friday, september 27, 2013 volume 113, issue 025
Home sweet home Gamma Phi Beta creates comfort for new members
5 Floundering in uncharted waters An out-of-stater’s Nebraskan experience
Diving back in the water
Freshman Anna Filipcic dives during the Nebraska swimming and diving team’s annual Scarlet versus Cream Intrasquad Meet at the Devaney Natatorium. Filipcic made her Husker debut during the meet Thursday.
4 Moving to the big time Volleyball prepares for Big Ten play
Terri Muehlhausen picks out squash from the Fallbrook Farmers’ Market on Thursday. The Fallbrook community hosts a farmers’ market every Thursday evening from 4:30 to 8:30 at the Fallbrook Town Center.
Concealed weapons on campuses Study: Students say no place for guns at college
photos by Andrew B a r r y Sisters Ella and Erica Cowan select miniature pumpkins from a stand at the farmers’ market Thursday in the Fallbrook Town Center. Besides fresh produce Taylor Nissen works at the stand for Page’s Produce at the and gourmet creations, the Fallbrook Farmers’ Market on Thursday. The stand, based out of event also advertises live music Valparaiso sells fresh produce, honey and hormone-free grass-fed and a child-friendly environment. beef.
Lincoln sees 0.7 percent drop in unemployment Nebraska’s overall rate stays unchanged; start of fall semester doesn’t play huge role in city’s jobless rate Tony Papousek DN
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Job prospects are now looking rosy for Lincoln, which saw a 0.7 percent decrease in unemployment between July and August. The current unemployment rate is 3.3 percent, 0.9 percent lower than Nebraska’s overall unemployment. But according to Scott Hunzeker, the research supervisor at the Nebraska Department of Labor, this is nothing out of the ordinary for the capital city. “A lot of times we’ll see fluc-
“University employment tuations that are largely based on wouldn’t have necessarily been seasonal factors such as kids going back to school, seasonal jobs, captured quite yet,” Hunzeker said. “Lincoln Public Schools and holiday shopping and things like that,” he said. “People get other public schools may have, depending on when caught up with people came back.” the month-toWe’ve This is largely month fluctuatraditionally because of the way tions. This Auunemployment stagust followed a had one of tus is determined lot of same seaboth locally and nasonal patterns as the lowest tionally. we’ve seen in the unemployment “When we look past.” at unemployment, N e b r a s k a ’ s rates, even it always measures u n e m p l o y m e n t through the a person’s status rate of 4.2 perfor the week that cent remained recession.” includes the 12th of unchanged bethe month,” Hunzetween July and phil baker August. And nebraska department of labor ker said. “For August data, classes Omaha saw a 0.4 wouldn’t have been percent decrease in session at the university. For to a 4.2 percent rate. Lincoln Public Schools, some The start of the fall semester at the University of Nebraska- teachers would have been on Lincoln might not contribute to staff already.” Lincoln’s fluctuation as much as one would think. jobless: see page 3
UNL graduate enrollment dips for 3rd year Layla Younis DN University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate and professional enrollment decreased between 2012 and 2013, following a three-year trend here and bucking a nationwide trend of increasing graduate enrollment as well as UNL’s uptick in undergraduate enrollment. UNL saw a decrease of 35 graduate and professional students in 2013, according to UNL’s Institutional Research and Planning. Since 2010, graduate and professional enrollment – including programs such as law, architecture, business administration and engineering – has decreased by 3 percent. Graduate programs have decreased from 4,620 students in 2010 to 4,554 students today. Meanwhile, professional enroll-
ment decreased from 607 to 515 in the same period. Nationwide, graduate enrollment increased 1.8 percent between 2011 and 2012, reversing a national trend of 2.8 percent decline during the two previous years, according to the Council of Graduate Schools. The 2013 decrease at UNL includes 30 professional students and five graduate students. Professional enrollment is typically students who are going into a graduate-level program in architecture and law, said Alan Cerveny, dean of Academic Services and Enrollment Management. Lance Perez, dean of Graduate Studies, said international issues and the economy are two potential reasons for increases and decreases in graduate enrollment.
graduate: see page 3
Friday, september 27, 2013
UNL professor part of award-winning team working with nasa
26 On campus what: Final day to apply for a degree in December when: All day more information: $25 fee with application
what: HIV testing where: Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center when: Noon to 4 p.m. more information: Free and confidential
what: Parents Weekend 2013 where: City and East Campus when: 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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A Ball State University study reveals 78 percent of Midwestern college students oppose the idea of concealed weapons on campus. Nebraska is one of 21 colleges that doesn’t allow concealed weapons.
Study: Majority of students oppose guns on campus Midwestern schools disagree with government efforts to allow concealed weapons on campus lane chasek dn
what: East Campus Lanes ‘N Games Bowling where: Nebraska East Union bowling alley when: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. more information: Held by the Graduate Student Association. RSVP at unlgsasocial@ gmail.com.
what: Blue Man Group when: 7:30 p.m. where: Lied Center for Performing Arts, 301 N. 12th St more information: $29/$25/$22.50 for students, $58/$50/$45 for adults
In Lincoln what: “The Boarder” film showing where: Joyo Theatre, 6102 Havelock Ave. when: 7 p.m.
what: Beers, Brats and Bison when: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. where: Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 Coddington more information: $20 for Friends of PPNC, $25 for guests
Seventy-eight percent of Midwestern college students oppose the idea of having concealed weapons on campuses, according to a recent study from Ball State University in Indiana. “I don’t think guns have any place on campus,” said Marc Woodman, a junior English and political science major. “If guns are allowed on campus, the student reaction to a shooting or emergency would be confusing and disastrous. The fewer guns on campus, the better.” With recent government efforts to allowed concealed weapons in schools, Woodman said it seems congressmen are disconnected with the rest of the world. “They aren’t listening to the people at all,” Woodman said. “There are tragedies taking place every day, school shootings. How can they push for more guns in school with stuff like that going on?” According to the National Conference of State Legislators website, Nebraska is one of 21 states that doesn’t allow concealed weapons on its campuses. Other states in this category include Michigan, Missouri, Illinois and Wyoming. Six states have laws that allow for concealed weapons on their campuses. These states are Colorado, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin. The remaining 23 states have laws that allow universities to decide on concealed carry policies. Some of these states are
Iowa, Minnesota and South Da- als who have a concealed carry permit: student, faculty or otherkota. Arkansas is the most recent wise. This policy was adopted in state to enter this group, accordWisconsin in November 2011. ing to a recent Huffington Post Lovicott said so far, students article. with concealed carry permits According to UNL Assistant Police Chief Todd Duncan, only have acted responsibly and withcertain exemptions are made to in the confines of state law. Japheth Hartmann, a freshUNL’s weapons policy. Individuals such as on-duty law enforce- man exploratory major and memment officers and military per- ber of the National Guard, said sonnel are exempted from the students are too inexperienced to be trusted with concealed weappolicy. ons on campus. UNL Police headquarters “Allowing students to carry also houses gun lockers free to guns on campus is just a bad students and faculty. Valid ID idea,” Hartmann said. “Howevand registration are required for students and faculty to reserve a er, I think professors and instructors should be allowed to conceal locker, Duncan said. According to Lupe Malcom, carry, as long as they know what they’re doing. administrative asWith all these sistant for UNL I don’t school shootings Police, there are think guns we see every about 85 lockers year, we know available. Mal- are necessarily there’s a threat.” com estimates that Larissa Irvin, about 77 are in use a threat if the a sophomore psyby students, while person using them chology major, three are in use by has mixed feelfaculty members. are trained to ings toward the These lockers are do so. But as far possibility of conopen 24/7. cealed weapons. Duncan said as students go, “I don’t think Nebraska is thorguns are necesough in its screen- it just wouldn’t sarily a threat if ing of concealed be a good idea the person using carry candidates to let them carry them are trained and that he had no to do so,” Irvin way of predicting weapons.” said. “But as far what would hapas students go, pen if concealed it just wouldn’t weapons were ever Larissa Irvin sophomore pyschology major be a good idea allowed. to let them carry University of weapons. ProWisconsin-Madison fessors I would be okay with, is the only Big Ten school that allows concealed weapons on cam- but students, no. Even if those students know what they’re dopus grounds. Marc Lovicott, public infor- ing. Say they come from a rural background where they’ve had a mation officer for University of lot of experience with guns, they Wisconsin-Madison police department, said UW’s concealed may not be used to place like Lincarry policy is limited. Wisconsin coln. “Compared to rural areas, state law allows concealed weapLincoln’s pretty urban. There’s ons to be present on University of Wisconsin grounds and parking no telling if they’d react properly areas, but not in university build- in an emergency here.” news@ ings, arenas or at sporting events. dailynebraskan.com The law applies to all individu-
Jun Wang, associate professor of Earth and atmospheric sciences, earned recognition for his contributions to a NASA research mission aiming to give scientists a tool for measuring air pollution. TEMPO – Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution – was awarded NASA’s Group Achievement Award. Wang is one of 20 scientists working on the mission, which will use satellite-based sensors in space to continuously monitor North America’s air pollution. If the project succeeds, it could lead to monitoring pollution becoming as common and useful as reporting and predicting weather. The 10-year, $90 million project was selected for funding from 14 proposals submitted to NASA’s Earth Venture Instrument program. With the funding of several NASA grants, Wang studies the impacts of aerosol pollution on air quality, weather and climate. He helps write algorithms and requirements for the instrument that will be built to measure air pollution. The team will have the instrument finished in 2017, with the hope of launching in 2018.
matlab information sessions begin tuesday
Two MATLAB computational software sessions will be held Oct. 1 in the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center. The sessions start at 9:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and are free and open to students, faculty and staff. MATLAB is a highlevel language and interactive environment for numerical computation, visualization and programming. The first session is “Data Analysis and Visualization in MATLAB” and the second session is “Optimizing and Accelerating MATLAB Code.” To register, go to http://events.unl.edu/ is/2013/10/01/81764. Registration is not required but recommended.
