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memoriam 10 years later, memories of the terror attacks on the US continue to shape American psyche The south tower of the World Trade Center collapses in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. This weekend marks the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attack.
eople are running, racing down the stairs to the elevators. Many are screaming, and sirens are going off in the distance. Security personnel have their guns drawn. “The fear was real,” said Christopher Garneau, a sociology graduate student at the University of NebraskaLincoln. Garneau wasn’t in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists flew two commercial planes into the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, or near Washington, D.C., where another plane crashed into the Pentagon, or Shanksville, Penn., where United Flight 93 crashed after being hijacked. Instead, he was interning at the U.S. Senate in 2004. On this particular day, the alarm was raised because a pilot flying a plane toward Washington, D.C., forgot to radio into air traffic control. It was an accident, but the memory of 9/11 — the deadliest terrorist attack on the United States — immediately came to the forefront of everyone’s minds,
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demonstrating the power of that day over the American psyche. This Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of that attack, which killed nearly 3,000 people.
have the initial numbing and sense of disbelief. Then you later get other reactions: anger, sadness, things like that.” The psychological reactions were very real for those directly affected by the atInstant impact tacks. Robert P. Gallagher of Ten years ago, today’s the University of Pittsburgh college students were still analyzed the psychological in elementary school, but response of those where the attack’s impact on a were the generation hardest hit. can still be Counseldetected. ing centers “This was were esone of those tablished to events that help peoshape the ple cope way people and pubview the lic schools world,” said had to find Mario Scaloways to ra, a psyconsole Mario Scalora those afchology proPSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR fessor who fected. has worked “These with the FBI and other gov- students exhibited anxiety ernment agencies on threat attacks, nightmares, fears assessment. The threat of of additional attacks, fears terrorism moved from a of anthrax and fears of atvague, unlikely possibility tending public events, goin the nation’s conscious- ing through tunnels, crossness to something very ing bridges or riding on real. subways,” Gallagher wrote “I remember people be- in his research report. ing stunned (on campus),” Garneau, the sociology Scalora said. “I think with graduate student, said one any trauma … you first benefit of the 9/11 tragedy
This was one of those events that shape the way people view the world.
was how it forced society to confront new problems, creating an opportunity for cross-cultural understanding. “Fear isn’t new,” Garneau said. “Societies have dealt with this kind of fear before and they will do it again.” Lasting effects of fear Zenebe Beyene, a doctoral candidate in political science whose Ethiopian origin gives him an international perspective, agreed with Scalora on the impact of 9/11. “9/11 has affected everybody, regardless of citizenship, origin, religion and social status,” he said. The way the public thinks, either about war or something as mundane as airport security, was changed, Scalora said. Universities felt that change in several ways, including more attention to research in his field of expertise, threat assessment, he said, adding that universities in general became friendlier to ROTC programs and
Construction of One World Trade Center continues in Manhattan on Aug. 4, 2011. When completed, the new skyscraper will stand adjacent to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
2001 GDP (World Bank)
NOW $14.58 trillion (2010 most recent year available)
about $24 on 9/11
UNEMPLOYMENT (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
5.0% in September
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PRICE OF OIL (per barrel)
TUITION AT UNL
POPULAR SOCIAL MEDIA
$101.25 in state $198.25 in state $288 out of state $588.25 out of state (2002-2003 undergratuate bulletin)
(Institutional Research and Planning)
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Before 9/11 I didn’t even know what a terrorist was; it really made me realize how something that is miles, even hundreds of miles away, can really affect you and just how quickly your life can change.
I don’t think 9/11 had a huge impact on me. It highlighted what I already knew. My parents explained to me what was happening, but it never really impacted me that hard.
Gretchen Pille freshman music major
It has affected me in that growing up, you know, I hated the AlQaeda and the Taliban.
Tony De Vries junior psychology major
Being around students that were primarily from D.C., there was a palpable sense of fear. The fear that no one knew who had done this, or if it would happen
When I turned on the TV and saw the picture, I was horrified.What kind of perverted fantasy, what kind of perverted people, could fathom using civilian planes as a weapon?
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It was strange. Just the night before I had been showing my friend a picture of me and my boyfriend on top of the World Trade Center. To think that something so big, so iconic, could just be gone.
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DN FLASHBACK Softball team members skip practice, donate blood Sept. 12, 2001 The terrorist attacks that occurred Tuesday morning left many students feeling nervous, bewildered or helpless. The NU softball team, however, did not hesitate to act. Instead of their regularly scheduled practice, they took a field trip Tuesday afternoon to the Community Blood Bank at 2966 O Street.
Muslim students recall cultural impact of 9/11 I guess it’s hard for people to understand that we’re Americans.”
Staff Editorial: In memorium Sept. 12, 2001 Yesterday, we watched in horror. Today we send our prayers and condolences to the survivors and the families of those who died. And we add our voice to the chorus of those demanding justice. We have witnessed on live television the most horrific, cowardly act against this nation in history. And we, like our parents who can never forget John F. Kennedy’s assassination, will forever remember where we were when we heard the news. State officials respond with sorrow, concern Sept. 12, 2001 Nebraska’s elected officials watched Tuesday as thousands lost their lives and history unfolded in front of American television viewers. Officials said the effects and implications of the biggest terrorist attack in U.S. history will be felt throughout the world. U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel said the terrorist attack was sophisticated and well-planned. He called the attack “our second Pearl Harbor.” Professor: Strikes declare war Sept. 12, 2001 While cautioning against jumping to conclusions before all the facts are known, terrorism experts say retaliation is assured. “This is a declaration of war on the United States,” Thomas Gouttiere, dean of International Studies and Programs at UNO and UNMC, said. The attacks were significant because the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., are the primary symbols of U.S. financial and military might and therefore have high visibility throughout the world. National crisis halts air traffic For the first time in American history, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a halt to air traffic in reaction to terrorist attacks, stranding more than a million passengers. Les Dorr, FAA spokesman, said at 8:25 a.m. Central Standard Time that all aircraft departures were canceled and all non-military planes were ordered to land. About 36,000 flights were canceled. Other Headlines from Sept. 12, 2001 NU urges no reprisals against international students Terrorists topple towers, nation’s sense of security Stunned campus watches horror unfold Prayer vigils, clergy give support to grieving campus Bush reassures country, promises justice Wholesalers raise gas prices after attack Death and destruction leaves Americans angry and startled NU schedule questionable for now
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Shams al-Badry, treasurer for UNL’s Muslim Student Association. immediate shift in coverage of the event when the terrorists’ dan holtmeyer connection to Islam surfaced. daily nebraskan “I guess at that point, we all After the first plane hit the knew it was going to be trouWorld Trade Center a decade ble,” Al-Badry said. “I know afago, the American public’s fo- ter that point … people started cus expanded from grief, anger treating us differently,” though and other raw emotion to one none of the negative attention question: Who did it? on her religion came from her As the 19 plane hijackers were friends, she said. named, one common characterAsawar Sajid, a senior maristic stood out: They all identi- keting major, was at Lux Middle fied as Muslim. For many Amer- School when the news filtered icans, it was the first prominent in. news of Muslims they had seen. “I was sitting in my math For Muslim-Americans, includ- class … and one of the other ing students at the University of teachers walked in and said to Nebraska-Lincoln — who as a turn on the TVs,” he said. “We whole agree that terrorism and actually saw the second plane Islam are like oil and water — crashing into (the twin towers).” that fact posed its own unique Like Al-Badry, Sajid said his challenges. friends understood that “there’s Shams Al-Badry, a junior civil a difference between terrorists engineering major and treasurer and Islam.” for the Muslim Student AssociaIn fact, Sajid expressed gratition, said she remembers sitting tude toward the entire Linin her fifth-grade classroom coln community for its openand learning the Twin Towers mindedness. In his sophomore had been hit. The news spread year, Sajid said his teacher quickly, and soon all the TVs asked him to explain the difwere tuned in. There was an ference between the hijackers
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Asawar Sajid, a senior marketing major. and most other Muslims to the class. Sajid was born in Queens in New York City and said he often wonders if he would’ve encountered the same attitude there. His brother’s experience was not so cordial, Sajid said. His first name is Usama, and Sajid said it often took some effort to work through people’s immediate reaction to the name. His brother goes by Sam most of the time now, he said. For Al-Badry, the attack taught her something about her religion at the age of 10: There are bad Muslims out there, too. “They claim they’re Muslim,” she said. The distinction between them and other Muslims is one she often tries to clarify. Her mission to educate others on Islam and its members in America was strong enough to overcome her elementaryschool shyness, she said. “I guess it’s hard for people to understand that we’re Americans,” Al-Badry said. MuslimAmericans vote and value education and community service
as any other segment of the population would. Her older brother served in Iraq for a year as a linguist for the U.S. Army, she said. Sajid said he also had a lot to learn about his thoughts on his own religion after 9/11, an attack fueled by religious hatred. He asked himself if what the media said about Islam and terrorism was true. “That really prompted me to really research,” he said. That learning continued a few years ago, Sajid said, when he was praying at a local mosque, the imam, or priest, said the 19 terrorists didn’t hijack just planes – they hijacked Islam as well. “That just stuck with me,” Sajid said, and because of the attacks, he’s more aware and open-minded of world events and other religions. “From sixth grade till now, it honestly did change my perspective.” danholtmeyer@ dailynebraskan.com
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9/11 impact inspires path for NYC native dan holtmeyer daily nebraskan
About 10 years ago, at about 8:46 a.m., the first hijacked plane hit the World Trade Center in Manhattan in New York City, changing the course of a nation. At that very moment, about 20 miles away, a young boy was hit by a car on his way to school in Rockville Centre, N.Y., breaking an arm and changing the course of the boy’s life. That young boy was Kevin Luparello, 10 years old at the time. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he’s a junior political science major. At home, he’s a volunteer firefighter – one facet of the man’s connection to 9/11. It all started with a bicycle safety class. “It was something they called bicycle safety day,” said Denise Luparello, Kevin’s mother, by phone. Kids were supposed to ride their bikes to school, where police officers would then talk to the class about bicycle rules and safety. As she drove past the school on an errand that morning, Denise noticed
fire engines and ambulances near the school, but the crossing guard didn’t appear to be alarmed. She returned home in time to see the first airplane hitting the World Trade Center on the news. Like many that morning, she didn’t understand how a plane could accidentally hit something so big. “I was watching it on TV when the doorbell rings,” she said. A police officer stood in her doorway, asked if she was Kevin Luparello’s mother and told her he’d been hit by a car. At that point, she collapsed. “Next thing I remember, the cop was picking me up off the stoop,” she said. “I couldn’t even function.” Meanwhile, Kevin Luparello was being tended in the hospital and was beginning to notice something else amiss about the morning. “I’d been in a hospital before, and I knew something was different,” he said. “People were running around.” Then his eyes went to a television screen. “At first I thought, ‘This isn’t real,’” he said. “‘I must’ve hit my head harder than I thought.’”
