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,// 9Ê  7 News Editor Since announcing her decision to run for the Legislative District 45 seat on Jan. 6 of last year, Political Science and International Relations professor Sue Crawford has been working diligently through Facebook, email and door to door visits to get her name, face and campaign goals out to the public in time for the election on Nov. 6. Crawford and her family have lived in the Olde Town Bellevue area for over 16 years and after becoming so acquainted with the people and services of the area, Crawford said she began to feel as if it was her time to run for legislature. “I wanted to make sure we had someone [run for legislature] who had a good understanding of how policy works, to make good decisions, and I felt that I had those qualifications so I felt that it was important to file and run [for legislature].” Some of the key concerns facing district 45 at this time are issues involving economic development, retirees (military retirees in particular) and education. Crawford feels that the district needs a representative who will serve as a “strong advocate” for those issues. “We have some developments coming up such as a new bridge and road coming across the southern part of the district,” Crawford said. “It is important that we step up and make the most of that in terms of bringing in jobs … The district needs someone who’s going to be a strong advocate for these projects.” Crawford feels that it is most important for voters to know that she is very closely connected to the district in which she lives as she is both a homeowner and mother of two sons that attend public schools in the district. Crawford believes that this close community connection will allow her to have a strong sense of the needs and

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“[Crawford] has many of the skills you would want someone who is working in public policy to have,” Witmer said. “She has done research on public policy in Nebraska and she teaches about policy issues, so she’s got a unique background in having looked at these issues academically and having worked within the community as well … It’s hard to find that unique combination of skills that she brings to the position.” Witmer said he feels that having gained such a great deal of campaign experience will also assist Crawford in the classroom, as she will be able to use her firsthand experiences and knowledge to benefit her students. “As educators, we don’t just read the TURN TO “CAMPAIGN” PAGE 2

On Wednesday, students had the opportunity to take another glance at the Invisible Children and Kony 2012 movement by viewing the new Invisible Children movie “Move,” sponsored by IRHG. Business freshman Kush Desai was the driving force behind bringing the movie to campus. Desai has been involved with the Invisible Children movement for about two years, ever since Invisible Children came to his high school. Desai said that he became involved with Invisible Children because he thought it was an important issue that people needed to know about. When he wanted to continue his work with Invisible Children on campus, and show “Move”, he decided to turn to IRHG. “It just seemed like a perfect fit with their SFJ [Service, Faith and Justice] mission,” Desai said. Vice president of Service, Faith & Justice for IRHG and Arts & Sciences junior Erika Fennen was one of the members of IRHG who helped to promote Desai’s event. TURN TO “CHILDREN” PAGE 4


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College of Business preps for symposium Today, the Creighton College of Business will be hosting itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ninth annual business symposium at the Century Link Center Omaha. They will be hosting high school students from across the nation interested in business, as well as keynote speakers, including Peter Leddy, Ph.D., senior vice president and head of Global Human Resources at Life Technologies.

Local attorneys guide current law students as they transition The Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Law Student Association and Nebraska Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar Association joined forces to connect 2L and 3L students with local female attorneys. This mentoring program strives to assist and support current law studentsas they enter the working world and their respective legal professions. Thus far, 20 student and female attorney pairs have been made. To see what else you missed, log on to creightonian.com.

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books,â&#x20AC;? Witmer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We go out there and make connections and try to bring everything back together and share that with our students and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Dr. Crawford is doing.â&#x20AC;? As the professor of a campaign management class, Witmer advised his students to work on any campaign that they would like, and a few of his students decided to help work on Crawfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign. One such student was Arts & Sciences Senior Corinne Googe. Googe is the president for the Creighton College Democrats for which Crawford serves as the faculty advisor, and she said she felt that assisting with the campaign would be a way to repay Crawfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dedication to this organization. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After all Dr. C has done for our organization, it is the least I can do to help her get elected to the Legislature,â&#x20AC;? Googe said. Googe has mainly assisted with Crawfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign by doing a great deal of behind the scenes work such as canvassing, helping at fundraisers, making phone calls, helping with Postcard Parties and inputting data. Through watching Crawford undergo her campaigning process, Googe has become inspired to run for legislature in the future as well. Googe also feels that Crawford stands as an excellent role model because of her ability to effectively balance running for legislature, being a mother and teaching at Creighton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sue has a fantastic drive to help the people of Bellevue,â&#x20AC;? Googe said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether it is helping with Habitat for Humanity, or with her sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team, she is always involved. She has a passion for education and to help small businesses and she is overall a wonderful person. Most of all, she is willing to work with Democrats, Republicans and Independents to come to the best solution for the people she will represent. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see that in politics a lot anymore.â&#x20AC;? For more information on Sue Crawfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign, visit her website: www. suecrawford2012.com.

