening up to Monday morning. This results in a large exodus to the relatively small (and on weekends, cramped) Selleck on weekends and a mass rush toward the end of dining hours, as many restaurants around Lincoln are closed on Sunday nights. Think about it — if one hypothetically eats two meals per day in the dining halls on the weekend, only four out of a possible six meals are provided by UNL. Either the advertising of the program should be changed from seven-day meal plan to 19 meals/week meal plan (admittedly a mouthful), or something within the system needs to remedied. For $4,250 a
Kayla simon semester, I think it would be possible to integrate some alternative systems at UNL and might even ease up traffic on certain dining halls and make it easier for students in residence halls to eat on the weekends. Concordia University in Nebraska (as well as many other colleges around the nation) has incorporated the “flex dollar” system into its meal plan. In these plans, students are given a certain number of meals for each week and then have extra money budgeted out for use at eateries around campus. This would allow students who need a quick meal to use their meal plans in the most efficient way possible while allowing Dining Services to keep restricted meal hours. Students can choose to purchase more flex dollars if they know they will need them, but I would argue that UNL should include the flex dollars into the price already listed to actually make it a seven-day meal plan. Even our rivals at Wisconsin have at least one dining hall open for weekend morning meals. Come on, Nebraska. We’re better than that. The dining halls could do something as simple as opening early with just a few cold options out. This wouldn’t take much more staff, and in fact, they seem to do that for most holidays to avoid staffing issues. Many colleges have switched to continuous dining to accommodate students’ changing eating habits, which may extend from eating early or late to eating six smaller meals instead of the larger three that many are accustomed to. Another possible option would be allowing students to take one item out, which has been implemented at California State University. This
would allow students to take fruit for a snack or breakfast the next morning and cut down on stealing. Ideally, campus would even allow students to “check-out” a meal for breakfast the next morning. I have gotten sack lunches on weekdays and found the process easier and quicker than going through the lunch lines. Preparing generic sack breakfasts the day before wouldn’t take that long and would save the dining halls from having to hire more staff for mornings. And it’s not just the early birds that suffer — on football Saturdays, the dining halls’ hours don’t change to accommodate students who wish to attend the games. It’s easier for most people to just buy pizza in the stands than to eat in the dining hall at 4:30 p.m. to get a good seat. And if you want to wait until after the game to eat, you’re forced to look elsewhere for sustenance (I recommend Papa John’s). Either way, football fans are forced to spend extra money and essentially waste meals that are costly to begin with. Maybe you’re not mad about getting two meals a weekend. But we pay $4,250 a semester for 17 weeks of meals, which at 19 meals a week gives us a shit-ton of meals. Divide the cost by the total meals you get, and that bowl of cereal you had for breakfast cost a tidy $13.16. Now, if you’re missing out on dinner every week because of football or other activities, you’re not only losing that $13 bucks, but also the money you spent on another meal and your free time finding somewhere else that isn’t jam-packed with seething Husker fans. The current inaccessibility of the dining halls causes a net loss of time and money for students who have invested money into the meal plan. UNL students shouldn’t have to go the extra mile when the food they’ve paid for is a few hundred feet away. All I want is my French toast and yogurt at 7:30 on Saturdays — that isn’t too much to ask for. Kayla Simon is a sophomore biology major. Reach her at opinion@ dailynebraskan.com
Department clubs form networks
’ve never been good at making decisions. Most people think I’m just being polite when I insist they choose which venue they’d like to eat at, but really it’s just because I know the next season of Sherlock will come out before I make a choice. It’s no surprise then, for a person like me, that college can be a very dangerous place. In college, there are enough opportunities out there to make an extrovert revert to introversion. You could be involved with intramural sports, a foreign language club, a singing group or even an organization dedicated to squirrels. Most likely, a good majority of the ones you’ll find will be a bit nutty (pun intended), but there’ll be maybe three or four that interest you. It’s like an all-you-can-eat buffet, and I learned early on that it’s important to avoid packing too many clubs on your plate. Not unlike a diet plan, demanding majors guide and help control your extracurricular intake and focus on the things that matter most to your future goals. As a freshman last year, I was too obsessed with something we have all come to know as the college experience. I ended up stage managing and acting in a few assorted theatrical things, was part of the rugby team, wrote for the Daily Nebraskan and the Dailyer, worked another job back home on the weekends and also went to a couple of school-sponsored events in my non-existent downtime. By the end of this hellish ordeal, I transformed into an extra from “The Walking Dead.” I was getting, at best, four hours a sleep most nights, and I pulled off far too many all-nighters. My homework assignments were turned in late, I fell through on responsibilities and was spending all of my money on energy drinks. It was a most unpleasant experience for both me and my wallet. So why did I do this? Maybe because it was something I felt like I needed to do as a rite of passage into academia. Our parents, movies and magazines have told us that college is