His thoughts turned to his uncle, a police officer and firefighter in New York he looked up to, who had surgery the previous day and didn’t report to work – what Luparello called a blessing in disguise. “I remember watching the second tower getting hit,” he said, adding that he and his family had been in the city just two days previously. “It felt like a dream, like a really bad nightmare.” By the time Denise Luparello arrived at the hospital, the staff was clearing out the facility as much as possible, “trying to evacuate anyone who wasn’t absolutely critical” in preparation for whatever influx of patients was coming, she said. “Nobody came to the hospital,” she added, her voice breaking. Denise offered her services as a registered and licensed nurse to the hospital staff, who took her number down and sent her and her son home at about noon. By then, both towers had fallen, and there was no longer any doubt that this was no accident. Luparello didn’t go to school for several days after
that, and he remembers the smoke above the town. He and his mother both said they were “glued to the TV” during that time. Stories of the heroism of civilians and emergency responders, including firefighters, who gave their lives for others were coming out of the rubble of ground zero, and Luparello was paying attention. “I have a bunch of those photos framed,” he said. “And I thought to myself, ‘I want to do something to help people.’” He looked for a fire department to join, worked hard, “stuck it out,” according to his mom, and got in. Next, he plans to try for the fire department in New York, and his mom encouraged it. “She was really gung-ho for it,” Luparello said. Denise compared her thoughts and fears to that of a parent of someone going off to war. Yeah, she’s afraid, she said, but at the same time, “I’m really proud of him. I think it’s the right thing for him to do.” danholtmeyer@ dailynebraskan.com
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Kevin Luparello, a junior political science major, is also a volunteer firefighter in his hometown of Rockville Centre, N.Y., about 20 miles from New York City.
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D.C. students remember events of Pentagon attacks TAMMY BAIN DAILY NEBRASKAN
Perhaps the kids most affected by the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks are those that were closest to them. Ryan Gallagher, a senior political science major, was a sixth grader living in Virginia on 9/11. “I can remember the moment it happened,” Gallagher said. “All of a sudden, half the school was being sent home with their parents and those of us left at the school were not told that anything had happened.” Gallagher and his classmates knew something was up, but were left to wonder what was going on until they arrived home. “I finally learned what had happened when I walked into my house to see my dad, still in his
Navy uniform, sitting in front of the TV, watching the news,” he said. “As soon as I saw the footage of the Pentagon being hit, I felt sick to my stomach.” Immediately, Gallagher’s emotions were mixed. “My father then told me that his office was just barely missed in the crash and that made me first feel relieved that he was not there for it, and then terrified of the thought, ‘What if he were there?’” Gallagher said the attacks greatly impacted his life, especially since he’s in the military. “Things just never were the same around Washington, D.C., again,” he said. “Everyone was on edge about possible terrorist plots at schools, and then, the D.C. snipers. Security became a huge hassle everywhere you went. It was seen most at airports
where everyone was nervous about new rules and regulations and the increased security forces that were much more obvious to travelers.” Claudia-Ashley Nguyen, a senior exercise science and dietetics major, also grew up close to the Pentagon. “I remember being in school and the word was that something big had happened, but we weren’t completely sure what it was because the teachers were instructed not to talk about it and not to turn on the news,” she said. “I really knew something was wrong when my mom came and took me out of school early. She told me she had to sneak out of her Arlington County Government building to get me home.” Like Gallagher, Nguyen also had family working
close to the attack. “My aunt worked a few blocks from the Pentagon and I remember her telling me how she felt the impact,” she said. “During the evacuation, she said there was debris everywhere and she struggled finding her way onto the highway to head home.” “It was apparent days after how many families were affected by the attack,” she said. “Kids missed school and the kids that went back to school were sad because they had family members that were working at the Pentagon (on Sept. 11).” Nguyen was also quick to point out the quick security changes. “Months later, all of these security restrictions started rolling in full force,” she said. “It was an adjustment and we dealt with it.” Tammybain@ dailynebraskan.com
Vigil honors 9/11 victims Frannie Sprouls Daily Nebraskan
To honor the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska is hosting a memorial service and candlelight vigil Sunday night. The service, which has been in the works for about a month, will feature a variety of guest speakers, including Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman’s wife, Sally Ganem. The governor’s office did not contact ASUN until last Wednesday, so Ganem was a last-minute addition to the lineup. “She’ll be talking about volunteerism,” said Eric Kamler, a junior agricultural economics major and government liaison committee chair. “She plays a big role with Blue Star Mothers of America, which is the group we’ll be donating to.”
Other speakers include ASUN President Lane Carr, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Juan Franco, Major Alex Jack Ramthun of the U.S. Marine Corps and Malika Yadgarova, a graduate student in leadership education. Kristie Baack, assistant director of Student Involvement, approached Yadgarova to speak about the Muslim perspective of 9/11 and how it affected the Muslim culture. “Even though I didn’t lose anyone that day, I directly know it impacted me as an individual,” Yadgarova said. “It’s not something that me or America will soon forget.” Those who attend the service will also get the military perspective from Ramthun, who has been in the Marine Corps for 10 years, done two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and is a marine officer instructor at UNL.
“He’ll be talking about how America, the military and ROTC has had to adapt to this different war we’re fighting,” Kamler said. ASUN received a $1,050 grant from ServeNebraska to cover the event. “We’re well under budget now,” Kamler said. “We shouldn’t be spending anything on this event.” The service will begin at 7 p.m. with the presentation of the colors by ROTC members and the national anthem. After the speakers present, a member of the Association of Christian Religious Workers will lead a candlelight prayer service. Late Thursday night, 260 people said they were attending the “9/11 Memorial Ceremony and Candle-Light Vigil” Facebook
if you go when: Sunday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. where: Nebraska Union Plaza near Broyhill Fountain speakers: ASUN President Lane Carr, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Juan Franco, student speaker Malika Yadgarova, Major Alex Jack Ramthun of the US Marine Corps and Nebraska first lady Shelly Ganem
event. The event is not limited to those at UNL. Kamler also invited state senators, faculty members, resident assistants and many others. Kamler cannot believe 10 years has passed since 9/11. “This was the biggest event of our lifetime,” Kamler said. “It’s our generation’s Pearl Harbor.”
NU regents to consider 120-credit-hour majors Riley johnson daily nebraskan
The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will look into putting the four back in “four-year college” Friday when it decides on an initiative to lower undergraduate degree requirements to 120 credit hours. Students would see a standardized bachelor’s degree at 120 credit hours across the University of Nebraska schools, according to an NU press release. A student taking a full course load of 15 credit hours a semester could graduate in eight semesters or four years. If approved, the policy begins with the freshman class for the fall of 2012, according the release. Many regents say the move aims to reduce the financial burden many University of Nebraska graduates face when student-loan debtors come calling as the graduate looks to land his or her first job. Recent projections by Fastweb.com and FinAid. org estimate student debt at more than $27,000 for recent college graduates.
