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  Ê<1"7- News Reporter Sue Crawford, a political science professor, hopes to compliment her teaching experience in a Creighton classroom with experience in the Nebraska Senate. Crawford announced her plans to run for the District 45 legislative seat in the Nebraska Senate earlier this month. District 45 includes part of the city of Bellevue and the Offutt community. Abby Cornett, the incumbent for the seat, has already served two terms and has been forced to step down due to term limits. Crawford and her opponent, Richard Carter, are currently vying for the position. If no one else files to run for the seat, they will both advance past the primary on May 15 to the election on Nov. 6. “I look forward to working on issues that make the most difference in the lives of the people who live and work in the Bellevue and Offutt communities including our veterans and military families,” Crawford states on her website. These issues include taxes, spending, economic development, education and health care. Crawford’s campaign priorities include providing “good jobs, good education and good government.” She hopes to encourage new jobs through attention to infrastructure TURN TO “CRAWFORD” PAGE 2

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,// 9Ê  7 Assistant News Editor After enduring the hardships of war, many veterans look forward to using the benefits allotted to them through the Post9/11 GI Bill to further their education by attending the college or university of their choice. The Yellow Ribbon Program serves as a compliment to the Post-9/11 GI Bill by providing those veterans who have served in the armed forces for at least three years following 9/11 with the opportunity to receive partial funding for their education at participating private universities. As an active participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, Creighton has committed to matching the funds provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow 200 veterans to pursue their undergraduate studies through University College at little to no personal cost. In order to be considered for admission into the Yellow Ribbon Program, veterans must first undergo an application process in which they apply to receive their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs before receiving a Certificate of Eligibility specifying that they qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program. After applying for admission into University College and submitting a copy of his or her official transcripts, the applicant will be notified of his or her acceptance into the program. Following the 9/11 attacks, University TURN TO “RIBBON” PAGE 2

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Page 2 ˜ÊV>ÃiÊޜÕÊ “ˆÃÃi`ʈ̰°° Annual celebration honors CU founders This year Creighton celebrates its 134year anniversary, and it’s doing so in style. Founders Week officially kicked off Wednesday with the men’s basketball team’s game against Illinois State University. The commemoration will continue until Feb. 11 and will feature a flurry of events. Some of the events that highlight the special week are the Thursday “All Things Ignatian” poster presentations, sponsored by the Creighton University Jesuit Community and Deglman Center for Ignatian Spirituality. Faculty, staff and administration presented projects and efforts that highlight the Ignatian spirit in action. There is also the Founders Week mass on Monday at St. John’s church. This event starts at noon. 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. classes will be cancelled in order for students to attend. Creighton will also be dedicating a Nebraska Historical Society marker documenting the presence of Native American populations in the general area of the University for some 12,000 years. This event will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Opus Hall Community Room. For a full list of events check out the Creighton University website.

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-* \ÊBudget cuts force changes in the highly successful Forensics team “The team’s mission is to be the best that they can be,” Dr. Laura Gill, forensics team coach, said. “Creighton is a much smaller school and we have a much smaller squad so we like to think of ourselves as mice sneaking in and doing really well.” The forensics team has been a comprehensive program with debate until this academic year. However, through the program prioritization process, the forensics and debate program’s budget has decreased significantly, eliminating the debate program. The team went from 20 students to eight. Dr. Marty Birkholt, Creighton’s debate coach for the past 13 years, is disappointed with the decision to eliminate the debate team. “If you look at the core values of a Jesuit education, debate is really at the heart. Debate is students critically and intelligently discussing issues of the day and integrating various disciplines,” Birkholt said. “They challenge and test those ideas in a public forum.” In order for the forensics and debate teams to be successful and gain recognition they must often travel to out-of-state tournaments. “The price per student in the forensics and debate program looks much steeper compared to other programs on this campus,” Birkholt said. “It’s easier to look at this program as an ÀÌÃÊEÊ-Vˆi˜ViÃÊvÀiœi˜ÊÕÀ«…ÞÊ œÜ`Ê>˜`Êi}>˜Ê>ÝÜiÊ«iÀvœÀ“ÊۜV>ÊÜ>À“Õ«ÃÊ expense with the traveling, but it’s important LivœÀiʜ˜iʜvÊ̅iˆÀÊvœÀi˜ÃˆVÊ̜ÕÀ˜>“i˜ÌðÊPhoto courtesy of Dr. Laura Gill. to look at the revenue it generates.” Birkholt did not step down because he gives them] the ability to voice their ideas and but that has to do with the transition. I hope we can get back to the success we’ve had in the was tired of coaching debate; he had to step beliefs in social settings.” Gill, who has been at Creighton for four past,” Gill said. down because there is no budget. The forensics team has already been “[Debate’s] most important thing is years, came because of the comprehensive to five tournaments and has seven more to give students the ability to learn to be an program with the debate team. “We’ve had a slower year than years past, remaining to finish out the year. effective public advocate,” Birkholt said. “[It

, " \ÊReturning veterans get a helping hand Original play set senior Jeremy Stevens “knew the degree in international relations and hopes to open next week College military was for him.” After serving in the this degree will allow her to work for the “Gone the Rainbow, Return the Dove,” an original play by theatre faculty member Michael McCandless, will present its collegiate premiere at Creighton next week. Performances will be held Feb. 8-11, at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 12 at 2 p.m., in the Studio Theatre of the Lied Education Center for the Arts. The play presents Americans at war from a uniquely personal perspective. The title is derived from an 18th century Irish song about a woman who laments her lover going off to war and her fears of never seeing him again. Based on original letters and diaries written to and from battle zones, the play dramatizes the lives of individuals from the American Revolution to presentday Afghanistan. Ticket prices: $10 for general audience; $8 for senior citizens and $5 for students.