Ross to feature ‘Act of Killing’ documentary
“The Act of Killing” documentary opens Friday night at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center. The 2012 documentary is directed by Joshua Oppenheimer and examines the failed 1965 coup in Indonesia that led to gangsters leading notorious death squads. One of the gang leaders, Anwar Congo, killed 1,000 people and is revered as a founding father of the right-wing paramilitary group Pemuda Pancasila. Oppenheimer invited Anwar and his friends to re-enact their killings for the cameras, and make dramatic scenes depicting memories and feelings about the attacks. Ticket and showtime information can be found at theross.org.
Virology symposium registration due by Oct. 4 The Nebraska Center for Virology is holding its 13th annual Symposium in Virology on Oct. 11 in the Nebraska Union. The free symposium begins with a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. and concludes with a poster session and wine and cheese reception, allowing attendees to visit with presenters. National experts present are Deborah Brown, University of NebraskaLincoln; Ian Lipkin, Columbia University; Leonard Mindich, Rutgers Medical School; Daniel Rock, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Robert Siliciano, John Hopkins University School of Medicine. Faculty, staff, students and individuals from related industries are free to attend. Registrations and poster titles must be submitted by Oct. 4 at unl.edu/virologycenter. Advance registration is required.
Unlike UNL, Iowa’s enrollment stays high University of Iowa decreases from 2012, but stays above 30,000 despite not actively recruiting students Kelli Rollin DN Competition can be good on the field, but some universities don’t seek competition in enrollment. The University of Iowa’s enrollment numbers are more than the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s, despite a decrease from Iowa’s 2012 total. UNL’s fall 2013 enrollment is 24,445, which is a 1 percent
increase from last year. The increase is credited to a large freshman class. “UNL just enrolled the largest freshman class in 30 years,” Admissions Director Amber Williams wrote in an email. “We are working very hard to increase new student enrollment. This year ’s class is a testament to those efforts.” UNL is working toward Chancellor Harvey Perlman’s goal of 30,000 students by 2017. Michael Barron, UI director of admissions, said UI’s 2012 enrollment was 31,066, and this year ’s numbers are still being audited but have shown a small decrease. Last year was a high for UI, with a total enrollment of 31,498. Barron said enrollments in Iowa’s graduate college and the College of Law are down, which could factor into the smaller
Our goal was not to grow. Overall, we’re doing the same things we’ve always done.” michael barron
university of iowa director of admissions
overall enrollment. He said at UI, the improving economy might be a reason less people are applying for law and graduate school because they are joining the work force. Barron said higher retention rates also contribute to enrollment numbers. Though UNL is looking to increase enrollment, Barron said that’s not the case for UI. “Our goal was not to grow,”
he said. “Overall, we’re doing the same things we’ve always done.” Barron said UI had an initiative in 2009 and 2010 to increase enrollment similar to Perlman’s. But he said UI’s goal now is to keep undergraduate enrollment numbers steady. He said he doesn’t view getting higher enrollment as a competition between UNL and other schools, though they recruit in the same markets. Barron said
admissions’ job is to portray the school accurately and describe what it has to offer students. Because UI looked to increase enrollment in 2009 and 2010, Barron said it’s in a comfortable position. “We’d like to be right-sized,” he said. “We believe we can be a certain size and do our best.” He said there’s nothing wrong with growing if the school can provide the same education to students, but feels UI is at a good size to serve students. He said UI admissions’ goal is to attract students who are best suited for the school, and not about just increasing numbers. “At the end of the day, it’s the student and their family that ultimately make the decision,” Barron said. news @dailynebraskan.com
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Friday, september 27, 2013
Rotunda Gallery exhibit showcases Chinese culture The Chinese art market is blooming and traditional art is hot again.”
Students from throughout Lincoln come to to see artwork of Chinese professors
April Xinchi Zhang confucius institute chinese painting instructor
Mara Klecker DN Chun-Yi Su, a Chinese teacher at Lincoln Public Schools, took 35 students from North Star High School to see the 17 paintings displayed in the Nebraska Union’s Rotunda Gallery on Monday. On Wednesday, she took eight more students from East High School. The 43 students are some of the younger visitors of the exhibit, which opened Monday and will remain open until Saturday. The artists, Ieong Tai Meng and Xei Anning are both professors at Xi’an Jiaotong University, the University of NebraskaLincoln’s partner university in Shaanxi, China. Tai Meng’s work often features flowers and birds done in a contemporary style, whereas Anning’s paintings are mostly traditional landscapes. The exhibit aims to show the different styles of Chinese art and expose visitors to Chinese culture, said April Xinchi Zhang, a Chinese Painting Instructor at UNL’s Confucius Institute. “I think everyone can learn different things from this exhibition,” Xinchi Zhang said. “Chinese painting is a big part of Chinese culture. It tells our history, the way people used to live, our lifestyle and Chinese ideology.” Tai Meng visited North High
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Lisa Guevara, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln junior art major, observes pieces in the Chinese art exhibit on Thursday in the Rotunda Gallery in the Nebraska Union. The exhibit is taking place through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. School on Tuesday to give a painting demonstration to the students. Students learned the correct angle to hold the brushes and how to make specific strokes with ink. “I think the students now have a little more sense and appreciation for the language they are learning,” Su said. “When you are learning a language, you have
to learn everything – the culture, the food, the art.” Su, the Chinese teacher, encouraged students to identify how Chinese art differs from Western art. She said the students pointed out the darker, harder lines and the purposeful use of white space. For Rachel Zeng, executive associate director of the Confucius
Institute, the student’s observations are important. “(Chinese art) is beautiful,” Zeng said. “It’s very expressive. Students can see that Chinese paintings are quite different from Western-style paintings because Chinese paintings are much more expressive of the artist’s feelings.” Xinchi Zhang teaches three
Chinese painting classes: one for adults, one for children ages 5 to 9 and one for children ages 9 to 18. Approximately six adults and 20 children attend. Xinchi Zhang said the study and practice of ancient Chinese traditions is a growing trend among those of Chinese heritage. “People love to study ancient
literature, and there are popular TV programs about Chinese history,” Xinchi Zhang said. “Parents want their kids to learn Chinese painting, not to force them as western media often mistakes but to let them learn about our own culture.” The older generation of Chinese often paint and practice calligraphy as a hobby, Xinchi Zhang said. “It’s like people here love to go swimming or running,” she said. As practice of Chinese traditions has increased, so has the popularity of traditional Chinese art. “The Chinese art market is blooming and traditional art is hot again,” Xinchi Zhang said. The exhibit gives visitors a chance to see and appreciate cultural differences, she said. “I feel art is one of those things you don’t need to translate into another language,” Xinchi Zhang said. “Even if you don’t speak Chinese, you can still feel something from the artwork. Nebraska is becoming more diverse than ever, and bringing in Chinese artwork can encourage communication between our two cultures.” news@ dailynebraskan.com
Ecologist to talk on conservation of Nebraskan prairies Sam Egan DN Ecologist Chris Helzer is drawing attention to Nebraska’s prairies. As part of the 2013 Joseph and Dorothy Young Memorial Lectures in Horticulture, Helzer will give a presentation titled “The Complexity and Resilience of Nebraska’s Prairies” at 7 p.m. in the Hardin Hall Auditorium. The lecture series honors the late Joseph Young, who was the chair of the horticulture department and the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum’s founder and first director. As the Eastern Nebraska program director for the Nature Conservancy and ecologist, Helzer oversees the management of approximately 4,000 acres of land in eastern and central Nebraska, mostly along the Platte
River. The Nature Conservancy was founded in 1951 and works to conserve land and water with a staff of more than 550 scientists, in 22 countries and all 50 U.S. states. Helzer ’s research focuses on conservation grazing, prairie restoration, ecological resilience and pollinator ecology. He also runs PrairieEcologist.com and is the author of “The Ecology and Management of Prairies.” Helzer is a frequent contributor to NEBRASKAland magazine and other publications. Craig Allen, leader of the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and an ecology professor, is familiar with Helzer ’s work and explained why it’s important. “These prairies are patches of high biological diversity that provide ecosystem services that ben-
(Helzer) has really wide ranging interests and that comes out in his presentations.” Dan uden
applied ecology doctoral student
efit humanity,” Allen said. There are several threats to Nebraska’s prairies that Helzer ’s work at the Nature Conservancy is trying to address, such as invasion by trees, Allen said. “When a prairie gets too wooded, ground fires can’t spread,” he said. “Then the prairie becomes a forest.” Another threat to prairies is the alternative bio-fuel industry and the amount of land it re-