Along with debt, students increasingly struggle to get through their programs in four years. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Chancellor Harvey Perlman said 64 percent of students graduate in six years or less, compared to the 79 percent six-year graduation average among UNL’s Big Ten peers. That, he said, needs to change. “The real problem we face is that our students are taking too long to graduate,” Perlman said in his State of the University address Sept. 1. “The term ‘life-long learning’ was not intended to describe an undergraduate education.” While the measure would reduce the variety of some degree paths, several regents said they feel the move would not hinder students from attaining a wellrounded education and also not weaken programs. “We’re trying to do what we can to help kids get through (college) in a timely fashion,” said Regent Tim Clare. To do that, Clare said the
“fat” needs to be cut from some programs to provide students the flexibility to get out in four years if they wish. But Clare said trimming would not come at the expense of programs requiring more courses than the 120-hour degree standard. The College of Business Administration already has 120-hour degree programs, and several majors in the College of Education and Human Sciences would meet the standard. For the programs that cannot be consolidated into 120-credit-hour tracks, Perlman, in his address to campus, said the individual departments would need to conform to the standard or prove it would conflict with the program’s accreditation or be impossible to implement. “I expect that at first, there will be some programs that can’t be done in 120 credit hours, but I would hope over time and in near term, we can work with professional certifications and make them fit the requirement of 120-hour
degree,” said Regent Chuck Hassebrook. Student Regent Lane Carr, a senior political science and history major, agrees the burden of college debt needs to be dealt with. Carr said he thinks the university can lessen that burden for students by shrinking their required courses and still maintaining a diverse, rich overall education. “Some think this is ‘dumbing down’ the educational experience,” Carr said. “The ACE program still requires certain classes to create a well-rounded, big-picture scholar.” Regent Bob Phares said he agrees with Carr, Clare and Hassebrook that the measure is needed. But he doesn’t think the move would limit students from broadening their overall education. This move just gives students the option to get out on time, Phares said. “Nobody says when you have 120 hours you’re outta here, you can’t stay,” he said. rileyjohnson@ dailynebraskan.com
friday, september 9, 2011
9/11 memorial Events 9/11 Memorial – City Campus when: Friday, Sept. 9 to Monday, Sept. 12, all day where: Nebraska Union Greenspace and Nebraska Union what: Memorial U.S. Flags will be set up in the Nebraska Union Greenspace representing each of the 70 Nebraska soldiers who have died since 2001; their photos will be on display in the Nebraska Union Alcove, as well as photos of remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and a TV with a 9/11 commemorative documentary. A donation box collecting items for the Blue Star Mothers of America Heartland Chapter will also be part of the display, along with a wall of white paper for students to write comments, prayers or words of remembrance for 9/11. A 9/11 documentary, writing wall and Blue Star Mothers donation box will also be set up in the East Campus Union during the City Campus display. cost: Free Guardians of Freedom Airshow 2011 Saturday, Sept. 10, and Sunday, Sept. 11, gates open at 9:30 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. where: Lincoln Airport what: Airshow featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, civilian aerobatics acts, military and vintage demonstrations and a parachute team. cost: Free when:
Honor Ride and Fundraiser
when: Sunday, Sept. 11, ride starts at 1 p.m. where: Frontier Harley-Davidson, 205 NW 40th. Street what: Fundraiser sponsored by Frontier Harley-Davidson,
the Frontier HOG Chapter and Raising Cane’s. contact: 402-466-9100 for more information
9/11 National Day of Service when: Sunday, Sept. 11, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. where: City of Lincoln and surrounding community what: The UNL Office of Civic Engagement hosts a National Day of Service to help around the Lincoln community and surrounding areas by doing basic community service activities. contact: Email email@example.com or call the Service-Learning Staff at 402-472-6150. cost: Free. Volunteer tools will be provided. UNL 9/11 Memorial Ceremony
when: Sunday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m. where: Nebraska Union Plaza what: Memorial ceremony with candlelight
vigil and prayer
9/11: from 1 working with the Department of Defense as well. But that impact goes even deeper, Scalora said. “As an instructor, I could be teaching men and women who could be going in harm’s way,” he said. “That’s pretty damn profound.” In a survey of more than 2,200 UNL students last fall, 64 percent thought a terrorist attack in the United States was either somewhat likely or very likely in the next five years. Michael Wagner, assistant professor of political science, conducted the study, which also found Republicans to be slightly more inclined to say an attack is more likely than Democrats. “The impact is more subtle (now), but we all experienced it,” Scalora said. Things have shifted as time has passed, he said. And that might be a good thing, Scalora added. “The reality is, you minimize the impact of terrorism by moving on,” he said. It didn’t take long for the psychological impact of the event to filter into politics. After Sept. 11, 2001, the psychological need to ensure security took on more priority than privacy concerns, Beyene said. Congress passed the Patriot Act in 2001, along with increased security and new procedures at airports and more surveillance, including wiretapping. Beyene said there’s a fine line between protecting people and infringing on their rights to privacy. Governments have the mission of protecting the people, he said, but he questioned how Americans can know which policies are meant for homeland security and which are for an internal agenda. Beyene is familiar with the fear that terrorism creates, he said, thanks to his experiences in Ethiopia. Ultimately, “wrongdoing cannot be a solution to wrongdoing,” he said. “The first loser in 9/11 is not America, but those who committed the crime.” Violence cannot be a solution for any cause, no matter its legitimacy, he said, adding, “There is no place for violence in the 21st century.” Culture of patriotism For some people, 9/11 increased the feelings of patriotism and support for the War on Terrorism, and UNL students are no exception.
The number of students enrolled in the Reserve Officer Training Corps at UNL has increased since 9/11, said 1st Lt. Spencer Murdock, enrollment and scholarship officer at UNL. “Many people wanted to contribute their service to the country in an honorable fashion,” he said. Amy Holdcroft, a midshipman in the ROTC program at UNL, said her dad was in the Navy at the time. Because of 9/11, he had to go to work, she said – that was the extent of her reaction then. “It really didn’t mean anything to me at the time,” she said. Her father was gone for four days, but Holdcroft was inspired by her father’s leadership. “I think he had an effect on what was happening, and I wanted to do the same thing when I grew up,” she said. Along with an increased enrollment for all branches of ROTC, Murdock said there was an increased awareness of what the services do because of the last 10 years of conflict. In the years after 9/11, there has been a lot of support for the United States military services. “We’ve seen more media exposure,” Murdock said, “(talking about) what they sacrifice, what they do.” Holdcroft said the war on terror and 9/11 means more to her now, especially because she has friends serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. “It seems more concrete now,instead of vague,” she said, later adding, “We know what our efforts are trying to do.” Members of ROTC will contribute to the 9/11 memorial taking place at Saturday’s football game with the color guard’s performance. “Many people in Nebraska identify with the people who lost their life in conflict in the past 10 years,” he said. Murdock said everyone in the ROTC building is aware of the upcoming anniversary of 9/11. “They know why they’re defending their country,” he said. “And why they’re participating in ROTC.”
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DN quotes of the week
“You can be a cynic and say all science is crap, filled with a bunch of liars. Or you can take the time to do the research, crunch the numbers and find out for yourself. Critical thinking is a choice; be a skeptic, not a cynic.”
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“We do a remix to ‘Ignition’ by R. Kelly. We rock that song.”
of the band Higher Empathy Movement
“That’s one thing our players have got to learn, they cannot change their emotion based on the score.”
NU volleyball coach
“Sometimes I want to watch a piñata rack up a body count on a tropical island. I crave the simple things, you know?”
Rhiannon Root Opinion columnist
“He’s definitely an artist. He’s relentless, like a badger or something. Whenever he has a project, he tackles it and he defeats it.”
Junior film and new media major, describing director Jordan Riggs
“If the person talking about climate change isn’t a climate scientist, why should you believe what they’re saying?”
climatologist in the School of Natural Resources.
“We have the receiving corps and running to put up 60 a game”
“We are the true Cornhuskers, everyone else is just a fan.”
freshman general studies major.
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letter to the editor Students not entitled to more tickets
While your coverage of the lack student tickets made available shows sympathy, it doesn’t show balance. I understand it’s natural for a student-run newspaper to be student-centric, but your coverage of the issue is biased. Yes, there are students who wanted tickets but couldn’t get any. However, just two years ago student tickets remained until the week of the first game. The athletic department can’t constantly change the amount of allotted student tickets each year. Why would they spend lots of time trying to gauge the elastic student market that varies greatly depending on our preseason hype when they could depend on the non-student market that is very dependable regardless of how the Huskers perform. I mean Nebraska still sold out during two 5-7 seasons this past decade, something that few if any teams could do, and something that had very little to do with students. Also, while some students are the best fans in the stadium, many students see the games as mere social events regardless of the game’s outcome. You can see this in the amount of people who leave before the fourth quarter. You’d be hard pressed to find as many less-appreciative
fans in the rest of the stadium as you will in the student section alone. Also, unlike nonstudents, students don’t always use their tickets. In 2008 a good chunk of the student section remained open during the Baylor game. (Apparently some students didn’t find attending a conference game important back when we weren’t picked to win the conference.) That would have never happened if nonstudents held the tickets. I am not condemning the student section. In fact, the loudest as well as some of the most passionate fans are students. I just want to point out that the athletic program doesn’t revolve around us. Students come and go, but what the football program means to the state will never change. Nonstudents are the ones who actually keep the program (as well as the university) functioning because they bring in money. This is a high-stakes college sport, not middle school football. Money needs to be made if we want to remain competitive. And as students we need to understand that we want to remain competitive, because unlike the rest of Nebraska’s fans, we will only demand more tickets when we’re ranked highly.