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CU law school ranks highly again ANNA HENSEL News Reporter Creighton University School of Law recently received another award, as it was listed among Princeton University’s “172 Best Law Schools”, but this time, it was student-driven. The Princeton Review rankings were based upon comments made by the student. As Marianne Culhane, Dean of the Law School explained, “It’s a student opinion survey.” She touted the Law School’s small class sizes, as driving the Law School to be very student-oriented. The current total number of Law students, 390, is actually one of the smallest class sizes they have had in a few years. According to Eric Pearson, Assistant Dean of the Law School, this also allows for increased student-faculty interaction outside of class, one of the things that students mentioned favorably in the Princeton Review survey. Third-year Law student Erica Goven agrees. “One of the biggest factors that made me select Creighton over other law schools was the sense of community. Creighton as an entire university places an emphasis on building relationships between the faculty and students, and this is also present in the law school,” said Goven. As Pearson explained, increased studentfaculty interaction is just one way Creighton

Law students are challenged and encouraged outside of the classroom. “We want them to be competent, ethical attorneys, able to engage in a variety of pursuits,” Pearson said. The Law School offers many programs and classes to make sure this happens, according to Pearson and Culhane. First of all, the Law School makes sure to emphasize the wide variety of job opportunities available to students with a law degree. The Law School offers many opportunities for students to work in clinics, as well as an annual service trip to the Dominican Republic. Another popular program that is available to students is the Government Organization and Leadership program, or GOAL. GOAL is a program for students earning both a master’s and a law degree, which helps train students to be able to work in a government center after graduation. The program also includes a semester-long internship in Washington, D.C. What also sets Creighton Law School apart is, according to Culhane, “an overriding concern for ethics.” “I think in the classroom, we talk about what lawyers may do, and what lawyers should do,” Pearson added. One of the Law School’s big goals for the future is to try expanding their 3/3 program. Currently, the 3/3 program allows students in the

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ABOVE: The law school, located between the Harper Center and McGloin Residence Hall, was listed in Princeton University’s “172 Best Law Schools” because of student reviews. College of Business to earn their undergraduate degree in three years, and then move on to earn their law degree in three years. Culhane and Pearson hope to soon allow students in the College of Arts & Sciences to complete a similar program.

As for Goven, the only changes she hopes the Law School makes are facilities-based. “The law school is an older building which could use some updating, but over the past year and a half the facilities have begun to get facelifts,” Goven said.

A&S students show off dean’s summer research projects MANASWITA TAPPATA News Reporter Each year the Creighton College of Arts and Sciences offers three types of undergraduate awards which are open to all full-time Arts and Sciences students. The Dean sponsors the College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research scholarships, which include a stipend for the student, a small expense budget and an honorarium for the faculty sponsor in order to conduct their research. The application process is highly competitive, and is all about student initiative, according to Associate Dean of the CCAS, Dr. Hollyann Harris. Harris explained that the Dean’s Summer Research Scholarships are open

to any student who has not graduated, and that the application is judged on the quality of the proposal. There is no GPA requirement. On October 25, 2012, recipients of this past summer’s scholarships presented the results of their research. There were presentations from students pursuing all majors from English to Theology to Music. One of the presenters, Junior Sara Gentzler explained how she got involved in the program. “The summer after my freshman year, I went on the Backpack Journalism faculty-led program in Uganda and it completely changed my perspective on life. I knew I had to go back, so I started working with my adviser, Dr. Carol Zuegner, to figure out a way to be a part of the program again the summer after sophomore

FISH: students learn the value of diversity & get fish this event is looking at one small fish that is merely another insignificant fish in the sea when viewed in the context of the sea. But when taken out of that large environment and put into a small fish bowl, we are better able to see, understand, and appreciate that fish’s unique characteristics that make it diverse and intrinsically valuable.” Diversity is one of the many topics IRHG promotes. Because IRHG represents a diverse student body, they try to raise awareness about diversity on Creighton’s campus. “Understanding diversity is more than just memorizing the specific statistics about how our society is divided up; it’s about learning how and why people think the way

they do and then utilizing this knowledge to effectively work with others,” Hoover said. This is the second year IRHG has hosted this specific event. The Diversity and Leadership Committee were involved in the planning of the event and the IRHG General Assembly members from the different halls on campus helped during the event. However, the logistics of the event were set up differently this year, and IRHG provided more fish so more students could participate. “I went [to “Fishing For Diversity”] because I love fish and I didn’t get one last year, so I was very excited to get one this year!” Comer said.

CHILDREN: “Kony 2012” made group famous students have opportunities to see what other places in the world look like, its invaluable for us to learn about other people’s experiences from around the world,” Fennen said. Invisible Children was founded in 2004 in order to bring awareness to the actions of the Lord’s Resistance Army, led by Joseph Kony. The LRA has been killing civilians and kidnapping children to use as soldiers in eastern and central Africa, particularly Uganda, since 1987. In March of 2012, Invisible Children gained more fame through their “Kony 2012” video, which aimed to make Kony’s name more well-known through social media. The video had almost 100 million views by the end of October. The newest film “Move” aims to promote the Move, D.C. event on November 17th , which Invisible Children is helping to sponsor. The event is supposed to be a call to action for supporters of the Kony movement. It encourages people to put pressure on African leaders who will be in Washington D.C., either

by attending the event in Washington, D.C., or by raising awareness on the internet. During Desai’s screening of the film, a former child soldier was also available to talk about his experiences with the LRA, as well as Invisible Children “roadies” who were on hand to talk about how students could get involved. However Invisible Children has garnered some controversy with its Kony 2012 video. Some critics say that the video over- simplifies the conflict in Uganda by focusing on trying to stop one person, rather than addressing the root causes of the conflict. Nonetheless, Desai believes that the message is important, because “the big goal of the movie is to take action together.” VP of Service, Faith and Justice for IRHG Erika Fennen also agrees that the movie still deserves to be shown. “I think it’s important that college students have opportunities to see what other places in the world look like, its invaluable for us to learn about other people’s experiences from around the world,” Fennen said.

