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Student athletes enjoy relaxed Internet policy page. Jameson said every time he checks his Facebook, he has Facebook, Twitter nearly 25 Facebook friend requests, but he tries not to add fans use not monitored so he can keep his Facebook more closely by Nebraska private. Even so, his Facebook boasts more than 1,000 Athletic Department profile friends. “I’m usually pretty levelheaded about what I put on (Facebook),” he said. “Most of paige Osborne my friends, we’re pretty old, so DN we see a lot of the young guys that’ll post something and we’re When senior mechanical engineering and mathematics major like, ‘Whoa,’ but for the most part Seth Jameson came to the Univer- people know what to put pretty sity of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2008 well.” Jameson added that the footas a redshirt safety, he didn’t have to fill out any forms regarding the ball team isn’t allowed to post content of his personal Facebook anything football related, but he account. UNL’s policy for student said players do get in trouble evathletes on social media covers ery so often for what they post on just a page in the student athlete social media. “Usually it’ll get taken away code of conduct handbook. for a little while — I want to “They just told us to be caresay that we had Twitter for four ful,” said Jason Ankrah, a senior defensive end for the football weeks last season before it got team who has 695 Facebook taken away,” he said with a laugh. But a few athletes agreed that friends and nearly 5,000 Twitter the policy was important. followers. “I’ve tweeted things or postToday, more college athletic departments are cracking down ed things to social media sites, and using it as a disadvantage on what athletes and coaches post to the brand, you as an athlete in on social media sites. Fellow Big the NCAA or to you as a HuskTen conference team Ohio State shelled out $360,500 to have Chi- er could be detrimental to our cago sports relationship manage- sport,” junior gymnast Desiré Stement firm JumpForward monitor phens said. “Just because being a what student athletes and coach- Husker to me means a lot more than just being a college athlete.” es post to social media. But the Jameson agreed that limiting University of Nebraska Athletic social media “protects the team,” Department but he said he hasn’t adopted wouldn’t want the It’s kind of any social meuniversity to take dia contract like how it any further. for its student “The Univerathletes. your mom is on sity of Nebraska “We don’t Athletics Departhave any one Facebook. She’s ment Compliance person moni- not monitoring Office does not toring athletes’ require studentsocial media; everything you athletes to ‘friend’ we just go over do. But she does a Compliance trends of what Facebook account we’re seeing notice if you post or ‘follow’ the with coaches, something.” Compliance Twitand some tips ter account,” an ofon what’s goKelly Mosier fice representative ing on,” said digital communications wrote in a stateKelly Mosier, director ment. “Our office director of digdoes not require ital communistudent-athletes cations for the Athletic Department. “It’s kind of like how your to permit our Twitter account to mom is on Facebook with you. ‘follow’ their Twitter account. We do encourage student-athletes She’s not monitoring everything you do. But she does notice if you to ‘follow’ our Twitter account in order to receive institutional post something.” updates and NCAA rules educaOhio State University’s Senior Director of Media Relations tion.” Mosier said he doubts that Gary Lewis said the hire wasn’t in response to any incident at Ohio the university would go to the State but that it was a proactive extent of Ohio State. Instead, the department focuses on having step. “Having that third party who student athletes become better specializes in this type of service prepared for after college by havprovides that immediate over- ing athletes understand the ramifications of social media through sight,” Lewis said. “Any time you’re looking at the number of education. “We encourage our coaches student athletes, providing that and staff to engage with their insight is a benefit for all.” teams on social media,” Mosier Some student athletes boast high Twitter followers or Face- said. “Again, we focus on edubook page likes. Senior quar- cation of positive social media terback Taylor Martinez has usage as away to promote stualmost 26,000 Twitter followers dent-athletes’ personal brands.” news@ and 38,000 likes on his Facebook dailynebraskan.com
Agronomy and horticulture professor George Graef stands in the East Campus soybean field Thursday. Graef is part of a non-exclusive research agreement between Bayer CropScience to create weather- and insect-resistant soybean varieties.
Unl, bayer cropscience to research weather, insect resistant kinds story by melissa allen photos by andrew dickinson Graef uses his hands frequently as he walks around different rows of soybeans to check on the varying breeds in the East Campus soybean field Thursday.
he University of Nebraska-Lincoln is once again collaborating with Bayer CropScience to create stronger crop varieties. Bayer CropScience is one of the world’s leading crop science companies in crop protection and seed technology. This year, a non-exclusive agreement between UNL and Bayer will help George Graef, professor of agronomy and horticulture, create new soybean varieties that are weather and insect resistant. UNL has an ongoing soybean breeding program supported by the university and the Nebraska Soybean Board. This agreement allows Bayer to have non-exclusive access to the soybean genetics developed for use in its soybean research efforts. The United States is the largest producer of soybeans in the world, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, and soybeans are Nebraska’s second most abundant crop after corn. “Our goal with the Nebraska Soybean Board funded programs is to understand factors that limit soybean production potential and to develop a new soybean with desirable characteristics that allow producers to be
more profitable,” Graef said. Soybeans are an important source of a high-quality vegetable protein, which is a main ingredient for livestock feed, tofu and vegetable oil. “Right now, with Bayer CropScience, we have one of the leading programs in researching ways to better the crop,” said Ronnie Green, vice chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “Bayer CropScience has continued to be interested in our research and our work with the university. This research will benefit our state directly by commercializing those new, stronger strains of soybean to producers right here in Nebraska.” The research will create soybean varieties resistant to Nebraska’s heat, insects and drought. “Resources, including land and water, are becoming more scarce,” Graef said. “So it is important that we continue to improve strength and quality of the crop.” This research will also help to develop and practice good management and conservation of soil and water resources and consider all aspects of
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Students express parking woes cent. Resident surface and garage permit sales have both increased UNL says that with 8 percent, according to Carpenter. But he said there’s adequate parka 20 percent vacancy ing available for students and staff rate, there are plenty on campus. “The University of Nebraskaof spaces on campus Lincoln has the parking capacity to accommodate current parking demand,” Carpenter said. As of Aug. 30, the university cristina woodworth sold 13,069 permits to students, dn faculty and staff to park in its four garages, 10 commuter lots, three Charlie Hinds drives in circles a resident-only lots, various faculty lot. lots and six perimeter lots — last Usually, it’s because the senior year, that made up 15,976 spots, biological systems engineering mabut campus has lost at least 145 jor is searching for an elusive park- because of construction. Carpenter ing spot in one of the University said there continues to be a nearly of Nebraska-Lincoln’s city campus 20 percent vacancy rate within the lots. university’s parking garages and “The parking situperimeter lots, sevation on campus is in eral of which are (UNL) has bad shape,” Hinds about a mile away said. “I have to show the parking from the center of up to classes about a campus. half hour early and capacity to General comthere are usually al- accommodate muter parking ready people circling permits sold out the lots looking for current parking.” just before the start spots.” of the school year, Dan Carpenter Several UNL stuwhich Carpenter director of parking and dents said they share said isn’t out of transit services similar feelings. Dan the ordinary. CarCarpenter, director of penter said there parking and transit is still plenty of parking available services, said sales of commuter in the 14th and Avery and 19th and surface lot permits declined about Vine garages for commuter stu3 percent this year compared with dents. last year while commuter garage On a recent weekday afternoon, permit sales have increased 4 perseveral cars with student commut-
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gabriel sanchez | dn er passes could be seen searching for parking spots in the already crammed lot next to Knoll and University Suites. Other commuter surface lots looked similar, with
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U.N. suggests insects as protein of the future Bugs are a sustainable means of producing food with lower costs and water usage, comparable nutrients
On campus what: Men and the Art of Quiltmaking when: 5:30 p.m. where: International Quilt Study Center & Museum, 1523 N. 33rd St.
what: OASIS Stroll Off Competition when: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. where: Nebraska Union, Centennial Room
In Lincoln what: The Maiden’s Prayer when: 7:30 p.m. where: Haymarket Theatre, 803 Q. St. more information: $15 general admission, $12 students/seniors
what: The Dirty Low Dogs when: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. where: Crescent Moon Coffee, 140 N. 8th St.
gameday heat staff report dn Huskers fans attending Saturday’s football game are cautioned by University of Nebraska-Lincoln officials to protect themselves. The 5 p.m. game against the University of Southern Mississippi will be during the heat of the day, with gates opening at 3:30 p.m. Temperatures are expected to be 100 degrees, with a heat index likely to top 104. With many fans seated in direct sunlight, this can increase the heat index by 15 degrees. UNL officials encourage fans to drink lots of water, avoiding alcoholic drinks or drinks with large amounts of sugar and very cold drinks. Fans are allowed to bring up to two of their own 20-oz. clear commercial water bottles. Aside from the water fountains on Memorial Stadium’s main concourses, four large, portable water fountains — one on each side of the stadium — will be available for refills. Fans are also encouraged to minimize direct contact with the sun and rest in shady areas, snack regularly on easy-to-digest foods such as fruit or salads and wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. The Red Cross will be on hand for emergency services and First Aid stations will be in the southeast corner of field level, East Stadium upper concourse, East Stadium club level, northwest concourse and West Stadium club level. An emergency heart unit will be in the northwest concourse and Advanced Cardiac Life Support will be in the southeast corner of field level. news@ dailynebraskan.com
andrew barry dn Insects could become the next alternative protein source. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations published a report earlier this year suggesting that countries look to insects as an alternative protein source as the global population pushes 7.1 billion hungry mouths to feed and growth shows no signs of slowing down. In some foreign countries, eating insects isn’t uncommon. In many cases, the six-legged critters might even be considered a delicacy. But for some reason, much of Westernized culture finds the practice primitive and disgusting. “In terms of full life cycle analysis of insect production for both feed and food, current calculations show that it is a very sustainable means of producing food,” Afton Halloran, one of the report’s co-authors, said in an email interview. Halloran acknowledged factors including external costs for things such as energy, fertilizers and emissions. In addition to these, he noted the nutritional components of insects. The nearly 1,900 edible varieties are packed with protein, fiber, healthy fats and vitamins. “In general, the protein content of insects is comparable to meat and fish,” Halloran said. Beef is 19 to 26 percent protein and adult insects can be anywhere from 13 to 28 percent protein, he said. “Insect farming is far from its potential,” Halloran said. “The design of the rearing systems should have strict sanitary standards in mind and be established according to the species being reared.”