Senior Psychology and News-editorial major
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Should sex scandals mix with politics? Media-sensationalized court case hurts system’s goal of fair contest
ominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the Inter national Monetary Fund, had been favored to be the next French President. But everything changed when he was accused of sexually assaulting hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo in New York. Now his political prospects are severely damaged. He faces other potential lawsuits in his home country. And he will forever be marked with the taint of a sex scandal. For Strauss-Kahn, the ordeal was a nightmare. For many observers, it was anticlimactic. The prosecution withdrew the charges when they discovered holes in Diallo’s story that would have made it extremely difficult for the jury to believe her testimony. We may never know for sure what happened in Room 2806 of the Hotel Sofitel. But America’s latest sensational court case has revealed a disturbing truth about the way we perceive our justice system. We claim in this country that everyone is “innocent until proven guilty.” It’s supposed to be a hallmark of our free society. But many Americans are more interested in rooting against defendants than in the due process of law. Sensational trials involving Michael Jackson, Casey Anthony and Dominique Strauss-Kahn show how little we are concerned about administering justice. Hollywood could hardly have written a better script for the scandal. The lawsuit pitted a poor, black woman against a rich, white man and played on tensions among genders, races and classes. We were primed to cheer on a working-class single mother and boo a millionaire womanizer who fit our stereotypes of a “dirty Frenchman.” Of course, there was sex involved, which always seems to get everybody interested. Physical evidence was inconclusive. There were no other witnesses to the alleged assault. The case would’ve hinged on Diallo’s testimony. But the prosecution team lost confidence in their client when she repeatedly changed her account of the assault. Lead prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon told the New York Times “With three prosecutors, an investigator and a translator hanging on her every word, she said she never told us something that everyone in the room heard.” District Attorney Cyrus Vance added, “If we are not convinced [the suspect is truthful], we cannot, should not and do not take the case to a jury.” Diallo’s inconsistent testimony doesn’t mean StraussKahn is innocent. However, the inconsistency was deemphasized by the American media until the prosecution’s case fell apart. It’s more interesting to tell the story the way they want it to end. Why are we eager for a conviction in sensational court battles? Fictional courtroom dramas teach us that justice isn’t served until the guilty are punished. Exonerating the innocent simply isn’t good enough, because
Benjamin kantack it allows the real criminal to go free. This commitment to perfect justice works fine in movies and TV. When the crime isn’t real, nothing is at stake. But when we apply that same standard to real-life court cases, especially when there may not be a crime at all, we risk sacrificing presumption of innocence. Our obsession with punishing the guilty is dangerous. We blind ourselves to facts, because getting a conviction is more important than the truth. We allow Nancy Grace and others to whip us into a frenzy regarding sensational trials, no matter how circumstantial the evidence is. Worst of all, we watch news coverage of high-profile court cases, not to see justice served, but in hopes of seeing a good story. In 1770, John Adams risked his reputation to defend the eight British redcoats responsible for the Boston Massacre in court. For Adams, ensuring a fair trial was more important than whetting the public’s desire for punishment. His representation saved the soldiers. All but two were acquitted of all charges. Since then, Adams’ devotion to “justice for all” has been used to represent America’s commitment to fairness, due process and the rights of the accused. To John Adams, justice was sacred. To far too many modern Americans, justice is a game. We cheer with as much passion and blind loyalty as the rowdiest sports fans. We glue our eyes to TV screen for the thrilling twists. We treat defendants, like Strauss-Kahn, as disposable fictional characters instead of human beings whose lives will be changed forever by a guilty verdict. Many in France blame America’s failing justice system for the indignities Strauss-Kahn suffered. In reality, the justice system was practically the only institution working in his favor. ABC News and Newsweek clamored to secure exclusive, sympathetic interviews with Diallo, and Jon Stewart lampooned Strauss-Kahn on “The Daily Show.” The court of public opinion, meanwhile, had already convicted Strauss-Kahn the moment news broke of his arrest. The American justice system has one purpose – justice. Not conviction, not acquittal and definitely not entertainment. This author hopes Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s case will serve as a wake-up call to anyone who seeks to impose the standards of fictional courtrooms on the real-life justice system.
Benjamin Kantack is a senior political science and Spanish major. Follow him on Twitter @ BenjaminKantack or reach him at opinion@ dailynebraskan.com.
Possible election of Strauss-Kahn would be huge mistake for France
olden-boy Dominique Strauss-Kahn was favored to win the next French presidential election. He was the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, had a steady following in the Socialist Party and a resume designed to make Nicolas Sarkozy weep. Then the rape allegations followed. And even for the Socialists, that’s a bit much to handle. According to Le Monde (it’s the French equivalent of our New York Times) , DSK, as he is commonly known, was accused of sexually assaulting the housekeeper in his New York hotel last May. A media frenzy ensued. The Frenchman was caught in a sex scandal with the maid – the irony is almost overwhelming. However, the criminal charges were eventually dropped at the request of prosecution. In the aforementioned Le Monde article, the case was dismissed in August. DSK was given his passport back and returned to Paris last week. How the Parisians will welcome him, though, remains to be seen. France knows better than anyone that sex sells. Only this time, their tried-andtrue philosophy failed. Even though the criminal charges were eventually dropped, the country fears that the scandal will only further cement their image as a sex-crazed nation. And with the numerous other allegations of sexual harassment cropping up since the affair, they may be right to be concerned. France is still a major world power. They are a key player in the European Union and sit on the United Nations Security Council. The person they elect to run their country affects more than just their citizens. And to elect — elect by the people — someone once accused of rape is irresponsible. In the most fashion-conscious country in the world, image is everything. This explains why, according to French polling agency, BVA, 80 percent of French people don’t want DSK to even run for president. That’s quite the turn around from mere months ago when he was favored to slay the incumbent in the election. France doesn’t want to be seen supporting a president accused of sexual misconduct. Even in America, we save that for the Supreme Court. I happened to be in Paris just after the initial allegations. French citizens are generally politically savvy. My American friends and I were often asked what we thought of the scandal. We usually responded that we thought it was “classic France.” French politics is often plagued by sex scandals. That was exactly what the
French feared we would say. Political presentation means a lot. Rape isn’t sexy. It doesn’t help sell France as “the most romantic country on Earth.” While France may not toss out a president for lying about his philandering, sexual assault is not only embarrassing to the country, it ruins the ambiance that fuels their tourism. The situation is similar to several years ago in the United States, when the country was under different leadership and not everyone was happy about the choices being made. France is just as concerned about their global reputations as we are. The people are sending a clear message through polling. According to BVA polling, the majority of the country has stated that they don’t want him to receive a ministerial posting either. Of course, as CNN reported August 30 , DSK is facing another set of rape charges in his home country, those remaining supporters may soon be eager to put more distance between him and their government. However, some French government officials aren’t ready to retire DSK just yet, according to Le Monde . Political experience isn’t an easy thing to replicate, so some French officials are willing to forgive and forget. Britney Spears has proven that comebacks can work, so this election may not be over till it’s over. This scandal leaves French politics in a rather precarious place. The people don’t like current-President Sarkozy, but they don’t hate him as much as they do DSK. That’s quite a feat for a country far more liberal than ours. However, their reluctance to let go of DSK completely should raise a few eyebrows. This is only the latest installment of political sex scandals and, while France is making strides toward cleaning up their government, there is much work to be done. While most of the country wishes to see him out of politics completely, governments have a way of remaining incestuous. Instead of using a tarnished seasoned politician, they should focus on training new party members that haven’t committed any felonies. Actions are what will change their image. If the French people are truly concerned about their image in the world, they need to demand that DSK retire from politics completely.
Kaley Cook is a sophomore International Studies major. Reach her at opinion@ dailynebraskan.com.
‘Willy Wonka’ remake doesn’t top original FACE OFF
Tom Helberg Author Roald Dahl’s works have been subject to numerous film adaptations, including “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Matilda,” though perhaps none are more famous than the two adaptations of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Veteran television director Mel Stuart helmed 1971‘s “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” and Tim Burton directed 2005’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Ironically, the former film focuses more on Charlie and the latter is more concerned with Wonka. Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp each take a stab at the indelible Wonka.
