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very closely for many months, and admits she has been overwhelmed with calls and campaign ads, and was relieved to have the election over with. “I live in Iowa, we’ve been bombarded,� Richwine said. “I don’t think they ever quit after last election.� Hansen expressed similar sentiment. “I’m glad it’s over,� Hansen said. “We

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Associate professor of Graphic Design Tim Guthrie plans to present the Department of Journalism, Media & Computing’s Backpack Journalism program’s video that was made in Uganda last summer. It will take place on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at the Omaha Press Club. For ticket prices, visit the Arts & Sciences home page.

Service is a cornerstone to the identity of Creighton and an active way for students to embody the university’s Jesuit values. Many students participate in service trips through the Creighton Center for Service and Justice that take place during fall and spring breaks. “We had 182 students go in 24 groups all over the country from El Paso, Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana,” said associate director of the Center for Service and Justice Kelly Tadeo Orbik. “We had three groups right here in Omaha.” The nature of the service trip changes according to where the students are going. Creighton students may be sharing a meal with

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for Dr. Crawford,” Googe said. “I know she will do great things in the legislature. She is an inspiration for me as well as the rest of the Creighton community.”

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After nearly a year of intense campaigning the fruits of Political Science and International Relations professor Sue Crawford’s labor finally paid off as she claimed the legislative seat for District 45 following Tuesday’s voter election. In a press release sent out to the public following her election, Crawford expressed her gratitude towards all of the voters who made her election possible. “The results are especially gratifying because they show that voters responded to our efforts to run a positive campaign focused on issues that we all care about,” Crawford said in the press release. “That is why we had strong support from people of both parties as well as independent voters. I appreciate the support from so many people throughout the district who want a leader who demonstrates an ability to work with people from both parties to tackle the challenges we face.” Arts & Sciences senior Corinne Googe played an active role in Crawford’s campaigning process as she worked doing a great deal of behind the scenes work such as canvassing, helping at fundraisers, making phone calls, helping with “Postcard Parties” and inputting

Oct. 31 - 12:45 p.m. A woman inadvertently hit the gas pedal of her car while attempting to park in the Cardiac Center lot and drove over the curb, through a fence and onto a retaining wall. The woman was not injured and a tow truck was called to remove her car.

the homeless, tutoring, painting, cleaning or building a house. The CCSJ’s Soup and Stories Program, which took place on Nov. 1 in Harper 3023, is a way for students to share what they have learned while on their service trip with other Creighton students. “The goal of Soup and Stories in my opinion is to get students to share their experience with the greater Creighton community,” said Jhulan Banago, an Arts & Sciences senior and one of the student coordinators for the event. “We have a reunion for all the participants to share, however, Soup and Stories go beyond that. Many different faculty and people associated to Creighton University came and heard what the students had to say and had the opportunity to ask a couple of questions.” The aim of the CCSJ is that the momentum

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Nov. 1 - 12:40 p.m. An intoxicated student was transported by Public Safety from McGloin Hall to CUMC. Nov. 1 - 9:19 a.m. A shuttle driver observed a toddler walking alone near 36th and Davenport Street. The Omaha Police responded and relatives of the child were eventually located.

continues after students return from their service trips to campus life. Participants of the service trips have a reunion where they reflect on the trip and plan on how they can apply what they have experienced to everyday life. Many continue to do weekly service through the CCSJ and join Ignatian Advocacy groups that are centered on the issues of their trip. Orbik says that over 70 students have signed up to be coordinators on future trips. “Every Creighton student should go on at least one service trip in his or her eight semesters at Creighton,” Banago said. “It truly is an experience that people will remember for a very long time. The conversations, interactions and bonds people form not just with the service group, but also the community they are serving at is amazing.”

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Nov. 1 - 9:46 a.m. A woman fainted after receiving a flu shot in the Skutt Student Center and was assisted by medical personnel on the scene. Nov. 2 - 7:12 p.m. A student reported that he was involved in an altercation with another student while the two were playing soccer in the Rasmussen Center. He was transported by Public Safety to CUMC.

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Relocation ignites student greatness

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The dean of the College of Business, Anthony Hendrickson delievers a speech thanking the many donors for their support and for helping contribute to the relocation of the College of Business to the Harper Center, marking the biggest building-space tranformation in Creighton history according to Hendrickson. MADELINE ZUKOWSKI Assistant News Editor Creighton University’s College of Business shared its new vision to celebrate, enhance and advance its success and accomplishments with current Business students, staff and alumni last week. Anthony Hendrickson, the dean of the College of Business, announced the college’s new campaign entitled “Ignite the Greatness” on Nov. 1 at the Hixon-Lied Auditorium in the Harper Center. Following the announcement, there was a reception in the Ahmanson Ballroom. One of the main components of “Ignite the Greatness” includes relocating the College of Business to the Harper Center. This marks

the biggest transformation of building space in Creighton’s history. “Many College of Business courses will be taught at the Harper Center in the spring semester,” Hendrickson said. “All COBA classes will be in the Harper Center by the fall of 2013.” Most of the Business faculty’s offices will also be moved to the Harper Center by fall of 2013. The total project, including all the transformations to several campus buildings, will take about 18 months according to Hendrickson. The move will affect seven buildings on campus, including the buildings that hold the College of Arts & Sciences and student life, according to the Rev. Timothy R. Lannon, S.J. the president of Creighton, who made the closing remarks at the event. Creighton’s College of Business “is among

only two percent of business schools in the world accredited in both business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International,” according to the pamphlet given out at the event explaining the campaign. Hendrickson stated that 80 percent of the students in the College of Business come from outside of Nebraska, but 50 percent of the students begin their career in Omaha. Students that complete more than one of 3,000 internships offered to Creighton students during their collegiate career and graduate from the College of Business receive three to five job offers from employers. He was clear that these were job offers, not interviews. The demand for Creighton Business students is high. “A College of Business diploma is not an end. It’s a means to an end. It is an education

with a purpose … our graduates are making a difference,” Business senior Katherine Tuohy, a Waite Leadership Program Scholar and the opening speaker at the event, said. To further expand this positive impact on more students, the college is excited to embrace this campaign. The campaign will expand enrollment in the college, enhance the people and programs (including the faculty) of the college and give students more scholarship assistance and a world-class learning environment, according to Hendrickson and Lannon. “Ignite the Greatness” has $ 47.1 million donated to its cause by multiple donors. “The greatness is already here.,” Lannon said at the end of the event. “It is you, our students, faculty, staff, alumni and programs. This greatness is a gift from God,”