Cora McKnight said she does not see herself eating any sort of bug – ever. The freshman exploratory major squirmed in her seat as she pondered the notion of entomophagy, or utilizing insects as a food source. “It’s OK if you’re into that, but I would never eat insects,” McKnight said. “Nobody eats insects. You look at insects as gross creatures from outside that live in the dirt.”
Many people, including McKnight, do not realize humans already consume insects, or at least parts of them. A 2012 Live Science article reported that many people who think they are allergic to chocolate are actually allergic to cockroaches. The article stated that chocolate bars have an average of eight insect parts per bar. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration even has rules regulating how many “insect fragments,” can be inside the chocolate slabs. Tiffany Heng-Moss, the associate dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and an entomology professor, said
“I want them to think more globally about how other parts of the world utilize insects in their daily diet,” Heng-Moss said. “Most (students) are pleasantly surprised that they taste better than they thought.” The insect samples she serves in her classes are well-seasoned and no longer living, but students might react differently if the insects were still alive, she said. She also posed a question about why people don’t view eating different crustaceans, such as
easing the transition
Chapul, a company based out of Salt Lake City, knows a lot about utilizing “pests” in the production of its energy bars. The fledgling company is the first in the United States to use ground-up crickets as the main protein source in energy bars. In fact, the company name comes from an Aztec word that translates to “grasshopper.” “We bake crickets, we mill them down into a fine flour and use that flour as an ingredient in the bars,” said John Beers, a Chapul administrator. “When the company was founded, it was kind of on the basis of we wanted to
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The United Nations has recommended more cultures start introducing insects into their diets because they are a sustainable way for people to get needed nutrients.
she discusses ideas such as entomophagy and the FDA’s regulations on insect parts with her students every semester. In her beginning entomology classes, she even gives students the option to taste a variety of different insects.
lobster or crab, in the same terms entomophagy is viewed when the two are so closely related. “There’s a lot of stereotypes related to insects,” Heng-Moss said. “For much of our public, they think about insects in the way that they’re a pest.”
ease the transition.” He said without the added ingredients to create their bars, the cricket flour tastes earthy, but when it is incorporated into the product, most people don’t even realize they’re eating an insect. Their energy bars are already sold in about 80 stores across
I want (students) to think more globally about how other parts of the world utilize insects in their daily diet.” Tiffany heng-moss entomology professor
18 different states and can also be purchased online. So far, the company has not yet expanded into Nebraska, but Beers said the company hopes to in the future. According to Beers, the UN’s validation of their mission has a profound impact. Sustainability, especially water conservation, is a part of the company’s foundation. Farming crickets versus soy or whey, the usual protein source in this type of bar, uses less water. In fact, the company uses a graphic that shows for every 100 gallons of water, crickets produce 238 grams of protein. Soy only produces 63 grams. Beef, chicken and pork produce significantly less than that and in addition make more waste. Crickets are also high in iron and provide a source of calcium. Despite the UN’s recommendations, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Dining Services is not currently planning to participate in the entomophagy bandwagon, according to the Dining Services Director Ron Burke. They already try to make some of their meals more sustainable and nutritious utilizing the Good, Fresh, Local program and government initiatives such as Choose My Plate. “Western culture is far from being ready to embrace this as a food item,” Burke said. “Insects are not commercially available to me right now.” Burke also said that crickets are out of the dining service’s price range currently. Halloran, Heng-Moss and Beers all expressed hopes that the public will change its position on how insects are viewed, but recognized the process leading to regular consumption as a food source will be slow. “Diets and food culture changes over time, and the widespread adoption on insects into Western diets may or may not occur,” Halloran said. “I think that this publication sheds light on a specific aspect of the food system, which has been relatively neglected.” news@ dailynebraskan.com
Bicycle repair shop to host grand opening Lincoln Bike Kitchen relies on volunteers to help rebuild bikes to give youths a way to get to school lis arneson dn The Lincoln Bike Kitchen is hosting a grand opening celebration from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday. The non-profit, volunteer bike repair shop moved from 1720 S. 15th St. to its new location at 1635 S. 1st St. in June. The Lincoln Bike Kitchen runs entirely on donations of tools, bikes, parts and money. Donated bikes are usually rebuilt, but if a bike is beyond repair, usable parts are saved. The shop is a do-it-yourself program – during open shop hours, community members can bring in their bikes and repair them with instruction from experienced volunteer mechanics. Jay Mock, president of the Lincoln Bike Kitchen’s board of directors, said the recent move has been a positive change. “We could use even more room, but we have a lot more room than we did,” she said. “People have been very gener-
ous with their bike donations – we have an embarrassment of riches.” Kyle Luttgeharm, a biochemistry doctorate student and a volunteer at the shop, said the new space, formerly occupied by Gong International, is well-suited for the Lincoln Bike Kitchen. “We’ve got an actual shop now,” Luttgeharm said. “It’s a much better space for what we’re trying to do. It was just time for us to grow up as an organization.” The goal of the Lincoln Bike Kitchen is to get as many people on functioning bikes as possible, Mock said. “If you want to be on a bike, we want to help get you on a bike,” she said. The kitchen offers an EarnA-Bike program, in which those 18 and older can choose a bike and refurbish it after 10 hours of volunteering. Those ages 13 to 18 can also earn a bike after logging about 10 volunteer hours. “There’s a lot of people in Lincoln that don’t have any other way to get around,” Luttgeharm said. “We’re giving people a mode of transportation. We’re giving kids a way to get to school or around town. It really just empowers people in the community that don’t have any other option. That’s why I show up every week. You have a skill and you try to help people that need it.” The repair shop also gives
if you go what: Lincoln Bike Kitchen grand opening celebration where: 1635 S. 1st St. when: Saturday, noon to 9 p.m
free refurbished bikes to children younger than 13. “When the little kids come in and get their very first bike because mom and dad can’t afford it and you see the looks on their little faces … and they get to take it home, that’s why I do it,” Mock said. Saturday’s grand opening event will feature family friendly activities from noon to 4 p.m., including a bike rodeo, races, games and prizes made from bike parts. A barbecue will begin at 4 p.m. and will include local brews provided by Zipline Brewing Co. and Modern Monks Brewery. Local bands, including The Bottletops, Life is Cool and DJ Relic, will play at 6 p.m. Raffle prizes will include everything from bikes and bike parts to tickets to the Bourbon
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Study says e-cigarettes not as healthy as previously believed Experts are increasingly concerned that e-cigarettes may do little to help you stop smoking — and may actually do more harm than good.” American Lung Association
French researchers find 3 in 10 brands use same hazardous chemicals as regular cigarettes whitney carlson dn Electronic cigarettes may be trendy in the United States, but a recent French study claims that these battery-operated devices aren’t as safe as people thought. The researchers at France’s National Consumer ’s Institute found that three in 10 e-cigarettes contain carcinogens and other hazardous chemicals, including the same amount of formaldehyde as traditional cigarettes and diethylene glycol, a chemical found in antifreeze. The cigarettes are battery-operated. They use heat to vaporize a liquid mixed with nicotine and don’t contain tobacco, though that’s where the nicotine is derived from. The study tested 10 brands of e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes have been available for about 10 years, but much information about them is still unknown. “The thing about most studies is that they’re done on multiple manufacturers,” said Jeremy
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E-cigarettes are battery-operated, using heat to vaporize a liquid mixed with nicotine, and have been available for about 10 years. Spencer, one of the owners of GNS Vapor, a local store specializing in e-cigarettes and e-juice, the liquid nicotine used in the cigarettes. “A lot of the juice is made in China in large batches, and it’s not as high of quality as those made here in the States. Everything we sell is made in small batches.”
GNS Vapor, at 4230 S. 33rd St. and 1401 N. 56th St., has strict sanitary standards for its employees, and all flavors are FDA approved. “There is crappy juice out there, and it’s cheaper than the high-quality, small-batch kind that we use,” Spencer said.