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Peace They Come in
Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers bring a particular Southwest style to Lincoln
Each film tells the story of a little boy, Charlie (Peter Ostrum and Freddie Highmore, respectively), who finds a golden ticket in a Wonka chocolate bar, allowing him to visit the wondrous factory where the candy is made. A group of five children and their guardians tour the factory, with the “naughty” children being eliminated along the way. Dahl himself wrote the screenplay for the first film, though the script received a massive rewrite by David Seltzer. Dahl was so unhappy with the rewrites that he reportedly never watched the film. He also refused permission for the sequel, “Charlie and the Great Glass
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Play reflects on 9/11 with intimate story
Matt Havelka DAILY NEBRASKAN
Roger Clyne is a rock ‘n’ roll journeyman. In the early 1990s, Clyne and his band, The Refreshments, burst onto the Phoenix music scene with southwestern-infused power-pop Americana. In 1997, their song “Yahoos and Triangles” served as the theme song for the longrunning cartoon, “King of The Hill.” In 1998, Clyne and Paul Naffah retooled their sound and set out on a new musical career with Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers. The band’s newfangled sound swelled across many genres, from southwestern rock to alternative country to pop-rock. This Saturday, Roger and The Peacemakers brings its Arizona twang to the Bourbon Theatre. The Daily Nebraskan caught up with Roger to ask him about his views on music, life and why he thinks Tom Petty is a musical savant. Daily Nebraskan: What about the
southwest inspires you and your music? You’re from Arizona, but why haven’t you sold out and moved to Los Angeles? Roger Clyne: It’s a really big question, but it’s so simple. It’s like falling in love. I love this place. I was born here. I was raised here and I’m raising my family here. I love the history and the people that have lived here before me. It’s a rich area we have here and it’s easy to let that inspire my music. DN: You’ve been in the music business for more than 20 years. How has time changed you as a musician? RC: First and foremost, our music has always had messages of hope. Even though there are themes of disillusionment and disenchantment, it always ends with the possibility for change. I’ve been recording since my early 20s, and back then I thought I could make it work as a career. But now, 20 years later, I realize I didn’t plan for all these mundane tasks and problems that I’ve been dealing with
these past couple years. I have a mortgage and bills, I have a tour bus that I’m still trying to make work for us, I have kids who are about to go to college. I’m trying to find out how I can live happier and make the people around me happy. DN: With the changes in technology during the past 20 years, how have you and your band adapted to the digital music era? RC: Well, it definitely makes it easier to be an artist, because you can share your creations instantly with anybody, anywhere. When we started making music we had to really work to get our CDs in people’s hands, but the digital world creates new means of access for music fans. It’s a revolution because we don’t have to rely on gatekeepers, like the major labels, to
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Sigma Psi Zeta’s ‘Power of Red’ helps sisters connect Kristina Jackson DAILY NEBRASKAN
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In the wake of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Angels Theatre Company presents Neil LaBute’s “The Mercy Seat.” The show is directed by Judith Hart. The drama is set in the early morning of Sept. 12, 2001, in a New York City apartment. Sean McGill plays Ben Harcourt and Becky Key Boesen plays Abby Prescott, a couple whose lives are forever changed by the tragedy, albeit in unexpected ways. The characters’ relationship is unknown at the beginning of the play, with more and more details revealed as the show continues. The character’s initial topic of discussion is the horrific events outside their window, but that slowly turns to what it could mean for their relationship. The one-act play is a twoperson show, creating a
MERCY SEAT Director: Judith Hart Haymarket Theatre
if you go when: Sept. 9 and 11 at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 11 at THE GUARD 2:00 p.m. Starring: Brendan Gleason, where: Haymarket TheDon Cheadle, Liam atre, 803 Q St. Lincoln Cunningham how much: General Mary Ross $20,Riepma Students - $10
highly intimate story in the midst of a Grade worldwide catastrophe. Boesen and McGill do well in creating a personal history between their characters, both in line delivery and physically. LaBute, a film director, screenwriter and playwright, has been called “AmericanCONTAGION theatre’s reigning Starring: Matt Damon
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The power of red can do more than just win a football game. Sigma Psi Zeta is hosting its second Power of Red party Friday at the Bourbon Theatre, 1415 O St. Students 19 and older can dance the night away and also give the sorority a chance to attend regional meetings. “We’re hoping to see a lot of red, a lot of fun and a lot of dancing,” said Nhi Dang, Sigma Psi Zeta president. Sigma Psi Zeta is the only Asian-interest sorority in Nebraska, although Dang said it’s not just for Asian persons. Nebraska’s Xi chapter has 11 active members, according to their fundraising chair, Zan Luu. The national organization’s philanthropy is to combat domestic violence against women. The Power of Red party’s goal, however, is mainly to raise money for the girls to meet their national sisters. Regional rallies for Sigma Psi Zeta give members a chance to connect with other students with similar interests and goals. Luu said the organization wanted to “raise money to be more incorporated in the state of Nebraska.” To make this networking
if you go when: Friday, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. where: The Bourbon Theatre, 1415 O St. how much: 19+-$8, 21+-$4
opportunity possible last year, members decided to host a party. “We thought it would be cool to continue it every year,” Dang said. The inaugural event last year was held at Bricktop, but, after its success, Sigma Psi Zeta started looking for a larger venue. Luu said the Bourbon was a natural choice, mostly because it allowed attendees 19 and older. “Everyone can attend,” she said. “That’s kind of the college age.” DJ Fusion will be spinning hip-hop tracks along with some techno for the party. Dang said they like to see red not only because of Husker power, but also because Sigma Psi Zeta’s colors are red and gold. Even though Sigma Psi Zeta set out with some added goals, Luu said the Power of Red should be a lot like other parties. “We want them to have fun,” she said. “It’s a party!” kristinajackson@ dailynebraskan.com
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If a movie ever deserved points for thoroughness, Julie Bertuccelli’s “The Tree” is it. Every metaphor you could possibly imagine involving trees is not only exhaustively explored, but also conveniently placed directly in the viewer’s face. It’s an eloquent fable that mostly avoids sentimentality, but it is crowded by self-evident symbolism and tired clichés. Based on the novel “Our Father Who Art in the Tree,” it follows Dawn (Charlotte Gainsbourg), an Australian woman, and her four children after the death of her husband. Dawn’s 8-yearold daughter Simone begins to hear her father’s voice in the enormous fig tree growing in their front yard, which she climbs and weaves with her father’s keepsakes while she converses with it. Soon, Simone lets her grieving mother in on her secret, and, supernatural or not, the mother starts climbing the tree at night to nestle in its
branches. If this were the extent of the tree’s role, it could be a moving portrait of a coping family. Simone, played by Morgana Davies, steals the show in an already strong cast as the stubborn but inquisitive daughter. Along with her best friend, Simone reminisces on happiness, shares secrets and screams under train tracks. And with beautiful rural Australia as the backdrop, many flaws can be given a certain amount of leniency. It seems, at times, that there are spiritual implications already embedded in the landscape. But when the tree’s roots threaten to destroy the household through the plumbing, helped along by two storms with conveniently distinct implications, it starts to get tiresome. This isn’t helped by images of “bleeding” sap, crabby neighbors complaining about yard encroachment and a character valiantly blocking construction crews by camping in the branches. The only surprise is in how
predictably the events play out, because the film’s tone and scope imply much greater aspirations. The novel very well could have handled the tree in a more poetic and engrossing way, but on screen it is simply a clunky image that would have better advanced its themes through character development. The scenes between the tree are often moving and poignant, mostly due to the cast. But the constant presence of the symbolic departed doesn’t leave room to decide on one’s own what’s worth caring about. Bertuccelli sometimes evidences a delicate artistic touch in her handling of the children’s dialogue, but the script doesn’t allow her to carry a consistent style that a fable like this demands. An obvious story needs some creative angle, and we only catch glimpses of it here. Dawn is a textbook example of the stages of grief, and Gainsbourg believably moves through denial, anger, bargaining, depression
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and acceptance. Her new love interest and distraction from grief, played by Marton Csokas, is necessary but boring, and takes up too many scenes after his entrance. His bewilderment at the family’s tree fascination comes far enough in that the viewer is inclined to wonder the same. It’s only through his cringingly self-aware lines like “Can’t you see it’s destroying the house?” that the viewer doesn’t side with him. Well-sketched characters and a careful handling of melancholy and sentiment keep “The Tree” from losing its effect entirely, but too much is lost in in-your-face symbolism to create any lasting emotional engagement. cameronmount@ dailynebraskan.com
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Elevator.” Gene Wilder puts in a career-best turn as Wonka, whose mixture of childlike innocence and bitterness are fascinating. Wonka throws out literary quotes and references from John Keats, Oscar Wilde and Shakespeare, among others, one of Seltzer’s many changes to the script. Depp gets points for trying, but he is overdetermined to make his Wonka as weird as possible. He teeters uncomfortably between a semi-likable cartoon character and impersonating a latter-day Michael Jackson. Depp’s Wonka is just too peculiar to ever be believed as a character. In contrast, there’s always a sense of warmth with Wilder’s Wonka, even in his crueler
moments. Several shots in first film feature the actor’s real reactions. When the group of children enters the main room in the factory, it was the first time they had ever seen the set. The look of wonder in their eyes was real. Also, when Wonka yells at Charlie near the end of the film, Ostrum didn’t know what was coming. Burton’s film is heavy on post-production special effects. The factory scenes were shot on actual sets in the original film, and Burton’s factory is heavily supplemented and expanded with CGI. While I have nothing against CGI inherently, this film can’t gain my suspension of disbelief. There is an unreal quality to the “sets” that disallows me
from buying that the actors are in an actual physical space. The look of Burton’s film may be more fantastical than the original, but that doesn’t make it more believable. Besides the sets, more was accomplished with visual effects in Burton’s film. The iconic opening sequence in “Willy Wonka” was shot in a real candy factory, and a similar sequence in Burton’s is entirely computer animated. Also, a group of 10 actors played the Oompa Loompas in the original film, while only one played the dozens found in the newer film. Actor Deep Roy repeated each action for the Oompa Loompas hundreds of times and the shots were compiled digitally.