Creighton tries to “smoke out” American tobacco use ANNA HENSEL News Reporter Creighton and the Metro Omaha Tobacco Action Coalition (MOTAC) hope to “smoke out” tobacco usage on Tuesday with their presentation “Tobacco: Past, Present, Future and You,” at 6 p.m. in the Harper Center, Room 3023. The event, which is free and open to the public, is in honor of the upcoming American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. The Great American Smokeout, now in its 37th year, encourages smokers to either come up with a plan to quit smoking on Thursday, or to quit smoking for that day. The Creighton event was spearheaded by the Creighton Cardiac Center, in particular by Jasmine Williams, the Health Educator at the Cardiac Center. The Cardiac Center took charge in planning the event, according to Williams, because they do a lot of research involving tobacco usage. Williams said that tobacco was still one of the major killers in the U.S., so one of the Cardiac Center’s focuses is on working to curb tobacco usage. The MOTAC also helped fund and support the planning of the Great American Smokeout event at Creighton in order to focus on curbing youth tobacco usage. The MOTAC is a coalition consisting of more than 50 health related individuals, organizations and educational

groups working towards tobacco prevention in Douglas County. At the event, the film “Addiction Incorporated” will be screened. Released in 2011, the film focuses on scientist Victor DeNoble, a former researcher for tobacco company Philip Morris who eventually blew the whistle on some of the company’s practices. The movie also covers the tobacco industry’s responses to some of DeNoble’s claims. “What we’re trying to focus on is just making sure that people are aware of how the tobacco industry has presented lies,” Williams said. The event will also feature a panel of representatives from different organizations, including MOTAC, Tobacco Free Nebraska and the Nebraska state chapter of the American Cancer Society. The panel discussion will revolve around the question, “What have different organizations across Nebraska been doing to approach this issue in their communities, and how are we going to keep moving forward on this issue?” As a member of MOTAC, Marcy Thompson has a positive outlook on how tobacco prevention has fared in the state of Nebraska. “Some great advancements that MOTAC is seeing in our community and Nebraska is getting more voluntary smoke-free housing for rental properties and public housing, having more businesses and academic institutions adopt

tobacco-free campus policies and maintaining enforcement measures to keep the percentage of tobacco-retailers selling tobacco to minors low,” Thompson said.

While the event is free, anyone who is interested in attending the Nov. 13 event can register at www.tobaccofilm.eventbrite.com.

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Students to produce original theater DANA KOSALKA Scene Reporter Meet. Write. Cast. Rehearse. Direct. Perform. This is the process for the 24 Hour Theatre event put on by Creighton’s theater honors fraternity, Alpha Psi Omega Friday into Saturday. The event is for inspiring writers, actors and directors as they all work together to create a play in time for performance on Saturday. The theme is chosen on Friday night, so the participants will have no idea what they will be writing about until then. “Due to the nature of the event, we can’t do too much to get ready for the event as Alpha Psi Omega,” Mary Kate Gliedt, Arts & Sciences senior and president of Alpha Psi Omega, said. “We just prepare to arrive at the event on Friday full of enthusiasm and willingness to support theater on Creighton’s campus and have a ton of fun doing it.” The fraternity invites anyone who wants to write or act to the event. People don’t have to be a theatre major or even an actor to participate. Arts & Sciences senior Matt Winterhalter gave writing a try last year. “The closest connection I have with the theater world is playing in the pit orchestra occasionally,” Winterhalter said. “I wanted to find another way to get my name in the program, and 24-Hour Theater seemed to be a good way to make that happen. It is really fun to include inside jokes and relevant culture references. Everything really turns out to be a parody of theater.” The event is a success despite the tight schedule that the fraternity has written. This allows for everything to get done on time. “Plays are due to directors and technicians around 4 or 5 a.m. on Saturday, and then the actors are called at 6 a.m. to come for an all-day rehearsal,” Gleidt said. “From 6 a.m. until about 5 p.m., the directors and actors rehearse the plays while the technicians ready the space. At 5 p.m., we have a tech rehearsal, and then at 6:30 p.m. the actors begin getting ready to perform.” “Being a writer was interesting because of the time frame we had,” Winterhalter said. “As the night went on, ideas would get wackier until it was a simply a necessity to put words on paper before the deadline.” This event also allows others to see what it is really like to be a playwright. “It really creates some respect for the professionals while giving the opportunity for the amateurs to have their fun,” Winterhalter said. The play has to be ready to perform Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. with an encore performance at 10 p.m. To encourage attendance and exposure to Creighton theater, both of the Saturday performances are free for the public.

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Students showcase talent Beyoncé’s “Love on Top” was the favorite song of Open Mic Night on Nov. 1. This hour-long event featured mash-ups, many dual guitar CAMERON TRACE and singing acts, the a capella group The Scene Reporter Creightones and some seriously soulful singers. The audience was on the edge of their seats during the entire night. While waiting between acts, they were called on to tell jokes between acts, and the audience was happy for the interaction. Arts & Sciences senior Danielle Turner was the last performer of the night. After her first song, the audience was calling for an encore, and she had no problem obliging. Her second song brought down the house. As soon as “Love on Top” was announced, everyone immediately became excited. After hitting notes only some can claim ever to truly be able to sing, Turner answered some questions for me. She has been doing Open Mic Night for four straight years now, ever since she was a freshman. Why does she enjoy performing so much? “Like most people, I know I have so much support,” Turner said. “My classmates who have seen me in a different light get to see me outside of the classroom, doing what I love. They enjoy

seeing me perform, and therefore I enjoy it even more.” This was certainly the case. At the end of her last song, people were whistling and giving her a standing ovation. Another highlight of the night was a mashup of songs by Colbie Caillat and Michael Buble. Playing on just a ukulele, Nursing sophomore Christine Tancredi was able to capture the audiences attention by combining the artists’ more well-known songs, as well as some many had never heard before. The result was fantastic, and everyone enjoyed the performance immensely. Also performing with Tancredi for one song was Arts & Sciences junior Connor Neuville. Together they sang a duet of “You and I” that was absolutely adorable. “[I] like making people laugh, and knew this song would do the trick,” Neuville said. He was certainly right. Between, the “hipster” glasses, silly lines of the song and adorable hats they wore for the song, people definitely laughed at, as well as applauded the outstanding duo. Overall, the students loved Open Mic Night. The solid performances, the jokes and the casual environment made both the performers and the audience exhilarated. There were cookies and cake pops to munch on and the two hosts were funny and amenable, never getting flustered when someone took an extra second or two to get ready, or when the microphones

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Arts & Sciences senior Danielle Turner belts out “Love on Top” to an eager Open Mic audience. unexpectedly began buzzing. Open Mic Night continues to grow momentum and enthusiasm, and hopefully many students will attend future performances.