Men’s basketball draws record crowd On Saturday night the largest home crowd in school history, 18,436, witnessed the then No. 14 Jays defeat Bradley University. The sellout was the fourth of the season for Creighton, whose stands were decked in a sea of pink for breast cancer awareness as fans witnessed the Jays beat the Braves by a score of 73-59. Creighton is averaging 16,470 fans per game, which is good enough for eighth in the NCAA. If the Jays keep these figures up they would break the MVC record for average attendance.

Army for four years, Stevens was eager to further his education but he was initially unsure of where to do this. “I did a campus tour of University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and I was planning on going there, but then I found out about the Yellow Ribbon Program,” Stevens said. “I always wanted to go to Creighton, but I just never thought I could afford it. So when I found out about the Yellow Ribbon Program I was pretty happy.” As an art history and secondary education major, Stevens looks forward to using his undergraduate degree to educate young minds, as well as help his fellow veterans in any way he can. Stevens is currently writing a piece on the various experiences of student veterans and feels it is necessary for the world to know that student veterans come from all different backgrounds and are capable of succeeding at the absolute highest level in college. “I got back from Afghanistan in May of 2008, and by August of 2008 I was a full time freshman, and that’s a very big transition,” Stevens said. “I know a lot of student veterans feel like they’re stereotyped at times, but my GPA at Creighton is 3.91, and I know there’s a lot of other student veterans who have done just as good if not better.” As a University College senior and a mother of two, Yellow Ribbon Program participant Aubree Johnson said she felt “very excited” when she found out she had been accepted into this program as she would now be able to receive the funding necessary to pursue her educational goals. “Because of [The Yellow Ribbon Program,] I am able to go to school, it helped pay for my tuition,” Johnson said. “Otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to go.” Johnson is seeking her undergraduate

government in the Pavilion doing much of the same work she completed while serving in the Air Force for four years. University College junior and Yellow Ribbon Program participant Frankie Aguinot served in the Navy for four years before returning home from service. Finding it difficult to balance going to both work and school, Aguinot felt the benefits she would receive following her service in the Navy would greatly assist her in funding her college education. “I wanted to find a way to pay for college and it was hard going to school and work at the same time,” Aguinot said. “I knew that if I joined the Navy when I got out the government would help pay for [school], and I’d be able to be a full time student.” Aguinot said she finds the Yellow Ribbon Program to be very beneficial because it does not limit veterans’ choices of where they would like to receive their education. This helps to significantly increase the number of student veterans on a university’s campus. As president and one of the founders of Creighton’s Student Veteran Organization, Aguinot works to reach out to fellow veterans in the community and let them know there is an opportunity for them to use their educational benefits at Creighton. “When I was considering schools to attend I knew how expensive Creighton was, and I didn’t think that Creighton would want to waive the several thousand dollars every semester for me to go here,” Aguinot said. “But I guess I underestimated how much Creighton really believes in the Jesuit values of educating the community.” For those veterans seeking to become a part of the Yellow Ribbon Program, Aguinot recommends contacting a local Veterans Affairs representative with any questions about eligibility.

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professor’s field of study helps her with Senate run and small businesses incentives, to provide funding for education and opportunities for learning outside of the classroom, and to emphasize accountability in the budget and government programs. Her field of study has helped her create her campaign priorities. “Having a political science background helps — it helps to have knowledge of politics and policy — a political science background also provides a strong background in understanding statistics, economics, political philosophy and strategy,” she said. She is thankful for the support of her husband, David Crawford, the archivist at Creighton, and her two sons throughout the campaign experience. “I spent a great deal of time talking with people who had experience in the legislature about the time commitments of campaigning and serving. I am convinced that overall it will be a positive experience for our family and for Creighton,” she said. Paul Hartnett, a former education professor at Creighton, previously held the seat for which Sue Crawford is running. He encouraged her to run for the seat. He showed his support for her campaign in her press release when she first announced she was running. “As someone who has served in the Nebraska Legislature representing this area, I can say without hesitation that Sue brings the right mix of commitment to Bellevue and depth of understanding of the issues to serve this district well,” Hartnett said. “Having her in the Legislature will be a true asset to both our state and the Bellevue and Offutt communities.”

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One professor’s journey to Creighton ANDREW TAYLON News Reporter Nationally recognized economist. Congressional witness. NASA employee. These can all be used to describe Creighton economics professor Dr. Ernest Goss, Ph. D. Goss comes from humble beginnings in Emerson, Ga., where he spent the first 18 years of his life. His father was a construction worker while his mother was a homemaker. After graduating from high school, Goss went to the University of South Dr. Ernie Goss Florida where he majored in accounting and mathematics before earning his master’s degree in business administration at Georgia State University. “Everyone kept telling me to choose something where I could make a solid living with a definite job opportunity,” Goss said. Goss chose to follow his heart, not the money, and pursued his interests in economics. He went to the University of Minnesota Graduate School for economics before earning his Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee. Goss is the current holder of the Jack MacAllister Chair, which was set up by Qwest Communications to do regional economic analysis to address economic issues relevant to the Midwest. Jack MacAllister was the CEO at the time. Before Goss became so respected for his research in economics, he spent four years at the University of Alabama, two years at Salisbury University in Maryland and three years at the University of Southern Mississippi. In 1992, Goss landed at Creighton after spending the previous two years working for NASA. He chose Creighton because it offered him the ability to do research, had a great reputation and academic quality. “Part of the Jesuit values is excellence in education,” Goss said. “I was also attracted because of the broader community outreach.” Goss currently teaches a macroeconomics class at the undergraduate level and two M.B.A.