Lyrics for most of the songs in the newer film were taken directly from Dahl’s book, though unfortunately they are less memorable than those composed for the first film. “Pure Imagination” and “The Candy Man Can” have become classics. While Burton’s version strives to remain closer to the source material than its predecessor, I think the original film is much more enjoyable film. It has had the opportunity to grow a cult following with time, which is possible for the new film as well, but I don’t think Wilder’s “Wonka” can be beat. Tom Helberg is a senior film studies major. Reach him at tomhelberg@ dailynebraskan.com.
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During the course of reading this review, you will touch your face about 10 times. Or, as Kate Winslet’s character puts it in the chillingly realistic “Contagion,” about 3,000 times over the stretch of a day. The film, about a deadly virus epidemic that breaks down social order, isn’t the fast-paced thriller that its zombie-toned trailer suggests. Instead, there are long sequences of hard facts, anxious bureaucrats and an unsure public. Its plausibility and careful treatment of the more minute details elevate this film into an admirable, though not always entertaining, portrayal of visceral fear. The opening scene follows dozens of mundane situations as an unwitting public trades bacteria – handrails, handshakes and grocery store items. It’s the effect of telling the audience not to be aware of their own breathing, knowing full well it will only make them hyper-aware. For the remainder of the movie, you’re left unsure if the constant contact on screen is incidental or a conscious device. An audience member’s cough midway through the screening was met with uncertain and shaky laughter. Director Steven Soderbergh is aware of this tension, and sets out to manipulate the audience as coolly and subversively as a real virus works its magic. An Academy Award-winning star of the cast is killed off in the first few minutes without any more warning than a drop to the ground. Later, an autopsy shows that actress’s scalp
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gruesomely peeled away, a startling reminder that we’re all flesh and blood in the end. Another star is unceremoniously offed before they have a chance to shine for the viTREE tal final half. THE This isn’t morbid overselling, this is the Starring: Charlotte confused reality where govGainsbourgh, Marton Csokas ernments are guarded and Mary Riepma Ross months to vague, cures take manufacture and distribute and people at your side one Grade day are gone the next. Of course, this directorial strategy may only work when you have an excess of superstars to begin with: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne, Bryan Cranston, Demetri Martin and Elliott Gould all share the crowded spotlight. While it may help the film’s claustrophobic, noone-is-safe purpose, it’s ultimately too packed to leave room for any deep emotional connections. Instead, the film settles for a sampling of the simpler good in people: a stranger picking up another’s dropped papers or a father orchestrating a quarantined prom. A less-able director would have gone the “2012” route of sentimentality, but everything is carefully understated here. This sometimes causes frustration with its slow pace, but it adds to its intrigue as a director’s honest vision.
Cop humor takes turns in A‘The Guard’
Director: Judith Hart Haymarket Theatre
clyne: from 5 control what kind of music we release. DN: How has this new technology changed your fan base through the years? RC: Well the music culture has definitely changed. Back in the day a lot of people would identify with one certain band. Kids were walking around and saying stuff like, “This band explains me as a person and that’s why they’re MY band.” But now kids have playlists and 10,000 songs on their iPod, so that makes it easier to have many genres of music that people deem “their favorite,” and I think that’s a good thing. DN: The Peacemakers were one of the first bands
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to let fans into the entire creative projects with the Turbo Ocho Sessions. Did you feel like there was a lot more pressure to perform and be creative while you were under the microscope? RC: Well, the band and I spent eight days writing and recording at our hideaway in Rocky Point, Mexico. Every day we would write, record and arrange new music, and cameras were filming us the whole time. Then at the end of each day we would upload the video logs to our website. And the response was really amazing. For the most part there was incredible pressure, but that pressure
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also brought out some really spontaneous art. It was great, but nuts. I really have to give credit to my band because they helped shape the things coming out of my brain into really good music. DN: What was your early exposure to music like? RC: I started soaking up music at a very early age. My grandparents played a lot of old western music like The Suns of The Pioneers and Johnny Cash. In my teens I loved outsider music like The Violent Femmes and The Clash, and I told myself I wouldn’t listen to country again, but I realized later that country music has an authenticity
that wasn’t really at odds with the punk stuff I loved. That’s when I discovered the genius that was Tom Petty. DN: When you’re not playing your own stuff, what are some of your favorite songs to cover? RC: I love playing Bob Marley, and I always like looking into Tom Petty’s music and its structure. He does things that are so simple yet so transcendent. DN: What can fans expect from you and the band at your show at the Bourbon this Saturday? RC: Some good music and a really good time. matthavelka@ dailynebraskan.com
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dish out justice. He mines an unexpected depth in the character, though he is best when spouting unbelievable and hilarious dialogue. He is nothing if not profane, yet there is a good nature lurking CONTAGION underneath. Cheadle plays a likable straight man who is Starring: Matt Damon unwilling to take guff from Wide Release the protagonist. Watching him run around with an AK47 is a pure delight. The trio of Grade cocaine dealers are also quite enjoyable to watch, and are played by Liam Cunningham as the leader, David Wilmot as the psychopath (not sociopath) killer and Mark Strong as the heavy. Strong, who has been THEasTREE typecast enough a bad guy, relishes his screen time Starring: Charlotte and plays up the role. Csokas Gainsbourgh, Marton Director McDonagh and Mary Riepma Ross cinematographer Larry Smith shoot the Irish countryside and villages with a good eyeGrade and create strong compositions. Musical choices are inspired though appropriate. The biggest flaw may be an unnecessary subplot involving Boyle’s dying mother (Fionnula Flanagan). I suspect this plot was added to show a softer side of the calloused lead character, who lovingly dotes on his mum, but it’s unneeded. Unflinching and unexpected, “The Guard” is a bold comedy that lives up to its potential.
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With the U.S. Open entering its final weekend in New York, the Nebraska women’s tennis team will open its season on Friday in Des Moines, Iowa. The Huskers will compete in the Drake Invitational along with Wichita State, Creighton, South Dakota State,
Northern Iowa, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Play starts Friday with doubles action, followed by singles play on Saturday and Sunday. “The girls are excited to kick off the season,” assistant coach Hayden Perez said in a news release. “They have been working hard in the
weight room and this weekend will be an opportunity to see it pay off.” The Huskers will send four players to the invite: Mary Weatherholt, Janine Weinreich, Frederike Putthoff and Maike Zeppernick. Nebraska finished 20-8 last season, earning its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. sports@ dailynebraskan.com
fresno st: from 10 yards. Hill was impressed with his quarterback’s play in week one. Despite taking some heat from Cal’s defense in the pocket, he threw the ball well, Hill said. “We really made no runs after catches, we didn’t make any runs after initial contact in this game,” Hill said of his receivers in the opening game. “His numbers weren’t as high as everybody would want, I don’t know if numbers will ever be as high enough for what everybody wants, but I thought he (Carr) managed
the game very well.” The general consensus by NU coaches and players this week is that Fresno offers speed the Huskers haven’t seen yet in 2011. On offense, that means fans can look to junior running back Robbie Rouse. Rouse ran for 1,097 yards and eight touchdowns in just 10 games last season after sitting two contests with injuries. Another strength that Hill pointed to Monday was the Fresno State wideouts. Carr has had options this season, spreading the ball to seven different receivers against Cal. Redshirt senior Devon
Wylie grabbed five passes for 75 yards last weekend. Up front, the Bulldog offense has four new starters this season. To make matters worse, starting center Richard Helepiko left the game in the first half with an ankle injury, causing mass shifts on the line. This combination seems to spell good things for Nebraska’s defensive front. NU defensive tackle Jared Crick said the Bulldogs have earned a fighting reputation. “We’ve watched them in the past few years and just seeing how they play the game, it’s definitely how we
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Fresno state no. 10 NU bulldogs cornhuskers 1. Contain Martinez California’s starting quarterback Zach Maynard carved up the Bulldogs through with the air, and with his feet in week one. He was 16-for-35 for 266 yards with two touchdown passes and also ran for 52 yards. The competition doesn’t get any easier with Fresno State traveling to Nebraska. The ‘Dogs face another dual-threat quarterback in sophomore Taylor Martinez. Martinez flashed signs of greatness in 2010, but dropped off with injuries toward the end. With mobile quarterbacks giving Fresno State fits in the past, the ‘Dogs will have to keep Martinez’s big plays to a minimum if it want to escape Lincoln with the “W.”
1. Hold on to the ball Dropped passes and fumbles were far too common for the Huskers in 2010. Nebraska fumbled the ball 45 times last season, losing 16 of them, and the receivers didn’t help quarterback Taylor Martinez out at times by not catching the ball. NU fumbled four times, losing two, last Saturday against the Mocs from TennesseeChattanooga, and had more than one catchable ball hit the turf. The turnovers didn’t prove costly in week one, but Fresno State is a more dangerous team and will be looking to capitalize on any NU mistakes. An early batch of good fortune for the Bulldogs could spell disaster for Nebraska on Saturday.