In a statement on its website, the American Lung Association warns against the use of e-cigarettes. “If e-cigarettes sound too good to be true, that’s because they probably are,” the statement read. “With a dearth of rigorous studies on their safety and effec-
tiveness, experts are increasingly concerned that e-cigarettes may do little to help you stop smoking — and may actually do more harm than good.” E-cigarettes’ U.S. sales are expected to hit $1.7 billion by the end of this year. In Nebraska, consumers must be at least 18 years old to buy nicotine products. Currently, there are no restrictions placed on the sale or marketing of e-cigarettes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not taken a definitive stance on e-cigarettes, but Spencer said the FDA is set to work on the regulations this October. With the opening of GNS Vapor ’s second location at 56th Street, Spencer said the store hopes to attract more collegeaged customers. Devon Rezac, a junior nutrition science and global studies major and five-year smoker, prefers regular cigarettes but sees the appeal of e-cigarettes. “I hate how bad smoking makes you smell,” he said. “It
turns your teeth really bad and gives you bad breath, but with electronic cigarettes, you really don’t have to worry about that.” The American Journal of Public Health reported in March that 53 percent of young adults in the U.S. believe e-cigarettes are healthier than traditional cigarettes. The journal also stated that people 20 to 28 years old believe e-cigarettes can assist them in kicking the smoking habit as well, about 45 percent of young adults. But Rezac doesn’t believe that they help people quit smoking. “The problem that I found with electronic cigarettes is you really don’t know when you’re done,” he said. “A regular cigarette burns out, but electronic cigarettes keep going. You can sit and smoke the entire electronic cigarette before you realize you’re done. One cartridge is equivalent to an entire pack of cigarettes. If you keep going, it’s like you got an entire pack of cigarettes in one sitting.” news@ dailynebraskan.com
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Mike Smith, founder of Skate for Change and The BAY, spoke in the Nebraska Union Ballroom on Thursday night. More than 200 people attended the event.
Mike Smith: ‘Do something incredible’ Skateboarder, nonprofit founder uses experiences to motivate students to make a difference
gabriel sanchez | dn year — partially thanks to the new University Suites residence hall. Carpenter said parking tends to be less of a problem as students get settled into their routines. “I like to remind students that during the beginning of the fall and spring semesters that parking around campus will be at capacity in many areas as people change class schedules, buy books and (have) other academic and social activities that tend to subside around the third and fourth week,” he said. Kellen Johnson, a freshman business administration major, said he has already experienced problems with parking during his first few weeks at UNL.
“Parking at UNL can be a nightmare,” he said. “Especially after a long day when you just want to find a spot quick and go back to your room.” Other students, though, said they don’t have as much difficulty looking for parking, mostly because they aren’t looking for a spot between the peak parking times of 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. “I can usually find a spot where I need it, when I need it because the first time I need to park on city campus is after 3 p.m.,” said Kyra Kurtenbach, an educational administration graduate student. “But on the days I need to go before that I usually can’t find a spot. I usually just get
a meter, which is kind of annoying because I already paid for my pass.” Student parking permits for the school year can range from $234 for a perimeter pass to $477 for a garage permit according to the parking and transit services website. It’s not unusual for the university to sell more parking permits than there are parking spots available, either, Carpenter said. “All parking areas are oversold as class and work schedules significantly differ,” he said. “Even with the parking permit oversell, we continue to have parking space availability.” news@ dailynebraskan.com
soybeans: from 1 Colleen Fell DN Mike Smith told a group of 200 college students on Thursday night that some things are worth more than an education. “There’s so much more than a degree and a career – making a difference is far more important,” the Imperial, Neb., native said. The University Program RACHEL WOOD | DN Council brought the entrepreneur and motivational speaker to the Smith, who proclaims himself a “professional teenager,” has University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s been speaking for five years. His mission is to connect with Nebraska Union on Thursday youth and help them reach their goals. night to advise students to pursue their passions. Smith, a self-proclaimed “professional teenager” for the past five years, has begun “We’re more than just a skate two non-profit organizations: The dent, he was inspired to turn his reckless lifestyle into one he could park,” Smith said. BAY and Skate For Change. The However, the organization has BAY, an indoor skate park, was use to positively influence others. faced many struggles to become “I didn’t graduate college,” established about four years ago successful, Smith said. At times Smith said. “I barely got into colafter Smith received a phone call when he realized that he would lege.” notifying him that a skate park not be able to pay rent for The Smith said the only reason he in Lincoln was going to be torn down and that he could keep the was allowed to go to college was BAY, he raised money in ways such as sleeping under a bridge his athletic ability, and his way of ramps from the park as long as he thinking truly changed when his for 30 days. Smith also skateused them for children. “It was a dream that I had had college basketball coach asked boarded his way across Nebraska. Skate For Change has chapters him what he since I was in the wanted his major in more than 15 major U.S. cities fourth grade,” Smith and one in Australia. to be. There’s so said. “To give kids He said the most important Smith’s resomething to identimuch more sponse was that thing that youth should rememfy themselves with.” ber is to listen to the “tiny whishe had a desire to The BAY has since than a degree and per” inside that “tells us we can help people. Afmoved locations a career – making do something incredible.” ter, his coach took from a small space His message was well-rehim to bridges in Gateway Mall to a difference is far ceived by the audience, said Jessi in Omaha where a 30,000-square-foot more important.” Sackett, a freshman mechanical homeless people space on Y Street in engineering major. frequented, he Lincoln. “He was very engaging and said he would Mike Smith Smith said he talked about a wide range of regularly hand motivational speaker doesn’t like the out items such as things,” Sackett said. “He’s someterm “professional one that had a lot of trials and socks, food and speaker” and wants tribulations and is relatable.” to bridge the gap between adoles- water. Sackett said she enjoyed Since then, Smith has founded cents and adults. The BAY and Skate For Change, a Smith’s presentation and would “I think we are the first gennonprofit organization that gives like to see similar events offered eration that believes we can bring by the university. at-risk youth a chance to give social change,” Smith said. “I liked his message to go after After his life changed drasti- back to the community. Today, your dreams and not let society cally during his senior year of the organization is responsible define you.” high school when he lost his close for deeds such as donating food news@ and clothing to the homeless and friends in a drunken driving accidailynebraskan.com financially assisting teen mothers.
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George Graef, professor of agronomy and horticulture, stands near the edge of the soybean field on the north edge of East Campus and looks over the plants Thursday. production together to improve the environment, Graef said. The agreement provides money to establish a scholarship fund for undergraduate students interested in soybean breeding research. The program will also employ about 10 undergraduate students during the school year and summer who will gain experience in different aspects of the research and development program in the laboratory, greenhouse and field. “We also hope to develop opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to be able to work with Bayer nationally and internationally on internships or other arrangements,” Graef said. In 2010, UNL and Bayer Crop-
Science collaborated on wheat breeding research that proved successful, said David Conrad, executive director of NUTech Ventures. Conrad negotiated with UNL and Bayer in order to place a working agreement to help develop wheatbreeding research, and has recently done the same thing for new soybean research. The wheat-breeding collaboration allowed for graduate students to be hired to work for the industry. Bayer scientists have also given seminars at the university and have served on university research committees. P. Stephen Baenziger, agronomy professor and Wheat Growers presidential chair is working with
Bayer to create stronger genetics in wheat. “I had pretty high expectations for the wheat-breeding process with Bayer,” Baenziger said. “But they went totally above and beyond my expectations. They bring an extremely unique and extremely valuable experience for the students.” Baenziger and Graef said that with new research to create better soybean varieties underway, the relationship between UNL and Bayer CropScience will strengthen. “We believe that the collaboration between UNL and Bayer will enhance both programs we have set up with them,” Graef said. news@ dailynebraskan.com
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Despite UNL’s reassurances, parking remains an issue
n a news story in today’s Daily Nebraskan, Parking and Transit Service Director Dan Carpenter said the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has the parking capacity to accommodate current demand. The DN Editorial Board begs to differ. Each member of the editorial board could recount a parking horror story from the first two weeks of class. One member recalled circling the entirety of campus in search of a spot for 20 minutes before finally finding one and arriving late to class. Another had to park in a 15-minute spot for a four-hour block of class because every parking lot was full. Another said he parked at the Beadle Center parking lot for the first time in three years because the lot next to Knoll Residential Center was full. And without exception, each member said finding parking has been more difficult this year than it was last year at this time. The crunch is immediately apparent to anyone who attempts to park his or her car between the “peak hours” of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Drivers circle City Campus lots, waiting for other students to leave so they can fill the spaces. Students park in faculty-designated spots. Grumbles of parking troubles fill the halls before classes begin. Carpenter said the number of permits sold is comparable to last year. But numbers aside, the university just opened a new residence hall – University Suites – bringing in a greater influx of students living on campus. Those students park their cars and, for the most part, stay put, eliminating parking options for commuter students. Meanwhile, a large number of parking spaces and lots are unavailable because of construction. Some new parking areas are under construction, such as the garage on 18th and R streets, but that won’t be complete until August 2014, and in the meantime, parking could remain an issue. The university charges hundreds of dollars for parking permits, and the price tag increases regularly. With that price tag should come a guarantee that the permit-holder can find a spot somewhere on campus — even during peak hours. Even during the first few or last few weeks of school, when class attendance and timeliness are more important than ever. And if Chancellor Harvey Perlman plans to increase enrollment to 30,000 by 2017, those extra students will need a place to park, too. Clearly there’s not much parking services can do to alleviate this issue in the short term, other than wait for students to start skipping class and to leave spaces open. The Daily Nebraskan doesn’t expect the university to create a parking lot out of thin air. But taking a public stance that the parking situation is perfectly fine — that may be worse than doing nothing. email@example.com