classes in addition to the research he does. “He’s extremely smart and has great points of view on the world and economic issues,” Business senior Keith Weeces said. “He was the only teacher I’ve had at Creighton that when he entered the room, the whole room turned silent. I think some students who don’t know him are a little intimidated by him, but he’s very personable outside the classroom and is easy to talk to.” When he is not in the classroom he spends time working on his current book, which will focus on economic developments in gambling. He has previously written two books, and he has also started four monthly economic surveys that help to see what is currently going on or likely to go on in different regions of the country. Goss also publishes his own monthly newsletter, which currently has around 7,500 monthly subscribers. He hopes to get that number up to 25,000 or 30,000. “Dr. Goss is the most widely respected economist in the region,” Dr. Terry D. Clark, P.h. D, professor of political science and director of the graduate program in international relations, said. “He has put Creighton University on the map with the local business community.” Goss spends a lot of his time doing 50100 radio shows and a couple of TV spots per month. He hopes to continue to write books, do research and testify for possible economic policies. He also wants to work on consulting as well as teaching. “[I plan to keep teaching] until they get tired of me, or until I get tired of them,” Goss said. “I enjoy bringing the dynamic nature of the economy to class and making it relevant to the classroom.” Goss bases his economic principles off of Milton Friedman, whom he calls the “godfather” of conservative economics. He also looks up to former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan and Dr. John Taylor of Stanford. He has now been married for 24 years and has two daughters, Jennifer, 34, and Melony, 32. He also likes to stay active by cycling and running. “I want to be remembered for making a contribution to the understanding of the United States’ and regional economies,” Goss said.

Retreat offers reflection MADDIE SHEA News Reporter Creighton students gathered to share their own personal experiences of how the Eucharist plays a role in their everyday lives and faiths at the Eucharistia Retreat held over the weekend at the Creighton University Retreat Center, just outside of Griswold, Iowa. The retreat, sponsored by Campus Ministry, encourages all students, from all faith backgrounds to learn more about their individual faith and that of the Catholic Church, while strengthening and forming new relationships. “All of our retreats are unique,” Craig Zimmer, pastoral minister for retreats in Campus Ministry said. “Each one has a different focus and might appeal to a different audience. Some students are especially interested in exploring their faith within the context of the Eucharist, so this retreat tries to meet a need and desire for that particular community.” Zimmer said the team of student retreat leaders, as well as Campus Ministry staff members, shared talks about their own faith lives, held small group discussions and reflected during the retreat. Arts & Sciences sophomore Melanie Stara said the retreat was not just a spiritual experience for her; it was a chance to learn and grow from peers. “There is so much to learn from other

people and sometimes a new group of people is the best way to branch out and make new connections,” Stara said. “You will inevitably grow so much, both in faith and in community.” The retreat hosted speakers as well as individual and group prayer and reflection time. Stara said this environment is an ideal place for forming new friendships, as well focusing on your own faith. “It was important for me to attend this retreat because retreats are such a great opportunity to step back from the hectic, crazy schedule of life and reflect on what is truly important,” Stara said. “I wanted to grow in my relationship with the Eucharist while growing in community with other Creighton students, and the Eucharistia Retreat enabled me to do just that.” With the central theme being the Eucharist, students were allowed to reflect on their own relationship to the Eucharist and learn more about it. Zimmer said many students feel nervous or unsure before they attend a retreat, something he said is normal before trying any new experience. He said it is important to not allow your nerves to hold you back. “You might feel nervous or unsure, but if something is drawing you to a retreat, just go for it,” Zimmer said. “Who knows, maybe you will look back and see that retreat as a highlight of your time at Creighton.”

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Silent film Historic moment for fraternity paints vivid picture DAVE FUXA Scene Reporter