Professor says no to driving to school DANIEL RENFRO Guest Reporter Jay Leighter leaves his clean clothes in his office. He hangs his dress shirts in the back, and he keeps his folded pants on a bookcase. Leighter leaves extra clothes in his office because he has vowed to bike to work every day for an entire year. The Communication Studies professor has been biking to work regularly since last spring. On Sep. 1, he made a commitment to ride his bike or take public transportation to Creighton every day for an entire year, and he’s keeping a blog to track it. “I knew I could do it before I started,” Leighter said. “I just don’t have an out now.” Leighter created a blog to monitor his experiences and the values of utilitarian biking. However, he said he wants the blog to focus more on the benefits of utilitarian biking and not obsess over his goal. Consequently, he hopes others will start to look at cycling — or walking, even — as a legitimate form of transportation in Omaha. In his blog, Leighter says that he’s writing to link social media and every day life. In the process, he hopes to learn more about Omaha. To Leighter, biking isn’t a recreational activity; it’s a means of transportation. “I have no desire to bike on the weekend,” Leighter said. “I never go biking recreationally.” Typical American professors drive their cars to work; Leighter rides his bike. It’s no different; really, it’s just a means of transportation. The exercise involved, however, is slightly different than driving 15 minutes in traffic. He lives in the Aksarben area, which is nearly five miles away. He has two routes to get to Creighton. Sometimes, he takes 52nd Street north to the Dundee neighborhood, across Saddle Creek Road on California Street, past Cathedral and to campus on Burt Street. Other days, he simply takes 52nd Street to Farnam

Street; then he takes 40th Street to Burt Street. Considering he comes to campus during rush hour in the morning, it’s not an easy ride. He doesn’t coast or daydream; instead, he focuses on traffic in order to stay alive. On his way home, he likes to go a little later — around when the sun goes down — to avoid traffic and just relax on his ride. It works as a form of therapy, refreshing him after a long day of teaching. “Some days I would come home from a long day and not have anything to contribute,” Leighter said. “In a way, the biking wakes me up.” The route is extremely hilly, but the climbs don’t bother him nearly as much as they used to. Looking forward, the weather will be a bigger obstacle than the actual biking. “I’m not biking in anything colder than the teens,” Leighter said. “I’ve done it in colder, but I’m not doing it again for this.” Instead of biking, Leighter also has the option to take public transportation. Cycling is a major part of the challenge, but Leighter is focusing on lessening his dependency on cars. He’s hoping others follow his lead and drive less. And Leighter’s commitment isn’t going unnoticed. Arts & Sciences senior Mary McGroarty, acknowledges how impressive it is that Leighter is practicing what he preaches. “It’s nice to see his personal commitment,” Mary said. “I think that’s important to see from the student’s perspective.” Appropriately, Leighter said he believes the experience has made him a better professor. He’s more awake and focused because of his morning ride, and he’s more passionate because he’s living what he’s teaching. “It has actually helped my teaching because I care more about the city,” Leighter said. “I look at a certain street and look at it differently.” Students aren’t the only ones taking notice. John O’Keefe, a Theology professor and friend

of Leighter, has also undertaken the challenge of not taking a car to work. “With Jay doing it, I finally have a chance to do this,” O’Keefe said. The biggest appeal for O’Keefe was the environmental ramifications. He is passionate about environmental awareness, and he thought this was a great idea. Leighter does not simply avoid using his car to commute; he writes about it. His blog, “The Crux,” includes weekly written posts about his observations as well as some podcasts that allow him to feature guests that have something in common with his project. Through the podcasts, environmental awareness becomes the focal point. Leighter doesn’t want it to be a personal thing; instead, he wants to encourage others to make individual lifestyle changes to improve both their health and also the future of the environment. The challenge isn’t about one person or one idea. It’s about tackling a difficult task and succeeding, while simultaneously improving your own lifestyle. Leighter started this project to raise awareness about utilitarian cycling, suggest alternative routes of transportation and promote others to be environmentally conscious. It’s not difficult to succeed. Instead, it’s just a matter of doing little things to make a difference. O’Keefe emphasizes that to people that are trying to improve their lifestyle. “Just start,” O’Keefe said. It’s a matter of looking up the bus schedule to make sure you get to work on time. It’s a matter of taking care of your bike to ensure your safety. It’s a matter of leaving extra clothes in your office so that you look your best at work. If you do all these little things, you can change your lifestyle for the better. And that is what Leighter’s challenge is all about.

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Student minorities represent diversity KATHLEEN AMBRE Assistant Scene Editor Last week Student Support Services, members of the Sigma Lambda Gamma Greek diversity organization and student volunteers collaborated to take part in the “Bello Orgullo” (Beautiful Pride) project. Creating posters, fliers and even going as far as intricately painting their faces to portray a skull, these students raised awareness for those minorities underrepresented on Creighton’s campus. From low-income working students and those with disabilities to racial and ethnic minorities, this group sought to reinforce a sense of campus community and empower those who might have seemed unnoticed or underrepresented. Project manager and Arts & Sciences sophomore Laura Magaña came up with the idea and recruited other students and student organizations to participate. “The purpose was to support each other as minorities and know we’re here because we have earned our higher education,” Magaña said. “Our background is something we should be proud of.” Relating to her life in a very personal way, Magaña’s past experiences proved to a significant source of inspiration. “As a low-income, first generation, ethnic student, my freshman year was very stressful,” Magaña said. “I just felt so off … but, then I decided it was time to be proud of who I was, how my hard work and determination had gotten me so far as to attend a private Jesuit institution.” The project took place on Nov. 2 on the Mexican holiday “Día de Los Muertos” (Day of