year. Dr. Zuegner helped me apply my passions for developmental psychology and writing to the issue of child soldiering in the grant proposal. The rest fell into place after I applied,” Gentzler said. Gentzler, a Journalism major, went to Uganda and took video, photos and interviews with a former child soldier and his family. She combined those with research on the reintegration of child soldiers and the psychological effects. She then produced a multi-media website with her research results so that others could more easily access and understand her work. Many other students presented on various topics. Harris, who runs the application review process stated, “I’m very proud of this program.

It [allows] students from every major and program to be able to work directly with a faculty advisor on a project of their interests.” Harris encourages students to get excited about something and to use this program as a way to see what they want to do in the future. This in turn is exactly what many students like Gentzler do. “The grant has helped me determine what I may want to do with my life and it couldn’t have come at a better time. I will definitely continue to pursue things like it in the future, ” said Gentzler. The application for the 2013 CCAS Dean’s Summer Research Scholarships will be beginning shortly, so students are encouraged to remember to take advantage of this opportunity.

Vatican II celebration begins ANNA HENSEL News Reporter This year, Creighton University will begin hosting the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. Creighton’s campus is very excited for the celebration because it marked the beginning of the largest single meeting of the Catholic Church. It also is the first event of the four years of celebration to commemorate when the Council was in session. The anniversary also remembers the largest four-year long, peaceful meeting of any human organization in history. Pope John XXIII, the founder of the Council, called for an update of the old institution of the Catholic Church. Fifty years ago this fall, on October 11, 1962, the Council of some 2500 Bishops of the Catholic Church, met in Vatican City to discuss plans for the Council. This meeting changed the practices of traditional Catholicism and other religions by its recognition of other faith truths and practices. Pope John XXIII required three years of the continuation of the meeting by his successor, Pope Paul VI, with a total of four years. Sixteen historical documents were created from the Bishops in Council- the documents that are now used for Catholic teaching and peace-making developments. This council represented a major event in Catholicism, and for this reason it is a fundamental era in universal history. Creighton is honored to host this celebration. Creighton University invites faculty, staff, students and anyone who is proud of the Legacy of Vatican II, to join the celebration. Since the Council took four years to accomplish, Creighton will take four years to study and discuss the documents the Council created, starting on Friday, November 9th, 2012 and ending on Friday, December 17th, 2015. In celebration of the Council, Creighton invites experts and scholars from around the world to share their insights into the Council and the documents. From the fall term of 2012 until the

fall of 2015, various lectures and events will be taking place to focus on the meaning and impact of the Second Vatican Council. Throughout the four-year celebration, Creighton will host lectures, presentations and insights given my scholars from Creighton and other universities around the world. Students are invited to be responders to the scholars whether they want to do some sort of research project on the Second Vatican Council or give a presentation on what they learned from the lectures. The Holy Father has also asked all Catholics around the world to celebrate a year of faith in remembrance of the Council, which will be a chance to study the importance of the documents and how they have impacted Catholicism throughout the years. The event is scheduled to begin on November 9th and will consist of a welcome speech by Father Lannon, an overview of the four-year celebration by Eileen Burke-Sullivan, and a keynote speaker, Father Thomas O’Meara. A reception will follow these speeches honoring the participants of Vatican II. On November 10th, there will be an opening liturgy at St. John’s and a keynote speaker, Joseph Komanchak in the Skutt Center Ballroom. A Day of Celebration, and the closing ceremony for the celebration, is scheduled to occur on Friday, December 17th. This event is co sponsored by the Center for Catholic Thought, the Barbara Reardon Heaney Chair in Pastoral Liturgical Theology, and Dr. O’Keefe of Creighton University. Eileen Burke-Sullivan, S.T.D., associate professor of theology, is the inaugural chair holder and has done a wonderful job organizing this event. What is important to realize about this anniversary is that since Creighton is a Jesuit and Catholic university, this council helped shape Creighton’s Catholic self-consciousness. Creighton University would not be what it is today without the documents and teachings brought on by the Second Vatican Council.