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Show gives women new role on TV
didn’t want to like “Orange Is the New Black.” I’ve been burned so many times by automatic Netflix recommendations that I reflexively yelled “NO!” at my screen when it popped up on my suggestions list. I spent two weeks carefully hiding every BuzzFeed trend piece about it from my Facebook. I even forced myself to watch that horrid HBO-esque shower scene at the beginning of the first episode just so I would have an argument prepared against anyone who tried to tell me to watch it. But then, one desperate late summer day at the airport, I cracked. After devouring the first season, I’m here to tell the world, I love it — but not just for the Regina Spektor theme song or the gratuitous size of Officer Bennett’s pecs. The show is truly great because it shows fully developed female characters having real relationships. This sounds simple, but in today’s modern television climate, it’s a rarer gift than you’d expect. For the uninitiated, “Orange Is the New Black” follows the life of Piper Chapman, an inmate at a women’s federal prison. Piper is a white Whole Foods enthusiast who is into making highend organic soap — unremarkable for a television lead, save for her secret past smuggling drug money with then-girlfriend Alex Vause. But the real stars are Piper’s fellow inmates. The sheer diversity of body types and experiences give the show real emotional weight. Through Piper, we are invited to empathize with and understand not just other white women but women who are black, Latina, Asian, transgender, lesbian, young and old. Sure, we care about Piper’s floundering relationship with her fiancee, but we tune in again and again to watch characters such as Sophia Burset, a black transgender woman who is trapped between the moral standards set by her cisgender wife and her need to get the estrogen pills that maintain her post-op body; or Daya Diaz, who is Latina and serving time alongside her angry and neglectful mother. Even characters whose histories go largely unexplored, such as Crazy Eyes and Taystee Jefferson, compel us more deeply into the show than if we had just been following Piper’s narrative alone. The relationships between the women at the Litchfield Correctional Facility are sometimes hi-
larious, sometimes hard to watch, sometimes sexual and always complex. This kind of meaningful female connection is rare in a media culture where the longest conversations between women seem to be about Greek yogurt. One way to really grasp the lack of meaningful portrayals of women on screen is to consider the Bechdel Test. To pass the test, a piece of media has to only meet three criteria — it must, according to cartoonist Alison Bechdel, “1) feature at least two female characters 2) who talk to each other about 3) something other than a man.” Yes, it’s that easy. Yet consider how many things we watch on a daily basis that fail to meet these basic standards. For example, only two of the nine films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture last year clearly passed the Bechdel Test. Honestly, we’re lucky if a TV show even passes the first part of the Bechdel Test. I grew up watching “Star Trek” (the Original Series — Next Generation is for geeks) reruns with my dad. The show only had one reoccurring female character, Uhura, and while she was an intelligent, active character, her status as the only woman meant she still existed in a world defined by men. This kind of female tokenism is jokingly referred to as the Smurfette Principle. “But Kate,” you’re thinking, “that was a different time. Surely things are better now.” Unfortunately, we’ve seen little progress in the amount of female characters. Men outnumber women three to one in family films, and according to the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, this ratio has not changed since 1946. And things look just as grim on the small screen — the American Association of University Women reports that only 37 percent of primetime TV characters are
women. What has changed is the way that Smurfettes are packaged. They were once obvious gender-swapped versions of their male counterparts – think little blue creature with blonde hair, high heels and a dress. And now a variety of stereotypes have been imposed on our token women to make them seem more interesting. There’s the sexy type, like Penny on The Big Bang Theory; the annoying sister type, like Dee Dee on Dexter’s Laboratory or Misty from Pokémon; motherly types, like Kanga in Winnie in the Pooh, and so on. Despite their differences, all these women exist only in relation to their male counterparts. The plots and norms that govern their fictional lives are created and controlled by men. After all, nobody benefits from the lack of diversity in movies and TV shows. Women, who make up 51 percent of the population, must somehow either adjust to understanding themselves only in relation to men’s interests or aspiring to become Smurfettes in a male-dominated world. Men are left with a much more basic idea — women just aren’t that important. And that’s what makes “Orange Is the New Black” so damn refreshing. It flings us from the realms of tokenism and underrepresentation into a female-centered universe where women live their lives almost independently of male interests. The show similarly breaks the mold for racial and sexual tokenism. I have repeatedly stopped myself from describing the cast as “diverse,” because this isn’t diversity in the way that it’s usually sold to us. Gone is the lone “sassy black friend.” She has been replaced by a number of unique personalities who represent the full spectrum of the racial, sexual and gendered experience. This show takes a step away from the chauvinistic, white-washed fantasies of the mainstream media by realistically portraying the world that we live in. It’s a step towards validating the viewpoints of the millions of people that rarely see their interests represented on screen. It’s only one show and one step, but it’s heading in the right direction. And I like it. I like it a lot. Kate Miller is a senior philosophy major. Follow her on Twitter @thekateriarch. Reach her at opinion@ dailynebraskan.com
Food stamp program needs support
hould we help the poor? Critics and politicians have debated the question in all its forms since society’s beginnings, and most decent people would agree we should. But how and to what extent isn’t clear. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as the food stamp program, has been one of the most well-known forms of federal aid for lowincome families. It’s a means to alleviate the burden off those who struggle to provide the most basic needs for themselves. Thanks to politicians and political groups who don’t support such government provided social welfare, the food stamp programs have been victims of cuts for the sake of growing farm subsidies or other government interests. Fundamentally, the poor should not be neglected by their government just so the few already wealthy can prosper. Unfortunately, the food stamp program has been plagued with fraud and hasn’t been able to function properly. It has instead given social welfare programs a poor and unjust reputation. The food stamp program is clearly a need for many Americans. Person-level participation in SNAP increased by 1.13 million from May 2012 to May 2013. Difficult economic times and high unemployment often leave families unable to afford basic food and nutrition. Government assistance thus becomes critical to maintaining their health and wellbeing. However, the food stamp program has lost confidence from the American people for its reputation of fraud. Fraud can occur when recipients lie on their applications to receive food stamp benefits, unjustly using taxpayers’ dollars. Fraud also happens when benefits are exchanged for cash, which is known as trafficking and is against the law. Retailers are often disqualified from the program for trafficking but will lie to get back in. Recently, an investigation in Rhode Island uncovered food stamp fraud among convenience store owners who were unjustly exchanging food stamp
benefits cards for cash. Such practice cost Rhode Island taxpayers more than $3 million. While investigators were able to stop one community of fraudulent practices, combating fraud is still a huge undertaking for the government. The government must invest time and money to keep retailers honest and to investigate applications for potential recipients. This time and effort is often abandoned. Instead, politicians and farmers opt to make cuts to the food stamp program and further fund farm subsidies and crop insurance programs. In February, Jimmy Thomas Sasser, an insurance adjuster in North Carolina, was sentenced to four years in prison for claiming nearly $100 million on fake loss of crops. He was part of the largest case of fraud in the history of the crop insurance program. Sasser admitted crop insurance fraud extends far beyond North Carolina and is becoming a bigger issue. Despite this open secret, food stamp fraud seems to garner a harsher reputation. Perhaps it is because it is much easier to target the poor people and to blame them for the problems, while wealthy farmers are difficult to prosecute. The food stamp program needs some refining in order to be what it is intended. However, the overall neglect of the program and its dismissal as a fraudulent waste of money helps neither the program nor those who it should help. Many might argue the government shouldn’t use the money of honest taxpayers to assist those who struggle. But while
there are those who might take advantage of so-called “handouts,” there are many who need such support. Person-level participation in SNAP is now at more than 47.6 million and 39 states experienced an increase in caseloads between May 2012 and May 2013. The circumstances and contexts of poverty are complex. For those who have never experienced it, it’s a way of living that they can’t imagine. In some cases, poverty isn’t easy to avoid or improve, and it may affect a family for generations. While the government may not owe them anything, the government should extend help to those who need it. It’s for the betterment of those people but also for the entire society and economy. Every dollar in federally funded SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity. Keeping people from complete destitution also prevents other malevolent behavior like drug use and violence. Tackling an issue such as poverty requires a multi-pronged approach. But dismissing the issues of the poor and pushing them further away by spending resources on the wealthy won’t improve the situation, nor will it elevate or improve society. However, many taxpayers and politicians have chosen to try to eliminate government assistance programs instead of improving them or providing other means of improving the public health of its citizens. Those who abuse government subsidies or social welfare programs should be punished and at the very least kept from further receiving those benefits. But those cases of abuse don’t represent failure of the program itself. Politicians shouldn’t give up on government assistance nor assume all who live in poverty are looking for the free ride. If the government ultimately ends up cutting such programs, those 47 million people will struggle further to provide for themselves and their families. Their suffering will bear on the conscience of the country. Jane Seu is a senior political science major. Follow her on Twitter @jane_seu. Reach her at opinion@ dailynebraskan.com