quires. “With the price of corn, there is very little incentive for landowners to keep a non-productive piece of land,” Allen said. Kent Fricke, an applied ecology Ph.D. student, said Helzer is not only interesting, but a good speaker as well. “Whether for a Boy Scout troop or a suit-and-tie event, he’s able to adapt his message about the importance of prairie conser-
Available websites make piracy easy Paige Osborne Dn Hollywood is paying attention to the trend of piracy. Last week, Netflix representatives spoke about the deliberate use of pirating websites choosing which new shows to license for the online television and movie service. The temptation of piracy has grown in the past few years. According to a study released by Netnames, the British brand protection firm, piracy accounted for 24 percent of total Internet bandwidth in 2012, which is a 160 percent increase since 2010. Netflix isn’t adding content fast enough, said sophomore mechanical engineering major Jack Rodenburg, who watches movies and TV shows – such as “How I Met Your Mother,” the third most pirated TV show – online with projectfree.tv. “It’s kind of ridiculous how convenient it is,” Rodenburg said. “But the only problem is, (the quality) is kind of fuzzy.” University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s three strikes system is used to combat piracy on campus. Strike one is an email notification. Strike two is second warning and if living on campus, students have to write a statement saying it won’t happen again and they are disconnected from the Internet until the statement is submitted. For piracy outside of the residence halls, the database notifies the student’s department with a copy of the warning. Strike three is no more Internet. The Office of Student Affairs will be notified if the student lives in a residence hall. Offcampus students will have the appropriate management notified and, “may also be subject to additional disciplinary action and enforcement of state and federal law,” according to the UNL digital copyright guidelines. Vicky Weisz, a research professor of psychology for the Center on Children, Families, and the Law at UNL, said she thinks youth aren’t as concerned with quality as generations before. Weisz collaborated with Twila Wingrove and Angela Korpas for a study on students’ viewpoint on piracy, which was published in 2011, using an online questionnaire. “I think I thought that on a survey, people would treat downloading music as more similar to
vation,” Fricke said. Bob Henrickson, co-director of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, said he is looking forward to the lecture. “Chris is doing some great work out in central Nebraska,” Henrickson said. Dan Uden, an applied ecology Ph.D. student studying bioenergy development scenarios and how they would affect Nebraska’s ecosystems, said he reads Helzer ’s blog as often as he can. “He provides a unique look at things,” Uden said. “He has really wide ranging interests and that comes out in his presentations. It’s interesting how experts like Chris (Helzer) acknowledge how much there is left to know.” news@ dailynebraskan.com
if you go when: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Doors open at 6 p.m. where: Hardin Hall auditorium, University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus cost: Free for UNL students with valid ID, $10 for Nebraska Statewide Arboretum members, $14 for general public
graduate: from 1 Right now people are not interested in becoming lawyer as they have in the past.” alan cerveny
dean of academic services
During economic downfalls such as the Great Recession nationally there is an increase in graduate enrollment, Perez said. When the economy is doing better, graduate enrollment usually decreases, he said. Perez said the decrease UNL has seen is not a big issue because it is such a small number. And he said the decrease could have come because some graduate students didn’t graduate on time, leaving fewer spaces the following year for the next enrolling class. Perez said because of sequestration, the automatic government spending cuts, universities everywhere have seen less funding for graduate programs. Sequestration could have had an indirect affect on the five-student decrease UNL had
seen, but Perez said he could not say for sure if that was the reason. International issues affect graduate enrollment because many graduate students are from other countries, Perez said. For example, Perez said, after 9/11 there was a decrease in international students enrolling in graduate programs because it was generally harder for students to get into the U.S. Cerveny said there is a decrease in enrollment for professional graduate programs on a national level. “Right now people are not interested in becoming lawyer as they have in the past,” Cerveny said. news@ dailynebraskan.com
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It’s kind of ridiculous how convenient it is, but the only problem is, (the quality) is kind of fuzzy.” Jack rodenburg
sophomore mechanical engineering major
taking a CD, so I think I was surprised at the time,” Weisz said. “I knew people were downloading, but it clearly seemed like they didn’t see it as equivalent as shoplifting.” When the data was collected from 2003 to 2004, the Recording Industry Association of America had just begun cracking down on
those infringing on copyright by illegally downloading music. Some students aren’t willing to take the risk of illegal downloading, where steep fines of up to $750 to $30,000 per work pirated, according to federal copyright law. Junior criminal justice major Mike Bedinsky said he down-
loaded music illegally when he was in high school using Frostwire, a parody to the popular program Limewire, but quit because Pandora is just as convenient and doesn’t have all the risk. “Pandora makes it pretty easy,” Bedinsky said. Weisz said she thinks the study needs to be repeated. “The world is changing so quickly in the capacity of the Internet with smartphones, iPads and people having access to that,” Weisz said. “This has such an impact on generations; all of our attitudes change as we grow up. Every generation has just been developing in a different Internet world.” news@ dailynebraskan.com
According to the Department of Labor ’s statistics, the Lincoln MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) has a lower unemployment rate than the Omaha MSA by 0.9 percent. Lincoln has been better off for a quite some time. “Historically, Lincoln’s unemployment rate has been lower than Omaha’s,” Hunzeker said. “The communities have a different type of industrial makeup. Seasonal trends will be different.” Nationwide, unemployment sits at 7.3 percent. As a state, Nebraska has had one of the nation’s lowest unemployment rates. This is nothing new, according to Phil Baker, the labor market information director at the Nebraska Department of Labor. “We’ve traditionally had one of the lowest unemployment rates, even through the recession,” he said. Hunzeker said Nebraska suffered less from the economic
recession. “Nebraska has the third lowest unemployment rate in the country,” he said. “We have a lot of agriculture, and a diverse group of industries. One industry taking a hit doesn’t cause as big of a downturn.” Even with the unemployment rate dropping, Hunzeker said it’s difficult to tell what might happen next. “There are too many factors to predict what will happen,” he said. “Things can change at a national level and affect our local economy. If a major change occurs, it’s almost impossible to accurately tell what could happen.” Baker agreed. “The problem with predicting unemployment rates is that some disaster can happen and change everything,” he said. “If a plant suddenly closes their doors tomorrow, it can throw everything out of whack.” news@ dailynebraskan.com
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UNL should continue to ban concealed carry Today, the Daily Nebraskan reported the opinions of a handful of University of Nebraska-Lincoln students on the idea of carrying concealed weapons on campus. This is largely in response to the release of a study from Ball State University that says that up to 78 percent of Midwestern college students are against the idea. The DN Editorial Board finds itself within that 78 percent — for students and professors alike. The shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that took place on Sept. 16, resulting in 12 fatalities and eight others wounded, is our country’s fifth mass shooting this year. There have been at least 62 since 1982, 25 of them occurring since 2006. In addition, a Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard University study showed states with stricter gun control laws have fewer gun deaths . Taking into account these facts, a claim that more guns will protect us better on campus seems problematic at best. Many argue that armed civilians can effectively stop mass shootings, notably Ryan Broderick of BuzzFeed, who mentions nine of these incidents. However, up to seven of them were actually stopped by off-duty or former police officers, military members or certified security guards. As Slate writer Justin Peters put it, “It’s absurd to pretend that these well-trained authority figures can be compared to untrained civilians. … The former have been taught how to respond to crisis situations. The latter, generally, have not.” Immediately following the 2012 Aurora shooting, firearms sales in Colorado saw a more than 40 percent increase in gun sales. It doesn’t appear that a similar backlash has happened since Sept. 16 — likely because more people in the United States are realizing how irrational this is. Ball State’s study clearly reflects this. We are glad that the dialogue on gun control is continuing despite the freshness of the Navy Yard tragedy and agree that discussion of the issue is important. But more guns simply won’t lead to more lives saved. This is too complicated of an issue to have such a simple solution.