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“Blue Magic” Last year, the Creighton men’s basketball team set a school record for wins with 29, won the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in St. Louis and advanced the third round of the NCAA Tournament. This year, the Jays are looking to do even more. Four starters and nine rotation players return from a squad that was one of the best offensive teams in the country last year. Leading the way is All-American junior forward Doug McDermott, the nation’s third-leading scorer at 22.9 points per game. McDermott also led the Jays in rebounding with 8.2 per game and shot an incredible 60.1 percent from the field and 48.6 from 3-point range. He can put the ball in the hole from anywhere on the court, as he is equally adept at shooting from deep and scoring in the post. McDermott was voted MVC Player of the Year as a sophomore a year ago and is the only returning First Team All-American in the country. McDermott received plenty of preseason recognition after his terrific sophomore season as he was picked to repeat as MVC Player of the Year and was named to the preseason All-MVC First Team for the second straight season. He also got national attention as he was named the first preseason AP All-American in MVC history and is one of the favorites to take home National Player of the Year honors. If McDermott can continue to improve and build off of his sophomore season, the sky is the limit, both for him and this team. Starting alongside McDermott on the front line is senior center Gregory Echenique, the reigning MVC Defensive Player of the Year. Echenique averaged 9.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game and led the conference in total blocked shots last year. The 6-foot-9, 260-pound big man is an intimidating force in the paint and is nearly impossible to back down in the post. Echenique is also looking to be more of a factor on the offensive end in his senior season. “He’s in better shape, I think his hands, his footwork are better, he’s shooting the ball better, but I think he’s kind of got more of a sense of urgency,” senior guard Grant Gibbs said about Echenique’s improvement. “He’s more

focused and he’s trying to dominate every possession rather than kind of floating in and out of the game when he doesn’t get touches.” Echenique was one of four All-MVC honorable mentions, and the duo of him and McDermott gives Creighton one of the most formidable frontcourts not only in the Valley, but in the country. Gibbs returns on the wing and gives the Jays one of the best passers in the conference, as he finished second in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio last year. Gibbs is the glue guy for this team, the one willing to do all the little things needed to win. He can feed the ball to McDermott and Echenique in the post and can distribute it to the shooters on the perimeter, he can crash the boards and he can step up defensively when called upon. Gibbs said that there may be more opportunities for him to score as well this year without Young, but he’s not going to force anything and will just let the game come to him. “I’m a pass-first guard, but I think there will be more opportunities maybe for me to shoot. That’s one of those kinds of things that works itself out.” Gibbs put up a very well-rounded stat-line last year of 7.0 points, 5.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game, and the same all-around game should be expected of him again this year. Sophomore point guard Austin Chatman will step into the starting line-up this year, replacing Antoine Young. He has some big shoes to fill, as Young was a three-year starter and 1,000-point scorer, but he got some valuable experience as Young’s back-up last year. Chatman struggled some with fouls and turnovers as a freshman, but that is typical for young players making the transition. “A lot of that was experience and seeing things and the game really has slowed down for me so that’s helped a lot,” Chatman said. Chatman is lightning quick with great court vision whose ability to drive and kick should fit in well with a roster full of shooters. Sophomore shooting guard Jahenns Manigat rounds out the starting five. He is a deadly long-range shooter who connected on 46.8 percent of his attempts from 3-point range last year. Manigat said he put in a lot of work on his ball-handling over the summer and is ready to step up and play a bigger role. “I think my ball-handling, definitely, is something I really wanted to focus on with Antoine being gone [this] year. He took a lot of pressure off of us with the way he was able to handle the ball and put guys in the right spots,” Manigat said. “Austin’s probably going to come in as a starter for the first time in his career, so it’s up to me, it’s up to Grant Gibbs to help him out and put guys in the right spots as well so I wanted to really work on my ball-handling in order to do that.” Senior guard Josh Jones and junior forward Ethan Wragge lead the charge off the bench. Jones gives the team another shooter off the bench, as well as someone who can create his own shot off the dribble. “I’m a natural scorer,” Jones said. “If the team calls for me to do that I’m going to step up.” At 6-foot-7, Wragge can defend both power forwards and centers on one end and is one of the best outside shooters in the conference on the other. Sophomore center Will Artino and guard Avery Dingman stepped in as back-ups last year as freshmen, and return with a year of experience under their belt. The 6-foot-11 Artino is a solid rebounder and showed off his dunking ability by winning this year’s dunk contest at Bluejay Madness. Dingman is yet another shooter, and head coach Greg McDermott said Dingman is looking like the team’s best perimeter defender. Two or three new players will be joining the lineup in addition to the returners. Freshmen guard Nevin Johnson and center Geoff Groselle redshirted last year and will be fighting to crack the rotation this year. Johnson provides athleticism while Groselle is a true 7-footer. Two freshman guards, Andre Yates and Isaiah Zierden, are competing to play right away at the back-up point guard spot. Yates is more of a true point guard and is an athletic scorer, while Zierden is a deadly 3-point shooter. “Andre Yates is a great guard, he’s going to be a great player in the Valley once his time is here and Isaiah can handle the ball just as well as anybody as well as adds that

