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Ernie Fellows (left) and Karl Connell chat before the U.S. State Department’s Keystone XL pipeline hearing at the Pershing Center on Tuesday morning. Proponents and opponents of the pipeline’s construction arrived with megaphones and signs more than an hour before the hearing began. Department representatives will also travel to Atkinson, Neb., close to the pipeline’s proposed route, and to five other states impacted by the proposal for similar hearings.
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U.S. State Department employees Teresa Hobgood and Michael Stewart preside over Lincoln’s public hearings on TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline. bottom: John Blasingame, a labor union member from Iowa, testifies in support of the pipeline.
Keystone XL pipeline hearing draws hundreds Nearing the end of the government’s decision on pipeline construction, Pershing Center hosts public hearing dan holtmeyer daily nebraskan
Nebraskans were ready to voice their opinions when the U.S. State Department held a hearing for the public to comment on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline yesterday at Lincoln’s Pershing Center. It was red versus orange in the center as the crowd — opponents in Husker-red garb and proponents, including several dozen labor union members, many from out of state, in matching hunter-orange shirts — testified in three-minute chunks to two State Department representatives. TransCanada, the pipeline’s developer, needs permission from the department before it can begin construction on the pipeline that, when joined to the existing network, would carry more than 800,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The hearing was one of the final steps in the government’s decision. TransCanada says the pipeline would
create several thousand jobs, though the exact number is unclear, and would make the U.S. more energy independent. Bold Nebraska, a local political activist organization, and other opponents say the pipeline’s route through Nebraska, along with the possibility of leaks, creates an unacceptable risk to Nebraska’s Sandhills and part of the Ogallala Aquifer, which supplies water to much of the Midwest. Almost two hours before the hearing began, the different sides began assembling outside the Pershing Center’s front doors, with signs and chants competing for attention. “Say yes to the Keystone pipeline!” shouted David Raikes, a member of the Laborers’ International Union of North America’s Marseilles, Ill., chapter, as opponents shouted back slogans declaring water more important than oil. Matthew Theis, a senior economics major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and his friend and UNL alum Cody Butler held
aloft giant cornfinger signs that read, “Stop TransCanada Pipeline” and “Give TransCanada the Cornfinger.” “We only have until December to fight this,” Butler said, referring to the expected date of the Obama administration’s final decision. The Pershing Center’s lobby was packed as the crowd, several hundred strong of all ages, signed up to speak and slowly moved inside. Testimony began in earnest, punctuated by applause and cheering from both sides, from noon to 8:30 p.m. In that time, about 150 people put their opinions on the official record. “We’ve got to, at the very least, move this pipeline,” said Marian Langan, executive director of Audobon Nebraska and a Lincoln resident, echoing the sentiment of many Nebraskans who didn’t oppose the pipeline itself – just its proximity to Nebraska’s portion of the massive Ogallala. That fact provided a bridge of sorts between many of the hearing’s participants.
“I’m agreeing with them moving it,” said Wade Pilgreen, representing the laborers’ union Tulsa chapter. “I just don’t see that we should stop the pipeline totally.” Nebraska has the power to determine the pipeline’s route, according to the State Department, but the state has not moved to use this authority despite calls from Gov. Dave Heineman and Sen. Mike Johanns for TransCanada to change its path. State Sen. Bill Avery sent in a statement, read by a staff member, that questioned why TransCanada would find it difficult to make the change. “We’re at the third year of regulatory review,” said TransCanada spokesman Jeff Rauh, who acknowledged the high level of emotion at the hearing as something TransCanada would need to address. The proposed route actually has the least environmental impact, he said, and a change
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UNITE proposes bill Miscommunication of cultural equality leaves UPC $6K short frannie sprouls daily nebraskan
One of the first American history lessons learned is that in 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue, landing in the Americas on Oct. 12. Every year, Columbus Day is observed on the second Monday of October and falls on Oct. 10 this year. But the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska will vote today to change the campus’ official recognition of this year’s Oct. 10th holiday to something else. The University of Nebraska Inter-Tribal Exchange (UNITE) recognizes Columbus Day as Native American
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Day and submits a resolution to the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska every year. “We’re not trying to replace it, but to send a picture of cultural equality,” Kendra Haag, a junior biological sciences major, said. “It’s not right to celebrate one culture because it caused the cultural destruction of another.” In order to have Native American Day recognized on campus, Haag went to ASUN’s Diversity Strategic Development Committee to have a resolution created on behalf of UNITE – something it has done the past three years. Emily Koopmann, a senior economics and marketing
major and diversity committee chair, said the resolution is passed every year but the issue has never been approached as a bill. “This has been happening for the past couple of years,” Koopmann said. “It recognizes Oct. 10 as Native American Day in respect and appreciation of the collective endeavors in Native American culture and society.” The resolution was scheduled to be voted on at a previous ASUN meeting, but due to attendance issues, the resolution was not voted on. It will be voted on at tonight’s meeting.
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The University Program Council hit a bump in its organization of the Homecoming Concert featuring Josh Gracin and DJ Miller. A $6,000 bump. At its latest meeting, the Residence Hall Association brought forward an emergency bill focusing on a proposed $1,000 to be allocated to UPC for a generator to use in its upcoming Homecoming Concert. The bill did not pass, with 18 votes against the bill, 12 votes for and five members abstaining. In addition to the $1,000 denied by RHA, UPC is also lacking $5,000 due to a lack of communication with RHA.
“Basically, we had said that we can look into the possibility of supporting $5,000 for light, sound and staging and an additional $1,000 for a generator,” RHA president Kevin Rush said. “I think that is where the miscommunication came; we weren’t promising anything, we were saying we could look into it and it could be brought up at a future date. Unfortunately for us, that meeting (between RHA and UPC) was three hours ago.” RHA’s programming budget was cut in half during the summer, preventing RHA from putting forward the money to support UPC. “Last year we had roughly $21,000 (for programming),” RHA vice president Mike Dunn said. “This year, we have $10,000.”