the Dead) -- a holiday not to be confused with Halloween -- and the skulls painted on a select students’ faces referenced and celebrated this tradition. “The purpose was not specifically for this Mexican tradition, but it tied nicely to the motivation behind Bello Orgullo,” Magaña said. “Not all who participated were of Mexican heritage, but we supported each other, which is the beauty of it.” With said pride and celebration, the very word “minority” was redefined. “One of my big things was [realizing] that ‘minority’ doesn’t necessarily mean racial,” Nursing freshman Lucia Rodriguez, a memeber of Sigma Lambda Gamma, said. “It’s important to recognize people with disabilities as a minority as well.” Also born in Mexico and a first generation Mexican-American, Rodriguez related to this personal pursuit of both representation and cultural identity. “If I was to run for Miss America who would I represent?” Rodriguez said. “Americans would think of me as not ‘American’ enough and then some people back home would think I might be betraying my country because I was born in Mexico. When people ask you what you’re representing, they think I’m just representing my Mexican heritage, but I’m not just representing one thing, one part of myself.” Certainly standing out, these students — 14 of which painted their faces -- called for recognition of their varied cultural backgrounds. “I’m allowing people to be aware, but in the process I’ve learned a lot about myself,” Rodriguez said.

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Arts & Sciences sophomore Lucia Rodriguez proudly celebrates diversity through the Bello Orgullo event she helped to plan.

Students gain a new appreciation for campus SHANNON KERN Scene Reporter Pushing the wheels with your hands, you slowly move to the back of the building. Pressing the handicapped button to open the door in front of you, you back up to let the door swing open before entering the building. Inching forward until you are on a platform, you lock down your wheels and place bars around you in order to be safe as you press the remote that activates the system built to lift you up the stairs. This is the experience of a person who uses a wheelchair and has to go through this process just to grab lunch at Brandeis. In order to educate Creighton students about the struggles and experiences of fellow students with a disability, the Student Empowerment Network (SEN) hosts a scavenger hunt in wheelchairs. This event consists of teams where only one of the four to six teammates can be in a wheelchair as they push themselves to different campus buildings and collect tokens. “The purpose of the event is for others to see what it is like to have a disability on

campus,” Kim McClintick, SEN president and fourth year pharmacy student, said. “There are many barriers that create issues for people with disabilities that people don’t even realize. Our hope is to open the eyes of Creighton students so that they may become more aware and sensitive to the barriers and help advocate for positive change.” The SEN is a graduate student organization promoting disability awareness on campus. With the scavenger hunt, it is striving to educate students on the difficulties of living life in a wheelchair as well as the opportunities for creating a positive environmental change for those individuals. By inviting all Creighton students and staff to participate, the organization is showing how enthusiastic they are about their goals by creating an event that includes a lot of fun in its educational purpose. About 40 students participated in last year’s event but McClintick is hoping for at least 50 participants this year. The activity is fun, but the education of the experience is even more important. “When I was at Creighton I was on

9 November 2012

Samuel’s Story, Part Three

SARA GENTZLER

Samuel’s family is faced with the possibility of not having food, as it is a scarcity in his village. They have a small farm on which to rely for food.

Child soldiers worldwide Children throughout Uganda are forced into war then struggle to readjust to society, and Western society has yet to find the answer to help. SARA GENTZLER Guest Reporter Samuel’s nightmares and secrets are echoed throughout the world, as an estimated 250,000 children and adolescents are exploited as soldiers. According to a study by the Society for Research in Child Development, Inc., about half of those children are in Africa. During a civil war in Uganda that lasted nearly two decades, 25,000 children (under age 18) were abducted by the rebel forces of the LRA and forced to take part in combat and other aspects of conflict (Go to “The war” section of this website for a timeline and summary of the war). Despite the trauma they have been through, child soldiers must reintegrate and strive to be productive members of society once they return to the homes they were once forced to leave. How does a society cope when children who have been repeatedly traumatized return? Traditional western approaches to childhood and trauma may not be the answer. Some believe these current methods do not always prove helpful in the reintegration and survival of the children. In many studies done by western psychologists, former child soldiers were interviewed and diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, which was originally diagnosed in United States war veterans. Studies that seek to find the presence of PTSD tend to ask former child soldiers to remember specific traumatic experiences and report the findings in the form of statistics. For instance, an article in the Lancet in 2004 reports that 77 percent of their subjects saw someone killed and 39 percent killed someone themselves. These statistics accumulate and lead

to more statistics that tell researchers the prevalence of PTSD in a given sample of former child soldiers. But some question the methods of gathering the data necessary to diagnose PTSD. Malia Robinson is a children’s rights advocate and UNICEF consultant based in Lincoln, Neb. She is currently working with UNICEF to write an operational field book on how to implement the Paris Principles --the set of principles that guide all aspects of child soldier reintegration. In an interview, Robinson said asking children to recount their traumatic experiences for research purposes can leave the children with secondary trauma and “borders on racism.”

Arts & Sciences junior Sara Gentzler, while in Uganda, developed a bond with former child soldier Okodo Samuel. This is his story.

crutches for a short time and found it challenging getting up the brick mall,” Anne Kern, a Creighton Health Professions alum said. “It gave me a lot of appreciation for how challenging it would be to get around in a handicapped situation at all times.” For video footage of students in wheeling action as well as their accounts and reflections from last year’s scavenger hunt, visit http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=HVm_59ylhPM.

Through a cultural lens Through a cultural lens, it is also questionable if the western disorder is applicable to children in Uganda. The label of being “sick” that accompanies the diagnosis of a mental disorder or condition varies greatly from culture to culture, Robinson said. “It’s really not helpful to bring that language anymore because it might be far more acceptable in the community to say that this child has spirits of dead people and we need to cleanse them than to say that he’s sick,” Robinson said.

Check back weekly for the continuation of Samuel’s Story.