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GTA takes objectification too far
s I sat with a controller in my hand, I stepped into a world I had never been before. I stepped into the world of “Grand Theft Auto V.” I sat in disbelief with what I was seeing on the screen. “What’s a stud like you want from a slut like me?” Sapphire seductively said to Franklin, one of the three main characters in the game. The main concern I had while playing was the lack of female characters. Excuse me, lack of strong female characters. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of female characters in the game. But the only place you will find these women is surrounding the dimly lit neon sign displaying “Horny Girls” in a less-than-appealing part of town. While my character, Franklin, was in the strip club, I was given various prompts about different actions I could take. If I wanted to “follow Sapphire to the private room” I was to press Y on the controller. If I wanted to “take Sapphire home” I was told to press A. I could even honk at a prostitute on the street as a sign for her to get into my car. For a measly $50, she could perform sexual acts on my character in his car, while I had the option to view this at different camera angles. GTA V is the most recent release in Rockstar ’s 16-year series. With record-breaking sales at $800 million in the first 24 hours, it’s safe to say this game is sweeping the nation. The controversies surrounding GTA are obvious, even to a non-gamer. Some of the things players can experience in the “most anticipated video game of the year” include stealing cars, an uncensored topless lap dance at a strip club, sex acts procured from a prostitute (you can even kill her to get your money back!), waterboarding and extremely offensive language. The list can continue farther as you get sucked into the city of Los Santos. GTA’s poor portrayal of women can have a serious effect on how men view women,
claire wieger especially on the younger players. Although the game is rated ‘M’ for Mature, the playing audience is well younger than 17. The Entertainment Software Association estimates that “fully half of all Americans age 6 or older play video games.” There are more than 16 million gamers playing GTA V, and it’s making a heavy impact in the lives of the people playing. Boys as young as 6 years old could be playing this game, subconsciously objectifying women and growing up to believe every women should look or act like they do in the game. With 45 percent of the gaming population being female, do you really think it’s acceptable to objectify women in an industry where women are a substantial part of the demographic? Women deserve a chance to be represented in a positive-light when they make up such a large portion of the industry. Why is it that Rockstar continues to exclude strong female characters in their GTA games? According to Geoffrey Zatkin, CEO of Electronic Entertainment Design and Research, it’s because publishers don’t support them. Games that exclusively have males as the hero sell better. Additionally, if a female is the only hero in the game, they are given half the budgeting market as a game with a male hero. Males have been said to believe they can’t relate to a game as well when they are playing a woman even though they are still playing “Tomb Raider,” whose main character is a woman.
However, the woman doesn’t have to be the protagonist hero. It’s possible to have a strong, antihero female role. Take “Breaking Bad” for example. Skylar White isn’t Walter ’s oversexed, undeveloped wife. She is his badass, money-laundering wife. She is brave and has depth, a primary antagonist in the show. Although, there is one non-sexualized woman character in GTA. But surprise, surprise — she gets sucked into a jet turbine. This is becoming one of the most prevalent problems in the gaming industry today. Is it because women are not part of the “world” Rockstar is trying to create, even after 16 years? Women in Grand Theft Auto have never had depth and have always been sexualized. It’s clear that the woman in GTA are only in the game as objects. Objects to satisfy. Objects to run over with your stolen car. Objects that with the new, ground-breaking graphics, are up-close and uncensored. Jim Sterling, a video game reviewer and host of the show “The Jimquisition,” said in his episode “The Creepy Cull of Female Protagonists,” “The male audience can DROOL all over them. But the moment a female heroine initiates, reciprocates, or otherwise has any involvement outside of her being a piece of alienated sex-meat, things get ‘awkward’ and ‘undesirable.’” Awkward and undesirable? In other words, the only purpose of women in video games is to cater to men’s sexual and other needs — never her own. If there were a top dog in the video game industry for gender inequality, Grand Theft Auto would take the cake. So Rockstar, this one’s to you. This is no longer a man’s game. Challenge yourself. Challenge your players. Leave your comfort zone, change the people and media’s perception. Claire Wieger is a sophomore Business/Advertising & PR major. Follow her at @Clurko_Bangz and reach her at opinion@ dailynebraskan.com.
UNL’s out-of-state students struggle
et’s get something straight: Nobody outside of the state of Nebraska likes Ndamukong Suh. That crowd on TV’s not “Suh-ing”; it’s booing. And that drink you mix with ice cream to make floats? Root beer, not
I think it’s easy for people in the Midwest to just assume their perspectives are “the norm” and shouldn’t be questioned. Moving from Illinois to Nebraska wasn’t supposed to be a culture shock — we’re in the same time zone, for crying out loud. But even an eighthour move can feel like light years when you can’t understand the people living around you. When I picked my initial major, animal science, I thought it was just a weird name for zoology. So my introductory classmates were utterly confused as to why I was horrified at the idea of a field trip to a feed-lot (this was a legitimate suggestion that a majority agreed upon for a “bonding” experience). I didn’t even know there were different cows for milking and meat. But it wasn’t just East Campus. I was confused when I walked into a freshman chemistry lecture to find that camouflage is a thing, and not only that, but it’s always in season here. Hats, jackets and an intimate knowledge of guns shocked my delicate sensibilities. And if you tell me you like country music? That’s no longer grounds for me to laugh and exchange a knowing grin with someone who was obviously joking. And although I still feel a pang of nausea when I see our homecoming concerts are Gloriana and Craig Morgan, my roommate (a Minnesotan) and I have succumbed to the charms of Florida Georgia Line and Hunter Hayes. Lincoln reminds me of what my dad would call “a simpler time.” People look me in the eye when I’m buying groceries. College kids meet up regularly with their families to watch football and do a couple loads of laundry. Everyone wears red on game days. On the other side of that, bye weekends and the entire spring semester turn Lincoln into a
Kayla simon ghost town. When my parents come to visit, I’m truly at a loss for how to entertain them. Lincoln just has nothing on Omaha in terms of entertainment. Even the traffic here is straight out of the good ol’ days. Everyone drives five under the speed limit when I’m behind them and 20 over when I’m a pedestrian. So where does this sleepy town leave me? Cynical, disconnected and openly admiring of the cult of personality that’s been created here. And I don’t know if I’ll ever really be a part of it. That really goes for all students who aren’t from Nebraska. There’s something about raising people around these traditions that changes them. I will admit that I was rather surprised when there wasn’t more of an uproar when coach Bo Pelini made the comments he did. Secretly, I have to agree with him. The gates to Memorial Stadium say “through these gates pass the Greatest Fans in College Football.” I don’t think game days are THE BEST DAY OF THE WEEK or that Husker fans are the craziest I’ve ever seen. We’re probably the nicest, perhaps most chivalrous in the Big Ten. But how much does growing up with Husker football really mean when half of the student section leaves during half time? I feel like it isn’t simply the lack of similarity in interests between out-of-staters and in-staters but an ideology. I’ve heard way too many people making jokes about twerking when a black person walks by. I had to explain why saying “if you dress like a slut, people will treat you like one” is offensive to several
guys in a freshman leadership seminar. It’s not possible or even advisable to try to change Nebraska’s culture, but we do need our resources going toward programs promoting inclusion. Currently, we have absolutely no programming for people out-of-state. Need a ride back home for fall break? Hopefully you met someone from a town near yours in one of your lecture halls. Need to withdraw money? Better have a Wells Fargo card. UNL spent time developing a mid-semester check program with sessions such as “Need Help Finding a Student Organization” and “Finding a Major Right for Me” (topics thoroughly covered through career services and Google search) and skipped any sessions for people who can’t hop in their car and ask their parents what to do. We’re in the Big Ten now. It’s time to start acting like it. Even if you have an upperclassman as a mentor, the chances of the person also being from out-of-state are slim. Individual colleges should work to select out-of-state students (preferably pairing them with students from the same state) to guide freshman in the early stages of college. This can be beneficial for both sides. As the freshman hits snags typical of someone from outside Nebraska, the upperclassman finds answers that they may have encountered themselves. Meeting other students from your own state can solve the transportation issue while also providing a support system you can relate to. My freshman year was significantly harder by being out-of-state, I’m from the Midwest. Magnify those differences for people from the East and West Coast. Multiply that for international students. Starting college will be a big transition for most, but if we’re really concerned about retaining people, we need to hone in on the issues that isolate students from the school they thought they picked. Oh, and Runzas? Guys, they’re just expensive Hot Pockets. Kayla Simon is a sophomore communications major. Reach her at opinion@ dailynebraskan.com.