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While RHA did not receive less funding overall this year, its funds were further divided amongst its committees and other locations. “Last year we had a programming fund that would be taken out of for programming and dorm improvement,” Rush said. “Basically what we did is divide up that budget so programming and dorm improvements are separate.” At one point, an amendment was proposed to lower the amount to $500, but after a quick vote, the amendment failed along with the bill. “I say we either give the
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cops briefs Possession of marijuana citation in Selleck Quadrangle At 9:27 p.m. on Sept. 20, University Police were dispatched to the third floor of the Selleck Quadrangle in the 6000 building in response to a report of a burnt marijuana smell. Officers made contact with the room occupant, Charles Tracy, a freshman accounting major, who gave consent for police to search his room. Tracy was cited and released for possession of marijuana less than one ounce. Bottle of champagne found in Selleck Quadrangle room University Police received reports of the smell of marijuana coming from a room on the third floor of the 6000 building on Sept. 20 at 11:49 p.m. Myles Nedelka, a freshman general studies major, gave consent to officers to search his side of the room. Officers located a bottle of champagne, but no narcotics were located. Nedelka received a citation for minor in possession of alcohol. DWI on 17th street On Sept. 21 at 2:24 a.m., Blaine Muhle, a senior ADPR major, was stopped for a speed violation on 17th Street. She was exhibiting signs of intoxication and admitted she had been drinking. Officers performed a field sobriety test on Muhle and cited her for driving while intoxicated. Multiple people cited at parking lot on Antelope Valley Parkway University Police observed six people smoking in a parking lot on Sept. 25 at 3:47 a.m. according to UNL police reports. When police approached the group of people, non-student Matthew Cameli ran and was cited for obstructing a police officer. The remaining group of people got into a vehicle, and after further investigation marijuana was found. UNL students Anthony Cameli, a sophomore civil engineering major and Meade Laaker, a freshman pre-architecture major received citations for possession of marijuana. Non-students Jamar Williams, Zachary Anderson and Shane Perrigo received citations for possession of marijuana as well. —Compiled by Camille Neemann
Fair promotes additional study abroad locations Kassandra Jordan daily nebraskan
University of Nebraska-Lincoln students interested in studying abroad got the opportunity to explore options Tuesday, with the Study Abroad Fair held in the Nebraska Union. “Students should study abroad because you will not only meet natives to the culture in which you are studying, but also other international students who are as far
away from home as yourself,” said Bede Bolin, the director of Freshman Programs and an academic adviser for the College of Business Administration. With UNL now in the Big Ten, more study abroad locations and scholarship opportunities have opened up for students. There are more than 50 scholarships that have been added and seven new locations: Ghana, Japan, Kenya, Russia, Senegal, Spain
and Vietnam. Some applications will not be available until late fall, he said. Leandra McLennon, a sophomore biological sciences pre-med major, visited Costa Rica this past summer and got the ACE classes required for her major out of the way. One ACE class included Spanish. McLennon decided to get those classes out of the way in Costa Rica because it would leave her a little extra time on her schedule during
unite: from 1 On Oct. 10, UNITE will set up a booth in the alcove of the Nebraska Union, just in front of Runza. They will hand out free Indian tacos, which are made with fried bread instead of tortillas, to celebrate one of the foods Native Americans traditionally make, said Samantha Jones, a junior general studies major and president of UNITE. While students are in line to get their free tacos, Jones said UNITE members will inform students about Native American Day and Columbus Day. “Last year was the first year we did this and it was really successful,” Jones said. “A lot of people came up and got a free taco. I felt we informed a lot of people.” Both Haag and Jones said they think students are not aware of Native American history, even with a large Native American community in Nebraska. In school, students are taught that Thanksgiving was the day the pilgrims got
rather than sitting in class trying to figure it out,” Epperson said. Kevin Thor, a freshman business administration major, said he wants to study abroad in Italy because he is interested in working in international business. “I enjoy traveling, seeing the world and experiencing cultural diversity, which to me is life-changing,” Thor said. kassandrajordan@ dailynebraskan.com
pipeline: from 1 columbus day Columbus Day: Oct. 12, 1492 - Christopher Columbus lands in the Americas 1792 – First Columbus Day celebration to commemorate the 300th anniversary 1892 – President Benjamin Harrison issued a proclamation encouraging Americans to mark the 400th anniversary 1937 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed Columbus Day a national holiday, celebrated on Oct. 12 1971 – The holiday was changed to the second Monday in October Native American Day: 1968 – Ronald Reagan signed a resolution for
American Indian Day in California, observed on the fourth Friday of September 1989 – South Dakota legislature unanimously passed legislation to proclaim 1990 as “Year of Reconciliation” between Native Americans and whites, change Columbus Day to Native American Day 1994 – Tennessee General Assembly established the fourth Monday in September as “American Indian Day” 1998 – California Assembly made Native American Day an official state holiday 2010 – UNITE has ASUN pass a resolution to recognize Native American Day, hands out Indian tacos and explains the change to students
along with the Indians and then they learned Native Americans ate every part of the buffalo and made teepees, Jones said. “You don’t learn about the
true history of Native Americans,” Jones said. “If you’re not majoring in it, you’re not going to Google it.”
“UPC is very disappointed that the RHA has decided to withdraw its partnership as a collaborative team member on the 2011-2012 Homecoming Concert Committee,” said a statement released by the executive board and advisers of UPC. The statement continued, “The final meeting before summer break was held on May 5, 2011. During this meeting all parties assumed financial responsibility for specific parts of the homecoming concert by means of a verbal agreement.” The agreement allowed the sponsors to be included on the promotional material as well as the event shirts. The RHA logo will therefore be featured on the UPC
materials, despite the lack of monetary involvement from RHA. “It is unfortunate that RHA cannot fulfill their obligations as stated in the verbal agreement that was made by the organization’s President and Adviser,” the UPC statement stated. The $6,000 will have to be found last-minute by UPC or funded by UPC’s spring funds. “We are going to approach the vice chancellor of student affairs to see what he can contribute toward expenses that would be able to help out,” said Karen Wills, UPC adviser. “UPC would be able to cover the costs, but it’s going to cut into our spring funding.”
rha: from 1 $1,000 or shoot it down, but lowering the amount is just insulting to UPC,” RHA member Daniel Hoppens said. RHA remains unsure of who is to blame and where the fault exists. “The thing that we really want to make sure is that we’re continuing our collaboration with UPC,” Rush said. “In the beginning of the year, RHA had a lot of bigtime events going on right away and UPC had a lot going on and I think that it was just one of those things. I’m not exactly sure whose fault it is; I think it’s a little of both.” UPC has a differing opinion on where the fault lies and how binding the earlier meeting was.
the academic school year. Every year more students want to study abroad, Bolin said, even as freshmen. Jesse Epperson, a freshman math major, wants to study abroad in South America because he enjoys Spanish and knows it will enrich his character as a student. “I feel when you actually go to a country where the language you want to learn is spoken fluently, you immerse yourself into the language
now would lengthen that process another two or three years. However, Avery didn’t think that was an adequate reason not to change the route. “TransCanada’s bottom line is not our problem,” he wrote. Dorie Reed, a Lincoln clinical psychologist, agreed. “The pipeline route must be moved,” she said, later adding, “I no longer trust the State Department’s ability to make an unbiased decision.” Earlier in the process for TransCanada’s permit, the State Department determined the project would have little adverse environmental impact and presented minimal risk. That conclusion was sharply disputed by some experts, including John Stansbury, a UNL water resource engineering professor. Much of the department’s assessment relied on data provided by TransCanada, prompting many opponents to criticize what they see as a blatant conflict of interest. “I do not trust TransCanada,” Ben Gotschall, Bold Nebraska’s director of pipeline outreach, said emphatically. Gotschall is also a rancher from Holt County, where the pipeline would pass through. His statement received a standing ovation from much of the crowd. The government and TransCanada have denied any inappropriate relationship. “TransCanada’s reputation depends on my being independent,” said Heidi Tillquist, an environmental toxicologist and risk assessor who works as a paid consultant for the company. She testified that the pipeline is not a significant risk to groundwater. Tillquist has consulted for several federal agencies in
her career, she said, and brought that same process to her assessment. “My credibility is my professional life,” she added. Still, that did not satisfy some in the crowd, including one who asked loudly where her paycheck came from. As the evening wore on, pipeline proponents seemed to exhaust their supply of speakers, and the last two and a half hours were dominated by red-shirted pipeline opponents, many of whom were completely against the pipeline and its flow of oil. “We need to move forward as a nation and find other energy,” said Nicholas Cunningham, a University of Nebraska at Omaha junior studying geography. Other Nebraskans agreed, speaking out against the Canadian tar sands oil, which must be extracted in a process that releases more pollution than regular oil mining. “The oil is just horribly filthy,” said Thomas Heatherly, a UNL natural resources graduate student who has worked with Bold Nebraska and the Sierra Club. All of the day’s testimony is now part of the administrative record, and all of it will be heard, read and considered alongside testimony from the other five states along the proposed route, said Wendy Nassmacher, a spokeswoman for the State Department Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. The last public hearing will be in Washington, D.C., shortly followed by the department and president’s decision. “We’re on track to make a decision by the end of the year,” Nassmacher said. danholtmeyer@ dailynebraskan.com
Lied Center hosts whistleblower panel Cody elmore Daily nebraskan
A clash of applause echoed off the dimly lit walls of the Lied Center as The American Whistleblower Tour speakers took their seats on three white couches in front of a collection of artificial foliage. A whistleblower is someone who takes great professional and personal risk to reveal the truth. Gary Aguirre, a former investigator for the Securities and Exchange Commission, had accused John Mack, the chairman of the board at Morgan Stanley
Investment Company, of insider trading, drawing the attention of not only Mack, but also the SEC. “When I asked my advisers if I should investigate the problem I’d found, they told me to let it go because the man John Mack held too much political power,” Aguirre said. “I knew I had three options. I could fight it. I could leave the SEC or I just go along with it. I knew that I had to fight it. If I’d done it different, I don’t think I’d be the person I am today.” Thomas Drake, a former senior executive at the National
Security Agency, recognized an attempt by the federal government to wiretap citizens illegally. Drake lost his position at the NSA as well as his job at Strayer University. “When I took my oath, I didn’t take it to the NSA or the federal government or anybody,” Drake said. “I took an oath to uphold the Constitution and, when I saw it being violated, I couldn’t stand by and watch.” Mike McGraw, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, works for the Kansas City Star as an investigative reporter, aiding
whistleblowers who want their stories brought to the public. “I can’t tip my hat enough to those who have the courage to step out against the workplace culture,” McGraw said. “I want to live long enough to see a time when people are celebrated for that courage.” Jesselyn Radack, the moderator of the presentation, unveiled a plethora of falsifications concerning the treatment of an American Taliban prisoner under the George W. Bush administration. “I had to think a lot about how I was going to bring
people’s attention to the problem,” Radack said. “If it weren’t for the media and people like Mike (McGraw), I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere.” Junior actuarial science major Jeremy Mills said he appreciates the opportunity to hear first person accounts of whistleblowing, relating the experiences of Aguirre, Drake, McGraw and Radack to those of his own. “I was really surprised by how severe the repercussions were toward them,” Mills said. “The amount of retaliation that each person had went through was pretty alarming.”