the time of our lives since we were little. It’s a time to take chances, make mistakes and get messy … no, wait. That’s the Magic School Bus talking. Regardless, these are the things that have been jammed into our noggins, and it’s hard to get rid of that mentality. I remember talking to a teacher in high school and being warned that the majority of clubs I should participate in shouldn’t be associated with my degree. Why? Because that’s not what college is about. It’s about making friends with new people who I might have never thought to be friends with in the first place, and the only way to do that was to be involved in clubs. The fact of the matter is, though, that particular definition is non-existent. Chasing that ideal of the college experience is like chasing the American Dream; you will exhaust and disappoint yourself in the end. Is it good to be outgoing? Yes. Is it good to try new things? Yes, but if you want to be prepared for life outside of academia, it would be beneficial to be more active within your own college than with some nutty club. That’s how having a major that asks you for a good chunk of your time comes in handy. My theater and English majors have forced me to decide on what activities I do and don’t have to be a part of. On average, theater majors take up to 18 hours of study time per week, and that doesn’t even include what I do outside of my studying time. Theater majors are particularly unique because when plays come into production, I’ll spend approximately another 120 hours of my
time working on a single, main-stage show. As a stage manager, my job requires me to create and maintain an environment that fosters creativity. I’m in charge of sending rehearsal reminders to actors, rehearsal reports to the production team and being at every four to five hour rehearsal six days a week tracking blocking and other things the director requests me to do. After you equate the time you’ll be spending on that production, it’s not the best idea to want to become involved with too many other time-consuming activities. But it’s worth it. The time you spend with people within your major is important, and it’s also something you should enjoy. Building relationships with people in your college is imperative for success. It can start by reading up on your major ’s bulletin and joining in on a majorrelated club. You can also say “hi” to a classmate who is sitting next to you. Yes, it can be nerve-racking to have the gumption to say a monosyllabic word to a stranger, but it’s not as scary as it seems. These are people who are passionate about the same things you as you are. If you find yourself taking a Shakespeare class as part of your major requirement, make a bad Shakespeare joke, or talk about how Shakespeare is a joke to your neighbor. It’ll get a conversation going, and that familiarity will be the basis of forming a good friendship between the two of you. Intercollege involvement builds a support network with staff and other students within your major. In theater especially, I’ve found that spending time with my fellow dramatists has made learning the tricks of the trade less intimidating than if I hadn’t grown to know anyone in the department. This all doesn’t mean that majors discourage you from getting involved with other activities. As with all things in college, balance is key. Emily Kuklinski is a sophomore English and Theater Directing and Management major. Reach her at opinion@ dailynebraskan.com
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UNL professor brings ‘Lord of the Rings’ into the classroom in English capstone course ive years ago, as 650,000 Sandhill cranes filled the skies over central Nebraska, Thomas Lynch was handed an idea. That March, Lynch, an English professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, took his English nature capstone class out to see the migration of the cranes. There he was met by a bird watcher who spoke to his students in
Elvish. “And two of the students replied in Elvish!” said Lynch. “I thought, ‘Geez we’ve got students that are into Tolkien so much, that they can talk to strangers in Elvish.’” Thus began his task to create the one class to rule them all. Five years later, Lynch decided to give J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” series a shot as the central topic to his English and film studies capstone course. There’s a chance this class may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Lynch said he isn’t confident that this course will be made available in the coming years because it can be hard to predict the topics of future capstone courses. He said this hasn’t affected his enthusiasm for his fall semester class. “I’ve got to do something about this, you know?” Lynch said. “I can’t just let this interest dissipate.” Lynch’s desk isn’t cluttered with Legolas action figurines, and his walls aren’t covered with “Lord of the Rings” movie