2. Establish a run game Against California, sophomore quarterback Derek Carr attempted 33 passes and running back Robbie Rouse ran for 86 yards on only 17 carries. Traditionally, Fresno State relies heavily on the run game, even if it has an experienced quarterback behind center. It will be surprising if coach Pat Hill decides to throw the ball so much with Carr still getting acclimated in his starting role. The ‘Dogs will need to get the ball in Rouse’s hands to provide more balance against an aggressive Cornhusker front. If they have a successful running game, they could control the clock and have a better chance to stealing a road upset victory.
2. Get comfortable In Tim Beck’s first weekend as Nebraska offensive coordinator, the offense looked like it still had some kinks to work out. Taylor Martinez completed only 50 percent of his passes and the Huskers had trouble finishing drives, having to settle for four field goals. The option, a new wrinkle to Beck’s offense, was employed multiple times Saturday, but it was far from smooth. Three freshmen running backs along with veteran Rex Burkhead will be lining up behind Martinez this season, so getting comfortable in these next three weeks of non-conference play will be critical to the growth of the offense.
3. Convert the ‘Big’ play In the season opener, Fresno State started off the game with an interception and an early touchdown. But after those plays, the ‘Dogs couldn’t generate any big plays of 20 yards or more. The Bulldogs had a lot of opportunities to strike downfield, but couldn’t convert. The only play the ‘Dogs converted was in the first quarter where quarterback Derek Carr found senior receiver Devon Wylie for the Bulldogs’ only longyardage play. An early big play or two could keep the Cornhuskers’ powerful defense in check and open up opportunities as the game progresses.
3. Keep the pressure coming If one thing is certain, it’s that the Nebraska defensive line knows how to get after the quarterback. The Huskers had three sacks and 11 tackles for losses against Chattanooga last Saturday. Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr will be starting only his second game under center on Saturday and if NU can pressure the sophomore signal caller, good things will happen. With the possibility of preseason All-American cornerback Alfonzo Dennard out for a second straight week, a good showing from the defensive line will only help the youthful Huskers’ defensive backfield.
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Unfamiliar territory will be the site of a pair of matches for the Nebraska women’s soccer team this weekend. The Huskers travel to Blacksburg, Va., to participate in the Hilton Garden Hokie Invitational beginning Friday evening. The weekend holds a pair of tough games for NU as both of its opponents are from the ACC and in the nation’s top 25. The Friday game will feature Nebraska taking on the host team, No. 25 Virginia Tech (6-0-0). On Sunday morning the Huskers face another ranked opponent in No. 18 Wake Forest (4-1-0). This will be the first time Nebraska has played either team. Despite the unfamiliarity the Huskers will have against their opponents this weekend, senior forward Molly Thomas said that they’re exciting to play ranked teams. “It’s a change from the local teams we play a lot of the time, and it’s games like these and the North Carolina game that we bring the most intensity and are most excited about,” Thomas said. Wake Forest and Virginia have a combined record of 10-1-0 and the host team has yet to lose a game in the young season. Thomas said that both teams bring a little bit different of a style than the Huskers have seen so far. “They are both really quick and pass it well,” Thomas said. “It’s different, because in past games we have focused on a couple of players, but now we can’t do that because everyone on both teams are so good.” Sophomore goalkeeper Emma Stevens said that focusing on the specific players should not be an issue
According to Nebraska crosscountry r u n n e r, E r i c a Hamik, m a n y words identify the 2011 w o m e n ’ s crosshamik country t e a m . But three main traits describe this season’s team the most. “Dedicated, hard-working and role models,” Hamik said “We get up every morning and do our runs as a team. We’re dedicated because we do it as a daily routine and show up to practice on time to improve as athletes every day. I feel we’re great role models because this summer we were asked to go to certain camps and give kids tips. As Husker athletes I feel all younger athletes can look up to us.” Coach Jay Dirksen said all of those attributes describe Hamik especially. “She’s very talented and a strong runner,” he said. “Erica has great work ethic and is very intelligent. She’s had a good career so far, and she has potential to be very good, even after she graduates.
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Nebraska will face two ranked opponents this weekend in No. 25 Virginia Tech and No. 18 Wake Forest. Goalie Emma Stevens said NU needs to maintain a team attitude. if the defense is correct to start. “There shouldn’t be one player that you need to focus on when you are playing solid team defense,” Stevens said. “The same goes for each team we play. Everyone just has to go out there and do what they can to help the team.” NU hopes to help out its defense with its recent scoring barrage. Nebraska has scored 14 goals in its last two games, both resulting in victories. The Husker’s competitive level has been the reason for the success, according to Thomas. “We have had a lot of good, intense practice drills this week to raise our competitive level,” Thomas said. “This weekend will be about competing by winning those
fights for balls in the air and tackles, not necessarily stopping a particular player from the other team.” The Huskers competed well in their only game this season against an ACC opponent, though it ended in a 2-1 loss to then-No. 3 North Carolina. However, the team that NU plays should not affect the amount of intensity on the field, according to Stevens. “It doesn’t matter which team we are playing because it’s all about the competitive level in soccer,” Stevens said. “The reason we have been successful recently is because we are physical and get after it. We just need to focus on doing that, and we’ll be fine.” Andrewward@ dailynebraskan.com
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“I’ve been pleased with her since she’s been here and I feel she has potential to improve and help us even more throughout the season.” In the Huskers’ first meet last Saturday, Hamik helped the women win their third consecutive Creighton/UNO Classic title when she finished second overall with a time of 19:08.04. Dirksen said her finish should come as no surprise. “Her first race was really good and I expect her to finish top five for us every race,” he said. “She had trouble with blisters in that meet but she overcame them. The good thing was, is that she was off to a great start. She’s always been consistent in cross-country and you can always count on her to finish a race well. “I heard she had great summer training and that meet verified it.” The Kearney, Neb., native said she attempted a lot more workouts this offseason. “I ran more miles this summer and tried to run at a more consistent pace,” Hamik said. “There’s this hill in my hometown I’d sprint up, and then jog back down which helped with my toes. I’d keep doing it until I’d reach four miles. “It helps you work on
your form and longer strides when you run.” Hamik can tell the training has paid off. “Saturday felt really good,” she said. “I felt much more relaxed and stronger with my running. It was almost like I didn’t have to try as hard.” During the 2010 season, Hamik would also visit her younger brother’s crosscountry team, offering them advice before meets. Dirksen thinks the senior is a good example to all track runners. “She’s absolutely a great runner,” he said. “She does all things right and never complains when we ask her to do something. She has all the characteristics of an athlete you can ask for, and is a great example for the new runners coming in.” Along with her strong start to the 2011 season, Hamik finished top in the Creighton/UNO meet for the third consecutive year. In her sophomore and junior years, she took first and third place for NU. However, Hamik thinks she hasn’t reached her true potential. “I definitely want to do better this year since it’s my last,” she said. “I think the wanting to do better can only help me improve and make this my best season in Nebraska.” neduIzu@ dailynebraskan.com
Football: from 10 the performance of the line, according to coaches and players, wasn’t where it needed to be. The Huskers get a chance to improve on that effort this Saturday against Fresno State, but the Bulldogs will not be the pushover the Mocs were. Fresno boasts one of the nation’s best defensive tackles in Logan Harrell, who had 10.5 sacks last year and started off 2011 strong with another quarterback take down against California. To move the ball against the Bulldogs, the line will have to get more of a push up front, and the young starters will have to grow up quickly. But Cotton said he didn’t see wide eyes from any of his green players before the first game. While he said he’d have to watch the film to evaluate it more closely, he thought the youngsters were composed. “We were excited to see some of those young guys play,” Cotton said. “We’ve got an interesting mix of very, very veteran guys and there are a lot of guys that played for the first time today.” The line certainly had its moments, as the Huskers
However, Caputo basihad several long runs. On NU’s first score, a 7-yard cally ran one tempo on option keeper by Taylor Saturday. It was the slowMartinez, the line opened a est one. gaping hole for the speedy “I think Coach Beck’s quarterback to idea was to run through. just get evWe had a lot Right guard e r y b o d y of young guys Spencer Long comfortable,” drove his man he said. “We starting for the clear into the had a lot of first time. We end zone. young guys were just making starting for The Huskers averaged 5.3 the first time. sure everything yards per carWe were just ran smoothly. ry, but when making sure Martinez’s everything stats are takran smoothMike Caputo ly.” en away, NU nebraska center backs gained The line just 3.9 yards could get per carry. It’s a respect- away with mistakes against able number, but the team the Mocs. Tennessee at wanted better against an Chattanooga is easily the FCS school. weakest opponent on NU’s “We have to work on schedule, serving as a perour eyes and getting to the fect warm-up game for second level a lot better,” some of the more difficult Caputo said. “We had some challenges the line figures run-throughs on some dif- to face soon. ferent blocks that were un“We have a lot of coracceptable.” rections to make,” Caputo It was NU’s first game in said. “I’ve watched most of offensive coordinator Tim the film already and there’s Beck’s new offense, so a lot of things we can imsome bumps in the road prove upon and we will were to be expected. Ca- improve upon this week. puto reported the line re- So we’ll make a big jump sponded to one of the of- before Fresno.” danhoppen@ fense’s biggest changes, dailynebraskan.com the faster tempo, very well.