Aguirre recognizes the impact that the generation of students present at the event will have during the next decade, urging students to take action against things they think are wrong. “The public is so apathetic to the functions of our government,” Aguirre said. “Students need to look at parts of the government that aren’t transparent and have operations going on behind closed doors with criticism. College students are going to inherit the world sooner than they think. We want them to be motivated enough to change it.”
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Francesco Volpi, a freshman general studies major, takes a break from playing his guitar on Sept. 26. Volpi, originally from Italy, spent last year as a foreign exchange student in Valentine, Neb.
Italian student discovers two new homes in Neb. Robin Walz
The large poster above his bed leaves no doubt about what band Francesco Volpi likes. Volpi, a freshman general studies major from Italy, is a big fan of the band Nirvana. Below his bed he keeps an acoustic guitar, which he practices as often as his schedule allows. He can also play the bass and drums. But Volpi is not just musical, he is also a fan of soccer. “One million people gathered to watch the final match in 2010 against Bayern Munich in the Champions League,” Volpi said. “That could never happen in a small city like Lincoln.” Soccer is to Europe what football is to America, so fans never miss an important match of their favorite team, he said. Milan is a big city, located in the north of Italy and is home to 1.3 million people. Volpi left home two years ago and graduated high school in Valentine, Neb. His diploma stands proudly above his desk. In Valentine, which is close to the state border of South Dakota, he stayed with a host family. Some members of the family are now enrolled at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln also. They, along with the friends he made in the last year, and his host parents are
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his go-to people whenever Volpi has a problem he can’t solve on his own, loneliness in a foreign country being the largest of them. Traffic in Lincoln is a big difference, he said. “The traffic in Milan is bad, but at least they’re not reckless,” Volpi said about his hometown. In Volpi’s opinion, people in Lincoln are far more helpful and open than in crowded Milan. “Volpi is a nice guy that tries to avoid bothering others, that’s why he wears earplugs when he listens to music,” said his roommate Kai Zheng, a freshman in the Intensive English Program. His parents stayed in Milan and, to keep in contact, he uses Skype and Facebook. The time zone difference means his family is seven hours ahead every day and talking to them can be difficult. It is even harder for him to stay in contact with his girlfriend, who lives in Milan, and talking to her “is the thing I miss the most,” Volpi said.
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Miscommunication leads to lack of funds for concert Within the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, one would imagine organizations communicate easily with one other. This principle should hold true especially when organizations need to communicate about funds and their uses for university events. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be the case. On Tuesday, the University Program Council (UPC) found out, to its surprise, that its budget was short $6,000 for a concert on the East Campus Mall. In April of last year, UPC collaborated with the Residence Hall Association (RHA) to plan this Homecoming concert. The agreement, at the time, was $6,000 from RHA’s programming budget would be used for the concert facilities and a generator. A problem arose when RHA’s programming budget was slashed. RHA viewed the April agreement as nonbinding, while UPC was counting on the $6,000 in its budget. In this context, it’s easy to see how UPC is now short $6,000. That amount is a significant portion of RHA’s budget, money RHA doesn’t have. At the same time, the lack of communication on dollar amounts of this quantity is stunning. UPC had already put RHA on the T-shirts and the banner for the concert, and was counting on RHA funds to provide essential services – lighting, the stage, generators. And now, an organization backs out at the last minute over a simple (in hindsight) miscommunication error, which could cost UPC’s spring 2012 budget dearly. UPC is now looking elsewhere for the funds, and the Daily Nebraskan wishes UPC the best of luck. Homecoming festivities are for the whole university, and UPC was right to try to include others in organizing this event. University organizations have plenty of issues to deal with in planning events, and simple communication shouldn’t be one.
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Complaining should stay offline
t’s been a busy month for the Internet. Google+ went public. Fall television started, so people are visiting Hulu again. Target’s limited-time Missoni line crashed their website. Political news continues and blogs left and right are debating the ongoing Republican candidate debates. Oh, and Facebook got another new layout. You might have heard about it. Or perhaps logged onto your account and noticed the new information barraging you. Because as it turns out new Facebook is way creepier than old Facebook. However, the only thing worse than Mark Zuckerberg giving users an allaccess pass to what everyone else is doing all the time is the complaining that occurs once he does. The most common statuses seem to be: “I hate new Facebook,” “Nooooooooooo, not again, Facebook!” and “New Facebook makes me want to die.” (Does it really?) There’s also one friend who always threatens to delete their Facebook account every time something changes. And you know what? They never do. Maybe they sent out an emphatic tweet and got past it or perhaps they just realized the uselessness of complaining about Facebook on Facebook. When did social networking become all about complaining? If it’s not a new Facebook layout, it’s cold weather or homework or relationship problems. Nothing against letting off some steam, but this is getting a little too close to Xanga. Is it because there are so many parents online now, that we just don’t know what else to do? Mom is friends
kaley cook with you and you know she won’t recognize you if you aren’t whining about something. Maybe it’s because there’s nothing to post. Twitter is pretty demanding. Your followers want to know what you are doing, saying and thinking all the time (almost as if they were watching the new Facebook side bar). You have to send out your complaint about how your professor had the audacity to assign a 12-page paper three weeks ago when they knew you wouldn’t start it until the night before. You’re just giving the people what they want. Hashtags, a relatively new facet of social networking that allows you to link your post to similar posts or simply add a witty remark, may be another problem. Doubtlessly, they arose to popularity because of complaining. There is nothing more funny than #whitepeopleproblems. Go ahead, attach that to your complaint. You are hilarious. The most likely culprit of online complaining is the misguided notion that other people care. Of course, even if you realize they don’t, you’ll just post a cryptic, emo status that begs someone to ask you about your problems and, thus, allows you to complain. Clever, but not clever enough. There are so many methods of
social networking now, there are multiple ways to complain. You can blog about it, vlog about it, post about it or create an entire Tumblr dedicated to it. There are almost too many options. Something else to complain about, I guess. The only social networking site without too much cyber-complaining seems to be Google+. Maybe there just hasn’t been time yet. As the newest addition to the social networking family, we’ll see if Google can keep its users interested in something other than grousing. With all these problems and all these outlets, it’s easy to get lost in whining online. There’s a certain freedom to posting something, rather than saying it face to face. And maybe your homework load is intense and you need to vent about it. That’s what Facebook friends are for, right? But when our news feeds are full of complaints and even our friends’ friends’ friends’ grievances are showing up, we’ve got a problem. What has once been idealistically called a “way to connect with friends” has become a way to tell everyone what is wrong in your life. Don’t worry though – it’s only a matter of time before the makers of PostSecret and Texts From Last Night bring you an updated FML to complain on. It will be equipped with the latest technology. You’ll be able to rate your complaints and battle with other users to see who has the worst life. Until then, keep your complaints about your procrastination, boyfriend and health to yourself. It’s really just annoying. After all, we’re only Facebook friends.