Last season, the Jays spent most of the season ranked in the top 25 before finishing at No. 19 in the AP poll. They played well during the nonconference schedule, with their only loss coming at St. Joseph’s University Hawks. In the postseason, they were named a No. 8 seed and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament by knocking off the University of Alabama before falling to the No. 1 seed University of North Carolina. This year, expectations are higher than ever and the Jays are looking to go even farther. Creighton was ranked No. 16 in the preseason AP Poll, the highest the Jays have ever been ranked at the beginning of the year. They were also ranked No. 15 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Poll. The Jays have received plenty of national attention over the offseason and are universally considered one of the best mid-major teams in the country. They are not letting the attention get to their heads, however. “I think it’s hard to just completely ignore it but for the most part, just focusing on our group and having a tight-knit circle and just keeping that mentality of next practice, next possession, next game, not looking forward and focusing on getting better every day.” The Jays begin their march back to the tournament with a solid nonconference schedule featuring several tough tests. The Jays open the season at home on Nov. 9 against the University of North Texas, a talented team featuring one of the best players in the country in power forward Tony Mitchell Jr. Creighton heads west later in November to participate in the Las Vegas Classic. Their opening game in the classic on Nov. 23 is against the No. 23 University of Wisconsin, a Big Ten team who likes to slow the game down and play lockdown defense. “I think [the non-conference schedule] really will [test us],” Doug McDermott said. “That Vegas tournament is going to be good for us and also playing North Texas, who is one of the top mid-majors and has a really good player and a good friend of mine, Tony Mitchell, so that will be a good battle.” Creighton hosts St. Joe’s on Dec. 1 and are looking to avenge last year’s loss to the Hawks. The Bluejays close out the road portion of the non-conference schedule in Berkeley against the University of California. The Golden

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Creighton received 38 of 40 first place votes in this year’s MVC preseason pol Valley. Although the Jays didn’t win the regular season title last year, they did captu by knocking off the Illinois State University Redbirds in the championship game. Th their title and know that the other teams are going to be gunning for them. “I’d say everybody [is our biggest competition] because we’re going to get everyb Chatman said. Greg McDermott mentioned some of the teams that will likely be Creighton’s t “I think some teams return a significant portion of their roster,” McDermot Illinois State are very talented, Wichita State, even though they’ve lost quite a bit, had guys sitting out that I think can have an impact right away.” Illinois State was picked to finish second in the Valley, and was the only team oth votes. The Redbirds lost head coach Tim Jankovich and starting point guard Nic Mo over the summer, but still return plenty of talent lead by All-MVC First Team select The University of Northern Iowa Panthers were picked to finish third and retur guard Anthony James and forward Jake Koch, as well as last year’s MVC Freshman Wichita State University, who was picked to finish fourth, lost its top four pla forward Carl Hall and brings in a talented group of newcomers including Univers Armstead and top 100 recruit freshman guard Fred VanVleet. McDermott said he expects the bottom half of the conference to be improved a “I think some of the teams at the bottom are going to be better,” McDermott sa I think Evansville will be good again, I think Drake with Seth VanDeest coming bac they were a year ago.” Evansville was picked to finish fifth, right behind the Shockers, and they boast o in preseason All-MVC First Team guard Colt Ryan, who averaged over 20 points pe Drake features another All-MVC First Teamer in forward Ben Simons, and al back after the big man sat out all of last year with an injury. “Once again, I expect it to be a dog fight and hopefully we’re one of the teams the overall competition in the Valley. However, there should be no let-down as the Jays are determined to do what the regular season standings. “We kind of let [the regular season title] slip away from us last year in the mon to get back at it,” Manigat said. “And then obviously, to get back up there to 29 w with all the teams gunning at us and understanding how good we can be but we fee confidence but the ability to do that as well.”

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2 November 2012

Women poised for MVC title MICHAEL KOTROUS Sports Reporter The Creighton women’s basketball team is coming into the 2012-13 season with high expectations. The Bluejays are returning four of last season’s starters and its five top scorers, including junior guard Carli Tritz, who was selected as the MVC preseason Player of the Year. The Bluejays enter the season as the preseason favorites in the Missouri Valley Conference as the reigning conference tournament champions, and they received a vote in the preseason AP Poll for the first time since March 2003. Creighton’s high expectations will be put to the test immediately with a tough nonconference schedule filled with talented opponents and seven games on the road. Headlining Creighton’s nonconference schedule are games at home against Oklahoma University, Kansas University and the University of Nebraska. As well as games at Brigham Young University and South Dakota State University. All five of these teams appeared in last year’s NCAA Tournament. In all, nine of Creighton’s 11 nonconference opponents won 19 or more games last season. “It’s as hard of a schedule as I’ve ever put together,” head coach Jim Flanery said, now in his 11th season with the Bluejays. “But I feel like we have the experience and the depth to be in position to win.” Flanery said he believes an improved frontcourt will be the determining factor of the Bluejays’ success against these teams. Returning starter junior Sarah Nelson leads the Bluejay frontcourt. Nelson has the ability to shoot the ball from almost anywhere on the court. She can dominate on the low block, knock down a jumper from the elbow and even score from beyond the arc. Nelson was second on the team in scoring and led the