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LIBRARY Little Free Libraries gain popularity across U.S. STORY BY VANESSA DAVES ART BY MIKE RENDOWSKI
harlotte Endorf watched a news segment about the first Little Free Library in Nebraska, and as an avid reader and author of nine books, she was hooked to the idea of starting her very own. Little Free Library Ltd. is a non-profit organization reliant on the “take a book, leave a book” mentality. Made out of recycled birdhouses and mailboxes, these libraries are exactly what they claim to be — little. They were meant to connect communities, popping up in front yards, outside coffee shops and in local parks. When Endorf approached her husband with the idea, she was pleasantly surprised by his enthusiasm and excitement for the project. She enlisted her father-in-law to help build little libraries, but as soon as her Hadar, Neb., community of 291 people heard of her plans, donations, help and excitement came from all directions. Before she knew it, she had nearly 1,000 books stacked in her garage, in linen closets and in her basement. She had a bench, rocks and yellow bricks to create a makeshift park around the library. And she had eight little libraries donated to her by friends and family. “Eight is enough,” her husband always tells her, referencing the ’70s sitcom. Endorf now has more than 100 sponsors. Located just outside Norfolk, her little libraries in Hadar have become a tourist attraction for travelers who might pick up a book to read on their way to the lake or a book on tape to listen to as a family. Since Little Free Library was founded in 2009, thousands of Little Free Libraries have been registered in the nation, 10 of which are in Nebraska. The mission of Little Free Library is to promote a sense of community and increase literacy. And in Endorf’s eyes, that’s exactly what it has done. She grew up in a small trailer park, where the library was located in front of her home and open only once a week. She would stay
up late reading, blanket over head and flashlight in hand. Now, she’s thrilled to be able to provide books for people in her town 24/7. “I have a library in my front yard again, just like I did when I was a little girl,” Endorf said. “(The libraries) just became like a little park on the corner of our property.” Last September, Anne and Clarence Baden stopped at Endorf’s little libraries, curious to see what they were about. Inspired, they went back home to Hebron about 150 miles south of Hadar, with the intention of creating their own Little Free Libraries — one for adults and one for kids. “People in the community comment on the cute little houses in our front yard,” Anne said. “I tell them why they’re there, how to use them, and then invite them to stop and take a book out.” Pat and Bruce Little were also inspired by the idea after reading an article in the USA Today about the Little Free Libraries and decided to start their own in Omaha. Pat’s mother is a librarian, and Pat eventually became a teacher. After Pat retired about two years ago, she thought starting a Little Free Library seemed like the perfect thing to do with her spare time. “It really doesn’t take much work,” Pat said. “I just switch out the books every week and check on it to make sure there’s nothing inappropriate going in there.” Initially, Pat provided her own books, but now she gets donations from all over. Most donations come from people who read articles in the newspaper or see a segment about it on the news. And although Pat doesn’t sit outside and watch the traffic come by her library, she knows she has a variety of visitors by the flow of books she gets each week. She’s always interested to see the different types of books people leave in the library. “It goes by season,” Pat said. “Right now we have a lot of travel books, some paperback books — just a lot of variety in there.” For Mindy Simon, a mother of three children under the age of five, traffic to their library is “like a present,” exciting and new each time. “(My kids) randomly like to check it,” Simon said. “If we see someone put books in, we run out to see what it is. I think it is a gift of goodwill that makes people smile. Everyone who stops smiles like it is a little adventure of sorts.” Endorf’s library is also popular with children in her community, who gather every Sunday when they know she is going to switch out the books. After she’s replenished the libraries, the kids will spend the rest of the day there together playing games. “When I go out and talk to the kids, I say, ‘How has this changed your life?’” Endorf said. “And they say, ‘Well instead of watching TV or playing video games like we used to because we live in a [small town], we just come over here, and we grab a book.’ They can take more than they’re leaving, as many as they want, and I’m not going to have a problem with that.” arts@ dailynebraskan.com
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Nicky Silver’s “The Maiden’s Prayer” opens this Thursday at the Haymarket Theatre.
Tight-knit cast to perform in Haymarket ‘The Maiden’s Prayer’ showcases 5 UNL graduates who create relatable play about love, loss, hope Madeline Christensen DN Throughout love and loss, somewhere along the way we all find the difference between loving someone and needing someone. Bobby Bonaventura, director of the Haymarket Theatre’s “The Maiden’s Prayer,” said he believes the play is relatable to anyone who has ever found themselves in the throws of fascination with only the idea of a person. Nicky Silver’s dark comedy opens this Thursday at the Haymarket Theatre in downtown Lincoln. “The Maiden’s Prayer” centers around a wedding and the complicated relationships between four friends. Taylor and Cynthia are getting married, but Libby and Paul both cling to their feelings for Taylor. The two form an unlikely bond and are forced to confront the real-
ity they refused to admit before. What follows is a comedy about friendship, love and letting go. The script came to Bonaventura’s attention when University of Nebraska-Lincoln theatre professor Carrie Lee Patterson introduced it to her directing class. “Her students fell in love with it,” Bonaventura said. “They wanted so badly to see it performed. Finally, an opportunity arose that we could do it at the Haymarket.” The small cast consists of all UNL graduates, starring Jordan Deffenbaugh, Jessie Tidball, Lucy Myrtue, Rob Burt and Cale Yates. “It’s funny, I realized the other day that I’ve directed all of them in productions at one time or another and performed with them, too,” said Deffenbaugh, who plays Paul in the production. “We’re very familiar with each other and very comfortable working with each other.” Deffenbaugh said the close-knit cast’s confidence on stage makes for a tight and natural rhythm of dialogue. “It comes across as very ‘real,’ I think,” he said. “At times it’s very comical but the play also has intense moments of loss and attachment.” Bonaventura said the play’s
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sponsor of the transfer learning community. Incoming transfer There are three components to all UNL learning communistudents have new ties. The first is residential; 20 opporunties through transfer students have opted to live in the Knoll community and programs this fall to select other transfer suitemates, help ease transition and Burnett said she is still receiving inquiries from interested transfer students. Second, all communities Grace solem-pfeifer must have a shared academic dn classes. This poses a challenge for transfer students, who span Each year, the University of Nenearly every field of study and braska-Lincoln welcomes more enter at varying points in their than 1,000 transfer students from academic careers. To solve this different backgrounds, regions problem, coordinators have and schools around the nation. created a six-week orientation Some come from local comcourse for incoming transfer munity colleges, others transfer students. The class, “Transfer from out of state and still oth- Advantage,” is a zero crediters are non-traditional students hour seminar course that walks looking to continue their educa- students through the use of tion. In the last year, UNL has tools such as MyRed, My Plan made strides to create programs and Blackboard, and introduces that cater to the needs of this dithem to a variety of resources verse group. With the creation of at UNL. Currently 30 students transfer-specific classes, living are enrolled, and the class is ofoptions and mentor programs, fered in both the fall and spring the university has vastly expandsemester. ed the resources available to faThe final component of the cilitate a positive transition to life new transfer learning commuat UNL. nity is the co-curricular element: This fall, for the first time, activities outside of class that incoming transfer students had help build connections within the option to choose to live in a the community and around cam“transfer learning community” pus. Partnering with the Center with other transfer students in for Civic Engagement, the group Knoll Residential plans to take a Center. However, trip to Colorado Transfer because many later this year to transfer students work with refustudents are upperclassmen gee communities or non-traditional have different in the Denver students, Tamy area and to visit Burnett, academic needs than the Estes Park. coordinator of typical freshman.” While this learning commulearning commutamy burnett nities and pronity marks a noacademic coordinator grams, has encourtable expansion aged all incoming of resources, Burtransfer students nett is also aware to consider themselves part of students are looking to get difthe learning community and parferent things out of their transfer ticipate in group activities. experience, which requires a va“Most traditional learning riety of programming. communities at UNL are aimed “The thing that is challenging at freshman, but the transfer in terms of providing services is community has to be slightly difboth that everyone is in a differferent, because transfer students ent place, as well as, the transihave different needs than the tion to the academic and institutypical freshman,” Burnett said. tional climate,” Burnett said. Burnett is also the faculty
To tackle this issue, the transfer peer mentor program was created in January, giving transfer students the option to be paired with a former transfer student to help them through their first year. Their role is to help transfer students with whatever questions they might have, whether it’s financial aid or even just navigating downtown Lincoln. Madalyn Gotschall, a senior broadcast major, transferred to
mike rendowski | dn UNL as a sophomore and knows how stressful the transition can be. “When I transferred, I remember trying to find the testing center for the first time, and it was horrible,” Gotschall said. “Unless you knew someone, you had to figure it out yourself, which is terrifying. Especially coming from a community col-
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Doth thy textbook seemeth to take thy space without use? In this year of our Queen Victoria, 1849, metropolitans and groundlings alike should be rich of other uses for thy material of education! Before you reads five uses that may-chance not crossed your mind.
Doth your lady rest upon her fainting couch, ridden with the vapours? The pages of knowledge can be waved, creating a stream of air certain to alleviate her of high temperature! Doth the sin of the flesh tempt you? Repent, sinner, and look upon your studies as distraction. Free your mind from the binds of Eve’s grasp!
Doth the inanity of the Whig party infuriate you, as it should? Grab thy word and stand alongside your Torie brethren! Throw thy books at the devil’s henchmen! Perhaps they will pick the books up and learn something! Ha! Ha!
“Smash Bros.” reflects the trials of college and students’ natural progression through years at UNL.