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OPINION

Anti-requiem for a dream EVAN HOLLAND Opinion Editor 2008 was not a drill. President Barack Obama was re-elected Tuesday night and it was not even close. It’s the old adage in politics that political division is the result of “crowded spaces versus empty spaces.” Obama won in almost all of the battle ground states – what I like to call Obama’s Big 10 firewall of Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin. He also took Florida from Gov. Mitt Romney’s column. But now what? What does this mean? We learned a few things Tuesday night that the Republican Party should take note of if they plan on winning an election anytime soon. First, moderation prevailed over extremism and tolerance reigns over intolerance. Todd Akin “legitimately” lost his bid for Senate as did Richard Mourdock. White voters do not make up the same percentage of voters that they did when Reagan came to Washington on his white stallion. The times have changed as have the demographics. Republicans isolate themselves from several large voting blocs. At some point the G.O.P’s war on women will get old and the Republicans will have to address his reality. Gays vote and they aren’t voting for Republicans. In Maryland, Maine and Washington, voters voted in favor of a measure to have same-sex marriage, in addition to the already six other states that allow this measure. Minorities vote, especially Hispanics, so Romney’s plan to make life so miserable for illegal immigrants that they would engage in self-deportation may have rubbed more than a few in the Hispanic community the wrong way. The hostility Republicans show towards Hispanics and immigration is insulting, especially in a nation full of immigrants. David Brooks wrote during the South Carolina Republican Primary, “I sometimes wonder if the Republican Party has become the receding roar of white America as it pines for a way of life that will never return.” I guess Republicans have another four years to figure it out. But with re-election come thoughts of what Obama will do in his second term as president. What will Obama’s legacy be? On the home front, Obama has to get this country’s fiscal house in order. The fiscal cliff debate will rage on until the first of the year as both parties try to wrestle with how to fix our debt problem. Unemployment hovering around eight percent simply isn’t good enough. The autobailout probably saved around one million jobs and helped Obama carry Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. It appears Obama’s health care reform is here to stay. This signature piece of legislation from Obama’s first term will not go fully into effect in 2014, but there are already a number of provisions that are popular with Americans such as the provision on pre-existing conditions and kids on their parent’s health care plan until they are 26 years old. It won’t be easy on the home front for Obama, but what will be demanded him internationally won’t be any easier. His administration has done nothing about the conflict in Syria and we have strained our relationship with Israel with Obama’s refusal to take a hard line on Iran. Speaking of Iran, they have finally asked to sit down at the negotiating table because of the success of our crippling sanctions over their “nuclear program.” And our decadelong war in Afghanistan will come to an end too as the United States will begin its draw down of the remaining troops in 2014. Obama came to Washington in 2008 riding the wave of hope and change. Obama and America are no longer drinking this Kool-Aid and have wised up to the reality of Washington, so Obama was re-elected not to change Washington, but instead to make Washington function again.

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Just legalize it maaaaan ADAM SPARKS Opinion Columnist All right, let’s get one thing out of the way first: This article has been done before. A college newspaper opinion section writer arguing for the legalization of marijuana is about as cliché as a stoner wearing a drugrug. But at the moment it’s a timely subject in light of the “Heads vs. Feds,” Debate that occurred on campus on Thursday. The way I see the argument for marijuana legalization, it can be boiled down to two main arguing points. Relax it and tax it bro. Not only is this a hip saying I once saw on a shirt at a record shop, it’s by far the biggest upside to legalizing marijuana. It’s also an arguing point made ad nauseam by almost every pot activist you’ll encounter. But don’t let this annoyance turn you off from the hard facts of the matter. “Business Week” magazine estimates that a legal marijuana industry could range anywhere between a $45 to 110 billion per year industry. This could help foster the economic growth needed to pull our economy out of the gutter it’s been in for far too long. It would simultaneously provide thousands of desperately needed jobs and help cut into the awful unemployment rate that so many people have liked to argue about lately. In addition, taxing marijuana would be a huge revenue boost for our federal government, which as you might have heard from the thousands upon thousands of political ads over the past month, has something of a deficit issue. The current deficit is $16,232,607,960,384 as of 7:11 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4th, 2012 ... to be exact. The American people have made it abundantly clear this election season that they want to balance the budget without cutting Medicare, Social Security, or defense spending, all while not raising taxes. In other words we want to have our cake and eat it too. Wouldn’t you know it, we kind-of-sort-

of-can. And make the cake taste better in the process! Taxing marijuana likely wouldn’t add anything to current taxes and could go on to help pay down our ridiculous debt or help fund Social Security or Medicare. All we have to do is make it legal to smoke a dried up plant. This is about the time where people that have never smoked marijuana pipe in with, “Well it might bring in more revenue, but it would also increase the amount of money we spend on health care in this country by causing health problems in its users.” In the words of Dwight Shrute, “FALSE.” In study upon study, marijuana has been found to cause only minimal health problems among users. An online Harvard medical article concludes that regular marijuana use has, “never been conclusively proven to cause forms of respiratory cancer,” like, say, the perfectly legal American tobacco habit has. And where it does have the ability to cause infections, weaken the immune system and bring out hidden psychological problems, “Business Week” again concludes that marijuana would not have anywhere near the medical or social costs that tobacco and alcohol do. That said, we’ve moved too far from the original argument; on to my second point. Peace Dude. Legalizing marijuana would help decrease the amount of violence currently taking place just south of our border. The importation of illegal marijuana and other drugs to the United States has created a monster in Mexico, resulting anywhere from 40,000 to 50,000 total deaths since 2006, according to numbers from the Mexican government. To put that number into an American perspective, about 6,600 service members have given their lives in the U.S. combined efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past decade. This is one of the very dark sides of black market economics. But when close to 17 million Americans smoke or have smoked marijuana, according to a statistic from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, someone is going to be willing to supply the demand.

The Mexican drug cartels have filled this void, being more than willing to wage war for a market that is estimated to bring in anywhere from $13 to 45 billion annually to their illegal organizations. That said, it is important to note that large portions of this revenue comes from drugs other than marijuana: cocaine, meth and heroin, for example. Still, the violence the U.S. could stop by legalizing marijuana is a no-brainer. Not to mention the likely decrease in gang violence that would occur within our own border. The further and further I get into this article, the more frustrated I become. I can’t tell you how insane it drives me to see such senseless violence. Or to see our government willingly turn down billions in tax revenue that could be used to fund education or social services, just so we can feel self-righteous about how we don’t allow “that sort of stuff ” in our country. I honestly think that a main reason why people often don’t take marijuana legalization seriously is because of the individuals who represent it. As Nietzsche once said, “We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the way in which it has been expressed.” Too often, marijuana legalization advocates prove this point. So keep this quote in mind the next time that annoying stoner friend of yours once again strikes up the overdone, “They should just legalize it maaaaaan,” conversation. Being that this is the bizzarro land of Creighton University where a college student body is a conservative majority and people don’t have marijuana smoking friends, maybe you’re not used to such annoying arguments. Nonetheless, don’t let the stupidity that often accompanies marijuana debates deceive you. It comes with the territory, so don’t let it trick you into dismissing marijuana legalization as nothing more than some pipe dream for millions of burnt out stoners. It really does have the ability to do some awesome things. If you dig deeper into the benefits for yourself, I think you might agree.