posters. Yes, Lynch is still a fan of the books, but he does not consider himself a Tolkien specialist or die-hard disciple of the trilogy. “One of the things I made clear to the students was this is not a fan club for ‘Lord of the Rings,’” Lynch said. “We are going to critique it, and we are going to do serious academic analyses of it.” Kara Verlaney, an English and psychology major, is a student in Lynch’s class. The first day that Verlaney sat down in the classroom, she said she knew there were going to be some serious “Lord of the Rings” fans. But the moment Lynch started teaching, Verlaney understood that the class was going to be as challenging as her other English classes. “We aren’t just going to look at Gandalf the wizard and analyze how cool he is,” Verlaney said. “He wanted to make it clear that this isn’t just going to be an ‘easy-peasy’ class.” At this point in the semester, the 28 students are getting their portfolios prepared. Once the portfolios are finished, they will begin analyzing “Lord of the Rings.” Each person has a different overall theme for individual portfolios. The theme is based off of a student’s area of interest in English, according to Lynch. While they are analyzing the books for the rest of the semester, the students will relate the trilogy back to their portfolio themes. From there, the students will write their final
papers based on the relationship between “Lord of the Rings” and their portfolio themes. “It’s going to be a contextual analysis, where we are analyzing ‘Lord of the Rings’ through different lenses, like culture and gender,” Verlaney said. “We’ll be looking at it from a scholastic point of view, not just fanboy views.” Verlaney’s portfolio theme is based on identity and everything that accompanies the idea of identity: how we find it, culture, gender, nationality, place and sense of self. Verlaney will pay close attention to the character Frodo, who struggles with his identity. “He’s kind of like the underdog,” Verlaney said. “At times he really doubts himself, and he has to rise above just being a hobbit. He forms this new identity through his quest.” Along with the portfolio themes, Lynch expects to see controversial topics brought up for discussion in the class. These topics could range from anti-modernism to the lack of female roles in the novel. In the movies, women are portrayed more than in the novels. To Lynch, the novel focuses primarily on male bonding. “My joke is, when you’re paying Cate Blanchett to be in your movie, you want to give her enough scenes to justify what you’re paying her, right?” Lynch said. One of the most prominent and reoccurring themes Lynch sees in the novels is the anti-modernity movement. Tolkien
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Fraternity Pi Kappa Phi aims to create traditions The 100-year-old fraternity returned to campus in 2007 and looks to build up its own legacy Madeline Christensen dn Pi Kappa Phi isn’t a fraternity that thrives on traditions. It’s more about making its own. The University of NebraskaLincoln fraternity first came to campus in the early 1900s. Since then the chapter has come and gone through the years. The last time Pi Kappa Phi had a spot on campus was in 1995, but it came back to stay in 2007. “It’s been an interesting ride,” said Josh Kenney, UNL’s Pi Kappa Phi president and senior finance major. “We’ve had our ups and downs. But other frats have history and traditions that have been around for years and years, and we’re here, making all those traditions.” Kenney joined Pi Kappa Phi
help raise money for the organiin 2010, not really knowing if the Greek community was something zation. “It’s really cool because it’s he would find a place in. After getting to know the Pi Kappa Phi’s own non-profit,” members who had been a part of Kenney said. “It’s not just sending off a check to some organization the process of getting the fraterand never seeing the outcome. We nity back on its feet again, Kenney do things like helping out with gave it a try. kids in TOPSoccer — we can do “I haven’t really looked back since,” he said. “And I definitely things locally.” Joel Orozco Almeida, a UNL wouldn’t have become the leader graduate student in the education I am today without it.” administration proWith very few gram, became the alumni on hand, I’m looking new house director, Kenney said the exor “house dad,” perience has had its forward to… this fall. challenges. “I actually “I can think of come back and come from a difa few crazy nights give back as an ferent fraternity,” trying to get things Orozco said. “So organized and not alumni.” it’s been great to really having any Josh Kenney be involved in the idea what we were pi kappa phi president Greek system on doing,” he said. a different level. I “But the truth is, can bring in a difwe really do set our ferent perspective.” own path.” Although Orozco Almeida Pi Kappa Phi is one of the few fraternities to have their very has only been in the house for a own national philanthropy, Push month, he has already enjoyed America, an organization dedi- taking on a mentor role, he said. “It’s been working out well,” cated to raising awareness for the Orozco Almeida said. “These mentally and physically handiguys have already learned how to capped. UNL’s chapter hosts a 24-hour operate on their own. They really Bike-A-Thon in the fall and a rave do abide by their fraternity pillars at The Bourbon in the spring to
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A group of Pi Kappa Phi actives study under the house pledge. The fraternity is located next to the Lutheran Center on North 16th Street.