AMANDA BRANDT Scene Editor Black and white movies are frequently associated with ‘old Hollywood’ icons such as the Marx Brothers, Ingrid Bergman and Humphery Bogart. This era, while important and iconic in film history, is long over. Or is it? 2011’s surprisingly successful film, “The Artist,” was not only shot in black and white but without sound. Ever since the invention of color motion picture film technology, only a few brave movies have been shot in the ‘old’ style. Most notable of these include 2005’s political period piece, “Good Night, and Good Luck,” and 1993’s Best Picture Oscar winner “Schindler’s List.” By keeping “The Artist” as historically accurate as possible, director Michel Hazanavicius shocked the average moviegoers out of their comfort zone. He succeeded in forcing the audience to pay attention, as well as transporting them to a different time and place. The beginning of the film opens on a situation familiar to many — a successful movie star and his career in the ‘old Hollywood’ era; similar to “Singin’ in the Rain.” Handsome and talented George Valentin, played by French actor Jean Dujardin, is a typical actor, similar to Fred Astaire or Humphery Bogart. Valentin and his faithful dog have a wonderfully successful career. Peppy Miller, played by French actress Berenice Bejo, comes onto the Hollywood scene as an aspiring actress and dancer. She dreams of becoming a famous movie starlet and is quite confident in her abilities. Miller ends up working as an extra in a film Valentin is shooting. The two meet and have instant chemistry, and the plot seems to be predictably happy. However, all is not well for Valentin. The industry shifts from silent films to the more popular “talkies” with sound. For a reason unknown to the audience, Valentin is unable to make the transition to these new movies, and his life and legacy begin to crumble, while Peppy Miller’s career begins to skyrocket. “The Artist” won three Golden Globe Awards: Best Original Score, Best Actor – Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy (Jean Dujardin as Valentin), and Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. The film has been nominated for several other awards, both in France and the United States. It was recently nominated for 10 Academy Awards. Out of the nine films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture, “The Artist” is surely the most deserving. Not only is the concept of a modern silent film new and different, it also pays homage to the origins of cinema. While it can be argued that other films up for the prestigious award can also be classified as new and exciting, “The Artist” is more understandable than Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life.” Malick’s visually stunning masterpiece is extremely abstract and left many movie critics scratching their heads, trying to interpret the symbolism. Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” is full of incredible acting, but not even an outstanding performance by George Cloony can make this film universally applicable. The rest of the nominated films easily pale in compariso to “The Artist.” Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” is a family friendly, feel good movie shot in 3-D, but it lacks the depth Oscar winners usually contain. Steven Speilberg’s “War Horse” is based on a British children’s novel and a stage adaptation of that novel. To some in the Academy, this third medium may be the equivalent of ‘beating a dead horse’ — pun intended. The other nominees are not even worth mentioning “The Artist” is about overcoming life’s challenges, a universal theme that audiences world-wide can easily grasp. The superb acting, delicate storytelling and the throwback to older times are a winning combination that will lead “The Artist” to win on Oscar night. The 84th annual Academy Awards ceremony will be broadcast on ABC at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26th.

Last Friday, Creighton’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter was honored with a national milestone: initiating the fraternity’s 300,000th member. Several SAE executives were in attendance for the event, as well as SAE brothers from other chapters in Creighton’s province. Business and Arts & Sciences sophomore Chris Collins was granted this honor and was the 300,000th initiated member since the fraternity was founded in 1856. Originally, Collins did not know he was going to be the 300,000th member. “They told [the pledges] last semester at chapter that one of us would be initiated as the 300,000th member, but they didn’t tell us who,” Collins said. “Immediately we began wondering who it would be. Later I went and checked online and saw that I was number 300,000. All I could say was ‘Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!’ I was very excited.” As the time for the ceremony drew closer, Collins became very anxious. I felt like there was going to be a spotlight on me, which is a big ordeal. Thankfully, I was calmed down by one of the speakers. The speaker said that ‘Everyone has their own badge numbers. While all badge numbers are not going to be as well rounded as 300,000, the number is what you make of it. The pin doesn’t make the man, the man makes the pin,’” Collins said. “After that, I wasn’t as nervous.” When the moment to officially become the 300,000th member finally came, Collins was relieved. “It was almost an unreal experience,” Collins said. “Once I received the pin with the number 300,000 on it I felt a rush and said ‘whoa’ to myself, it has finally happened.” The celebration comes at a perfect time for many members of Creighton’s SAE chapter. “Not too long ago we were at a very low point [in our chapter],” said Arts & Sciences

SAE’s 300,000th member, Chris Collins, with national executives at a ceremony which took place Friday. Photo courtesy of Jeff Buchanan. junior Tyler Burroughs, former chapter president and current IFC president. “Three and a half years ago we had seven total members in the chapter. We needed something to kick this chapter back up.” “[SAE] has weathered a lot of storms as a fraternity and we have always come out better because of them,” Blaine Ayers, executive director for SAE, said. “Creighton has had a few storms of their own. There is a lot to celebrate.” The night began with SAE’s formal bid acceptance in the Harper Center auditorium. Ten new members pledged to join SAE, giving SAE 43 active members on Creighton’s campus. “The new pledges were able to be there with members from national for their formal bid acceptance,” said Arts & Sciences senior

and current SAE president Mike Bahl. “Which is very cool. They might not understand it now, but that is very cool.” “The [bid acceptance ceremony was] a prideful event, and for the people accepting bids it is a great way to start off,” said Burroughts. “It will help them strive towards something bigger than themselves. It put things into perspective how nationally Greek systems can come together locally.” Everyone enjoyed the momentous event. “I’m happy we get to be here when this happens,” Bahl said. “It [was] a pleasure and an honor to be here,” Ayers said, “I’m very happy for them.”

Stop shelling out for shots Guys buying drinks for girls is an extremely common phenomenon in college social settings all across the country. It often seems like the norm that if a guy sees someone out that he is remotely interested in, he is supposed to buy her a drink. I don’t get APRIL PAYNE it. Scene Columnist I have absolutely nothing against guys buying girls drinks. It is a chivalrous gesture that can represent anything from friendship to romantic interest. I just don’t like the implications that this ritual has taken on. To me, it seems usually if a guy purchases two or more drinks for a lady friend in one evening, he seems to think that means he will be leaving with this girl at the end of the night. Yes, if you bought drinks for a girl, she should be extremely grateful for your generosity, but she doesn’t owe you anything for it. If you bought her two drinks at the Jay on a Wednesday night, and heaven forbid you didn’t tip the bartenders, that means you spent $4 on this girl. That amount of money would also buy someone 16 gumballs from a gumball machine at a shopping mall. Basically what I’m trying to say is it’s nothing she’s going to write home about. But I am certainly not saying that the only way to impress a girl is to drop a ton of money on her. This past summer I went to a concert with a guy who continued to buy me beers throughout the night. Yes, it was a nice gesture, but I didn’t want him to buy those drinks for me. In fact, I even asked him to stop. They were