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Tea Party, libertarians view taxes as tyranny ››ARI KOHEN’S OCCASIONAL SERIES IN THE DAILY NEBRASKAN WILL FOCUS on problems of justice, CONTEMPORARY POLITICS AND POP CULTURE. A LONGER VERSION OF THIS COLUMN CAN BE FOUND AT HIS BLOG, KOHENARI.NET.
he GOP primary debates have provided me with a whole lot of material on contemporary American politics, but I keep coming back to the Tea Party and libertarianism, in no small part because there’s a political philosophy element to be explored there. What I wonder about is whether or not libertarians even hold the same view as most of us regarding the American political system, namely that the result of a democratic vote is not tyranny. Now, it doesn’t take much imagination to understand the current level of enthusiasm for libertarianism. Those aspects of the philosophy that call for an end to taking the hard-earned money of some people to pay for services that benefit others are appealing to people with a certain level of education and a certain amount of money in the bank. What’s more, the terrible economy makes us want to clutch ever tighter those things for which we feel we’ve worked so hard. The prospect of the government taking anything from us in times like these feels
like the most dangerous sort of tyranny. I get it. Like everyone else, I don’t like paying taxes ... and, what’s more, I have the good sense to know I’d like paying them a whole lot less if my job was any less cushy than it is. As it stands, I get paid to do something I love, so parting with some of my money doesn’t seem so desperately terrible, especially when I consider that some of it is used for services I strongly believe should be guaranteed to everyone. But here’s where rubber meets the road, I think, and here’s where all of this gets controversial. As I mentioned in a recent blog post (which drew quite a lot of commentary, thanks in large part to Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish blog), “At first I thought we were just talking past each other, that we had fundamentally different values and beliefs, but perhaps I should be wondering instead if these people (who prize individual choice so highly) simply don’t respect my choices. Maybe the choices in which they’re seemingly so invested are only the choices they make.” Now I want to push on this idea a little bit more. The issue is that they have a policy preference and I have a policy preference. Then we vote. My preference is the winning one, insofar as the majority of citizens elect
dr. ari kohen politicians who hold the same preference that I have and do not hold the policy preference that libertarians have. What we get, then, is a system that taxes people and provides services to people. It is this system for which the majority of people are voting each time they vote; they have the option to cast their vote for politicians in favor of a different system, but they choose not to vote for those politicians. The libertarian response to this outcome is that my policy preference — which is also held by a majority of voters — is tyrannical and, therefore, illegitimate. My response is that this is how democracy works: We have a range of candidates who hold a variety of positions, we all get to vote and then the winners put into practice the positions behind which we’ve thrown our support. If my position — the one by which people are taxed and services are provided — was the
losing position in the next election, I have the sense I would be unhappy about that. I might say that the outcome we selected was an unjust one, given my position that justice requires us to provide some level of care for the least well-off in our society. Indeed, I’m more than a little unhappy we spend money on the death penalty in this country. I would rather elect politicians who would do away with what I regard as a terrible injustice, which also wastes an incredible amount of my money. So I try to find politicians who take the same view on the death penalty, though they are very difficult to find, and I try to convince others they ought to hold my policy preference. But if I fail to convince a majority to vote with me, as I am a committed small-d democrat, I wouldn’t refer to the resulting policy (or policy shift, in the case of libertarians hoping to do away with most taxes and social safety nets) as a tyranny. Unless, of course, I’m committed to the idea that all government is tyrannical and that democracy is just a tyranny of the majority over the minority. I don’t hold that position; a tyranny, by my lights, is a government in which I have no say. Instead, if everyone can vote in a free and fair election, and
if there is a full range of options available on which we can vote, I think the result of an election that doesn’t go my way is simply a bad result, one that I’ll hope to fix in the next election. But this doesn’t seem to be the way that libertarians view elections. From their perspective, the choices made by a majority of the society — choices that emphasize a willingness to be taxed in order to ensure some services for themselves and others — are not simply bad choices, but unjust ones. They regard the result as tyrannical for themselves as citizens who did not agree to it. But, insofar as they are small-d democrats, haven’t they agreed to be bound by the results of these elections, just as I agree to be bound by the results of an election in which their candidate is elected and from which their policies become law? Looking at things from this angle, am I right to conclude that libertarians simply don’t have the same central democratic values that most of us have? And, if they don’t, how can we even begin to have a conversation about what we ought to do as a society?
Ari Kohen is Schlesinger Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Forsythe Family Program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs. He blogs at kohenari.net. Reach him at opinion@ dailynebraskan.com.
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t’s an old joke: Put five Pagans in a room and there are probably 10 belief systems present. But there are only four Pagans and four belief systems in the conference room on the second floor of the Nebraska Union, and they’re hoping for more. Pagan Life has been around for about five years, and adviser Jan Deeds said its membership has peaked at 10 regular attendees. The group hosted a booth in the Nebraska Union last month and another at the RSO fair on Tuesday to gain
membership, but the club’s primary goal is to promote and educate community members on the nature of Paganism. Simply put, the religion revolves around nature. It encompasses a wide variety of beliefs, from Wicca to Druidism, but all the members of Pagan Life said they feel some form of a connection to the earth. And for most of them, that connection began at a young age. “When I was 12, my family drove to Colorado overnight, with three girls in the backseat of a Plymouth
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Valiant with my parents driving,” Deeds said. “In the morning, we got to the mountains as the sun was coming up on them, and I just started crying. I felt something so powerful and I couldn’t explain what it was. I didn’t even try to explain it.” Pagans often participate in spiritualistic rituals to celebrate nature. They’ll sit in a candlelit circle to celebrate the arrival of the full moon, or meditate in silence on the pleasure of being outdoors. Nature has a calming effect for some members. Cambria Beirow, a freshman
Walking onto the set of “Killer Joe” is like walking into a strangely familiar universe. And that’s exactly how director Jordan Deffenbaugh, a senior theatre major, wants it to be. Beginning Sept. 28 and running through Oct. 1, the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film’s Theatrix program will present the first of its Season of Fire series, “Killer Joe.” Tracy Letts’ play is set in a trailer park in Dallas-Fort Worth. The protagonist, Chris, is a failed drug dealer who ends up in trouble with his supplier. Together with his father, Ansel, Chris enlists the help of Killer Joe to kill his mother for the insurance money. Chris and Ansel use his sister, Dottie, as a retainer until the money is paid back. The play has scenes of intense violence as well as scenes of nudity, and is recommended only for mature audiences. “There’s not enough theater out there that’s engaging people on a deeper level, like gut-wrenching, like people really connect with it on an emotional level,” Deffenbaugh said. And, so, armed with a risky script, some flowerpatterned furniture and a vision, Deffenbaugh, his tech team and his cast have set out to bring “Killer Joe” to life – almost literally. “Killer Joe” is meant to be a 75-minute sensory explosion that draws audience members in from the minute they walk in the door. Instead of the stage being arranged in front of the audience, Deffenbaugh employed the use of an “alley” set, meaning the main stage runs directly down the middle of the audience. The stage is set up like a trailer, with a living room, dining room and kitchen. While the shag carpet, cracked linoleum and patterned furniture give off an air of “white trash,” Deffenbaugh is more focused on the small details of the set. An elementary school
if you go “Killer Joe” when: Sept. 28-30, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m. where: Lab Theater, third floor of Temple Building, 12th and R streets. cost: $6 drawing on the fridge, insulation bursting from a wall or stains in the carpet are what he says will perfect the set. “We’ve got the bare bones,” said Deffenbaugh. “For a lot of productions that’s enough. “One thing I wanted to do for this was to create a world that the audience could really accept as a reality.” The play was originally written in 1993 by Tracy Letts, and various details from the era have been resurrected or recreated. Throughout the show, characters will be constantly surrounded by noise from a working television, radio and various natural noises. All commercials, cartoons and even recorded sporting events that will play on the set are from 1993. But no one is going to the show merely to see the set. Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. for the past month, the actors have gone from reading through the script to learning the lines to becoming the characters. Deffenbaugh has used Michael Chekhov and Chakra techniques to inspire the actors to go beyond merely acting out lines from a script, and instead, to spiritually connect with their characters. However, for some, slipping into character was an easy task. Rob Burt, who will be playing Killer Joe, grew up in Dallas, shuffling in between the inner city and a trailer on the outskirts of town. “I’ve never been able to portray a character that I
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Local band tied together through inside jokes and family Tyler Keown Daily Nebraskan
When asked to describe themselves, the members of Ideal Cleaners like to tell you they play “beard-growing rock.” With this in mind, anyone looking to enjoy a hard rock show, or grow a beard, may want to head to the Bourbon Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 1 after the Huskers finish their game against Wisconsin, where the Ideal Cleaners will have a release party for their latest album, “Far as You Know.” Tickets cost $7 for minors and $5 for adults. Two other local bands, “Her Flyaway Manner” and “Sputnik Kaputnik and the Cherry Mashers” will be playing alongside the Ideal Cleaners. “Far as You Know” will be available at the concert for $10. Guitarist Mike Keeling spoke about the band’s excitement regarding the album release: “It’s been a long time in the making,” Keeling said. “We started recording in
if you go when: Saturday, Oct. 1, 8 p.m. where: Bourbon Theatre, 1415 O St. how much: $5 for adults, $7 for minors
February. We’ve actually already started working on new songs in that time. “It’ll be a great show for people who love quality, live music.” Bassist Dan Jenkins said the band is part of Lincoln’s “healthy” music scene. “There’s a good number of quality bands playing here right now, and they seem to get along pretty well,” Jenkins said. “There’s a real sense of community.” The Bourbon has been a popular venue for local artists for years. “It’s very important for us to support local artists,” said Jeremiah Moore, head of booking at the Bourbon. “It helps us stay relevant.”