College life mirrors ‘Smash Bros.’ game Keown: College life and fight video game offer numerous similarities, parallels in classes, matches Tyler Keown DN Wa-pow! Blammo! Zap! These are the sounds I make during a game of “Smash Bros.,” Nintendo’s fighting series. Augh! No! End it! End me! These are the sounds I make during class. They are not that dissimilar, “Smash Bros.,” and school. I focus more on one thing than the other, but I know my mom reads my work, so I’m not going to specify which is which. (Also, send me more money, Mom.) I’ve played tons of matches in my free time this year, working on z-rolls and anticipating the movements of other characters. Link is above me? He’s gonna down-A, gotta z-roll outta there. I’m above Lucas? Ah lord, he’s gonna up-A me, abort, ABORT. Samus has a fully-charged cannon? Stear clear of her for a few seconds. I’ve also gone to class a ton semester, and it’s the same kind of thing. Oh, the teacher is looking at me? Look concerned, and pray they don’t call on me. The home-
work is due tomorrow? I should subjects harder. The game also probably do that tonight. It’s 12:29 brought many new items for you to beat up your friends with, just and class starts at 12:30? Keep checking facebook on your phone like how knowing your friends longer reveals more secrets and while you still can. embarrassing moments for you It’s all about action and reaction with both of these things (and to hold over them. Speaking of really, most things, but that’s not friends, you’re supposed to make the point). Tune those reflexes so many more your sophomore year, they fire off the correct response which I did. Compare that to when faced with a challenge, be it “Smash”: Melee’s had twice as many characters as the first. in Nintendo’s or UNL’s arena. The third “Smash,” subtitled As a junior, “Smash Bros. is also applicable larger picture. “Brawl,” was the biggest, most expansive game of the We’re currently three, and if my juwaiting on the I still suck nior year is anything fourth Smash Bros. to go by, that’s very game, which is due at ‘Smash,’ comparable. The out in 2014. game offers “final The first “Smash though, and I’m smashes,” a move Bros.” game on the admittedly not that allows players N64 is a slower, to overpower evsmaller experience much better at eryone else in the compared with school.” arena. I also have a the other games in “final smash”: cofthe series, much fee and sheer willlike freshman year compared with the rest of the col- power. Between increased work responsibility and a second level lege experience. There are only 12 characters you can choose from; I French course (why did I do this to only had about 12 friends my en- myself?), I’m constantly busy, and tire freshman year. It’s harder to I sometimes have to find a beast control what you’re doing, though inside of me that’ll allow me to dethat seemingly hasn’t gotten easi- stroy whatever homework or work er as I’ve moved along in my col- I have left to do. I still suck at “Smash,” though, lege career. and I’m admittedly not much better The second “Smash Bros.” games, “Super Smash Bros: Me- at school. I’m trying to get better at lee,” everything starts moving both, especially because I’m tired quicker. You can now charge up than my friends being able to say your attacks, allowing you to hit they’re better than me at anything. I promise you, they’re not. harder, a natural progression, not arts@ unlike how expanding knowldailynebraskan.com edge allows students to hit their
Doth the increased birth rate of our age inconvenience you and your kin? Support thy enlarged family with thy books by lining thy mattresses and cribs with their pages. With luck, the knowledge will seep into their skin as they rest!
Doth the current epidemic of cholera frighten you? In this instance, ignore thy texts and turn thy thoughts to the Heavens! We don’t really have thy sciences yet. COMPileD BY TYLER KEOWN | ART By rebecca Rickertson
Author captures story of Hollywood love, life Novel ‘Beautiful Ruins’ tells tale of mystery of Dee Moray, lost memories of Italian village Gabriella Martinez-Garro dn Jess Walter spent 15 years writing “Beautiful Ruins.” The author said his sixth, and possibly best, novel could not be complete until the characters themselves took over and the book wrote itself. The result of his wait is a thing of beauty: a fascinating story of Hollywood, love and the trials of human life 50 years in the making. The novel opens in 1962 with the dying Hollywood actress Dee Moray arriving in Porto Vergogna, a fictional sleepy coastal town in Italy. Moray, fresh off the set of Elizabeth Taylor’s scandalous “Cleopatra,” finds herself shipped off to the isolated town by Mi-
chael Deane, “The Deane of Hollywood,” for reasons unknown. The minute she lands onshore, Pasquale Tursi, an Italian dreamer with limited knowledge of the human language, finds himself head over heels for the troubled actress. The connection the two make follows them as time goes on and mysteries remain. Flash forward to present-day and readers meet Claire, an ambitious but lost young woman who is a script reader for Michael Deane’s production company. A chance pitch meeting lands her on a trip to find the forgotten Dee Moray along with an aged Pasquale, Deane and a big-shot wannabe named Shane. The journey takes the reader through the paralleling past and present to unravel the mystery of Moray and the lost memories of Porto Vergogna. Walter is a masterful writer who infuses humor and emotional appeal to great effect. “Beautiful Ruins” truly is a wonderfully written novel for any person who has ever had a hope or a dream. arts@ dailynebraskan.com
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transfer: from 5 For each program like the learning community and the mentor program, there’s going to be a segment of the population it appeals to. So the goal is to make sure we have enough of different types of support services available to help students be successful. tamy burnett academic coordinator
lege, where you know everyone and everyone knows you.” Now Gotschall is starting her second semester as a transfer peer mentor, helping incoming students to have an easier transition than her own. She also recalled her initial concerns coming to into the journalism school and feeling behind her classmates without extracurricular activities or an internship. It’s a common concern among transfer students, and one the mentor programs has accounted for by including a diverse range of students in the group of 11 mentors. “It’s so intimidating coming in as an upperclassmen, and there’s a lot pressure to know what you
want to do right away,” Gotschall said. “Luckily, we have Greek students, athletes and engineers. We wanted as many different types of students as possible within our mentors, and I think we achieved that.” Tau Sigma, the honors transfer society, is hosting an ice cream social for mentors and mentees next Tuesday. Gotschall said she hopes to expand the activities of the peer mentoring program to include larger scale events this year. Currently the transfer peer mentors are collaborating to plan a trip to the Lincoln Children’s museum for non-traditional transfer students with children, as well as a group study session in October to help
prepare for the first midterms. Rebecca Urian, a junior elementary education major and transfer, is participating both in the mentoring program as well as the transfer advantage class. “It’s made [the transition] really easy,” Urian said. “I was really nervous and scared that it would be a huge, drastic change. But it’s been fine, I slipped right into it. I haven’t gotten lost. I haven’t gotten on the wrong bus.” Urian chose not to live in the residential community in Knoll; she said she prefers the atmosphere of east campus. She said the six-week transfer course has been particularly helpful with tips on using Blackboard and getting
in touch with her advisor. Incoming transfer classes have a variety of needs and expectations. To make a community of the heterogeneous incoming students, it takes programs and faculty members that are equally diverse and flexible. But it’s a challenge that the university is quickly rising to meet. “For each program like the learning community and the mentor program, there’s going to be a segment of the population it appeals to,” Burnett said. “So the goal is to make sure we have enough of different types of support services available to help students be successful.” arts@ dailynebraskan.com
prayer: from 5 comedy comes from the charac- istic set to accommodate the Haymarket stage, which Bonaventura ters’ self-involved personalities. said adapts well for the script. “They really are only ever Sarah Resch, also a UNL thethinking about themselves throughout the play,” he said. atre major, created the lighting design. “They are all “I think the completely selfI think the audience will absorbed charaudience will leave with a acters at a wedsense of hope,” ding.” leave with a sense Deffenbaugh D e f f e n said. “The play baugh’s said his of hope.” was written in character, who 1999, but I think is the best friend in love with the jordan deffenbaugh it is even more relevant now. groom, is one of unl graduate We live in a the most diffigeneration that cult he has ever is obsessed with the future and played. “What sets Paul apart from the what we want — but sometimes other characters is that he never you have to step back and apshows his true feelings,” Deffen- preciate the here and now. You baugh said. “He holds in so much have to realize what you already as not to upset other people; he’s a have.” arts@ very complicated character.” dailynebraskan.com Josh Rajaee created a minimal-
sleep cycle Alex Rogers dn For college kids with abnormal sleep schedules, “Sleep Cycle” on iOS delivers. The 99-cent app offers a more scientific alternative to the traditional alarm clock, waking the user up in a half-hour phase instead of at a predetermined time. This is possible because of the iPhone’s accelerometer, which senses movement as the user sleeps when placed on the corner of the user’s bed. The accelerometer determines the user’s sleep state based on their movement and aims to wake the user in the lightest sleep state. A traditional alarm clock often cannot guarantee the user will awaken in the lightest sleep state, making it more difficult to get out of bed. With “Sleep Cycle,” science trumps chance and the user
is more likely to easily wake up. The app compiles statistics of the user’s time spent in bed and a “sleep quality” percentage gauged by the time the user spends awake, asleep and in deep sleep. Various sleep notes depending on the user’s preference are also shown. One user option is to input different activities he or she participated in that day, like working out, drinking coffee or extra stress, and attempt to determine if those activities have any effect on sleep quality. The statistics are shown on a graph that gives a time frame of up to three months, providing tangible information to improve sleep quality. It is possible to sync “RunKeeper,” an app that tracks running, with “Sleep Cycle,” which makes it an even more appealing choice for the health conscious. arts@ dailynebraskan.com
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Club unites both new and experienced rowers “We usually have to leave ing, most move up to the varsity early for races, but it’s worth it,” team,” Seu said. Miller said. Having rowers both beginUltimately, the focus on the ning their rowing experience and season is on the ACRA (Amerithose striving to become more can Club Rowing Association) efficient rowers, Nebraska crew National Rowing Club Champimembers have to have a competitive and determined attitude, onship held in Gainesville, Ga., both in practice and out on the toward the end of the spring season in May. Having gone for the water. first time to ACRA in 2011, “it is This attitude includes a willingness to wake up early to a goal of the team to be committed to that level of competition,” practice each weekday morning, which can take place in the Seu said. Although being a member of team’s “boathouse” or at a lake. In the boathouse, members work Nebraska crew can be demanding, it provides a unique kind of on their body strength with the family for stuhelp of ergometers, dents and even or “ergs,” which Once you’re a boathouse with are indoor rowing in the boat, couches for remachines used to laxing. enhance the cardio- you just want to “They’re vascular system in a get better at it.” basically your rowing motion. family because “It is hard, but you’re with them you get in the best every day,” Millshape from it and caitlin miller er said. “We like get really strong,” crew public relations officer to get together in said Caitlin Miller, the evenings and the public relations play Frisbee, watch movies or officer for the club. “Once you’re in the boat, you just want to get even have Pinterest nights.” This year, the team will be better at it.” hosting an “Ergathon” outside of Once out on the water, the team travels to several locations the Nebraska Union Sept. 13 and Sept. 14. During this fundraising in the Midwest. In the past, the club has traveled to Kansas, Iowa, event, Nebraska crew members Colorado, Illinois and other states will prove how hard they have been working by continuously to compete at regattas against other college teams. More locally, taking shifts on their ergometers for two days. If passerby students Nebraska crew has competed in Omaha, and on its own water as want to “erg,” they are more than well. Regattas usually have 5-6 welcome to join in on the fun. sports@ teams entered, depending on the dailynebraskan.com size of the event.