overpriced, they were unnecessary and, to be quite frank, I would have much rather been drinking tap water than the Bud Light he kept bringing me. This guy wasn’t particularly nice or funny but seemed to think that didn’t matter as long as he kept spending money. Needless to say, that was the last time we hung out. But girls and guys equally contribute to the problem. A lot of girls seem to expect guys

to buy them drinks when they go out. Sure, that might be an okay expectation if you are on spring break surrounded by desperate guys you don’t know. But when you go to Creighton and see the same people out three times a week, I feel like it’s an unrealistic expectation. There really is nothing creepier than girls who saunter around bars looking for guys to buy them drinks. You know exactly what kind of girls I’m talking about. The ones who sneak in beside you at the bar to reach over and tap a guy on the shoulder. “Oh hey I haven’t seen

you in so long! Oh my gosh, since you’re about to order can you just get something for me, too? Thanks!” These girls will approach anyone they remotely know and attempt to chat them up in order to get a free drink. This is disgusting. So, I’ve complied some rules that I think everyone should keep in mind when dealing with this bizarre ritual. 1.) Guys do not ever feel obligated to buy drinks for a girl. Do it because you actually want to, not because you feel like you should. 2.) Girls, never, ever ask someone to buy you a drink. If you can’t shell out three dollars of your own to quench your thirst, just stay home. 3.) Always pay attention to what someone is drinking before buying them a drink. The only use I have for a vodka cranberry is to make fun of the people who drink them. 4.) Don’t take a drink just because someone bought it for you. Only you know your limits, and you don’t need to cross the line just because someone bought you another lemon drop. 5.) Don’t accept drinks from strangers. My mom taught me this back in the day of Sunny Delight and Capri Sun, and it is still applicable. If someone you don’t know hands you a drink on the dance floor, hand it right back. 6.) Girls, consider buying a drink for a guy. It’s a nice way to mix things up. 7.) Don’t buy a drink for someone immediately. If they haven’t invested time in talking to you, you shouldn’t invest your money in treating them. 8.) Always tip the bartender. This is just because it’s a nice thing to do. So for those of you who are of age, keep these rules in mind the next time you are bar hopping, and maybe the drinks you buy will be received a little more graciously.


THE CREIGHTONIAN

3 February 2012

5 Scene

Blind Pilot on the rise Hi ster You’ve probably

ne v er heard o f i t

Christina Moore Scene Reporter

Most artists don’t get their first 15 minutes of fame because they decided to bike down the West Coast playing music in random towns, but that is precisely what the members of Blind Pilot did. Israel Nebeker, lead singer of the Portland, Ore. based band, spoke to “The Creightonian” in a phone interview recently about his venture into the music industry and his rise to success. Passionate about music, Nebeker explained how all he ever wanted to do was play music for a career and form “great one-on-one connections with people.” Nebeker, along with bandmate Ryan Dobrowski, started their official music careers with the bike tour of Blind Pilot, but it wasn’t exactly what they had imagined. Their original plan of biking from Canada to Mexico on their bikes was stopped short in San Francisco. “We didn’t go out with any plan really, or maps. We just thought, keep the ocean to your right, land to your left,” Nebeker said. It was a carefree tour of Nebeker and Dobrowski biking into towns and searching for an audience, whether it was one person in a park or a group gathered in a church hall. “I really felt as though the universe was taking care of us. It was just uncanny,” Nebeker said. “We’d roll into town and go into a store and meet somebody, and I knew that was gonna lead to our show that night.” They ran into problems in San Francisco when their bikes were stolen outside of the Museum of Modern Art. With their main mode of transportation taken from them, Nebeker and Dobrowski decided it was a sign to go home. But the people they met along the way helped to grow their name through the

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Sara Gentzler Assistant Scene Editor

The band Blind Pilot played in Omaha on Feb 2. Photo courtesy of Ben Moon. online music communities, and Blind Pilot was buzzing. “Real” concerts were planned, and the guys were playing gigs after being booked, rather than begging for a stage. Since their start, Blind Pilot’s fan base has boomed. They now have over 37,000 likes on Facebook and 7,361 followers on Twitter (@blindpilot). With the release of their new album, “We Are the Tide,” Nebeker and Dobrowski have enjoyed even more fans. The album debuted at No. 56 on the Billboard 200, and is featured on NPR Music’s “First Listen” series. According to an NPR review, “We Are the Tide” blooms agreeably from start to finish… these guys make remarkably sturdy, gorgeous songs.” The band performed on the “David Letterman Show” in January, and is touring

the country currently, even making a stop in Omaha. Nebeker said that Omaha has been great to him before, and he is glad that he would be having another chance to perform for an Omaha audience at The Waiting Room. When asked if he believed they had “made it” yet in terms of popularity and success, Nebeker gave an unusual answer. “I never had, like, a goal in mind; other than just playing music as a job,” Nebeker said. “I didn’t want to play music and paint houses, or play music and wait tables. I just wanted to play and be able to do that with all of my time. So in that sense, I’ve made it.”