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Junior Lauren Cook shows appreciation to Nebraska fans by throwing a mini volleyball into the stands before Thursday’s win against Creighton. Kirsten Bernthal Booth said. “Nebraska is a great program, obviously we think Creighton has a great program, Kearney, Wayne State, UNO. Western Nebraska won the junior championship. There is great volleyball here across this state. There is no question in the `80s when Pettit made this program great ... it’s a trickle up for us.” For many of the players, that level of fan support is what drew them to Nebraska. “It does (impress) anyone, I know it did for me,” Morgan Broekhuis said. “The Coliseum is a special place, and until you experience a match there, I don’t think you can describe what it’s like. They’re not just people – they’re fans, they love the game, they love us, it’s really fun to be a part of that.”
Still, as nice as reaching 150 was for the team, the Huskers don’t have long to celebrate, as they face St. Mary’s tomorrow night and Weber State on Saturday afternoon, for a total of three matches in 67 hours. While Cook was pleased with the sweep Thursday, he thinks the team will have to step its game up for the rest of the weekend to be a success. “I’m looking for us to come out of this weekend playing well, with confidence, ready to take another step,” he said. “We didn’t play like that tonight, but we get another shot tomorrow night. We’re going to be forced (to take the next step) either way next week.” St. Mary’s, whom Cook called the toughest team NU will face so far this season, has been playing against tough competition all year, which
culminated in a defeat of No. 18 Duke Aug. 31. They swept Weber State earlier in the day, holding the Wildcats to 49 total points. “I was really impressed by St. Mary’s today,” Cook said. “They put on a clinic today. They’re not afraid to play the big boys. We’re going to have to play a really, really good match to beat them.” But, at least until tomorrow, the players aren’t thinking much about St. Mary’s. They’re more focused on the history they — and the fans — created Thursday night. “It kinda shows what’s so special about Nebraska – it’s the people,” Broekhuis said. “It’s fun to be a part of something so great for so long and know that you’re a part of that tradition.” seanwhalen@ dailynebraskan.com
Volleyball: from saw his team as being a lit- the court; she had three astle shaky on the court. He sists, five digs and 13 kills. didn’t like how the team Her versatility on the court was handling Creighton’s is the most important thing attack. she brings to NU, accord“We just ing to Cook. Right now I’m were out “That’s the just doing what of sync,” role we’ve deCook said. veloped for my team needs “Our ballher,” Cook me to do...I’m handling said. “It’s a big trying to be was out role, that’s why of sync, someone who we she has got to L a u r e n play well. She can go to when was out of does have a lot games are tight. sync.” of responsibilO n e ity with all the bright spot Morgan Broekhuis skills. husker sophomore for Cook “She’s got to was the do everything: play of Morgan Broekhuis. set, serve, pass, block, hit. “We came into situations So it’s a good role and I where she put the ball thought she handled it away which was good,” pretty well tonight.” Cook said. Despite all the roles Broekhuis was all over Broekhuis does on the
court, Cook is unsure if she is ready to take the next step into the role of leadership. “I’m not sure if she’s ready for a leadership role on the court,” Cook said. “But she certainly is going to have a big impact on how we play. “She’s going to touch the ball a lot and we need her to be a terminator.” Broekhuis sees her role as a utility player NU can go to when games are on the line. “Right now I’m just doing what my team needs me to do,” Broekhuis said. “And how that plays out every night I don’t know right now I’m trying to be someone who we can go to when games are tight.” robbykorth@ dailynebraskan.com
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Fresno State primed for top 10 upset
Youthful Husker pipeline hopes to make big jump from imperfect week one
Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr will lead the Bulldogs into Lincoln this weekend.
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Nebraska center Mike Caputo said the offensive line has to do a better job at using its eyes and getting to the second level when run blocking.
fter Saturday’s 40-7 victory against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the Huskers offensive linemen retreated to the home locker room, where they found their position coach waiting for them. After an uneven performance against a clearly overmatched opponent, the linemen got a
greeting they may not have expected. “Man, I miss you guys,” Barney Cotton said. Cotton, in his fifth season coaching and fourth under the current coaching regime, spent Saturday in the press box, watching from above to give the Huskers another angle to figure out how to attack the Mocs’
defense. New assistant offensive line coach John Garrison manned the sidelines instead. It was the first time Cotton had spent a game above the field, and he longed to be on the sidelines. “I like to be able to be around them and talk to them,” Cotton said. “I hadn’t seen them, except for about
10 minutes at halftime.” The presence of a veteran coach might not have been a bad thing, considering how many young faces the line employed. Center Mike Caputo was the only returning starter. Although youth is partly to blame,
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When Fresno State fans file into Memorial Stadium Saturday, Husker fans may get a look at quite a different red shirt that the Bulldog faithful have taken to wearing. The shirt depicts a Bulldog hat inches above a notable white mustache that might impress Hulk Hogan. Below the image, the words “Fear Fu Manchu” read in white and blue. The fandom is credited to the facial hair of FSU coach Pat Hill. “They’re having a little fun with it,” Hill said, chuckling Monday. “If people are having fun, that’s good.” Hill and the Bulldogs aren’t having the most fun this season after the Bulldogs lost to California last weekend, 36-21. Fresno State may come to Lincoln with a 0-1 record, but NU coach Bo Pelini isn’t sleeping on the Bulldogs. “I think Fresno State is very athletic,” Pelini said. “They’re very aggressive. They’re a physical team that is well-coached. History
shows that they give a lot of people problems.” Hill has guided the Bulldogs to the Western Athletic Conference elite, managing 10 bowl appearances in the past 11 seasons and a 100-66 overall record. The Bulldogs are coming off of back-to-back appearances in the New Mexico Bowl. “He has been there a long time now and had a lot of success,” Pelini said. “Obviously, to stay at one place as long as he has and to have the success that he has had with the schedule he has played, shows what he has done for that program.” Hill’s best season came in 2001, when future No. 1 NFL draft pick David Carr played as a senior. Carr guided the program to 11 wins, including victories against Wisconsin, Colorado and Oregon State. Husker fans will see another Carr under center this Saturday. David’s little brother Derek is a sophomore for FSU and now has his first start under his belt. Carr went 21-33 against Cal last weekend, for 142
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Nebraska defeats CU 25-14, 26-24, 25-16
Sellout streak reaches 150 at Coliseum
NU starts weekend strong
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For a state 1,300 miles away from the Pacific Ocean, Nebraska sure loves its volleyball. For the 150th time in a row — an ongoing NCAA record for all women’s athletics — the NU Coliseum was sold out for a Nebraska volleyball match. While 150-straight sellouts are impressive, the state has also hosted the four largest NCAA volleyball crowds ever — and seven of the top 10, plus the largest regular-season crowd — at what used to be Qwest Center Omaha. So, when NU coach John Cook addressed the crowd of 4,066 Thursday night after NU’s sweep of Creighton, his message to the fans was one of extreme gratitude. “You guys gotta remember it’s all about you,” he said. “You supported us and
made this streak historic and that’s why we say, ‘There is no place like Nebraska.’” That record streak is only going to rise. It’s guaranteed to reach 152 on Saturday, and 162 by the end of the season. With the Coliseum heading into its final year of use in 2013, it’s a fairly safe bet NU will close out the Coliseum with a streak around 190. Whether NU will be able to build up a sellout streak at the Devaney Center — tickets are still available for next Saturday’s match against Iowa State at the Devaney — is open for debate, but there is no doubt that the popularity of volleyball in the state has been huge — and not just for NU. “I’ve said for a long time, (legendary NU coach) Terry Pettit built volleyball in this state,” Creighton coach
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The Coliseum erupted for the 25th point of the third set. Nebraska had battled against Creighton and after trailing in parts of the first two sets was able to sweep the Bluejays 25-14, 26-24 and 25-16 Thursday night. NU outhit Creighton in every set, yet coach John Cook was unsatisfied with how close the Jays played No. 11 Huskers. “I’m not sure our play was the highlight of the night,” Cook said. “I thought Creighton really could have packed it in after the first game and competed, they did a nice job. “I just thought we were really inconsistent all night with just too many errors and weren’t really playing smooth.” Defense was an important part of the Husker win. NU had seven blocks and only three errors. Nebraska also had 55 digs, 14 more than the Jays. The key moment for NU came in the first set. Nebraska trailed 12-9 to Creighton. Then Lauren Cook acted like she was going to set the ball, but dinked it over the net for the
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Senior Brooke Delano served effectively during a key run for Nebraska during the first set of Thursday night’s match against Creighton. point for NU. Nebraska didn’t look back and scored 11 unanswered and ended the set on a 16-2 run. “That was one point where we went out and were aggressive and dictated play instead of waiting for them to err,” Brooke Delano said. “We went for
it.” Delano served during that run and had two aces and committed no errors. Cook was impressed with her performance from behind the line, mostly because she hadn’t practiced serving all week. “Brooke hasn’t served much this year because
we’ve been trying to pace her on her shoulder,” Cook said. “So maybe that’s the answer: Don’t let them serve in practice and let them go out in the game and they’ll serve great.” Despite the run, Cook
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