Club membership requires early mornings, extensive practices, members say anna thomas dn With a play on “Go Big Red,” “Row Big Red” is the perfect motto for the Nebraska crew team. The Nebraska Crew Club was founded in 1969 with a men’s team. Soon after, in 1972, a women’s team was created. While there are several positions to be taken up by a crew member in each spot of a boat, it’s imperative that teamwork is present to succeed as a team. Crew is a team sport. Some members may be rowing in the bow end of the boat, others more toward the stern, and there is one coxswain, who helps steer the boat. “It’s a collective effort from each individual in the boat,” said George Pagano, the safety officer for the club. According to Jane Seu, this year ’s club president, there are typically 25 members on the team, both new and experienced, making up two groups of rowers: the novice squad and the varsity squad. “After an active year of row-
volleyball: from 1 People are still thinking where they’re supposed to be, and what I’m supposed to do. To be a great team, we have to have everyone involved and knowing what they’re doing and not thinking so much. That’s where hesitation comes in.” john cook
great blocker.” On Friday, the new court will be named after former Husker coach Terry Pettit. Pettit coached the Huskers from 1977 to 1999 and led Nebraska to its first NCAA championship in the 1995 season. Pettit was also awarded Big Eight/Big 12 coach of the year nine times in his career and AVCA National Coach of the Year twice. Pettit was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2009. Pettit was responsible for turning the Nebraska volleyball program into a powerhouse, Cook said. The court will be named when the Huskers take on Villanova, which is the perfect time, according to Cook. Pettit’s daughter, Emma Pettit is the starting setter for the Wildcats. “I think it will be a special night for Coach Pettit, a special night for Nebraska volleyball, and, of course, for his daughter Emma,” Cook said. “I think she’s going to have a lot of nerves to handle. I think it’s going to be a powerful night. That’s a cool thing, to have something line up like that.” sports@ The New York Times Syndication Sales Corporation dailynebraskan.com have to have everyone involved and knowing what they’re doing and not thinking so much. That’s where hesitation comes in.” Cook said he noticed this year ’s team is much more physical then last year ’s. “Both setters are more physical, both right-sides are more physical, both left-sides are more physical,” he said. “Really the one person we are missing is Hayley (Thramer). Hayley was a
going into the two matches this weekend, Pollmiller said. “We are all very competitive, so I think that translates over to conifdence,” she said. According to coach John Cook, the team’s most significant problem was players having too much going on in their heads. “People are still thinking where they’re supposed to be, and what I’m supposed to do,” Cook said. “To be a great team, we
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Freshman outside hitter Kadie Rolfzen has been cleared to play after tending to a shoulder injury she suffered during the offseason, according to coach John Cook.
Rolfzen cleared to play
According to Nebraska coach John Cook, Kadie Rolfzen has been cleared to play and is a “full go” for the Friday match against Villanova. “She’s had a good week,” Cook said. “I’ll watch her tomorrow and see how she looks in warm-ups. That usually tells me a lot.” Rolfzen has been tending to a shoulder injury she suffered during the offseason. Cook put Rolfzen into the Red-White scrimmage on Aug. 24, and she was only able to play on the back line. Rolfzen would only return in the regular season once she was able to play all areas of the game, according to the coach. Cook said he has seen Rolfzen take big swings at practice and has seen her confidence level increase this week. The coach also said Rolfzen has great potential to be a big-time player.
PLAYERS ADJUSTING TO NEW SYSTEM
The team is getting used to the new system Cook has tried to implement this season, according to junior setter Mary Pollmiller. “We are comfortable in the lineup we are in,” Pollmiller said. “Everybody is adjusting well, and everybody is all for it.” In a news conference Monday, Cook said he will have to “tweak” the system to help it better fit the team.
The coach said he started to get concerned about his adjustments to the system earlier in the week, but those concerns have gone away. “Yesterday (Tuesday) I was worried and today (Wednesday) I felt a little bit better,” Cook said. “We’re definitely getting into a better rhythm. I think they’re starting to figure out what to do to be successful inside out and be a low-error team.” Cook also said he will find out Friday if the rotations will work for the team.
Cook setting up hitters to setters
In Cook’s news conference Monday, he said he is trying to set up the hitters to the setter that will allow them to hit better, The practice stats the coach looks at have shown the middles are hitting equally off both setters, but at the outside hitter position, it varies from hitter to hitter, according to Cook. According to the setter Pollmiller, she is ready to set any player on the team. “I am comfortable with all of (the hitters),” Pollmiller said. “I’m happy with that, and I think they are too because it gives us more options this weekend.” Pollmiller ’s comfort level showed last weekend, as she notched 65 assists during the three matches. —Compiled by Eric Bertrand
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Senior forward Jordan Jackson reacts to a slide-tackle during a game last season. Jackson said the team will continue to work on being aggressive in its game against Arkansas. Another plus for the Huskers is that the team has almost a week’s preparation for the Arkansas match while the Razorbacks must face Samford Saturday night before hosting Nebraska Sunday afternoon. With Big Ten play quickly approaching for coach John Walker’s squad, the Huskers look to gain momentum from the non-conference away-games to carry over into the conference stretch of the season. The team doesn’t want to make any drastic changes after last weekend. Instead, players want to reaffirm what they’ve been working on since practice began, Stevens said.
We have a lot of depth, we have a lot of people that can come on and we have a lot of people who can start.” emma stevens senior goalkeeper
“We need to continue what we do and that’s listening to the coaches and working on attacking and transitioning well and if we do all that then we should be fine for the rest of the season,” Stevens said. “We have a lot of depth, we
have a lot of people that can come on and we have a lot of people who can start. You can just tell that we have the players to make a successful team.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com
against Nebraska last week. While Smith proved the ability to buy time in the pocket, as Pelini pointed out, Bridgford has a very capable arm as well. “Allen Bridgford and Brett Smith are both big, strong-armed guys,” Papuchis said. “I’ve been impressed with the way Bridgford throws the ball, and I walked away very impressed with Smith as well. We’re still doing some research on Bridgford from his time back at Cal, but I’d say he’s somewhat similar to Smith.”
Though Southern Mississippi stumbles into Saturday’s game without a win since 2011, senior defensive back Ciante Evans said Nebraska isn’t ready to look toward the UCLA game just yet. “I know this team isn’t looking at anybody else right now, especially with the way we played on Saturday,” said Evans, the defensive captain. “Especially the defense, I know that we’re looking at Southern Mississippi and Southern Mississippi only.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com
football: from 10 “I know they turned the ball over, but they threw for a lot of yards,” Pelini said. “They have a quarterback that can sling it. They are very good at the wide receiver position. Good skilled people and very aggressive on defense. They are a fast defense that plays very aggressively. They are obviously better than the score they put up the other day.” Bridgford brings a threat not unlike Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith, who threw for 383 yards and four touchdowns
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Defensive coordinator John Papuchis said after practice Tuesday that he has been impressed by Southern Mississippi’s quarterbacks. Coaches said the team will be working on communication for the players on defense.