A perfect storm raises concerns for the environmentally conscious MICHAEL HOLDSWORTH Opinion Columnist As Hurricane Sandy ripped through New Jersey and New York in recent days, we were left with the now all too familiar story of a city left devastated in its wake: another year, another major hurricane, another massive rebuilding process. The pictures of Sandy’s destruction are truly incredible in a terrible sense, from the submerged roller coaster and taxis to the New York subway system, which looks like it would be more fitting in Venice. All this comes even after the government has tried to implement benefits and insurance deductions to cities with high flood-preparation ratings. Despite all the precautions attempting to be carried out, Sandy is still estimated to cause at least $50 billion in damages. That’s an insane amount of money. While it is true rising costs of property along the coasts is one of the reasons the damages are reaching astronomical levels, the intensity and frequency of hurricanes also can’t be ignored. Since 1970, the average global temperature

has steadily been climbing, which is certainly a familiar inconvenient truth to Americans today. While the changes have been gradual, they have been substantial enough to cause concern. The rising temperatures of the earth in turn cause the global temperature of the oceans to increase as well, giving more strength for hurricanes (which depend on warm water) to form. Some estimates have the strength of winds increasing by six percent and precipitation by four percent. This definitely spells trouble for many Americans who could be affected during any given hurricane season. While global climate change cannot be entirely attributed to humans and their actions, it would be irresponsible to not shoulder a little bit of the blame for the change in our planet. According to the EPA, greenhouse gas emissions have raised by 10.5 percent since 1990. We aren’t being responsible with the planet we have been blessed with. It’s almost borderline embarrassing at times the neglect that people have for the environment and the earth around them. Go to any urban metropolis on a work day and it’s not hard to see thousands of cars all jammed together burning fossil fuels

or to see the blatant abuse of electricity in cities like Las Vegas. I understand it’s part of the city, but is it really necessary to be so unbelievably bright that it’s able to be seen from space, while simultaneously slowly killing Lake Mead? The misuse of resources and burning of fossil fuels for energy is slowly killing our planet and causing the climate to slowly change to the point of causing major repercussions if our habits don’t change before long. I don’t want to act like this is a coming Armageddon, but it’s important to wisely use the resources we have and to conserve rather than waste. Hopefully, with the current research of solar and wind energy we will be able to tap into these resources more and more and help give the environment a much needed break. Needless to say, hurricanes will still form even if we give up all fossil fuels tomorrow, but by being wise and responsible in regards to fossil fuels and flood prevention we can limit the damage global warming is causing and potentially mildly reduce the strength and frequency to the point another storm like Sandy won’t be as damaging.

Quote of the Week “Hope is that stubborn thing within us.” - Newly re-elected President Barack Obama during his acceptance speech Tuesday night in Chicago.


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What’s in a nickname? It has long been a newspaper tradition for sports reporters to assign stupid nicknames to the athletes they cover. Heck, many baseball teams actually got their names from reporters. For many MATT BOURGAULT people in my Sports Editor position, it’s the most impact they’ve had on a sporting event since senior night in high school. In case you were wondering, I went 1-1 with a sacrifice fly and a walk. I also pulled my hamstring, effectively ending my career as a mediocre high school athlete. Back to nicknames. I have taken it upon myself to dole out a few this year and I guess this would be as good a space as any to explain myself. I understand that many of the athletes on this list might already have nicknames bestowed upon them by teammates and friends, but I’m going to ignore them for this list. I am the guy with the old-timeynewspaper brand of self-entitlement, after all. If you need to see any of my past work, I have been a nickname consultant for the men’s soccer team for most of this season. I am most proud of “The Rain Man” Sean Kim, both as a tribute to his first goal being in the rain and his name’s scary resemblance to Sean Kemp’s. So here are some basketball nicknames. Taylor Stormberg: T-Storm. It’s too easy. I would have started with something more creative, but you have to hit your layups. Layups also include Josh “Basketball” Jones, Grant “(Anything that has to do with winking)” Gibbs, and calling Isaiah Zierden “Zeke.” Calling Avery Dingman “The Ding Man” would count as a missed layup. Doug McDermott: Doug McDermott. Doug has recently put to rest the nickname Dougie Fresh in an effort to develop into a more mature person, and I can appreciate that. The nickname was never truly going to work until coach McDermott recruited someone to be Slick Rick. You can’t have only half of “The Show” out there on the floor every night. Smart move by Doug, and I will respect his wishes by abstaining from giving him another moniker. That is unless you guys were willing to embrace Doug Maturemott, of course. Geoff Groselle: The Redwood. It’s a pretty easy nickname for a tall guy with red hair. He is expected to take root in the paint on defense like the majestic redwood. My colleague Jacob has brought up that naming someone after a tree might imply that he’s a stiff. I reminded Jacob that Tree Rollins had a very productive career appearing on seemingly every NBA roster throughout the ‘80s and the ‘90s. So there you go, Geoff, if you follow your dreams you can be Tree Rollins. Ethan Wragge: Bonesaw. This is one that the Creightonian staff has been using for quite a while now. It all stems from Wragge accidently breaking Kendall Marshall’s wrist like the Indiana Fever broke Wragge’s heart. It helps that his beard is filling out much like the late Macho Man Randy Savage’s in “SpiderMan.” Unfortunately, this nickname has given Wragge lifelong enemies in John Salley and Dennis Chism. Mogboluwaga Oginni: Mo Buckets. To be fair, I would have given someone the name “Mo Buckets” even if Oginni didn’t already have the perfect name for it. He would also be continuing the long line of basketball players referred to as “Mo.” From Big Mo to Little Mo to Mo Williams, it is only a matter of time before the fans start cheering for Mo Buckets. I expect all of you to embrace these whole-heartedly. Someone out there should be creative enough to bring the saw signs from “Spider-Man” to one of the games. That and a “Free Boosie” sign, we can never forget to free Boosie.