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‘Rapey’ blurs lines when it comes to rape culture Grace Solem-Pfeifer
Through some combination of pagan magic and Billboard music contracts, I’m hoping the Sept. 22 autumn equinox is the last time I ever have to hear the “2013 Song of the Summer.” After a brief initial love affair with Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” I’m as sick of hearing it as the next person. (Unless the next person happens to be a member of Daft Punk, in which case, they’re probably taking it a lot harder behind those sexy space helmets.) But somewhere between its debut on the airwaves and its ascent to ubiquitous summer jam, “Blurred Lines” sparked an online controversy because of its questionable content. The wide-
spread criticism was best represented by a popular Daily Beast article entitled “‘Blurred Lines,’ Robin Thicke’s Summer Anthem, Is Kind of Rapey.” Two problems. The first, as the article points out, is with the content of the song, which is about men inferring non-explicit sexual consent from women. Oh sure, it’s catchy as hell, but in real life, mistaken inferences can lead to sexual assault. But the second concern is the use of the word “rapey,” to describe the themes of the song. Despite the angry red squiggle that Microsoft puts beneath the word, it’s a descriptor that is quickly creeping into the public vocabulary, and really, really shouldn’t be. Remember how the word “creeper” caught fire a few years ago to describe every guy who “liked” too many of your Facebook pictures? In the same trajectory, “rapey” is being popularized, even within some feminist
pass: from 5 also looking forward to reading portrays Mordor as the booming industrial society that is cutting the books in general. “I know that my mom read it down trees and putting up factories, while the Shire shows the when she was younger and that lack of change over time with its was why I got into the movies so much,” Verlaney said. “I’m excitrolling hills, green pastures and old way of life. Lynch believes ed to have another solid piece of literature under my belt.” that Tolkien sets the scene of Call this class a capstone the novel in a pre-modern era to course, a fan club make comments or a mere stumon the evolving bled-upon idea, modernity at the One of the but it brings totime. things I gether students “Tolkien and and teachers alike his buddy C.S. made clear to the to discuss contemLewis were both porary literature very unhappy students is this is through the everwith the changes not a fan club…” popular 59-yearin society that moold “Lord of the dernity was bringThomas Lynch english professor Rings” trilogy. ing about,” Lynch “We are now said. “Just on that years after the principle alone heyday of the hippie-era when Tolkien kind of falls through the Tolkien’s book was released,” cracks as a literary study.” Lynch said. “Regardless of the Although Lynch’s class is not just a fan club, it’s not all seri- merits off this thing, if it sustains ousness either. This will be Ver- this much popularity in culture laney’s first time to read the nov- for such a long period of time, els, and she is looking forward something interesting is going on to finishing her portfolio with a with it.” arts@ last solid piece of work inspired dailynebraskan.com by “Lord of the Rings.” But she is
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rhetoric, to describe things that are suggestive of sexual assault. Your roommate’s mustache makes him look kind of “rapey.” You avoid walking through a certain neighborhood at night, because it has a “rapey” vibe. But if the word seems to be an ironically cutesy way to casually refer to rape culture, that’s exactly why it’s dangerous. Not only does its frivolous usage trivialize rape, it suggests that there is a spectrum of sexual assault. If something can be “only kind of rapey,” it would follow that someone can be “only kind of raped.” And the real-world consequences of that notion are downright dangerous. A glib nod to sexual assault reared its head in the Lincoln community earlier this month when an unofficial fan page for the Huskers promoted a T-shirt reading “Cornhole ‘em!” for a coming game. Paired with this punny euphemism for sexual assult, was a cartoon Native American (the Illinois mascot), which
also drew fire for racial insensitivity. The name of the page has since been changed to mock the many who denounced the T-shirt, but comments remain visible. At one point the frustrated page admin posted, “we knew there would be those who took it wrong, but didn’t think it would be such an annoying little headache of meaningless yap.” This is the result (or perhaps the cause) of the concept behind “rapey”: The idea that if there are varying degrees of rape, there is an acceptable threshold for endorsing it. The “Cornhole” camp seemed positively shocked when people weren’t charmed by their rape reference, simply because they phrased it like an old-timey prospector. Similarly, Robin Thicke seemed to think his message was made palatable by his infectious falsetto. The minor controversy about “Cornhole ‘Em” comes at the same time as outrage about a traditional freshman chant recently caught on
If something can be ‘only kind of rapey,’ it would follow that someone can be ‘only kind of raped.’
tape at Halifax’s Saint Mary’s University, which boasts “SMU boys, we like them young. Y is for your sister. O is for oh so tight. U is for underage. N is for no consent. G is for grab that ass.” Feeling sick yet? The casual rhetoric of sexual assault can quickly turn from tacky to scary when college campuses deem a certain amount of flippancy to be tolerable. Conversations such as this, pointing to the role of rhetoric and media in bolstering rape culture, are quick to put people on the defensive. So to be completely clear: I’m not equating the people who wear tactless T-shirts and listen to “Blurred Lines” to people who commit rape. Not even
close. But the way that we talk about rape, whether it’s casually, frankly or euphemistically, shapes the way the act is viewed socially. Just as the “Cornhole ‘Em” page was quickly pressured into backing down, we can force the word “rapey” out of our vocabulary before it takes its root. Call it political correctness, but language has the power to influence a community’s attitudes. Boycott “Blurred Lines.” Or don’t. But when it comes to issues as important as rape culture, it’s a responsibility to talk about the issue as seriously as we would like to see it treated. arts@ dailynebraskan.com
Britney Spears still a hit in 2013 Alex Rogers
I spent a good portion of my summer listening to massive amounts of Britney Spears. Granted, I realize that’s something not a lot of people would admit to. But there’s something that is simple and appealing to her brand of sugary pop. A lot of it might be nostalgia, but I find myself enjoying her hits more now than I used to. My first exposure to Britney was a TV informercial. Can you remember seeing a TV infomercial for any artist these days? Surprisingly, I saw one for Feist in 2008 on the cusp of her success with “1,2,3,4,” a song that incidentally became huge thanks to an Apple iPod advertisement. But past that, it’s not something the industry re-
ally does anymore (to my knowledge). Now, the music industry gets attention drawn to artists by less straightforward methods. Watching music videos on MTV used to be a cornerstone of ’90s culture. Now MTV plays cheaply produced reality shows, but it’s understandable considering music videos existed for record labels to sell CDs. Now, record labels have to deal with the rise of music piracy; even streaming services such as Spotify or Pandora threaten record sales. Interestingly enough, music videos still have the power to drastically change an artist’s career, even if they don’t make fiscal sense anymore. The game has effectively changed. Take for example, the controversy surrounding Miley Cyrus. The media loves nothing more than for someone to fall out of favor in the public eye. And she’s capitalizing on it. The producer for “We Can’t Stop” also produced “Mercy” by Kanye West and “Bandz a Make Her Dance”
There’s something that is simple and appealing to her brand of sugary pop.”