Professor showcased in Lied Victoria Guadarrama Scene Reporter A Creighton professor turned artist displays a new outlook on the Catholic Marian experience in Creighton’s Lied Art Gallery. The gallery plays home to the beautiful and moving photography of Omaha artist and photographer Dorothy Tuma and professor Wendy M. Wright, Ph.D. Wright is a professor of theology and holds the John C. Kenefick Faculty Chair in the Humanities Department at Creighton University. Tuma specializes in photographs that emphasize the spiritual and natural qualities of images. Together they founded the vision to create a display of cultural views of the Virgin Mary. The exhibit, Le Point Vierge: Mary and the Catholic Imagination, is a tribute to the Virgin Mary inspired by the Catholic Archdiocese and churches of Los Angeles. Inspired by the cultural diversity of Los Angeles, the photographs show cultural expressions of Mary developed by Catholics in many countries, including the United States, Vietnam, Mexico and Ukraine. The images illustrate the Catholic connection to the Virgin Mary with both respect and vitality. Wright and Tuma’s project began when Tuma’s book, “The Beauty of Thy House,” inspired Wright with its images of St. Cecilia Cathedral. Wright then asked Tuma to photograph images of Mary in Los Angeles. The images, taken by Wright and Tuma over a seven year period, carefully illustrate the diversity of churches and sacred spaces in California churches. Lied Gallery employee and Arts & Sciences junior Becky Kruger said she finds the gallery both inspiring and educational regarding her Catholic faith. “The images give a different look into

One of Wright’s pieces showcased in the Lied Center exhibit. Photo courtesy of Anna Baxter. the cultural views of Mary,” Kruger said. “It’s interesting to see how Catholicism can have so many images of the Mother of God. It is interesting to see different visions beyond what you know.” The exhibit will be at Creighton University Lied Gallery Jan. 20 through Feb. 17 and is open to the public.

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For this first edition of “Hipster Corner,” I will be talking about something that everybody has heard of: cookies. But have you ever heard of cookies that only use five ingredients? How about delicious cookies that only use five ingredients and none of which are butter or flour? Didn’t think so. Well I’ve heard of them. I made them last night and they are awesome. This recipe is meant for people with Celiac Disease, which means they can’t have gluten. Flour, usually a staple in cookie recipes, is full of gluten. I do not have Celiac Disease. However, if I did I would be even more pumped about these peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies. Why would I choose to make these if I don’t require a gluten free diet? Excellent question. I will present the answer in two parts: 1) I am a broke-as-a-joke college student, which means I can’t afford to stock my kitchen with a ton of ingredients. I had all but two of the ingredients already, and the things I had to buy can be used for pretty much any other baking recipe. 2) I am short on space to store things. Living on campus obviously limits how much storage room I have. I don’t want to have to figure out where to keep a giant bag of flour. I am assuming there are a lot of college students like me in both of these ways. So, if you have a tight budget, a small kitchen, a friend with Celiac Disease or good taste, you should make them. All you do is mix a cup of peanut butter, a cup of brown sugar, a cup of chocolate chips, an egg and a teaspoon of baking soda and then bake them for 13 minutes at 350 degrees. It’s like magic.


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Opinion

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3 February 2012

Social media dominates lives creightonian.com “Who would you most like to see perform at the Super Bowl halftime?”

“Anyone but Madonna.”

-Molly Perroni

Nursing sophomore

Twitter. Facebook. LinkedIn. FourSquare. WordPress. Google+. I’m sure I’m forgetting some. So where does it end? Add that to texting, phone calls and all of the apps on our phones, and we are always connected. With the rise of technology, the world was excited for the advancements to come. It seemed as though each day had new developments to embrace and learn about. But now, is it all too much? How many times a day are we interrupted Christina Moore by notifications on our phones or computers, Columnist telling us what is going on in everybody’s lives? Disconnecting may be the best thing for us at times. Have you ever wanted to just turn CUMail off so that you can ignore all of the things you have to do? Or not read your text messages because there is probably one reminding you of a meeting to attend? Sorry friends who text and email me, don’t take this personally (because I’m sure you do it too!). I won’t lie. I have an iPhone 4S. I occasionally ask Siri stupid questions that I am perfectly capable of figuring out on my own. I admit that I would freak out if suddenly I didn’t have access to my calendar on my phone. And if someone changed my Twitter or Facebook password, not only would I fail my journalism classes in which we have to tweet (#jmcawesome), I may have a bit of a heart attack. Yet what gives me more of a heart attack is the thought that someday I’m going to wish that I had paid more attention to the personal connections and relationships that are all around me. I’ll wish that I would have put my phone away during that conversation with a friend instead of responding to another friend’s text. Or even worse, that these devices can cause major emergencies. It terrifies me that we are so addicted to our devices that we can’t put them down, even to drive. There’s also the issue of text-walking, which bothers me. People will be walking down the mall, looking straight down into their phones with little to no regard as to whom they are walking in to or what steps lay

ahead. While I am totally guilty of this too, I think its sad that we are beginning to look like Apple robots, making our way around campus without even stopping to say hello to friends walking by. But what I’m saying is that there is so much in which to participate in the world around us and if we have our noses buried in the screens, we are missing out. Rest assured, Twitter will still be chirping and Facebook will still be red flagging notifications even if we leave our iPhones alone for an hour or two. All of our apps will still be on the home screen, and the games will go on. And as for me, I wasn’t going to win that Words With Friends game anyways, so all I’m missing out on is embarrassment.

Photo courtesy of William Hook via flickr.