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Creighton falls short JOHN GALVANO Sports Reporter The No. 6 seed Creighton women’s soccer team saw their season end in a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to No. 2 seed Illinois State University in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament semifinals. The Jays looked to capitalize the momentum they had after winning a dramatic game in penalty kicks against Drake in the quarterfinals, but could not do so. Illinois State set the tone for the game right from the start. After narrowly missing two shots, sophomore forward and MVC player of the year Rachel Tejada notched the first goal of the game and her 17th of the year. In the sixth minute, Tejada slipped through the defense in the middle of the field and lofted a floater over senior keeper Katie Jo Swanson’s head. Creighton successfully responded to the early goal by putting pressure on ISU for the rest of the period. They narrowly missed chances on some headers and corner kicks and forced ISU keeper Aryn Newsom to make three saves in the first half. The Jays finally tied the game up in the 37th minute and broke their long scoreless streak off of a free kick from senior defender Gabriela Guillen. Freshman midfielder Kaeyln Korte was tripped outside the box after driving to the net. This set up the free kick, which Guilen claimed and waived off her teammates. Guilen delivered a beautiful shot to the left corner out of the keeper’s reach. “I always work on those types of kicks in practice.,” Guillen said. “I really felt like I was going to put it in. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates.” Guilen’s score was the Jays’ first goal in regulation since Oct. 11 against Drake University, over 430 minutes ago. For the remainder of the half, junior forward Lauren Cingoranelli put major pressure on ISU by breaking away from the defense and taking three shots. Unfortunately, none connected. The first half ended 1-1. In the second half, Creighton could not find the offense it needed despite many opportunities, and ISU fired shots at will.

Swanson kept the Jays in the game with some beautiful saves, but in the end it was not enough. In the 48th minute, Swanson dove forward to make the save and stop a breakaway from Tejada. The pace of the game picked up, as both teams flew up and down the field. Senior forward Brittney Neumann, dealing with an ankle injury, missed a shot in the 58th minute after blowing by the defense. Three minutes later, Swanson made another spectacular save off of an ISU header. ISU continued to pound Swanson with pressure, narrowly missing two headers in the next few minutes and having a shot blocked by the Creighton defense. Freshman defender Kyla Booker and Neumann both had chances to give Creighton the lead, but could not capitalize. Eventually, the ISU pressure became too much for Creighton. With 12 minutes left in the game, Tejada broke free, but decided to pass to a wide open teammate who narrowly missed her shot. Two minutes later, Tejada approached Swanson on a one-on-one breakaway, but shot the ball into Swanson’s face. Swanson confirmed this after the game when she claimed that, “Yes, the ball did hit my face.” ISU finally took advantage of their chances when Tejada scored the game winning goal on another breakaway in the 81st minute. This time, Tejada showed patience, as she drew Swanson out and avoided her dive. Tejada then dribbled the ball to the right and shot the ball past junior forward Kelsey O’Donnell to score the goal. Swanson said that Tejada, “just got by me when I tried to dive and got the ball through the net.” The game was not over, however. Swanson had to make another save off of another Tejada breakaway. Creighton tried to score the gametying goal on last ditch efforts, but found no luck, even though they came very close on a header in the last two minutes of the game. The loss ended the Jays’ season at 3-13-3, while the ISU Redbirds improved to 12-4-2 and moved on to the conference tournament finals, where they beat Indiana State University 5-1 and won the MVC tournament championship.

ISU outshot Creighton 20-14 in the match, while Creighton held a 5-2 edge in corner kicks. Swanson ended a career game with seven saves, while Newsom ended with eight. The game a microcosm of the Jays’ season, as they played well enough to win and received many opportunities, but the end result was disappointing. Coach Bruce Erickson reflected on this after the game. “We had a tentative start, but we felt like we were going to score. The team fought tonight, but once again it came down to one play. We peaked during the tournament and we are playing our best soccer, but it was too late.” Erickson also praised many of the players on the team, saying, “Booker has a nose for the goal. Guilen was great. KJ (Swanson) was lights out. Cingoranelli was outstanding and the future is bright for her. Neumann played her best but the ankle is really bothering her. We want our best players to play their best and they did.” When asked about Tejada and how she was able to do so much damage, Erickson said, “Tejada is so dangerous. She was a handful tonight and we couldn’t let her get so open. We gave up some balls in midfield after trying to score which let Tejada loose which is always going to lead to trouble.” Though the team finished with a losing record, they found many positives which they hope the remaining players can use for next season. Two seniors, Swanson and Guilen, reflected on the season. “We started off the season shaky but the last few games were our best of the year,” Swanson said. “It was a good season to remember. Our record doesn’t show how good we were. I couldn’t ask for a better way to go out,” Guilen said.

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Volleyball ranked for the first time AUSTIN SMITH Sports Reporter With wins over Bradley University and the University of Northern Iowa, the Creighton volleyball team earned a spot in the AVCA Top 25 for the first time in team history. The Jays are No. 25 in the poll with an overall record of 22-3 (13-1 MVC). “It’s a great accomplishment for us,” sophomore outside hitter Leah McNary said. “I saw it from the beginning just because of all of the hard work we’ve been putting in. I think it’s suitable for us right now.” The Jays needed five sets (25-18, 25-23, 11-25, 17-25, 15-8), but were able to outlast the Northern Iowa Panthers on Saturday night. Having won the third and fourth sets, the Panthers entered the final set with the momentum, but the Jays pulled together and

were able to come away with an emotional win. After going back and forth to a 4-4 tie, the Jays went on an 11-4 run to secure the victory. Senior setter Megan Bober contributed her second triple-double of the weekend and fourth of the season, finishing with 10 kills, 47 assists and 14 digs. McNary led the team with 19 kills, and freshman outside hitter Melanie Jereb had 15 kills along with 15 digs. Senior defensive specialist Brooke Boggs led the team with 24 digs. Head Coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth said she was pleased with the perseverance of her team. “It showed this team’s mental toughness,” Booth said. “They stayed together even through some tough games and never fell apart, they really stayed together as a unit, and I’m really impressed with their mental toughness.” The Jays opened the weekend with a 3-1 (25-13, 25-18, 23-25, 25-15) victory over

Bradley on Friday night. Jereb led the Jays with 14 kills and also chipped in with 16 digs. Freshman libero Kate Elman led the team with 24 digs. The Jays had seven aces in comparison to the three of the Braves, including three from sophomore middle blocker Kelli Browning. The Jays also posted a .309 hitting percentage, more than doubling the .145 of the Braves. Bober and Jereb were both honored by the Missouri Valley Conference for their performances over the weekend. Bober was named MVC Player of the week, while Jereb was tabbed as the MVC Freshman of the Week. The Jays return to D.J. Sokol Arena for their final two home games of the regular season this weekend. They will face the 3-21 Indiana State University Sycamores on Friday at 5 p.m., while the 14-10 Illinois State Redbirds come to Omaha on Saturday at 6 p.m. for Creighton’s senior night.