by Juicy J. Miley saw what was popular now and ran with it. Gaining the attention of the world by acting crazy and putting out a song at the same time was a brilliant move. What sealed the deal was the music video that people are still talking about. Remember 2007? Britney Spears does. If only she made a music video during her breakdown. I’m anticipating a similar meltdown for Justin Bieber in the coming months, but who knows? Maybe he’ll start rapping over trap beats and release a song that tops the charts. Now more than ever, being unstable is a precious commodity for the media. Amanda Bynes is going to focus on rapping — maybe she’ll hire a good producer and director for
her music video and it will be a hit. Strangely enough, this is the nature of mainstream music now. Britney Spears was controversial back in her day when “Hit Me Baby One More Time” was an innuendo parent groups protested. Now, those same groups are going into shock because of Hannah Montana’s new life of popping molly and twerking. Can you see now why I can take refuge in Britney when I want to indulge in industrialized pop music? Her songs were free of the weird cultural appropriation and social justice objections that Miley Cyrus got her feet wet with. A guilty pleasure with a lot less guilt. arts@ dailynebraskan.com
YouTube Pick: ‘Wrecking Ball’ Miley Cyrus’ new song debuts with a video that tries to push the envelope with nudity Jake Greve DN In the first 30 seconds of the video, we meet the former Disney child star. Miley Cyrus stares into the camera, devoid of all emotion, as a sole tear trickles down the left side of her two-faced complexion. The viewer is left to wonder why she is so sad with no feasible answer aside from “she’s just being Miley.”
the family, but Miley isn’t without Suddenly, the viewer is lookhuman error. She tells mom that ing at the seemingly underage Cyrus as she innocently plays she can be “Just Like You” as she with a sledgehammer in nothing is now naked, swinging around but her undergarments. It looks on the wrecking ball, bringing the debaucherous spirit of mama back. like Billy Ray Cyrus has forgotten, Miley really gives Billy Ray the once again, to dress Miley before “Single Dad Blues” as she is now her video shoot. suggestively lickAfter viewers are done staring at Miley really ing — and thrusting herself upon — the nearly naked gives Billy the sledgehammer. former child star, “Sweet niblets,” they will notice that Ray the ‘Single Robby Ray shouts there is a wreckas Miley takes it ing ball crashing Dad Blues…’” upon herself to through a series of be a literal homemisplaced cinder Jake Greve wrecker. She swings block walls, an obdn columnist the hammer at the vious allusion to cinder block founMiley’s dead mothdation of all that is er from the hit child sacred to the Cyrus family: honor, sitcom “Hannah Montana.” The camera flashes back to Mi- fame and Cheese Jerky. Viewers are now confronted ley as she is still crying about the with the image of America’s sweetpain her TV mother has caused to
heart lying in the aftermath of her teen angst. With an asymmetrical haircut, and the tool of her own destruction in hand, Miley realizes the startling reality of her actions. Defeated, she says to the camera, “I never meant to start a war. I only wanted you to let me in.” Just as quickly as most men gained interest in the video after seeing Miley’s lack of clothing, the attitude of the video has changed. The viewers now have an emotional bond with Miley, because they too have felt the weight of their own mistakes crush their hopes and dreams. The video ends with Miley lying in what is left of her career, which has been drawn out ad nauseam, with the wrecking ball still destroying what is left of her pathetic life. arts@ dailynebraskan.com
Pi Kappa Phi: from 5 — they believe in their values and put effort into using them in life.” Pi Kappa Phi was without a house dad for almost a year before Orozco Almeida stepped in. “Their leadership shows in how they do things,” Orozco Almeida said. “They really take the brotherhood seriously, and that’s something that very often gets lost with everything else.” Kenney said it’s been great to see the fraternity grow just in the past four years. “It’s unreal to see this thing that a few buddies of mine started back in 2007 actually taking off,” Kenney said. “I’m looking forward to being able to come and give back as an alumni.” Although building a brotherhood from the ground up has its challenges, Kenney said he would never change anything about his college years in Pi Kappa Phi. “I think what sets us apart is that we really have no reputation — no ‘bad blood’ with other fraternities,” he said. “Our motto is ‘Leaders by Choice,’ and I think that says a lot about us. We create our own legacy.” arts@ dailynebraskan.com
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The active members of Pi Kappa Phi, which hadn’t been in operation since 1995 and came back in 2007, bond by spending time together in the living room and conversing as a football game plays on TV.