Scene needs male voice “Jay Sean.” -Agrini Boken

Arts & Sciences freshman

“Celine Dion.”

-Mitchell Knutson Arts & Sciences senior

Each week the Scene section of “The Creightonian” regales the student body with the latest entertainment news and gossip. This section also contains a weekly column by April Payne, possibly the singular reason students pick up the paper each week. Payne writes a witty weekly column about relationships and other dating advice known as “The Dating Scene.” Her articles are always clever and informative. Evan Holland Both male and female students alike read, learn Columnist and commiserate about whatever new relationship tidbit Payne espoused this week. Like it or not, men of Creighton, Payne gives us the inside track to what many of us deem life’s greatest challenges: understanding women and understanding relationships. Whether it is comparing relationships and men to crockpots, Christmas trees or whatever else the case may be, Payne has a gift. Not to burst the bubble of the women on campus, but men only care to a point. We don’t dwell on the article’s advice or try to implement it into our daily repertoires. We read it, begrudgingly say, “Huh. Interesting.” and move on. It’s like the whole directions dilemma that plagues every family vacation. Men refuse to ask for directions when they get lost because doing so is seen as a knock against their pride. Men resort back to their Neanderthallic ways and press on, blindly, into the unknown before finally realizing, “Wait, I’ll be the bigger man and stop to ask for directions,” even though everyone around them had been saying this the whole time. Men must come to the conclusion that they need help on their own. This brings me back to relationship advice. Guys think what they’re doing is working and refuse to take advice, even free advice, out of fear of

appearing less macho. That’s why men don’t implement what Payne tells them, so the burden then falls on the women. This leaves the women of Creighton guessing and wondering what men are thinking. I know we’re not complicated creatures but give us some credit. Based on the ratio of males to females on campus, a male perspective might be beneficial for those females looking for a new leading man. I am of the opinion that the Scene section needs a male perspective to run alongside, or in response to, Payne’s weekly column. Female readership might want to know what guys are thinking in an effort to cut out all of the guess work. Payne is a girl writing for girls about boys and relationships. Payne is always spot on with her observations about relationships. But wouldn’t it make more sense to learn about guys and what guys are thinking from a guy? I’m sure girls have always had questions they’ve wanted to ask the other sex but never have been able to. Scene should begin a section that answers these types of questions or explains a topic each week written by guys for girls about guys and a guy’s view on relationship-type stuff. Social media has many benefits, but before you can update that Facebook relationship status, you must first be in a relationship and we can use Twitter to do just this. I don’t get to make any of the important decisions around here, but I was thinking what if girls on campus “Tweeted” their relationship conundrums to “The Creightonian” or to Scene, and a male answered a few of these “Thank God I finally asked” questions. Wouldn’t that be helpful? I’m no relationship expert but I know enough to know that clear and open communication between all parties is crucial. Clearly articulated viewpoints and explanations for all the questions guys provoke might just be what we’ve all been missing.

“The ‘New Directions’ from ‘Glee’.”

-Liz Lassiter

Arts & Sciences junior

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Created By Katie Thompson


3 February 2012

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7 Sports


THE CREIGHTONIAN

8 Sports

3 February 2012

Bluejays beat down Bradley LEFT: Junior guard Ally Jensen shoots free throws against Bradley University. Jensen finished with nine points. BOTTOM LEFT: Sophomore guard McKenzie Fujan drives to the hoop in Creighton’s 72-68 victory over Bradley. Photos by Anna Baxter MIDDLE: Junior guard Josh Jones looks to pass against Bradley. TOP RIGHT: Theresa McDermott cheers on the Bluejays. McDermott is a breast cancer survivor. Photos by Dino Beldia. BOTTOM: A sea of pink watches on as the Creighton men’s team defeated Bradley University 73-59. Couresty of Carissa Kreikermeier

Both Bluejay teams continue their hot streak MICHAEL KOTROUS Sports Reporter

JACOB PADILLA Sports Reporter

Creighton women’s basketball ended the first half of its conference schedule on a good note this past weekend, collecting two victories that have propelled the Bluejays into the heart of the MVC regular season championship race. “These two wins [against the University of Northern Iowa and Bradley University] were huge because we could go 4-0 in this home stand, and we could be in the top three in the conference just like that,” sophomore guard Carli Tritz said. The victories over Northern Iowa and Bradley moved the Jays to 5-4 in conference play. The record itself may not seem all that impressive. However, the Jays have had to win five of their previous six games in order to bounce back from a 0-3 start to the conference schedule to reach this mark. During the 5-1 stretch Creighton has moved up to sixth place in the MVC standings and currently sits only one game behind Missouri State University, Northern Iowa and Illinois State University. Plus a great opportunity has reared its head for Creighton to move up the standings even further. This week the Bluejays will have the opportunity to redeem two of their three opening losses of the conference schedule. First, Creighton will face the Wichita State Shockers on Thursday night. In the first meeting between these two Valley foes on Jan. 8, Creighton came up just short in a 65-58 loss at Charles Koch Arena. After suffering their first conference loss of the season, the Shockers come into Omaha with an 8-1 conference record, which remains the best in the MVC. The game is set to tip off at D.J. Sokol Arena at 7:05 p.m. In the other contest, the Jays will look to avenge a 70-60 loss at Missouri State on Jan. 5. The matchup between the Bears and the Jays is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. at D.J. Sokol Arena. “Our kids will be motivated this week because we have two teams that beat us and two teams that are ahead of us in the standings coming in,” head coach Jim Flanery said. “I know our players will be ready.”