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The Gamma Phi Beta sorority celebrates nearly 100 years of friendship, loyalty
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t 415 N. 16th St. is a house that 153 women consider a home away from home. The manicured lawn, fresh potted plants and relatively recent house renovations show the newness of the sorority house, but Gamma Phi Beta turned 99-years-old
this year. Four years ago, Hannah Riggle ran from the Nebraska Union to the three-story corner house on bid day. Now Riggle helps run the Pi chapter at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “I would say I spend about 30 hours a week being president of Gamma Phi,” Riggle said. “But really, a lot of that I bring on myself.” Riggle describes her job as president as being the liaison between the UNL Pi chapter and Gamma Phi Beta international headquarters in Centennial, Colo. She makes sure that her chapter abides by all the rules and regulations that nationals sets, and also stays in communication with them daily. Riggle also does a lot of grunt work including handling paperwork and filling out a lot of forms. But more importantly, she helps the incoming freshmen class become familiar and comfortable in the house and with the older members. Because, to Riggle, the most important part of Gamma Phi is the women in it. “I just want to make sure that I am constantly open to the girls in the house,” Riggle said, “And make sure that they know the door to my room is always open.” Freshman Rachel Best could tell that Gamma Phi was the right choice for her when she felt the warmth and sincereness from all the women that are a part of this home. Also, the decorations stood out from the other house. “During rush week I had so many refreshingly genuine conversations with many different girls, which made G Phi stand out to me,” Best said. “And because the house was very Pinterest-y with all of the decorations.” Best did not know that Gamma Phi was the perfect home for her until the last day of recruitment week when things became a little more emotional —
Caitlin Holman, a freshman political science major, prepares for her exam during the study hours in the quiet study room. Study hours occur every Sunday through Thursday at the sorority house from 6 to 11 p.m. and a little more serious. “I knew it was the house for me because when I looked around the room I could see and feel how much the girls loved one another,” Best said. “I wanted to be a part of something like that.” Riggle felt the same when she went through rush in 2010. “The reason I kind of chose Gamma Phi is because, when I came to the house, I felt so comfortable and so at home,” Riggle said. “All the girls I talked to were just so down to Earth.” When Riggle talks about her home at Gamma Phi she smiles. Everything, from the pictures of giggling girls hanging out, to the comfy couch worn from afternoon naps, is a comforting safe haven to come back to after a day of stressful classes. “We have a beautiful home. It was renovated a few years ago so we have brand new rooms throughout the house. Our living room is so comfy and homey too. I just feel like I can come here and relax every day.” Riggle makes a conscious effort to show the new members she cares by taking them each on individual “Crescent Moon dates” to Juice Stop, Red Mango and other places in Lincoln. The term “Crescent Moon dates” was coined because of the crescent moon in Gamma Phi Beta’s official symbol. “I even tried to cook cookies in a toaster oven one night for a date, and it didn’t go so well,” Riggle said. “But it was still a fun date. It’s really just about getting to know the girls and to make sure that they know that I am here and they can come to me about anything.” Riggle knows that all of the new members rep-
Gamma Phi Beta sisters lounge in the living space while working on homework and talking about their day. The living room provides more of a social setting for the girls in the house to relax, play board games, and bond with one another.
Sorority profile: see page 7
Bassnectar returns to Lincoln with ‘Immersive Music’ Fans of dubstep veteran can expect an intimate experience in show at Pershing Center Yuliya Petrova DN Lincoln’s about to have the bass dropped all over. Dubstep veteran Bassnectar will be returning to Lincoln this Friday with three semi trailers carrying sound and light systems meant to create an audio-visual experience to be remembered. The concert is being held at
the Pershing Center, a location picked by Bassnectar. “Bassnectar is very conscious of and in-tune with his fans. He hand-picks the venues where he plays,” said co-owner of Rad Kadillac Productions, Justin Kadlec. “He wants it to be an intimate experience.” Although an estimated 4,000 fans will be in attendance Friday night, Bassnectar tries to make a connection between him and everyone in the room. Bassnectar ’s awareness of his fans partly shows through his crew who volunteer to make sure concert attendees are kept hydrated and respectful of one another ’s space. Another part of the Bassnectar community are the devoted fans, known as “Bassheads,” who are involved in taking care of people
at shows as well as the crew. A non-Basshead, or someone who has never been to a Bassnectar concert, can expect entertainment along with emotion. “If you have never been or don’t know much, I guarantee, people are going to come out with a smile on their face, uplifted by the amount of fun; there’s a lot of love that goes down at a Bassnectar show,” Kadlec said. While there is entertainment and emotion, the star of the show is the music itself. “The tour ’s name is ‘Immersive Music,’ and that’s actually a great way to describe it,” said Connor Shapiro, a junior advertising and public relations major at the University of NebraskaLincoln and street promoter for the show. “It’s a full-blown immersive experience.”
Shapiro works on passing out fliers, posters and CDs for the show and creating a buzz for coming shows. While Bassnectar will perform songs from his discography at the show, he also wants to expand genres. “The music ranges from melodic soft to brutal and heavy and everything in between,” Shapiro said. “Genres played like never before, it’s really beautiful in an aesthetically-pleasing way.” Kadlec said this show shouldn’t be missed. “The name of the tour is appropriate, and we will find out on Friday why it is,” Kadlec said. “It’s one people will be talking about for quite some time.” arts@ dailynebraskan.com
Bassnectar will play his brand of electronic music Friday at the Pershing Auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Friday, september 27, 2013
‘Killing’ shows humanity’s dark side Oppenheimer’s documentary shows the lives of those involved in the genocide of Indonesia
‘MGMT’ fails to impress Alex Rogers DN
Amanda Stoffel DN Since the success of 2009’s “The Cove,” documentaries have moved from simply telling the cut-and-dry facts of their subcourtesy photo ject to building strong narratives Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing,” begins showing with a well-rounded look into the at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center Friday. The film subject matter, as well as exhibiting the drama of the reality in shows Indonesian death squad leaders reenacting their own which the subject exists. Perhaps war crimes. it is all of these things combined with a lesser-known subject matter and a mind-boggling method- exactly what happened to their theatre gangsters.” They told ology that makes Joshua Oppen- loved ones who were killed. In an Oppenheimer that they would heimer ’s “The Act of Killing” one attempt to find out the true facts, watch an Elvis or a gangster film of the best made and most mov- Oppenheimer approaches the and draw inspiration from the ing documentaries ever. killers themselves. While some films for their killings. If there During the course of eight would assume that was ever a film that could cause years, Oppenjaws to literally drop, this is it. they wouldn’t willheimer interFor audiences who wish to ingly speak of their For viewed Indonesee the world in a brighter light, actions, it is a part of sian death squad audiences this is not a film made for you. their lives in which leaders who con“The Act of Killing” shows huthey hold pride, at tributed to the who wish to see mans at their darkest. The only least externally. massacre of over the world in a way to describe the atmosphere In order to atone million Indotempt and discover of the film is as though it is Gerbrighter light, this nesian citizens. the more human many after the Holocaust, except The mass purge is not a film made the Nazis still hold power. This side of the killers, occurred in 1965, fact makes the film even more Oppenheimer preand because of for you.” sented them with unnerving. Although the viothe nature of Inthe opportunity lence shown in the film is all redonesia’s govenactment, the “killings” that are to recreate their crimes in any ernment, the leaders have never style of American cinema they shown are based off of killings faced repercussions. Rather, they wished. This was an opportunity that actually happened. are presented as national heroes. This is where “The Act of they were very quick to accept, As such, the victims and survi- because ofthe fact that before Killing” truly stands above othvors of the genocide have never they were murderers, many of ers: the stories that are told, the been able to tell their stories and, death squad leaders were “movie reenactments that are shown, in many cases, have never known
THE ACT OF KILLING STARRING
Haji Anif, Syamsul Arifin
and the true state of present-day Indonesia that is revealed are so haunting that they seem surreal. It’s far too easy to fall into the film and begin to imagine it as a very dark, dramatic film. That is, until, something pulls the audience back into the realm of reality and they are able to remember that this is, in fact, a documentary. It is a film with beautiful production, detailed storytelling and images that will not leave the mind. arts@ dailynebraskan.com
MGMT admits in an interview that it named its third album simply “MGMT” to poke fun at the cliché of third albums being a return to form. ‘MGMT’ is certainly not the case, as the duo gets brasher with their experimentation. The chronology of their career starts off with their most radio accessible album, “Oracular Spectacular” in 2007, which propelled MGMT into fame with hits such as “Time to Pretend” and “Electric Feel.” The band didn’t expect that degree of exposure and consequentially produced a much less accessible sophomore album, “Congratulations,” which had a divisive response from fans. The album was colorful, fun and criminally underrated. Their electronic experimentation in “MGMT” resulted in a record that is bland and, in turn, difficult to listen to. The production of the album is messy, brimming with ideas but lacking execution. Throughout, Andrew Vanwyngarden’s disaffected vocals meander around melodies that fail to leave any impression or memorability. It’s not easy to understand his lyrics most of the time, which could be a good decision aesthetically, but in MGMT’s case it downplays one of its greatest strengths. The often repetitive and underwhelming drum tracks detract from the intriguing palate of synthesizers. However, “A Good Sadness” succeeds with some of the strongest production on the album, even if the vocals get muddled behind the experimental drum programming.