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University of Nebraska-Lincoln students Rob Burd and Jen Hickey rehearse a scene from “Killer Joe” on Tuesday, September 27. The show will run at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday on the third floor of the Temple Building, with tickets available at the door. had this kind of connection with,” Burt said. “I suppose that’s one of the elements I try to incorporate with Joe.” Needless to say, the dialect was fairly easy for the Texan to pick up. Despite the ease of some of Killer Joe’s traits, Burt still had to work to understand the character as an authoritative, sadistic and self-righteous man and then portray him convincingly to the audience. “Prepping for Joe is kind of an intense thing,” Burt said. “I suppose all of the tattoos kind of help because it’s sort of like putting on a
foreign skin.” Although the script has an overwhelming “white trash” vibe, Deffenbaugh has worked to lessen the focus on that particular theme. He looks to introduce societal themes such as the depletion of the American Dream and television’s ability to desensitize Americans to violence. “At the end of the day, I think the most important thing I’m trying to do is tell a story,” Deffenbaugh said. “Every scene brings something new. It has a lot of twists and turns.” Despite what the critics may say about “Killer Joe,”
At the end of the day, I think the most important thing I’m trying to do is tell a story.” Jordan deffenbaugh student director
Deffenbaugh is proud of his work. “It’s engaging; it’s relevant; it’s no-holds barred; it’s poetic,” he said. “It’s risky; it’s daring; it’ll make you feel something, and most of all, it’s bad-ass as shit.” katienelson@ dailynebraskan.com
Lecture gives tips on how to be business savvy Adrienne Anderson Daily Nebraskan
With more and more small businesses springing up around the downtown Lincoln area (see Sassafrass Boutique, Embellish, Stella’s, etc.), it is clear that entrepreneurial enterprises are booming. But without proper knowledge on how to start a business and protect it once it is up and running, the business has no chance of success – enter the Nebraska Business Development Center, located in the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. This week the NBDC will host a lecture entitled “A Beginner’s Guide to Intellectual Property” at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The lecture, according to Marisol Rodriguez, the director and consultant of the NBDC Lincoln center, promises to introduce basic patent and copyright information to students and cover topics ranging from “What is intellectual property?” to “What are the advantages and disadvantages of patenting your invention?” The NBDC is a nonprofit organization that works to help business clients with consultations, business plans, financial projects and cash-flow analysis, among other programs. All of these
are offered free to their clients. The NBDC has offices around the state, located in Lincoln, Omaha, Wayne, Kearney, Scottsbluff, Norfolk, North Platte and Chadron, Rodriguez said. “The Nebraska Business Development Center decided to organize these events because we have seen an increase in the interest of our clients in the topics of intellectual property and private investors for money,” Rodriguez said. “We would like to provide practical information to UNL faculty and students, in general, that they can use when participating in business plan competitions or pitch presentations.” This hour-long presentation gives UNL students the opportunity to effectively ask questions and challenge their prior knowledge about intellectual property, leading them to be more efficient business owners in the future. However, these basic business principles go beyond owning a business or developing a patented product. According to Don Costello, a UNL professor in the computer science and engineering department, developing a knowledge of intellectual property can take a person further than simple business knowledge.
if you go “A Beginner’s Guide to Intellectual Property” when: Friday, Sept. 30, 8:30 a.m. where: Nebraska Union, City Campus cost: $10 cash only To receive workshop materials, register by calling 402-4725222 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org “Developing an informed attitude will radically impact the way a student thinks about a career,” he said. “I can even guess that since the field of communications is changing so radically that understanding managing intellectual property (MIP) is not simply a nice intellectual exercise, but vital to how you will have to think, work and negotiate for the rest of your life.” Rodriguez addressed other reasons the lecture provides crucial information to students. “More knowledge often translates in more competitive and profitable businesses,” Rodriguez said. “Education is about personal and professional growth – building skills to make better leaders, better managers and better entrepreneurs.” adrienneanderson@ dailynebraskan.com
Quesadillas used to just be a quick, cheap meal for any college student to make, but now they have another purpose. The Kappa Delta Sorority is putting on their second annual “Quesadillas” philanthropy to raise money for CEDARS and Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA America) this Thursday at the Kappa Delta house. “It seemed like a fun theme,” said Madeline Chester, junior English major and vice president of public relations for Kappa Delta. “Something that would appeal to (the University of NebraskaLincoln college students) because the ultimate goal is to get money for our philanthropies. The money from the philanthropy will be going toward the idea of raising confidence in children in their communities.” PCA America is the main philanthropy that the national Kappa Delta Sorority works with. PCA America is a nationwide nonprofit organization that works to prevent abuse and neglect of children in America. The organization’s goals are to value children, strengthen families and engage communities. Kappa Delta has worked with CEDARS for a few years. CEDARS is a Lincoln based nonprofit organization that cares for children who cannot live safely in their own home, and provides them with a safe home. They provide services to 30,500 kids in the southeastern part of Nebraska. Meagan Liesveld, director of communications and donor relations said, “The main goal is to help (children) find safety and protect them, and to find them their ‘forever home.’” The money from the Kappa Delta philanthropy will help CEDARS do a variety of things for the children. Liesveld said the top priority of
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the money would be used to care for the children. Second, the donation will help create new opportunities for the children that they would never have if it were not for CEDARS. The third priority is to do something special for the kids, to let them know they are valued. “Last year, CEDARS put together a formal dinner like prom,” Liesveld said. “At the dinner the kids dressed up, learned how to sit at a dinner, use a fork and knife and gain real-life experiences that they can apply later in their life.” This year, CEDARS plans to do a formal dinner again, and give their kids an opportunity to experience something they would not have been able to do without the help of CEDARS, such as help kids become a member of a band. The money gives the CEDARS’ children hope and allows the kids to feel safe, protected, valued and special. “We are just thankful for their generosity to this (organization),” Liesveld said. Also, at the philanthropy, Kappa Delta will be serving chips and salsa and nonalcoholic margarita drinks. To provide more entertainment,
if you go The Kappa Delta Quesadilla Night when: Friday, 10 p.m. where: Kappa Delta House, 405 University Terrace how much: $5 Kappa Delta will be providing a DJ and a photo display. “The food, a majority of it was donated by local businesses and grocery stores, and we also have a parent’s club that helps us with donated food,” Chester said. “We just needed the chips and salsa, quesadillas and cheese donated.” Tickets for this philanthropy event are available from any Kappa Delta member. They are also available for purchase in the Nebraska Union or at the door on Thursday night. “We’re hoping it’s going to be fun social event,” Chester said. “It was a really fun event last year, and it turned out pretty good. “I’m really excited for this year.” brandonperchal@ dailynebraskan.com
Poetry gains new life on stage at weekly event Local poet shocks audience with long and graphic series Ryan Kopelke Daily Nebraskan
The audience hovered on the edge of their shared grief, feeling every word like a blow against memories of pain. “We are blown from glass so thin, please handle with care.” As the speaker took listeners through a discordant story mirroring the chaos of grief itself, those gathered at the Crescent Moon Coffee, 140 N. 8th St., relived these moments together with a newfound intensity and focus. Monday nights beginning at 7 p.m., the Crescent Moon Coffee hosts “Poetry at the Moon” where local writers can showcase their poetic talents on the open microphone. Both professionals and amateurs take the stage. Last Monday, center stage
belonged to a pro, Denise Banker, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate and published poet. Banker approached the stage with the easy step of a practiced reader and speaker. While she admitted that reading her own work before an audience still slightly terrifies her, any trace of fear or hesitancy went unnoticed as she prepared to let her work be judged by her peers. She also admitted that it was her first time reading this particular poem, the one with the blown glass imagery. It was meant as a letter to a friend and colleague Amy Plettner, a sharing of ideas not meant for publication or reading. At her urging, the letter took stage as parts one and two of “Daughter with Wings Comes out of the Water.” Banker swayed slightly, whether from passion or some internal meter of beat, as she delved into her dream-like series. While the story was hard to follow, lacking any coherent narrative, save for the grief of