The No. 12 Creighton Bluejays returned home on Saturday to host the Bradley University Braves in a game whose impact was felt in more than just the respective teams’ winloss column. As part of a nationwide Coaches vs. Cancer promotion as well as a local Creighton vs. Cancer effort, the Jays players wore special pink-trimmed jerseys and warm-ups. The coaches also sported pink in the form of sneakers with their suits. The game was dubbed a “Pink Out” and fans were encouraged to show up and support the fight against cancer by wearing pink. “I think it’s all positive. It’s beyond basketball,” junior guard Josh Jones said of the event. Jays fans got the notice as Creighton notched its fourth sell-out of the season. 18,436 showed up in their pink, and packed the CenturyLink Center; setting the record for the largest home crowd in Creighton history. “It was awesome. When I came out of the tunnel and saw the pink it took me aback for a second,” head coach Greg McDermott said. “As I told the team before, this is more than a game.” Creighton won the first meeting between the two teams back on Jan. 7 by the score of 92-83 behind sophomore forward Doug McDermott’s career-high 44 points. The Jays were less than 100 percent healthy this time around, however, as sophomore guard Jahenns Manigat was dealing with a knee injury that limited him to just 13 minutes of action. Also, junior guard Grant Gibbs was recovering from an illness that kept him from practicing during the days leading up to the game. Even Doug McDermott was dealing with a sore back, Jones said. But despite the injuries and some sloppy play that resulted in 19 team turnovers, the Jays emerged victorious by a a score of 73-59 behind a strong performance from the starting frontcourt. The Jays started slow and trailed 11-5 after the first five minutes of the game before a Doug McDermott layup sparked an 8-0 run that gave Creighton its first lead. That 8-0 run turned into a 13-2 run after

a rim-rocking dunk by junior center Gregory Echenique, and then into an 18-4 run after a 3-pointer by Jones made the score 23-15 in Creighton’s favor. The Jays stretched the lead to 12 points with 2:29 remaining in the half before Bradley closed out on a 7-0 run to make it 33-28 at intermission. Doug McDermott and Echenique combined for 20 points and 11 rebounds on 9-11 shooting in the first half, while guard Dyricus Sims-Edwards poured in 16 points on 6-8 shooting for the Braves. Creighton built the lead back up to 12 points on a Gibbs two-handed dunk and one, just over six minutes into the half. The Braves refused to crumble though and cut it to three points with 10 minutes remaining. The Jays responded with a tough layup by Doug McDermott followed by 3-pointers by freshman guard Avery Dingman and sophomore forward Ethan Wragge that stretched the lead back to 11. The Braves would get no closer than nine points for the rest of the game. Doug McDermott lead all scorers with 24 points. Echenique finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds; his third double-double of the season. Jones stepped up when the team needed him and put forth his finest performance of the season with 14 points and four assists. “We needed somebody to step up and I thought Josh did a terrific job,” Greg McDermott said of Jones’ performance. Greg McDermott also praised Jones’ defense in the second half on Sims-Edwards who scored just three points on 1-8 shooting after torching Creighton in the first half. Forward Taylor Brown, who put 25 on the board in the teams’ first meeting, scored 16 points but was held to just 5-14 shooting from the field. The win was Creighton’s 20th of the season, making this the 13th time in the last 14 years Creighton has reached that mark. It also marks Creighton’s 16th straight season with 10 or more conference victories. It also put Creighton alone atop the MVC standings as Wichita State University lost in triple overtime to Drake University. But the Jays aren’t taking their success for granted. “We’re one game at a time, one practice at a time and the results are happening on the floor,” Jones said.

A few days before, then No. 14 Jays took the short drive down I-80 to take on the Drake Bulldogs for the second time this season. In the first meeting the Bluejays got an easy 7659 win. The Bulldogs, led by sophomore guard Rayvonte Rice, would put up more of a fight this time around. Despite Rice’s 23 points and 11 rebounds, Creighton hit free throws down the stretch to pull away and win 77-69. The Bluejays struck first and held a lead for the first 10 minutes of the game before Drake pulled ahead on a bucket by guard Ben Simons. Creighton regained the lead on a jumper by Doug McDermott 10 seconds later, which started a 10-0 run by the Jays to make the score 26-19. The lead swelled to as big as 15 points after a pair of free throws by Echenique before Drake went on a 4-0 run to end the first half and make it a 37-26 game. After halftime, Drake cut the lead to two with 13:23 remaining. Creighton built the lead back up to 10 multiple times but could not expand it any further as the Bulldogs continued to fight back to a six-point deficit. Then Doug McDermott took over, scoring 10 straight Creighton points to hold the ‘Dogs’ at bay and maintain the lead for Creighton. Up six points with just over one minute remaining, Drake began to foul to stop the clock. Free throws have caused problems for Creighton in the past but the Jays hit six of their eight attempts in the final minute and held Drake to just four points. Doug McDermott lead the Jays with 30 points and nine rebounds, while Echenique put in 11 points and seven rebounds despite being limited to just 17 minutes because of foul trouble. Manigat rounded out Creighton’s double-figure scorers by connecting on five of his seven 3-point attempts for 15 points. Freshman center Will Artino gave the Jays a boost off the bench in his finest performance of the conference season with six points and eight rebounds in 16 minutes of play. The next game for the Jays is this Saturday at 4 p.m. at the University of Northern Iowa.

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