MGMT MGMT The album explores darker themes in songs such as “Your Life As a Lie” and would be more compelling had the music had some sort of darker edge to it as well. Most songs lack direction and stretch out time in moments that are uninspiring. With the exception of three songs, every track is at least four minutes long. Ultimately, “MGMT” is an average collection of psych-pop songs that don’t hold a candle to Youth Lagoon’s “Wondrous Bughouse,” which came out earlier this year, or any of Tame Impala’s records, to mention a few psychedelic indie contemporaries. With more of the “psych” and less of the “po,p, it’s hard to see what niche this record fills when the psychedelic approach has been done before with better results. arts@ dailynebraskan.com
Gimme five things to do during Parents Weekend
Before their arrival, change your name to “John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt.” This will show your parents that, while you are mature enough to change your name, you are still young at heart, a trait near impossible to find in most young adults.
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Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman star in “Prisoners,” a new film directed by Denis Villeneuve.
Film lacks dynamic characters Vince Moran DN Big names such as Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo and Paul Dano compose the all-star cast of Denis Villeneuve’s new film “Prisoners.” As the promotions for the film are quick to flaunt, each of these actors has either been nominated or won an Academy Award with the exception of Dano. The subject matter is certainly dramatic enough to set the tone for the alluded riveting performances. The film is about a pair of little girls who are kidnapped on Thanksgiving Day, and it follows their families’ reaction to these events, as well as a detective (Gyllenhaal) who is inves-
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tigating the case. The parents of the girls are two friendly couples played by Jackman and Bello, and Howard and Davis. The characters they are portraying are Keller and Grace Dover and Nancy and Franklin Birch, which doesn’t seem like essential information, because none of the actors are able to inhabit their role in any way that makes us forget their star persona. The first two-thirds of the film are focused on the parents’ grief, primarily the Dovers’. Jackman decides to take the law into his own hands and kidnaps an alleged suspect (Dano), after he is released because ofan inability to produce hard evidence. Jackman brutally tortures him, searching for answers, but Dano refuses to succumb. Some-
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where around this point the film switches its tone completely and becomes less of a melodrama and more of a David Fincher-like psychological thriller. This sudden switch in mood is somewhat jarring, but the unexpected last act of the film is more engaging than anything that came before it. In order for a harrowing emotional drama like this to work, the audience has to feel an emotional connection to the characters and sympathize with their situation. When the parents are weeping and praying for their children, if the audience does not care about them, then the scenes are utterly ineffective. This flaw is mostly because of the poor script, which fails to give any of the characters a significant amount of humanity or depth. The audience is given no background on them and therefore no context for the situation they are going through. The film doesn’t even believably set up the friendship between these two families, or the relationship between the couples for that matter. It takes more than a cringe-worthy Thanksgiving dinner scene to signify a close bond between people. The individuals are so paperthin and never reach a higher level of complexity than that shown in the trailer. Gyllenhaal is the good cop who has never lost a case. Jackman is the overtly masculine father who cannot deal with his helplessness. Bello is the struggling mother who spends all day in bed crying. Dano and Leo are the two people who simply have to be creepy child molesters because they look the stereotypical image, and Howard and Davis are not given enough screen time for the audience to even become familiar with them. They are simply the less important black counterpart to the white protagonist family. Some of the actors are more successful at portraying their stereotypical archetypes, such as Jackman and Leo, while others are less effective — like Gyllenhaal who is completely miscast and cannot overcome it no matter how hard he struggles.
Leave everything written on your whiteboard there. Messages such as “#turntthursday” and a handsomely drawn penis may lead to an in-depth discussion about how college affects the psyche of a student socially.
Strategically place students (preferably of many races) around campus to greet you as you walk with your parents. This will hopefully stop both your mom’s nightly calls questioning whether you have friends, and your endless lies of going out when in actuality you’re starting season five of “How I Met Your Mother” on Netflix.
Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis
Pay for everything in coins, explaining to your parents that you are trying to save every penny. Your subtle frugalness will convince them that you have reached that point of adulthood where you understand the concept of money and need more of it.
While “Prisoners” has little to offer in the realm of character development, its technical aspects are well achieved, particularly the great Roger Deakins’ cinematography. His use of lighting and establishing shots are haunting and moving in a way the shallow script is incapable of delivering. The harsh landscape and inclement weather serve as the perfect backdrop to this morbid story. “Prisoners” isn’t horrible, but its various faults make it an avoidable trip to the cinema. The film certainly picks up the pace towards its finale, but at that point its too late, mainly because of its ridiculous 153 minute runtime, which does little to help aide the films shortcomings. arts@ dailynebraskan.com
Parent Swap: When it all becomes too much, find a different pair of parents standing alone and adopt them. Walk around calling them mom and dad and show them where you live and the best dining halls.
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correction An article in Thursday’s paper contained an error in the headline that erroneously stated that Oh Land’s latest album is titled “The Boxer.” The actual title is “Wish Bone.” Further, the article referred to a track on the album as “The Boxer”
while the real title is “My Boxer.”
If you spot a factual error in the Daily Nebraskan, please report it by calling (402) 472-2588 or contacting the arts desk at Arts@ dailynebraskan.com. An editor will place the correction that will run in the print edition, also using bold type.
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back that app this week’s app:
menstrual calender Cassie Kernick dn
The arrival of one’s period is never exciting, but an occasional relief for some. It used to be purely left to nature when the time of the month came, but technology is making sexually evolved women breathe a little easier. A bright pink app, “Menstrual Calendar” may not be all that innovative, but it is practical. The name is shortened to “M. Calendar” on
your home screen so as not to pique interest from mothers with peering eyes who still believe their daughters are delicate flowers. However, once you open the application, a world of usefulness is unleashed. The first basic function is to log when you get your period each month. You simply pick a day of the month and then are prompted with many options, like asking you if your flow was light, moderate or
heavy. By logging this, the app predicts when you should expect your period and highlights days you will likely be ovulating. You also are allowed to add notes of how your flow was, or click a list of ailments that you were afflicted with as part of your time of the month. Trying to blame your neurotic behavior and extreme emotional fluctuation on you menstrual cycle? Simply begin logging your symptoms each month
and with enough data saved your doctor may be able to diagnose you easier. These helpful tools are not all that the free app has to offer. It also has places to record your weight and body temperature if you are striving to prevent pregnancy through more natural methods. Don’t worry, males. This app has something that makes having the little pink calendar on your home screen necessary as well. Another feature
that is offered is the ability to record when you have had sex and allows you to mark if your sex was protected or unprotected, which can be a good reminder of the importance of getting tested. Whether you’re using “Menstrual Calendar” to make doctor appointments easier or to keep closer track on cycles or sexual encounters, the app is definitely worth checking out. arts@ dailynebraskan.com
Sorority profile: from 5 I think the thing that has kept Gamma Phi going over the years is just our strong friendships. We genuinely care for each other and just love hanging out together.” hannah riggle
president of gamma phi beta
resent love, labor, learning and loyalty — the four qualities that make up the mission statement of the sorority. “Our mission is to build strong girls and so love, labor, learning and loyalty play key roles in doing that,” Riggle said. “We see those four core values in every girl and new member that comes into our house.” Gamma Phi not only recognizes those values in the women of the house, but also seeks to cultivate those beliefs and instill them in the members. “We try to just develop those ideals and help the members grow more and more into strong women,” Riggle said. The sorority also holds two workshops every semester to reiterate these ideals. The workshops also teach different impor-
a bonfire and it was a lot more relaxed and comfortable. Every day since then has been wonderful and it is so, so exciting to get to know my sisters better. ” Even with all of the activities Riggle is involved in outside of the sorority, such as being a dance marathon family representative and a leader of a Bible study group at Navigators, she makes time for her friendships in Gamma Phi. “I think the thing that has kept Gamma Phi going over the years is just our strong friendships,” Riggle said. “We genuinely care for each other and just love hanging out together.” arts@ dailynebraskan.com
tant social skills for everyday life. “We do more than sisterhood events and bonding activities,” Riggle said. “Fidelity is a program that teaches the girls something new every time. Whether it is a workshop about holding each other accountable, or some other type of life lesson.” All of the activities that Riggle and the Gamma Phi executive team put on are to help the new members adjust to a new lifestyle and meet the other girls in their pledge class. Even bid day is a collaboration of all of the current members assisting the freshmen in getting to know one another. But the sisterhood bond didn’t happen right away. “Not going to lie, bid day was a little bit awkward at first,” Best said. “The first few hours were kind of weird, but then we had
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Freshman Anna Filipcic dives during the swimming and diving team’s Scarlet versus Cream Intrasquad Meet at the Devaney Natatorium Thursday. The team will return to the pool for the Alumni Meet on Oct. 5.