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golf, but, leadership as well,” Neisen said. “So I’m really excited to try to lead the team this year.” The team leadership helped the Huskers on Monday and Tuesday, and they are off to a great start this season and will most definitely be a team to watch. “I’m excited to see what the team holds with everyone being back,” Deeg said. Nebraska’s next event, the Minnesota Invitational, begins Monday in Minneapolis. The Huskers will play in three more tournaments through the end of October before taking a break heading into the bulk of their schedule in the spring. sports@ dailynebraskan.com
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sports briefs women’s golf Staff Report DN Nebraska’s Cassie Deeg was named the Big Ten Conference’s first women’s golfer of the week of the season. Deeg, a sophomore from Hugo, Minn., earned the honor for the first time in her career. She won the Huskers’ first event of the season, the Chip-N Club Invitational at Lincoln’s Wi l d e r n e s s Ridge Golf Course, by four shots Deeg over teammate Steffi N e i s e n . Deeg’s three-round score of 3-under 213 bettered her previous best tournament score by eight strokes. Deeg’s victory was the second top-10 result of her career, and it led the Huskers to a 18-shot team victory with a total of 874. sports@ dailynebraskan.com
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football: from 10 Burtch had always imagined hauling in a pass in front of his homestate fans. “It’s surreal,” he said. “It’s hard to describe your dream coming true in words. That’s really what it was.” On the sideline, coach Fisher did a little more than smile when Burtch snagged the pass — he jumped on coach Bo Pelni’s back. “I had to apologize in the locker room. I got pretty excited,” Fisher said. As Burtch said, he could now “retire a happy man.” But before Burtch could reach his goal and grab that touchdown pass in front of thousands of his fellow Nebraskans, he first fought his way through the ranks from scout team. That never discouraged him, though. “Going against the scout team wasn’t really a downfall,” Burtch said. “I really looked at it more as an opportunity because I was going against the one defense.” Burtch points to the success that Kenny Bell has had and
how Nebraska’s most decorated receiver contributes much his success to working on the scout team. Along with the practices, Westerkamp said waiting for the right situation was important to cracking into the lineup. While each young receiver had his chance to make an impact on Saturday, Nebraska’s season opener didn’t play out to allow that to happen, Fisher said. “You need to be patient, and I understood that,” Westerkamp said. “I knew my time would come.” Now, with fresh experience and a boost of confidence, Fisher said he was pleased with how his receiving corps responded going into UCLA week. Plus, Fisher said, those catches are a huge confidence booster going forward. “It definitely eases the nerves a little bit,” Burtch said. “I’m going to feel a lot more relaxed going into UCLA. Even (with) it being a big game, I feel like it’s going to be way less nerve-racking knowing that I’ve already had success on the field.”
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Sophomore receiver Sam Burtch (9) played in four games in 2012 but caught the first pass of his career, a 26-yard touchdown, in the third quarter against Southern Miss on Saturday.