team in rebounding last year, averaging 7.6 rebounds per game. Sophomores forward Alexis Akin-Otiko and center Alyssa Kamphaus will provide presence in the post as well. Flanery noted that each has greatly improved during the offseason. Both bring much needed size that allows the Bluejays to match up against major conference teams like Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska. Depth is one of the key focuses for Flanery. After all, depth is what allowed Creighton to be sharp and outlast their opponents at the end of last season, most noticeably during Creighton’s 53-38 thrashing of the Drake University Bulldogs in the MVC championship game. That win over Drake earned Creighton the MVC tournament crown and an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. In its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since the 2001-02 season and first under Flanery, a layup with only one-tenth of a second remaining in regulation was all that prevented the No. 14 seed Bluejays from knocking off St. John’s University. Last season, all but two players averaged over ten minutes per game, and Flanery believes similar amounts of minutes will be needed from the bench this season. The problem, however, is that Creighton is dealing with serious injuries this preseason. Tritz’s season almost ended before it began. She had been out almost two weeks with a back injury, which Flanery said was feared to be a stress fracture in a vertebra. However, Tritz will be able to play limited minutes in Wednesday night’s exhibition match against Southwest Minnesota State University. Whether the back injury will be a persistent problem this season is yet to be seen. Tritz led the Bluejays in scoring, steals and assists last season en route to being named to the All-MVC First Team. Fellow junior and returning starter guard McKenzie Fujan also has been dealing with a back injury. Additionally, sophomore guard/

Soccer’s successful senior send-off

Creighton dominates on home floor

AUSTIN SMITH Sports Reporter The Creighton men’s soccer team earned a first-round bye in the Mountain Valley Conference Tournament with a 1-0 win over the Missouri State Bears on senior day. The win capped off an October in which the Jays went undefeated. The Jays came out looking to strike quickly on Saturday, keeping the ball near the Missouri State goal for the majority of the first half. In the 19th minute freshman midfielder Timo Pitter capitalized on a pass from freshman defender/ midfielder Vincent Keller, scoring on a crossing shot from short distance to give the Jays a 1-0 lead. The goal was Pitter’s team-leading seventh of the season. The Jays continued their aggressive style of play in the second half, but were unable to build on their lead. In the 62nd minute junior forward Sean Kim made an aggressive effort for the ball, blocking a kick from the Bears goalkeeper and sailing it just over the top of the net. In the 85th minute Timo Pitter narrowly missed out on his second goal of the game, sailing a shot from 30 yards away just over the top of the net. In the 87th minute Vincent Keller had a shot bounce off the post. In the final five minutes of the game the Jays’ defense stood strong and did not allow Missouri State to tie the game. Freshman goalkeeper Jeff Gal batted away a Missouri State corner kick in the 86th minute, and junior midfielder Zach Barnes knocked down a free kick in front of the Jays’ goal with less than a minute to play, sealing the victory for Creighton. “I think we have to be pretty confident,” head coach Elmar Bolowich said about the upcoming MVC Tournament. “We are undefeated in the conference so far. I think we earned ourselves a first round bye with a win today, so we don’t have to play on Wednesday. We do play a team that has to play on Wednesday, so there is a little bit of a fatigue factor on the opposition, so we are looking pretty okay right now as it pertains to conference.” The Jays’ next game is against the University of Evansville Purple Aces on Nov. 3 in Evansville. The Purple Aces are 9-6-1 this year. The MVC tournament will start on Nov. 7 in Peoria, Ill.

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Sophomore outside hitter Leah McNary goes up for the kill. McNary leads the team in kills this season. ANTHONY ROBINSON Sports Reporter The Creighton volleyball team (20-3, 11-1 in MVC play) set a new record, recording their eighth and ninth straight home victories this weekend against the University of Evansville Purple Aces and the Southern Illinois University Salukis. With the weekend sweep, the Bluejays moved into sole possession of first place in the Missouri Valley Conference and clinched a spot in the six-team MVC tournament. Both head coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth and sophomore middle blocker Kelli Browning agree that the home atmosphere at D.J. Sokol Arena has been outstanding this season and has contributed to their success.

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Freshman guard Marissa Janning faces off with senior guard Jasmin Corbin during Bluejay Madness. Creighton will be looking for a large contribution from the backcourt this season. forward Taylor Johnson is out for the season and has been given a medical redshirt as the result of a torn ACL. With injuries looming, newcomers like freshman point guard Marissa Janning will have to step up to accommodate the loss. Rated as a three-star recruit and given a rating of 91 by ESPN.com as a guard at Watertown-Mayer High School in Delano, Minn., Janning has the playmaking ability the Bluejays need, whether it be from the bench or in the starting five in the place of an injured player. Overall, Flanery said he is impressed with