Swimming and diving begins season staff report dn The Nebraska swimming and diving team kicked off its season Thursday with the annual Scarlet versus Cream Intrasquad Meet at the Bob Devaney Sports Natatorium. Junior Natalie Morris won two individual events, the 200yard individual medley and the
100-yard butterfly, to lead the Scarlet to a 131-101 win against the Cream. The Scarlet swimmers also took the top three spots in the 50-yard freestyle and won the 100-freestyle and 100-backstroke events. In the 400-yard freestyle relay, the meet’s final event, the Scarlet team of junior Taryn Collura, sophomore Bria Deveaux, junior Kelly Dunn and senior Morgan
Flannigan beat the Cream’s senior Bailey Pons, senior Shannon Guy, junior Alexandra Bilunas and sophomore Melisa Mexia. Freshman Anna Filipcic made her Nebraska debut by winning the 100-meter dive for the Scarlet. NU will return to the pool for the annual Alumni Meet on Oct. 5 at the Devaney Natatorium. sports@ dailynebraskan.com
redshirt sophomore Jocelynn Birks. The outside hitter has racked up 155 kills and 22 total blocks on the year. Another strong blocker on the team is redshirt freshman Maddie Mayers, and she leads the team in total blocks with 54. One Husker has something to prove in the first Big Ten match-up
of the season. “I’ve never beaten a Big Ten team,” Robinson said. “I’ve always gotten knocked out by a Big Ten team in the NCAA tournament. So, I have a little chip on my shoulder.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com
This weekend, four of the men’s tennis players will travel to Tulsa for the ITA All-American Invitational. Senior Tom Blackwell, junior Beau Treyz and sophomores Dusty Boyer and Marc Herrmann will attend the tournament with more than 250 competitors. “We decided a while back to take these guys based on experience and giving them an opportunity to prove themselves,” coach Kerry McDermott said. After last weekend’s tournament, the team took Monday off and regained focus for the coming week’s practice. The team worked on rhythm and concentration. They worked on all of the things that proved to be difficult during the tournament. “I think there will be a strong showing at All-American this weekend,” Brandon Videtich said. Compared with the Georgia State tournament, the competition will be tough and the setup even tougher. Saturday will mark the beginning of the tournament; the first and second round are pre-qualifying rounds. The qualifying first round will begin on Monday, followed by the second round singles on Tuesday. Both the first and second round doubles on Tuesday. Wednesday will conclude the qualifying section of the tournament with the final
singles and doubles rounds. At wear that N on your shirt, you the ITA All-American, the men better be ready to put it on the must win every match to move line and show the team and the on in the competition. coaches what you are made of.” “There are no second chances McDermott said. this weekend,” McDermott said. The four men traveling to The program has hopes of Tulsa worked a lot on hitting this moving the men into the main week in practice. draw qualifying and the main “We worked a lot on consisdraw. The main draw of the tourtency and form,” Blackwell said. nament begins on “We need to make Thursday with sure we are going These four the first and secout there and givguys really ond round of sining it our best.” gles and the first need to step it up Many teamround of doubles. mates said BlackThis will continue a notch this week well is very vocal to Friday with the in order to give on the court and third round of sinkeeps the team gles and the quar- themselves some moving during terfinal doubles. play. confidence in their Every week, Mc“Tom has gotDermott has high abilities.” ten so much betexpectations and ter with his serve this week proves and using it as a to be no different. kERRY MCDERMOTT weapon as well men’s tennis coach “We will not as his ability to back down,” Mccome up to the net Dermott said. to finish points,” “These four guys really need to McDermott said. “I’ll be looking step it up a notch this week in for that this weekend.” order to give themselves some More than anything, McDerconfidence in their abilities.” mott hopes to see the four men The tournament will continshowcase their talent. ue until Oct. 5 with the quarterfi“This weekend, we need to nal and semifinal singles matchsee our guys take their games to es and semifinal doubles. The the next level and represent the ITA All-American will finish the level of tennis that they were renext day with the championship cruited to play at Nebraska,” he matches in singles and doubles. said. sports@ “Our players know that when dailynebraskan.com you step onto the court and you
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Senior guard Ray Gallegos will be one of the nine returning Husker basketball players at the open practice Friday night. The one-hour scrimmage is free and open to the public.
Men’s basketball hosts open practice at Pinnacle Bank Arena Staff Report DN Husker basketball is back in action Friday night as the men’s basketball team hosts its first ever open practice in Pinnacle Bank Arena to kick off the 201314 campaign. The practice will be a one-hour scrimmage from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the event is free. There will also be a meetand-greet, where fans can meet players and get autographs on posters and schedules that will be given out. The scrimmage is open to the public, and it will have live commentary by coach Tim Miles throughout the event. The scrimmage will show-
case the nine Huskers returning from last year, including senior Ray Gallegos (12.5 points per game in 2012-13), sophomore Shavon Shields (8.6 points per game, 5.1 rebounds) and junior David Rivers (5.6 points per game). Other returning players include Benny Parker, Mike Peltz, Sergej Vucetic and Jordan Tyrance. It will also be the fans’ first opportunity to scout some new talent on Nebraska’s active roster this year, such as junior college transfer Deverell Biggs, New Zealand player Tai Webster and newcomers Walter Pitchford and Terran Petteway, who had to sit out last season after transferring from Florida and Texas
Tech, respectively. The Huskers lost leading scorer, Dylan Talley, and Brandon Ubel last year after they graduated. Nebraska finished 15-18 overall last season and was 11-7 at home, including an upset win against Minnesota in its last game at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The men’s team will kick off its season Nov. 8 against Florida Gulf Coast, and the conference schedule will begin Dec. 31 against Iowa. The Huskers also have a marquee matchup against Miami, who was a No. 2-seed in the NCAA tournament last year, in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 4. Doors open for Friday’s scrimmage at 6 p.m. sports@ dailynebraskan.com
soccer: from 10 I never thought I could come in and make this much impact, but I got to thank my teammates. They’ve helped me so much, and I can’t thank them enough for what they have done for me.”
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leading the team in points with 15 and has scored the game winning goal in the last three outings. Johnson has also been named the Big Ten freshman player of the week twice so far this season, and for her, it’s been an unimaginable season. “It’s been everything that I can dream of,” Johnson said. “I never thought I could come in and make this much impact, but
I got to thank my teammates. They’ve helped me so much, and I can’t thank them enough for what they have done for me.” NU is now finished with nonconference play and will only face Big Ten teams for the rest of the regular season. This includes three ranked teams in Michigan, Wisconsin and Penn State. Team is looking to improve week-by-week so they can thrive in the postseason, players said.