dn Big ten homeroom direction, and I like where that they play.” when he was in the pocket we’re going.” and had it swatted down. On Pac 12 games: On Greg Hudson running “I wish our brothers here in He’s a really tough guy and distributed the ball very the defense: the league the best of luck. “Greg has had a passion for There are certain weekends well.” coaching defense; he has a in the year where you can BRADY HOKE, MICHIGAN KIRK FERENTZ, IOWA good way in communicating change the perception, and On the Notre Dame game: On Saturday’s win against with his players. He’s a local this is one of those weeks.” “We’re very excited about guy, a Midwestern guy, and I Missouri State Saturday night. It was great “Good to get a win on Satur- thought that was important to be in the atmosphere in day. It was good for our foot- in his hire. He’s a guy that’s the Big House. That lasts for ball team, but it didn’t come great to have around.” about 24 hours, and now KEVIN WILSON, INDIANA easy, just like any game in we’re back on Akron, and college football.” On running back Tevin we have plenty of work.” Coleman: On the Iowa State ofOn value of trophy games: URBAN MEYER, OHIO STATE “I thought he could play at fense: “I think if you do your many positions. He could “We have a lot of respect for On the win against San homework on each of the play on defense, and his high their quarterback first and Diego State: trophy games, we have the school team did a very good foremost. He throws the ball “Very pleased with our BILL O’BRIEN, PENN STATE Paul Bunyan and the Brown job with him. He’s very young well, and he also runs well game last week. We got off Jug that are very special to and he’s going to continue to On Central Florida: with his feet. We have to to a fast start. Obviously us. It’s something you teach MARK DANTONIO, work. We’ll see how good we respect and honor him as a “They’re a very good football Braxton went down in the MICHIGAN STATE your kids and it becomes can get him in the next three team. They have a quarterpasser and a guy who can first series, but that was as part of your program and back in Blake Bortles who On defensive players: also run.” bad as it got for Braxton. He years.” things that you talk about.” will be playing in the NFL. “I think we’re always looking just got done throwing a bit, On the offensive line not alWe have to have a good for guys that are extremely and we’ll know later wheth- lowing a single sack so far: athletic — defensive ends practice and be ready to er he’ll be ready to play Cal “The stats are looking deceivor linebackers or even in the play Saturday.” Saturday.” ing. I think our protection secondary. They have to fit needs to be better to avoid On third down converOn backup quarterback our defense for them to be being sacked. 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UCLA BIO BOX UCLA Bruins stadium : Rose Bowl rivals : California, USC overall record : 565-386-137 national titles : 1 (1954) C onference titles: 17 (Last: 1998) heisman winners : 1 (Gary Beban, 1967) notable current players : quarterback Brett Hundley, running back Jordon James, wide receiver Shaquelle Evans notable former players : Troy Aikman, Jimmy Johnson, Jonathon Ogden mascot : Joe and Josephine Bruin, students dressed as brown bears. record against nebraska : 5-6 (Most recently 2012: UCLA won 36-30) coach : Jim Mora overall coaching record : 10-5 (Second year)
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ON YOUNG RECEIVERS BURTCH, WESTERKAMP GET CHANCE TO PUT TALENTS ON DISPLAY STORY BY KYLE CUMMINGS FILE PHOTO BY MATT MASIN uincy Enunwa and wide receivers coach Rich Fisher looked at each other about Q midway through the second quarter on Satur-
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day and smiled. They knew exactly where the next play was going. On the field, redshirt freshman receiver Jordan Westerkamp lined up, analyzed the Southern Miss defense and had one thought. “They played Cover 1 man coverage, so I knew that ball was probably going to be thrown my way,” Westerkamp said. And it was. But there was no time to be nervous, Westerkamp said. Everything was moving too quickly. He ran a corner route, and Taylor Martinez connected with Westerkamp for a 15-yard gain, which kept Nebraska’s series alive and, ultimately, helped the team score. “I think Quincy’s reaction was, ‘All he does is catch balls,’” Fisher said. As Westerkamp trotted back to the sideline, he said his teammates made a point to congratulate him on his first catch of his career. To Fisher, seeing that type of reaction from Westerkamp’s teammates was one of the best parts. Seeing his guys care more about other players stepping up to win the game, Fisher said, than about pumping up their own individual statistics was a testament to the players. “It goes to tell you about the selflessness in our room,” the coach said. Westerkamp and his teammates would have one more opportunity to congratulate a younger player in Saturday’s game. Ciante Evans had just picked up his second interception of the game, giving Nebraska field position at the Southern Miss 26-yard line with a 42-13 lead. With 10:39 left in the third quarter, Martinez dropped back and tossed the ball toward the end zone, where it found the extended arms of sophomore Sam Burtch. That moment, Burtch said, was something he had been looking forward to for a very long time. Growing up in Murdock, Neb.,
Nebraska senior captain Steffi Neisen is one of two upperclassmen on the Huskers’ women’s golf team, which returns all of its players from last season’s young squad.
Golf team has experience to go with youth Lauren Skelton and Zach Tegler DN
FOOTBALL: see page 9
Redshirt freshman receiver Jordan Westerkamp, who made the first two receptions of his Nebraska career against Southern Miss and gained 15 yards, celebrates with junior wideout Kenny Bell after a play in the Southern Miss game.