“The crowd this year has been absolutely awesome,” Browning said. “Even when we’re traveling we’re finding fans at the games. I think everyone’s super excited about it and it makes playing at home that much better.” “It is a really tough place to play,” Booth added. “We hear that all over the Valley. Our fans are the best around, and our band, the whole atmosphere makes it really difficult, and there’s no question I think we get two to three points a game because of playing in this facility.” The Jays swept the Aces on Friday night (25-15, 25-19, 25-20) and took three of four from the Salukis on Saturday night (25-27, 2521, 25-23, 25-18). The Jays never trailed during Friday night’s game against Evansville. “I thought we played pretty well [Friday night],” Booth said. “Our middles were lethal. I thought they really just played a phenomenal match. But I thought we were solid across the board, especially offensively. The other thing that we did well was we passed well.” Browning had 16 kills to lead the Jays, while sophomore outside hitter Leah McNary added 14. Browning credited her teammate, senior setter Megan Bober, for her effectiveness. “The credit has to go to Megan Bober,” Browning said. “She was really able to force the ball to me and she found the opening, so she just makes me look good.” Saturday night was the Pink Out match at Sokol Arena. The Jays wore pink uniforms against Southern Illinois in support of breast cancer awareness month. The success from Friday night was slow to transpire against Southern Illinois. The Jays made early mistakes and found themselves trailing 6-1 early in the first set against the Salukis. Creighton led only once during the first set before eventually losing 27-25. After the slow start, the Jays gained confidence from every point and gradually took control of the match.The Salukis led 11-9 in the second set before the Jays took a 12-11 lead on a big swing by McNary to put them up for the remainder of the set. The third set proved to be the turning point of the match. The Salukis led 16-13 midway through the third, forcing Booth to call

the improvement of all his players, and he believes the Bluejays are a team that can match up with any team in the MVC or beyond. This belief all comes from the confidence the Bluejays gained last season in claiming the conference title and competing with St. John’s in its first round NCAA Tournament game. “[Last season’s success] raised our expectations in terms of what we can achieve,” Flanery said. “We’re a year older and a year better … I feel like all our returners have gotten better. We ought to believe we should be as good as anybody.”

a timeout. Southern Illinois kept the lead out of the timeout, until Bober and Heather Thorson teamed up for a big block to tie the game at 22. A kill by Browning and two errors by the Salukis, propelled the Jays to victory and into the fourth set. The Jays took a commanding 15-7 lead in the fourth set and kept Southern Illinois out of their rearview mirror on their way to the 25-18 win. Creighton’s blocking led the way during the Southern Illinois match. The Jays tallied 18 team blocks. “Our blocking was phenomenal tonight and our defense did an awesome job behind us too,” Browning said. “We had a great blocking game tonight and we knew we had to shut down their hitters, especially their pint hitters and their middles, and our middles did a good job shutting off on the block and we were able to have good set-ups and shut them down defensively,” senior Megan Bober added. The Bluejays travel next weekend to squareoff against the Bradley University Braves on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. and the second place University of Northern Iowa Panthers on Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. Both games can be heard on 1290 AM KOIL. Only one game separates the Jays and the Panthers atop the Missouri Valley. “Each night’s a new night in conference and anything can happen, so we know we’ve got to look at what we did this weekend and improve upon it and get ready to be prepared for [Northern Iowa],” Bober said.

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2 November 2012

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CSU candidates face off in interviews before election John McCoy Why are you running for CSU President? I am running because I feel like there is a visibility issue on the part of CSU as a whole. For example, there are six candidates as of right now for Arts & Sciences Senate next year. That’s a problem. I think student government should be visible to the student body and that begins with the executive team. What do you see as CSU’s role on campus? Well, it is the comprehensive student body government. It has the unique role of representing both graduate students and undergraduate students, so everything we do needs to reflect the needs of both populations. I believe it [to be] the most effective body on campus [at] representing the general wishes of the student body to the administration because it pulls from all different populations on campus. What are you proposing? One, increase visibility. We would require executives to maintain at least one of their 10 required office hours on the mall or in the Skutt Student Center. Two, we want to revisit the smoking policy. I want to make sure that all students, faculty and staff have the same smoking policy and that we have a mechanism to enforce the smoking policy. We are not pro or anti smoking per se, we just want to make sure that campus is comfortable and reasonable for both smokers and nonsmokers. There is currently a different policy for students than for faculty and staff. Three, Tommy [Backe] and I both went to a conference over the summer with other leaders from Jesuit institutions. We’d like to see Creighton, CSU specifically, take an active role in establishing a year-long communication network between student governments at all the Jesuit institutions. There are organizations like this for Arts & Sciences deans or Residence Life programs, but not one specifically for student government. We all come across many of the same problems, so if we had this body, some mechanism to communicate, we could strengthen all 28 Jesuit institutions. Four, we see a campus unity issue in three main spots. One is between graduate students and undergraduate students, so we’d like to compile a focus group of sorts among graduate students to see if CSU is really fitting their needs. We don’t think it is based on the current funding policy, current rebate system. We don’t see graduate student engagement in CSU and since CSU is a comprehensive graduate student engagement [it] is important, so we want to structure CSU in a manner that is beneficial to graduate students, so it is beneficial to all students. Another is we see division between some undergraduate student organizations. Whether they are Greek organization or non-Greek organizations, we feel a unified student body that has one voice is much more effective to an administration in proposing what we want to have happen. If we can collaborate, rather than working as different factions we can have that stronger voice. Finally, we have a unity issue between the different school governments such as CSU and IRHG or the different governments that represent each of the nine colleges here come together and speak as one. This next question came in via Twitter: What’s one way you want to improve campus programming to interest all students? I think program board is the best avenue to do this. Next year, with the new Constitution we will have a new system of representation in which representatives are assigned different organizations and that’s a question they could pose to them. You could have the program board work with the new representatives. Do you believe 2pac is still alive? No. What do you like best about Creighton? Jesuit values. I really connect with them. Why should Creighton Vote for you? I will work to change the image of CSU into being a more visible institution that people want to serve and enjoy serving on and work to serve the interests of our diverse student body.