Jays win the Missouri Valley Conference ANTHONY ROBINSON Sports Reporter Senior defender Brent Kallman’s gamewinning header in the 44th minute of Creighton’s match against the University of Evansville extended the Jays’ win streak to eight and earned them the Missouri Valley Conference regular season crown. Kallman’s goal broke a 1-1 tie late in the first half. The game-winning goal was only Kallman’s second of his career. His first was also a game-winner. With the conference title, the Jays earned a first round bye and an automatic spot in Friday’s semifinal round of the postseason MVC tournament in Peoria, Ill. This season’s title is the 12th regular season crown in program history. The No. 12 Bluejays finished the regular

season 13-3-2 overall and 5-0-1 in the MVC. Freshman midfielder Timo Pitter started the scoring Saturday with his eighth goal of the season in the eighth minute. Pitter leads the Jays with 18 points this season (eight goals and two assists). The Purple Aces found the back of the net to tie the game at one during the 21st minute. The goal snapped a streak of 1,293 minutes of conference play without allowing a goal (since Oct. 12 last season). Kallman’s goal just before the half proved to be the final tally of Saturday’s contest. Freshman goalkeeper Jeff Gal improved to 9-0 with the victory. After their eighth straight victory, head coach Elmar Bolowich said he thinks his squad is in a position to make a run in the postseason. “I think we are much more together as a group [compared to early in the season],”

Bolowich said. “We are fighting harder for one another. The roles have been established so there isn’t a lot of uncertainty.” Senior midfielder/forward Andrew Ribeiro also said the team is in a great place heading into the tournament. “I think we’re doing well,” Ribeiro said. “We’re coming off a high and that can be a help.” Creighton will square off at 3 p.m. Friday against the No. 5 seed Drake University Bulldogs. Bolowich said his team has been working hard preparing for the postseason. “If you want to make a long run in the playoffs you just have to be sharp and be consistent and you have to be confident,” Bolowich said.


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Jays excite in exhibition

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ABOVE: Senior guard Josh Jones and the rest of the Jays ran circles around an exhausted University of Mary team as Creighton was able to utilize its deep roster. BELOW: Sophomore guard Avery Dingman was able to excel beyond the arc and in the lane. Dingman and junior forward Doug McDermott led all scorers with 18 points. 20 minutes. “Obviously I liked the way we played the first half,” McDermott said. “I thought we moved the ball extremely well and defensively did what The No. 15 Creighton men’s basketball I wanted to have done. I wasn’t as pleased with team hit the CenturyLink Center court for the second half. I thought we lacked focus to the first time this season to play an exhibition start the second half defensively, turned the game against the University of Mary Marauders. basketball over too much, fouled too much, and The Jays came out of the gate on fire and never that’s stuff that we have to clean up. Rather than looked back in an 89-51 victory that wasn’t even let them play through it, I decided to make sure as close as the final score indicates. we didn’t risk anybody getting hurt, so we didn’t Creighton got off to a bit of a slow start and go with the starters much in the second half. found themselves in a 10-10 tie four minutes There will be some good teaching tools on the into the game before video and that’s what a mid-range jumper we do this for.” from preseason AllDingman echoed American junior McDermott’s thoughts, forward Doug saying they played McDermott spurred well in the first half a 17-0 Bluejay run. but played the score Sophomore guard more than the game in Avery Dingman hit the second. his first four 3-point “We obviously attempts and had shot it pretty well 13 of his 18 points throughout the during the run. whole game, we were In all, the Jays making the extra shot a blistering pass,” Dingman 10-15 from beyond said. “It seemed like the arc during the maybe we got tired first half and led in the second half, the Marauders 61a little lackadaisical 21 at halftime. The on defense, maybe first half showed watching the score a just how deadly little too much.” Creighton’s insideDingman’s 18 out offense can points were tied with be. Head coach Doug McDermott for Greg McDermott the game-high, and credited senior included a couple of center Gregory drives to the basket ANNA BAXTER/THE CREIGHTONIAN Echenique’s hard in addition to his four work down low for the open looks made 3-pointers. The sharp-shooter worked the Jays got from the perimeter. hard in the offseason on improving his all“I think we got 14 touches in [the paint] around game, but said it was his defense that in the first half,” McDermott said. “Probably was going to get him on the court more. not enough to Gregory, but I think that was “Last year I realized that my defense kept partly by design. Mary’s defense was going to me off the floor at times, and so this year I’ve sag, and that’s why we got 15 pretty much wide been really working on whenever I get tired, open 3-point shots and we made 10 of them. As keeping my mind right to try to be in the right I told Gregory at halftime, his effort to want to spot,” Dingman said. “So that’s one thing that catch the ball in there is why we’re getting those I’m trying to improve on a lot from last year is 3-point shots.” my defense.” Leading by 40 at the break, the Jays cruised The Jays open the regular season on Friday in the second half. Senior guard Josh Jones — against the University of North Texas, who who started in place of injured junior guard feature the preseason Sun Belt Player of the Year Jahenns Manigat — was the only one of the and projected NBA Draft lottery pick forward first five to play more than five minutes in the Tony Mitchell. second half. All 15 healthy players, including “Rebounding is going to be huge, making the four walk-ons, got in the game and played sure we take care of the basketball is going at least four minutes. After an explosive first to be huge, because the little bit I’ve seen of half, the Jays were outscored 30-28 in the final North Texas, they are very, very talented,

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very athletic, and they are going to pose some problems that I don’t think we have seen [yet],” Greg McDermott said. “It’s going to be a challenge, and North Texas very well could be one of the more talented teams we play in

nonconference play.” The game is set to tip off at 7:05 p.m. at CenturyLink Center Omaha. The game can be heard on the radio on AM 590.

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