tral Arkansas by a total of 15 strokes. The Huskers finished Monday with a score of 580 for two rounds. Neisen shot 70 and 73 in her two rounds, tying for first with Nebraska After an 11th place finish at the Big sophomore Cassie Deeg, who shot 72 Ten Championship last season, the Nebraska women’s golf team re- and 71. Other players to watch include turns all of its golfers from last year’s Wright, who is from Incline Village, squad. Nev., and freshman Jordan Chael Having been the youngest team from Overland Park, Kan. Both in the Big Ten, the Huskers have alWright and Chael shot 71 in their first ready begun their season by hosting rounds and 76 in their second, tying the annual Chip-N Club Invitational at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course in them for sixth place. The strong play on the Huskers’ Lincoln. The three-round tournament home course could be a result of a took place Monday and Tuesday. new strategy by the team’s coach, Even though Nebraska has only two upperclassmen, senior captains Robin Krapfl. “The coaches have a done a really Katelyn Wright and Steffi Neisen, on good job this year getting us prepped the team, the Huskers are still more for playing,” Neisen said. “We’ve experienced than been playing a lot they were last seamore than practicing, son. (The past which has ben a great “I mean, my few years), I thing, I think, for the freshman and sophoteam getting experimore year, I always always had three ence and trying to had three seniors score.” to look up to,” said seniors to look up The Husker Neisen, who is from to.” women finished in New Prague, Minn. the top spot on Tues“I think it just helps Steffi Neisen day as well, with a towith team bonding. senior golfer tal score of 874. Deeg, No matter what age who is from Hugo, you are, if you can Minn., took the lead have a close-knit team and you’ve been through a lot of experiences to- to win the tournament, shooting 70 in her final round. Neisen finished gether. I don’t think age really matters second with a 74. Wright tied for fifth in that situation. It is unique.” with a 73, and Chael finished in ninth Nebraska took an early lead after the first two rounds of the Chip-N Club, standing in first place over Cengolf: see page 8
Huskers to play trio of games in home tournament No. 12 Nebraska volleyball team gets Saint Mary’s, Dayton before first ranked opponent: Iowa State Liz Uehling DN Nebraska will host the Ameritas Players Challenge for the eighth consecutive year this weekend. But for the first time, the tournament will be held in the newly renovated Bob Devaney Sports Center. With 4,000 more seats available, this year ’s Ameritas Player ’s Challenge will bring a new atmosphere to the three-day annual event. “(The Devaney Center) is different than the Coliseum. It’s a lot bigger, a lot more people, and I think we’re still trying to learn how to manage our emotions in that,” Nebraska coach John Cook said. “I mean, we’re playing in front of 8,000 people. Of course I’m nervous,” said freshman Kadie Rolfzen. But there are more than nerves to worry about. “This week, we have three very good opponents,” Cook said. “So we’re upping the ante and the stakes in the game.” Last year, the Huskers went 3-0 in the event. Currently, Ne-
braska is ranked No. 13, leading the teams in this weekend’s roster. The Ameritas Players Challenge will feature unranked Dayton, Saint Mary’s and No. 17 Iowa State. “They are afraid of nobody,” Cook said. “Dayton of course has been a great program here the last few years and then Iowa State — it’s always a battle with them. So it’s a really good prep week for us to figure out what we have to do better and get tested.” Nebraska will face Saint Mary’s on Thursday night after the opening match between Dayton and Iowa State. Saint Mary’s is a West Coast Conference team from Moraga, Calif. It enters the Ameritas Challenge with a 3-1 record, after beating Miami and Air Force 3-0 during the weekend. The Gaels are ranked third in the nation in aces per set. Dalas Dodd, a redshirt sophomore for Saint Mary’s, will be on the Huskers’ radar, as she is ranked first in the West Coast Conference in assists per set. She averages 11.21 assists per set and totals 157 total assists. Another notable player for the Gaels is Kristina Graven, a senior outside hitter who leads her team in kills along with Jordan Shaw. Both Shaw and Graven were named All-West Coast Conference preseason picks for the second year in a row. Nebraska will then play the Dayton Flyers, who come into the Ameritas Players Challenge with a 3-3 record, on Friday night. Megan Campbell leads the
Flyers in kills, averaging 2.86 a set for a total of 60 kills this season, and first-year head coach Matt Affolder ’s squad enters having lost to Ohio and North Carolina in the Ohio Baymont Inn Invitational. Campbell was named the Atlantic 10 Conference’s Volleyball Player of the Week. On Saturday, in a matchup of ranked teams, No. 17 Iowa State will compete against the Huskers in the final match of the Ameritas Players Challenge. The Cyclones are 4-2 after losses to No. 14 San Diego and No. 18 Illinois. The two losses dropped the Cyclones six positions in the rankings from No. 11. Mackenzie Bigbee and Victoria Hurtt lead Iowa State in kills for the season and will be key players for Nebraska to watch. For the Huskers, there’s a lot to be learned this week. “I think we have the chance to be the most improved team in the country this year” Cook said. “We’re very athletic. We’re starting to play as a team and not as individuals. I think we can be a great serving, blocking and defensive team. “Our opponents are only getting .124 against us at this point of the year. Now we’re going to get a better test this week. We’re starting out at a pretty good place, but we have a chance to be really good and really improve over the course of the year.” This weekend is when the Huskers will try to prove that they can do all of that and more. sports@ dailynebraskan.com
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Freshman outside hitter Kadie Rolfzen hits the ball in last Saturday’s game against Georgia at the Devaney Center, which will host the entire Ameritas Players Challenge for the first time.