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the characters, Banker’s talent was unmistakable. Through the discordant mess of words and situations, she held the attention of the audience for 30 minutes. “(Banker) changed my mind about how a long poem can be so riveting,” fellow artist and poet Sheila Tinkham said. Juxtaposed against this story of grief were images of strength and raw sensuality. Banker catapulted the show past a G rating with vivid descriptions of sexual acts and mentions of both male and female genitalia. The audience squirmed at her first mention, some becoming visibly uncomfortable with her passionate and raunchy descriptions, but soon got caught up in the greater theme of grief and discovery. Baker tied sensuality to the earth, later explaining the connection. “The earth is strong and sensuous, and we are the earth,” Banker said. “Historically, women have been taught to not be in touch with their bodies but both sexes have lost touch with their feelings. The earth’s sensuality and ours is the same thing and if we can embrace it we will be better people.” When the 17th installment of part two of “Daughter with Wings Comes out of the Water” came to a close, Banker finished her reading and left the mic to the loudest applause of the night. Friends and admirers crowded Banker, praising her work as visionary and incredible. For those that stayed, the next 10 minutes were filled with one question: How could anything possibly compare to what was just read? ryankopelke@ dailynebraskan.com
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They said they’ve played the Bourbon more times than they can count. “We really like playing there,” Jenkins said. “We like the kinds of venues where it’s so packed, we have guys in our faces, stepping on our guitar pedals and spilling beer on our equipment. It’s fun.” Looking back, Keeling chuckled as he told the story of where the band name came from. “We got together and started practicing in February of 2003,” Keeling said. “We had written three or four songs, and someone had asked us to play a show in Omaha. We didn’t have a name at all, but we had a song called ‘Ideal
Cleaners vs. Old Swiss,’ which were the names of some little league teams from when I was a kid, when every team was sponsored by a local company. And we were just like, ‘Shit, we need a name,’ and I just looked at the song titles and said, ‘This is dumb, let’s do it.’ And we didn’t even end up playing the show.” “So like everything else in our band, it’s just a dumb little joke,” Jenkins said. Jenkins and Keeling laughed when they were asked who would enjoy their music. “Misanthropes. Mental deficients, too,” Keeling said.
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Michigan’s Hoke searches for consistency Andrew McClure Daily Nebraskan
After finishing the non-conference portions of their schedules, the 12 coaches of Big Ten teams should be confident heading into conference play. Except they aren’t. During Tuesday’s weekly Big Ten teleconference, Michigan coach Brady Hoke expressed concern about quarterback Denard Robinson, the sophomore who has failed to pass for more than 100 yards in three of the season’s four games. “I’m not real confident, and I don’t think we are as a team,” Hoke said. Additionally, Robinson’s completion percentage is 48.6, with only one game coming above that percentage, Michigan’s opener against Western Michigan (2-2). But Hoke pointed out it is not just his quarterback to blame. The receivers are additionally part of the problem, combining for only 624 yards on the year.
“We have to make sure our route running is crisp and the timing of the passing game and all that, and we didn’t do that last week,” Hoke said. Regarding the team’s defense, he said there were plenty of points to pick at, despite having given up an average of only 12.8 points per game, a total low enough to rank 11th in the FBS. “We don’t play with any consistency,” Hoke said. “When you look at runs and big plays, we gave up too many.” Penn State coach Joe Paterno also has concerns about his defense after losing two players in last week’s game against Eastern Michigan. Cornerback D’Anton Lynn was removed from the field after what was thought to be a neck injury, but Paterno said the injury was “not anywhere as severe as what we were scared to death of.” Paterno added that Lynn will be able to begin workouts
this week. Penn State also lost linebacker Michael Mauti for the season after he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. On the positive side, Paterno said his two-quarterback system is improving as his young signal callers gain experience. “We’ve got a long way to go yet to really feel like we’re as good as we not only can be, but as good as we’re going to have to be,” Paterno said. “But we’ve made progress,” he added. “We’re a little better today than we were last Tuesday.” Not all was bad news for the coach, however. The 84-year-old Paterno will coach his 700th game as part of the Penn State program on Saturday. In Minneapolis, the Gophers are preparing to take on Michigan at the Big House, with or without coach Jerry Kill, who has been hospitalized at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. after recurring seizures.
Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys is the acting head coach, and offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover helped Claeys answer questions during Tuesday’s teleconference. Minnesota faces a similar situation to Penn State at quarterback, with MarQueis Gray and Max Shortell taking turns on the field, depending on what situation the Gophers are facing. “One guy can’t throw it all, one guy can’t run it all, and that’s where that middle area comes in that we continue to work on,” Limegrover said. Getting both quarterbacks experience has been the coaches’ focus and Limegrover said Gray’s performance has been slowed by the newness of his situation. “Every time he takes a snap, something new is happening, and he’s learning,” Limegrover said. But Limegrover added that this newness was not necessarily a bad thing on the road to more
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Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson has completed only 48.6 percent of his passes this season. UM enters conference play with a 4-0 record. Gophers, according to experience. “So I think he’s just may- Claeys. “I just tell Matt (Limegrobe a year behind a guy like Denard Robinson from an ver) and them when coach experience or from a play- isn’t here, they’ve worked ing standpoint,” he added. with coach a long time, As far as coaching goes and stick with your old for Saturday’s game, Claeys philosophy. Stick with the and Limegrover are hoping players you believe give Kill returns to the side- you the best opportunity line, but if not, it will be to be successful.” andrewmcclure@ business as usual for the
Unbeatens Illinois, Purdue top Big Ten rankings sean whalen daily nebraskan
It’s no surprise to see a Big Ten Conference team at the top of the AVCA coaches poll. The real surprise is the identity of the university. Not Penn State, the winners of the last four national championships. Not Nebraska, with two national titles and five Final Four appearances this millennium. No, for the first time in school history, Illinois tops the poll, earning a commanding 55 of 60 first-place votes. The Fighting Illini have surged to a 13-0 record, and, following road wins against Minnesota and Wisconsin, are one of three undefeated teams in the country (along with Purdue and Northern Arizona). While Illinois coach Kevin Hambly appreciates the coaches’ opinion, he feels earning that ranking is secondary to his mission of preparing the team for the NCAA tournament. “It’s a nice honor for our program and we appreciate the recognition,” said Hambly, according to fightingillini.com. “However, our focus
is on being there at the end of the season. The Big Ten is loaded with great teams and we want to continue the process of getting better each week. The rankings are great for the fans and the media, but honestly, it’s not something we put a lot of stock in at this point in the season.” The Big Ten is stocked with talent, as seven teams were ranked in the top 25, including four of the top 10. In addition, recent powers such as Penn State, Stanford, Texas and USC have at least three losses apiece, leading many coaches hopeful of their team’s prospects. “Just look at college volleyball this past weekend,” Nebraska coach John Cook said. “The No. 1 and two teams in the country (California and Stanford) were (defeated) in LA. It encourages a lot of people.” Among the encouraged was Nebraska, which has won seven straight matches since a road loss to Colorado State, including the last three against ranked opponents (Iowa State, Penn State and Ohio State). NU has been led by its stellar defense, which ranks second in the Big Ten
with a .115 attack percentage against while the offense ranks fifth in the conference (14th nationally), led by coBig Ten player of the week, Gina Mancuso. “Last week was a good start for us,” Cook said. “We defeated three ranked teams in a row. “That’s a nice job by our team. We’re doing some good things. We still got a lot of areas to get better at that I think we can really make some improvement.” Purdue is another team that has made a lot of improvement. A year after a late run put PU in the Elite Eight and 11th in the final poll, the Boilermakers have won their first 13 matches, including sweeps of Michigan and Michigan State in West Lafayette, Ind. Despite several successes thus far, the AVCA has Purdue at No. 12, good for only fifth among Big Ten teams. While the AVCA may not have noticed how strong a team PU is fielding, Boilermaker fans certainly have. “The students have always been there and our community is starting to realize they play volleyball here at
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NU coach John Cook’s Huskers are off to a good start in Big Ten play, defeating two ranked opponents. Nebraska is also on a seven-match win streak. Purdue,” PU coach Dave Shondell said. “Every week, we get more and more community people come to see us. As long as we continue to play well, I think the fans will continue to come out and support us.”