“We’ve come so far from defending to attacking,” Johnson said. “We’ve improved our whole team dynamic from preseason to now. We want to improve a lot on our box play. We just want to improve our whole game as a team. Just to get more shots, more crosses and better defending, so we’ll see what happens with that.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com
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Rec combat room offers area for dancing, punching Campus Recreation room is used for students to take classes, learn new ways of combat austin pistulka dn The Campus Recreation isn’t just a Thomas Stoysich | DN place to run or lift weights. It’s not just there for the basketball courts A group of women athletes gather in the combative arts room or the pool. for yoga. Dimmed lights and relaxing music filled the air as A single room in the basement these young athletes relieved some tension. of the rec is a place where people can go to overpower opponents. People can slam, punch, kick and to 9 p.m. Contrary to its name, the arm wrestling table. It also has a attack in this room. combat room is not just used as That room is the rec combat wrestling mat for those who like a martial arts room. Every mornto get into more physical sports. room, and it is one of the most ing the cheerleaders and dance The room is used rooms in the squad rehearse to upbeat songs in used for students Rec Center. Martial arts to learn new ways preparation for the next big game. University of There are many other programs of combat. EvNebraska-Lincoln is a great available through the rec center. ery Tuesday and students know The popular cardio-sculpt class Thursday the taeabout the circuit way to work out is a fast paced 40 minute workout kwondo club pracworkout and about both body and that really pushes people. Antices and learns the treadmills, but other very popular exercise option new techniques. many have no idea mind.” is Zumba. Some other programs Other martial arts the combat room joe burr classes are taught available include “Well on your even exists. sophomore psychology major Weigh” for those looking to lose here, including The combat that freshman 15, weight training judo and karate, room has a large which can be taken is available and so is yoga for athwooden floor with letes. for academic credit. mirrors on the wall, so it’s perfect When the room is not being The most popular class is the for the dance team and the break used for classes or practices, it is personal self defense class held dance team. The room comes comevery Sunday night from 6 p.m. open for all to use. plete with a punching bag and an
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Katie Bolte, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate, instructs a yoga for athletes class in Campus Recreation on Thursday night. Bolte has her Bachelor’s in Nutrition and Health Sciences, as well a her Master’s in the same degree. “I like that it’s a place that those who have interest in more than just getting big muscles can
go to learn something really awesome,” said sophomore psychology major Joe Burr, a second-degree black belt in taekwondo. “Martial
arts is a great way to work out both body and mind.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com
Nebraska hosts Big Red Classic to open season Huskers will play against UNO and Colorado State this weekend at Bowlin Stadium austin pisulka dn The seats at Bowlin Stadium are empty except for the spiders in the cobwebs that watch the softball team practice every day. On
Saturday, the green seats will be free from those cobweb chains and will be home to a roaring crowd ready for a new season of fall softball. The Huskers will take on the University of Nebraska at Omaha Mavericks and the Colorado State Rams in the Big Red Fall Classic this weekend. The Huskers return six-field positions and another pitcher. Leading the team this year will be seniors Taylor and Tatum Edwards and Kylee Muir. The players are looking forward to playing the Big Red Fall Classic, they said. “I’m excited to get out there
and put the red jersey on for another season,” Muir said. “I’m nervous for this,” freshman infielder Kat Woolman said. “I mean there are always those jitterbugs, but I feel like I got most of those out during the scrimmage and now I’m just ready to go out there and play. We are looking to come out and set the tone and show off what we’ve been practicing.” Coach Rhonda Revelle said the team has a talented group of freshman playing for the Huskers this season. “Kat went like 3-4 in the scrimmage and MJ (Marjani) Knighten
did some great things at third, and anyone who can take Tatum Edwards yard on her change-up is pretty special and Austen (Urness) did that,” Revelle said. The softball team will take on UNO Saturday to start the fall exhibition season. The Mavericks are in a transition from Division Two to Division One, which means that the team cannot participate in postseason play for four years. “We know a lot about UNO, we played them twice last year and they have a really tough senior pitcher in Dana Elsasser and they have a lot of good young players we have been watching
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for a while,” Revelle said. “I don’t know as much about Colorado State but they are looking to improve off of last year.” Colorado State return six seniors from last year’s team and are expecting to make big strides in the year to come. This year Huskers return not only key players but also the regional coaching staff of the year. Woolman said the coaching staff is part of the reason she chose to play for Nebraska. “It shows how good these coaches are and how they get the best out of their players,” Muir said. “They make us all feel like
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Senior outside hitter Kelsey Robinson spikes a ball during a recent volleyball match. The team will open Big Ten conference play this weekend on the road against Northwestern and Illinois.
Husker volleyball prepares for Big Ten conference play
his is the time the Nebraska volleyball team has been preparing for all year. The Huskers will open Big Ten conference play this weekend on the road, facing the Northwestern Wildcats on Friday and the Illinois Fighting Illini on Saturday. The Huskers (7-2) are coming off a tight match against Texas last Sunday, where the Longhorns bested the Huskers in five sets. According to Husker players, the Longhorns were a good team to get everything set for Big Ten play. “I’m excited for the Big Ten,” senior Kelsey Robinson said. “I think we are ready. I think Texas was a great match to prepare us. I think we have a lot to prove.” The Huskers have shown strong signs on the floor defense, and according to the Nebraska coach John Cook, it comes down to a mind set. “I think Kelsey Robinson’s mentality spreads to everybody else,” Cook said. “I think it’s just a culture that we’ve got going out there with how good floor defense is.” What is Robinson’s mentality? “Just having the mindset that we don’t want anything to fall, and we don’t want anything in the back row touching the ground,” Robinson said. Robinson also said the floor defense can make other hitters get frus-
trated. “I know, as a hitter, when teams are digging my best shot over and over again, it kind of gets in your head a little bit,” Robinson said. “It shows in other players, when we play teams, you’re going to have to really work hard to get a kill.” For the Huskers to be successful in the Big Ten, winning on the road will be key, Cook said. “You got to win at home, and you got to try to win as many as you can on the road,” Cook said. “For us, the big test is going to be can we manage our game on some of these places we have to go.” Cook also said this part of the schedule provides a difficult stretch for the team. “We are in a 10-week grind right now,” Cook said. “We’re playing two matches a week and back to back and traveling.” In Friday’s match, the Huskers will take on the Wildcats, who are 8-4 on the year with big wins against Boise State and the University of South Florida. The Wildcat offense is led by senior outside hitter Stephanie Holthus, who has recorded 188 kills on the year. Northwestern’s attack is paced by freshman Caleigh Ryan. The setter has tallied 448 assists and averages 11.79 assists a set this season.
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Huskers travel to Illinois after four-win streak Players say spirits are high after recent victories going into weekend’s games against Big Ten foes josh kelly dn The Nebraska soccer team is riding a four-game win streak heading into this weekend’s Big Ten matchups, in which the Huskers will travel to Illinois to face the Northwestern Wildcats and the Illinois Fighting Illini. With the recent success, spirits are high, according to sophomore defender Jaylyn Odermann. “We’re really confident, not only in our defense but the team defending as a whole,” Odermann said. “The offense is really helping us out stopping the balls from coming back in. So it’s just a great team effort to stop the goals from happening.” The weekend of play kicks off on Friday evening with a match between Nebraska and Northwestern in Evanston, followed by a Sunday afternoon where the team will have to travel south in a showing against the Fighting Illini in Champaign. With a weekend packed with Big Ten opponents, the team
knows what to do against tougher opponents after winning the conference opener versus Michigan State that was followed by an upset against No. 19 Denver, who was undefeated heading into last Sunday’s matchup against the Huskers, Odermann said. “It’s nice that our team can stay composed against a good team, and it was awesome to get the big win and carry the momentum over to this weekend,” Odermann said. “This year when something happens, we kind of step up right away and overcome it. The team rallies right away, and that’s something that we didn’t have last year which is the team drive.” For the Huskers first conference foe of the weekend, Northwestern is 2-5-2 after suffering a loss in its conference opener to No. 8 Penn State. Northwestern had both of its two wins on the season at home in Evanston, where the team hasn’t allowed a single goal so far this season. The Fighting Illini are a different story. The team is 5-2-2 and hasn’t lost a game since the beginning of September when it lost to Arizona State. Since the the road loss, the Fighting Illini are 2-2-0 and are also undefeated at home with a 4-0-0 record. Helping fuel the Huskers’ spark this season is freshman forward Jaycie Johnson, who is
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NU to take on top teams in Minnesota kyle cummings dn With two meets out of the way for the Nebraska cross country team, including two consecutive wins by the men’s team, freshman Joe Harter feels confident in the team’s progress. “I feel like we’re in a better place than they were last year,” Harter said. “I feel like the two wins we have under our belt are really big confidence boosters now going into this weekend.” Now the Huskers face a much bigger challenge, according to coach David Harris. On Saturday, the Nebraska cross country team will take part in the Roy Griak Invitational, which will host some of the top teams in the country. “It is a meet that is probably one of the most established collegiate invitationals from the past 25-30 years,” Harris said. “They will have a very good cross-section of the country. We will see teams from the Big Ten, from the Pac 12 and everything in between. It’s just known as one of those meets.” Traveling to the Roy Griak in Minnesota is new for Nebraska, but it’s a choice Harris said suits the team a little better. Last season, the Huskers participated in a meet in Wisconsin just before the Big Ten Championships, but the coach felt it was too tough of a meet just before Big Tens. So Harris decided to take the team to the Griak instead. Still, the Griak will be a learning experience for the team, he said. “I think our eyes will be opened here,” the coach said. “I don’t think that there’s an expectation that we’re going to win this meet. But the challenge is, let’s go beat some teams that are ranked ahead of us.”
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Freshman Joe Harter runs during the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational earlier this season. Harter said he feels confident in how the team has progressed this year. That’s the same mindset Harter has, too, as he said the team is itching to take on some of the Big
Ten competitors this weekend in Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota.
On the women’s side, however, Harris said he’s looking to find more depth as a team in competitions rather than focusing on taking down ranked opponents. “I think before we talk about other teams and going after other teams, I think we have to get the most out of ourselves,” he said. But for both teams, Harris said he’s looking to see how the team will react in a much bigger and more competitive meet. “You may be back in 100th, and yet you’re still trying to compete hard for your team, you may be in scoring position there, because there’s 300-plus runners in the meet, so if you’re running in the top third, you’re doing fairly well,” Harris said. Because the Roy Griak Invitational brings in so many teams, Harter said the team has been focusing particularly on running as a pack, because that will give the Huskers a better opportunity of knocking off ranked teams in such a clustered field. Also, as Harris noted, getting off the line in front and in good position is important with such a large number of competitors, which was a main focus through practices leading up to the Roy Griak. Nebraska faces a separate problem, though; a problem that not many teams at the Roy Griak will face on Saturday. “The most difficult thing for us will probably just be that we’re running back-to-back weekends,” Harris said. “It’s commonly done now where you take a week in between hard meets. We had to make a decision, and we’re going to choose to do it this year and we’re going to evaluate it.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com