‘BEST PRACTICE OF THE WEEK’
Bo Pelini wasn’t shy on letting the media know how his players performed in practice Thursday. “I thought we finished up the week well,” the Nebraska football coach said after practice. “I thought that was our best practice of the week today.” It seemed like the Huskers saved their best for last on the Ed and Joyanne Gass fields as they wrapped up their last practice this week before their game against Southern Mississippi on Saturday. “A little back and forth to begin the week,” Pelini said. “But time to put it to the test Saturday.” After beating last weekend’s opponent, Wyoming, in a nail-biting 37-34 win, Pelini was looking for progress on both sides of the field this week. According to the Nebraska coach, his players accomplished that. “I thought both offensively and defensively there were some good things, and I thought there were some things we needed to improve on,” he said. “That’s kind of how the week goes but what I saw was the sharpest day today.”
DEFENSE COMING ALONG
If there was one player not pleased with the outcome with Nebraska’s first win of the season against the Cowboys, it was sophomore Randy Gregory. “We won by three points, but I think we realized we’re better than that,” the defensive end said after the game. “We need to play harder and play more as a team, and I think it will show up on the field more.” According to his head coach, Gregory and his teammates did play more physically this week in practice. Pelini said he’s starting to see a more orga-
nized team on defense. “I thought the defense is starting to come together,” he said. “We threw a lot at them early in the week. Then we paired it down as the week went on, and I think they’re more comfortable.” However, Pelini did add that one thing he is still looking to see improved on by his players on defense is communication. “I think they made progress, I don’t think it is where it needs to be yet,” the coach said. “But I did see progress. I think their understanding grows by the day, by the practice, by the period, by the run. That’s what it has to be. “I think they learned a lot from their experience last week. How much? We’ll see on Saturday.” And communication isn’t the only asset the Nebraska coaches are looking to see its defense buildup. In their first win of the season, the Huskers allowed Wyoming’s Brett Smith throw for 383 yards in the air and four touchdown passes. According to defensive coordinator John Papuchis, this weekend’s opposing quarterback won’t look much different. “Allen Bridgford and Brett Smith are both big, strong-armed guys,” Papuchis said after practice Tuesday. “I’ve been impressed with the way Bridgford throws the ball.” Senior cornerback Ciante Evans agrees with his coach and said the Huskers can’t look too far ahead. They have to take their progression one game at a time. “You just have to worry about the opponent in front of you,” he said. “I know this team isn’t looking at anybody else right now, especially with the way we played on Saturday. Especially the defense, I know that we’re looking at Southern Mississippi and Southern Mississippi only.” —Compiled by Nedu Izu
The Nebraska cross country team will open the 2013 season with its first meet at the Augustana Twilight Qualifier this Friday. Coach David Harris sees the meet as an “exhibition” for the team and is looking forward to the freshmen finishing their first collegiate race, he said. “We’re just trying to see what we can do,” said Harris, who has coached 10 conference championship teams. “We have to get through the nervousness that many freshmen have about their first collegiate race.” Instead of being “100 percent depth-wise” in this first meet, Harris has decided to not run senior co-captain Jarren Heng as well as senior Connor Gibson. In the 2012 season, Heng and Gibson both suffered injuries that kept them out of the final races of the season, including the NCAA Midwest Regional. “Both of those athletes have been injury prone in other years,” Harris said. “We feel like we’re just going to hold them out and hope that we can get to the end of the year without the injuries.” With Heng and Gibson on the bench for the first race of the season, Harris said he sees the meet as a good opportunity for returning senior Trevor Vidlak to lead the men’s team. Leading the women’s team will most likely be senior co-captains and returning letter-winners Isabel Andrade and Sarah Larson, according to the coach. “When you go into a meet like this, I think you tend to count on your veterans to lead the team,” Harris said. In her first year as captain, Andrade is learning to become a more “vocal leader” but is also trying her best to support and encourage the underclassmen in their first competition. “I’m excited for the freshmen,” Andrade said. “This meet should be fun for them because there won’t be too much pressure.” Freshman Kristiana Oslund has enjoyed the transition from the high school to collegiate level and is hoping to be one of the top runners on the team this Friday, she said. “I’m excited and I’m ready to go out and race for my first time,” said Oslund, who qualified for the state cross country championships four years in a row at Highlands Ranch High School in Colorado. Harris is trying to gage “what the team can do” in this first meet. With only two and a half weeks of formal team practices, he is a little worried about competing with Augustana’s top runner, senior Runa Falch. Falch finished eighth in the 2012 NCAA championships and finished in first
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Senior Isabel Andrade, co-captain of the women’s cross country team, is expected to lead the team this year.
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place in the Central Region championships. “I think it will be very difficult for us to compete with (Falch),” Harris said. “She is an NCAA Division II power house for the (Augustana) women.” Harris said he has a “great deal of respect” for the Augustana cross country team, which concentrates on distance running and wants to be re-
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After scraping a win past Wyoming, team prepares for Southern Mississippi
all camp is long in the rearview mirror, the first game jitters are gone, and Husker fans have had their gameday fix. Still, after scraping a win past Wyoming, it is unclear what to expect from the Nebraska football team this year. The offensive production didn’t reach standards and the defense presented just as many questions as they answered on Saturday. Though coach Bo Pelini said he liked some of what he saw against the Cowboys, he thought Nebraska played just “OK.” Pelini also said all the problems from Saturday were fixable, but there were definite kinks that needed to be worked out. The same could be said about the Huskers’ opponent this Saturday, too. Southern Mississippi will arrive in Lincoln riding a 13-game losing streak that includes all of last season. After leading a winless squad in 2012, former Golden Eagle coach Ellis Johnson was fired. Johnson was guaranteed a $2.1 million buyout after being dropped, so Southern Miss will travel to Nebraska again this year in return for some extra money. Southern Mississippi’s new hire Todd Monken has ties to Nebraska. Pelini, along with secondary coach Terry Joseph and defensive coordinator John Papuchis, worked alongside Monken at Louisiana State University in 2005 and 2006. Pelini is confident with Monken’s ability to turn the Golden Eagles around, he said. “He will do a really good job down there,” Pelini said. “He has a great attitude — tough guy, so his team will play hard and be sound in what they do.” On the field, Monken brings a team with a defense that reminds Papuchis of the Golden Eagle squad from two years ago, he said. That year, Southern Mississippi only lost two games and went on to defeat Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl. Offensively, Southern Mississippi’s biggest threat is quarterback Allen Bridgford. In last Saturday’s 22-15 loss to Texas State, the 6-foot-3 senior threw for 377 yards and a touchdown. But two interceptions and four fumbles as a team cost the game for the Golden Eagles in their opener.
Nebraska senior cornerback Ciante Evans fights through a block from Wyoming offensive guard Tyler Strong Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Coach Bo Pelini said he thought Nebraska played just “OK” against the Cowboys.
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Volleyball to open Devaney Center Team predicts a bigger, louder opening weekend against Villanova and Georgia
Team looks to regain momentum against Arkansas
ERIC BERTRAND DN The moment the Nebraska volleyball team has been waiting for is here. The Huskers will officially open the Bob Devaney Sports Center this weekend against the Villanova Wildcats and Georgia Bulldogs. The Wildcats are 1-2 this season and their leading attacker is sophomore Lauren Carpenter with 52 kills in the first three matches of the season. The team also has blocking potential with senior Carly Edwards and freshman Michaela Berendt, who each have had 10 blocks this year. The Bulldogs haven’t dropped a set yet, as the squad is 3-0 on the year. The team’s balanced attack is led by senior Stacey Smith, who has recorded 24 kills. The offense is set by junior Kaylee Kehoe who had 60 assists in the three matches. Even though the Huskers played the annual Red-White scrimmage in the Devaney Center, the Huskers didn’t get a real feel for how loud the new arena will be, players said.
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Junior setter Mary Pollmiller celebrates during a game last season. The volleyball team will officially open the Bob Devaney Sports Center this weekend. “We haven’t actually played a real game in Devaney yet, and I think that the fans were nicer because it was both Nebraska
teams last time,” said junior setter Mary Pollmiller. “I’m excited to feel how that really is for a game.”
The Huskers are 2-1 this season and are feeling confident
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After its first loss of the season last weekend, the Nebraska soccer team looks to bounce back when it travels to Fayetteville, Ark., to face the undefeated Arkansas Razorbacks, who are also just shy of being a top 25 team in the NSCAA poll. Last weekend the Huskers traveled to Utah for a pair of matchups with No. 6 BYU and Utah State. The team exited with a 3-0 loss and then a 2-2 with Utah State after double overtime. For many players, including senior forward Jordan Jackson, BYU was the first big test of the season for the team, she said.
“They’re a really good team and that in itself was a challenge for us,” Jackson said. “We haven’t played them in a while so it was tough. We’re going to be doing the same things we’ve always been working on and that’s aggressiveness and also a little more on finishing on our chances and just trying to be the better team.” Being challenged throughout the entire weekend in net was senior goalkeeper Emma Stevens, who knew what to expect going into the matchup with BYU. “The teams that we faced were better overall,” Stevens said. “Obviously with BYU’s ranking and last weekend showed us the competition that we’ll be having for the rest of the season.” The Huskers will have to continue the tough stretch of the schedule against the Razorbacks, who are 5-0 and have already recorded four shutouts in their first five meetings. Although NU wasn’t as successful as it wanted to be last weekend, it is 2-1-1 and averaging more than two goals a game.
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