Purdue will get a chance to showcase its team against Illinois on Saturday, as the two undefeated teams vie to be the last remaining major conference undefeated team. The other 2-0 team, Nebraska, takes a trip to the
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Defensive line hoping to get after Wilson Two weeks ago, the Huskers faced a Fresno State team that kept quarterback Derek Carr’s jersey clean by rolling him out and moving the pocket. This strategy kept NU’s defensive line at bay and gave Carr time to make plays. This weekend the Huskers will have a similar test. Defensive end Cameron Meredith said Wisconsin loves to let mobile quarterback Russell Wilson get outside the tackles to throw. “They do run a lot of playaction and try to get him on a moving pocket, so we’ll see that a lot,” Meredith said. “You don’t see a lot where he just drops back and passes.” Wilson, a transfer from North Carolina State, has piled up prolific numbers in the Badgers’ first four games. He’s completed more than 75 percent of his passes and has thrown just one interception, compared to 11 touchdowns. And Wilson is not stiff when he tucks the ball and runs. He’s averaged nearly seven yards a carry. “He’s a really good athlete and a really good quarterback,” Meredith said. “I see him as a great player and someone that we need to control.” Despite the Huskers’ struggles against Fresno’s schemes (NU didn’t register a sack that game), Meredith thinks there will be better results this weekend.
“We’ve got some stuff thrown in that will help that,” he said. Huskers preparing for noise Playing on the road is never easy on a quarterback, particularly a young one. Taylor Martinez had his moments on the road last year (Kansas State and Oklahoma State), but the offense bogged down against Texas A&M, putting up just six points. That stadium was probably the most hostile crowd NU faced last year, but it will be tested by the atmosphere this weekend. Wisconsin boasts one of the nation’s best crowds and with College GameDay on hand, the atmosphere will be even more electric. Offensive coordinator Tim Beck said he has never examined Martinez’s play on the road closely, but believes his quarterback has the confidence to handle the situation, including the raucous crowd. “You’ve got to handle the crowd but still be focused with everything that’s going on,” Beck said. “It’s hard. You’ve got to be focused. Everyone does. Obviously in a loud environment, you have to be able to handle all that.” Beck also said the Huskers will combat the crowd noise with more hand signals, something the offense has used a lot more since Beck took charge. Badgers breed big linemen Much has been made of
Wisconsin’s dominant offensive line. And for good reason – it’s enormous. All five starters weigh more than 300 pounds and have a done a great job of clearing the way for backs Montee Ball and James White. Wisconsin has a reputation for developing strong linemen. The Badgers currently have five former offensive linemen on NFL rosters, led by former first-round picks Joe Thomas and Gabe Carimi. One can also find four former UW tight ends in the NFL. “They’re big players and they’re physical,” defensive end Cameron Meredith said. “They’re very good offensive linemen, there’s no question about that. But if we play with proper technique, I think we’ll do a pretty good job against them.” Meredith compared the massive Badger line to the Oklahoma offensive line NU faced in Lincoln two years ago. With Ndamukong Suh leading them, the Blackshirts outplayed OU’s offense and won 10-3. But this game will be a different story. Wisconsin boasts the nation’s 10th best rushing offense, and the line has played a large role in that. “(We have to) just stop the run,” Meredith said. “We know they’re going to try and run the ball on us. If we can control that and keep their line from getting to the second level, we’ll be fine.” — compiled By Dan Hoppen
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Nebraska’s Corey Cooper (6) received his first career start Saturday against Wyoming at cornerback.
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Wyoming wide receiver Mazi Ogbonna took a hard step to the outside, setting up his quick slant route to the inside. The quick movement gave him the advantage he needed to slip by Nebraska cornerback Corey Cooper, receive a dart from quarterback Brett Smith and slice through NU’s safeties on his way to a 48-yard touchdown. “The more I watch it, the more angry I get, because that play could have been avoided,” Cooper said. It wasn’t the way the Maywood, Ill., native wanted to perform in his first career start. But in his postgame press conference, NU coach Bo Pelini quickly defended the redshirt freshman. “One play doesn’t define a game,” Pelini said. “I don’t think anybody out there has played a perfect game. I thought he did a good job for his first time out there. I was around Deion Sanders and I saw Deion Sanders get beat.” Cooper, a natural safety, started practicing at the cornerback position the Monday before NU’s win in Laramie. He began taking reps with the first team on Wednesday. “I was just thinking they were experimenting,” Cooper said. “It got to Friday and I was still doing it with the first team. I thought this might be for real.” It officially became real Saturday afternoon in front of 32,617 fans at War Memorial Stadium. “It was crazy,” Cooper said. “I’ve just been waiting for this day since I got here and to finally get it unexpectedly – it just made me so nervous out there.” And that nervousness, paired with more than 7,000 feet of altitude, got to Cooper a little bit on Saturday. He got sick, throwing up on the field, and had to take a couple possessions off. But Cooper was more calm and collected after the game, able to reflect on his debut performance. He said his confidence grew and that the playing time will help him in the long run.
I’ve just been waiting for this day since I got here and to finally get it unexpectedly – it just made me so nervous.” Corey Cooper
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Nebraska tight end Kyler Reed (25) has yet to catch a touchdown this season after scoring eight last season. The junior had one catch of 44 yards in the Huskers’ win against Wyoming on Saturday.
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“Experience is everything out there,” Cooper said. At 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, Cooper is bigger than most of NU’s other defensive backs. Cooper said coaches liked his coverage ability after he took some reps at the nickel corner position earlier in the season. He is still adapting to the short memory and focus needed to play the corner position. At safety, a player can usually recover from a single misstep. A corner doesn’t have that luxury matched up one-on-one with a receiver. “One technical mistake gets you beat for a first down or touchdown,” Cooper said. “There’s so much technique when you’re playing the position.” Cooper might have learned that the hard way Saturday when Ogbonna zipped past him. Lined up opposite Alfonzo Dennard, the Cowboys might have targeted Cooper. “With 15 (Dennard) on one side, and you got an inexperienced guy on the other side, it’s only right for them to do that,” he said. “That’s the smart thing to do.” Cooper will be back in practice this week fighting for the starting spot again. Pelini said at Monday’s press conference that this week’s practice will determine who starts against the Badgers. “Everyday that position is on the line and they’ve got to prove it during the week,” defensive coordinator Carl Pelini said. Cooper is practicing for only the second week at the position, and while the transition has been difficult, it’s worth it to him. “It’s a lot, but it’s a chance to play,” he said. “I’ll take that any day.” dougburger@ dailynebraskan.com
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Kyler Reed has a home on the Husker offense – it’s down field, beyond the linebackers and just past the safety. The junior from Shawnee, Kan., has established himself as one of NU’s biggest playmakers. However, through four games this season the 6-foot3, 230-pound Reed hasn’t put up the numbers many may have expected. Last season Reed led the team in touchdown receptions and yards per catch, emerging as the Huskers’ primary downfield threat, taking the top off the defense at seemingly perfect times in the game. Reed hauled in 22 passes for 395 yards, averaging 18 yards per reception with eight touchdowns, including a 79-yard score against Kansas State. This season, Reed has five catches for 137 yards on the nation’s 105th-ranked passing offense, and has yet to find the end zone. But despite a lack of
eye-popping numbers, Reed’s impact on the team and the game hasn’t been minimized in the eyes of his coaches. “I’m very pleased with Kyler Reed,” first year offensive coordinator Tim Beck said. “I think he’s a big play guy for us. He’s done a lot of things.” When asked to compare Reed’s play from this season to last, Beck said it’s not as simple as looking at the stat line. “It’s hard for me to compare to last year,” Beck said. “We’re asking him to do some different things from last year.” Reed himself is far from disappointed with his number of targets in the team’s 4-0 start. “I’m happy we’re winning,” Reed said. “We’ve been running the ball so well that we haven’t thrown that much. I would like to have more catches, but as long as we’re winning I’m not going to be the type of guy to complain.” While Reed isn’t leading the team in receptions, he has noticed considerable improvement in other areas of
his game. “I think I’ve been blocking a lot better than last year,” he said. “So, I’m pretty proud about that.” Reed attributes the growth to an improvement of fundamentals and execution, which he honed in his first two seasons at Nebraska. “When I first came here as a young player I didn’t understand the importance of the little things like footwork,” he said. “But with the speed and size of guys, if you misstep one step he might have leverage on you, and you’re beat.” Improved run-blocking and footwork is far from a bad thing for a Big Ten Conference tight end to have, and Reed knows that. “I realize I’m a tight end,” he said. “We don’t always have the ball thrown to us to win.” With that, the general sentiment in Husker nation seems to maintain a bit of disappointment in the lack of passes Reed has been thrown this season. But that may be unfair, as Husker fans are perhaps suffering from a bit of a foggy memory.
Though Reed finished last season with eight touchdowns, his first didn’t come until the fourth game of the year against South Dakota State. Moreover, Reed, who has five catches through four games, didn’t record his fifth reception last season until Oklahoma State, the seventh game of the season. Both Reed and Beck are aware. “He ended the season really, really strong last year with a lot of big catches,” Beck said. “But I know his start wasn’t as good as his start this year.” If history tells us anything, it’s that the finish is better than the start for Reed. “I can always finish out strong,” Reed said. “And that’s what I look to do.” This Saturday’s marquee matchup with No. 7 Wisconsin would be an opportune time for Reed to start to finish. “I think we can do a lot against them,” Reed said of Wisconsin’s defense. “This is obviously a really big game. It’s going to be fun.”
have her back,” Weinreich said. Weatherholt, who was able to receive a medical redshirt in the spring to regain a year of eligibility, said it was a blessing to have the backing of her teammates following her season-ending injury. “My teammates supported me all semester, my coaches
went above and beyond,” Weatherholt said. “That was really amazing. I think that helped overshadow a lot of the pain and hard times. “I would choose that happening over having the most successful season without people who care about you.”
Weatherholt: from 10 “We just hit around a little bit. It was fun,” Weatherholt said. “It took me back. My dad used to hit with me a lot when I was younger.” That first time back on the court did not pass without apprehension, though. Weatherholt was nervous about how her knee would hold up, but she soon realized her worries were not warranted. “I decided, ‘I’m going to go as hard as I can and I can’t control what happens,’” she said. “I’d rather not play tennis than play scared.” As the 2011 fall season approached, Weatherholt continued getting healthier and re-discovering her game. “Little things started coming
back each match and each day,” she said. “Certain shots, certain movements ... It was fun to play again and compete. That’s what I loved about tennis in the first place.” The second weekend of September, the new season finally arrived. In a quarterfinals match in the Drake Invitational, Weatherholt stepped onto the court for the first time in competition since January. “It was, to be honest, a little weird,” she said. “But it felt nice.” Weatherholt went on to win the match 6-2, 6-1. She cruised through her semifinal match before losing in the final 4-6, 2-6, to Weinreich. No love was lost, though. “It was a great feeling to
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Sports wednesday, september 28, 2011
Mary Weatherholt would much rather play tennis than watch it. when she tore her ACL last season she was stuck in a tough position. Her Teammates helped her through the pain Story by zach tegler Photo by Kyle Bruggeman
econd set. One all. Deuce. Mary Weatherholt was playing Northwestern’s Maria Mosolova in the first event of the 2011 spring tennis season. Weatherholt took the first set 6-2, but the match was closer than the score indicates; the two had been pounding the ball and moving each other side-to-side from the opening game. “We were just playing really good tennis,” Weatherholt said. On this point early in set two, the NU junior served and a rally followed. Weatherholt planted her foot to hit a forehand. Then she felt a pop in her right knee. “It almost felt like my foot got stuck,” Weatherholt said. “And then kind of like a shooting, stabbing pain.” The injury occurred Jan. 30 at the ITA National Indoor Championship Regional in Evanston, Ill. Right after her knee gave out, Weatherholt fell to the court. NU assistant coach Hayden Perez was nearby and rushed to help her; he tried moving the leg to discover the problem. “He kept saying, ‘Is this better?’ and I was like, ‘It just hurts.’ It didn’t start feeling kyle bruggeman | daily nebraskan better,” Weatherholt said. fdlsaklfd;skalf;’dkls;a’kfld;s’aklf;’sdl;a’kfl;d’skal;f’kdl;s’aklf’dkls;a’kfld;s’akfl;d’skal;f’kdlas’kfld;’skalf;d’ksla’fkld;as’kfld;as’kfl;d’al;fas’klfd;’kasl’fklds’afkl’dkla’kfld’sakl’fkdls’akfld’skalf’kdls’a A trainer examined the knee and said kfld’sakfld;’asklf’klds;a’kfl;’kdls’akfld’aslf’kldas’kfld;s’akfld;s’akfld;’askfld;as’kfld;s’akfl;d’saklf;d’asklf’dkasl’fkdl;as’kflds’akfld’sakflds’akfld’sakfld;as’kfld;s’akflds;k’fl’kflskfld;as’fkld;s’akfd Weatherholt could continue the match. Despite the sharp pain, she jogged a little and put on a knee brace. “I wanted to keep playing,” she said. Weatherholt went out to resume the competition, but it didn’t last long. “The next point, it buckled,” she said. Trainers and doctors at Northwestern did not believe the injury was serious, but an MRI soon confirmed the opposite. Torn ACL. Four to six months recovery. Her season was finished. On Feb. 3, Weatherholt had surgery to repair the torn ligament, and two days later her rehabilitation began. She described the physical therapy with one word: “Intense.” “My first day of rehab ... was kind of like a torture session,” Weatherholt said. For someone who has played tennis since the age of five, missing the last four months of a tennis season was not easy to deal with. But Weatherholt was able to look beyond herself for guidance. “My faith is a huge part of who I am,” Weatherholt said. “It helped to know that He hurt with me.” It also helped that Weatherholt had the opportunity to watch her teammates and support them through the remainder of the season. “She was always there trying to be a positive influence,” NU teammate Janine Weinreich said. As the NU women marched through a successful conference campaign all the way to the NCAA Championships, Weatherholt was there lending support, though with one minor complaint. “It’s not as much fun to watch tennis as play to tennis.” She would get her chance soon enough. Early in the summer break, she and her dad went to a court in a nearby park.
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