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EVAN HOLLAND Opinion Editor

There will be two important elections on Nov. 6, the election for President of the United States and the election of the president of Creighton Students Union. CSU exists to represent and serve the student community of Creighton University, acting as the conduit between the students and the administration. I sat down this past week with the three CSU presidential candidates: Arts & Sciences sophomore John McCoy, Business junior Kelsea Worcester, and Arts & Sciences junior Heartim “Heart” Williams. Below I have included the candidates’ answers to questions I asked them about their platforms, positions and what CSU would look like under their leadership as well as some “grab bag” information. We certainly wouldn’t want to vote for someone without first knowing who his or her favorite Kardashian is. Regardless of who wins, I have faith we will be in good hands. My only concern was that when asked about 2pac, not one of them mentioned Suge Knight.

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ABOVE: The CSU Candidates for president (from left to right): Arts & Sciences sophomore John McCoy, Business junior Kelsea Worcester and Arts & Sciences junior Heart Williams.

Kelsea Worcester Why are you running for CSU President? I am running for CSU President because I truly care about students and it is important to me that our student government is serving students. I think that CSU should be an advocate for student causes and a voice for their concerns. I believe CSU should be a resource for all students and their organizations and I believe CSU should truly serve all students of Creighton University. I’ve done a lot of work on that as VP of Finance to try to bring CSU in that direction. That’s a very foundational belief that I have and if given another year I could take that farther. What do you see as CSU’s role on campus? CSU should be serving students. So when students have interests, when students have concerns, CSU should be reactive to those and know what’s going on and know the pulse of the student body and should be able to unite the students behind that cause within that issue. CSU has wonderful opportunities with its connection to the administration and to all the schools and colleges to pull people together like no other organization on campus and we need to be more timely with things. What are you proposing? I am running on a vision. It is a vision of a CSU serving students because I believe CSU should be in tune with what students need at any given point in time. It is harder for me to say this and this because it not necessarily what students want. With that being said, would your government be more reactive to student needs than proactive? CSU should definitely be proactive. They should be advocating for students constantly. They should be finding issues that students have concerns with and be bringing those to the board of representatives. Additionally, the board of representatives should be listening to students and to what they are saying. As the VP of Finance, I knew changes had to made to the funding system and I listened to students’ concerns and with that the proactive and reactive were bridged together. With that being said, would your government be more reactive to student needs

than proactive? CSU should definitely be proactive. They should be advocating for students constantly. They should be finding issues that students have concerns with and be bringing those to the board of representatives. Additionally, the board of representatives should be listening to students and to what they are saying. As the VP of Finance, I knew changes had to made to the funding system and I listened to students’ concerns and with that the proactive and reactive were bridged together. Favorite U.S. President, why? Ronald Reagan, because he wanted to simplify things for people, but make sure government was not too big or too self-important. Who would play you in a movie? Katherine Heigl Who is your favorite Kardashian? I never watch them. Kim is the only name I know. Have you read “Fifty Shades of Grey?” I have not. If you were to read it, would you read a hardcover copy or read it on an e-reader? Hardcover. If I were going to read it, I want to people to know what I am reading. Do you believe 2pac is still alive? No. Haha, do the other people have answers for this? If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would be more patient. Impatience can drive me to get things done, but patience is good sometimes. This next question came in via Twitter: What’s one way you want to improve campus programming to interest all students? We are doing a survey currently figuring out how to bring more off campus students back. Market research needs to be done and is being done. What do you like best about Creighton? The people. There are days I wake up and think I go to Creighton, this is so exciting! Why should Creighton students vote for you? Because I truly care about students. I think I have shown that and I will continue to work incredibly hard for them if they choose me to serve as president.

Why are you running for CSU President? I think we need some change and some improvement. As a matter of fact I was influenced by past presidents like Doug McAcy. I have the passion for it. What do you see as CSU’s role on campus? To connect with the student body. That is one thing CSU has been lacking for years. One thing I am going to do is make sure the students know that CSU is here for them. What are you proposing? Five things I want to tackle. First, make sure the CORE is fair for the students. Second, sports unification. For example, specifically game day shirts. Third, I want to improve the Reinert Library commons area because it is a bit outdated. Fourth, push the CARE program because the bill has been passed on. I want to improve upon it so students can take advantage of it and benefit from it. For example, I want to implement the Good Samaritan policy. Fifth, make sure we have a CSU liaison group so that every voice at Creighton, even small clubs, can express their wants, concerns and needs. Some follow up on these things: In regards to the CORE review, and making it more fair, since CORE review is already under way, what would you be doing? I want to help support it. I want to make sure it is fair compared to other universities. How much say does CSU have over CORE review, isn’t that the administration’s say? Yes, but it is the students who have to bring it their attention and the students are the driving force behind it. How will you go about achieving these goals? It’s all about connections. I have a good relationship with the administration, the budget committee and the student body. What makes you different from the other candidates? The connections I have with the student body and administration as well as my leadership experience. This is the first of the grab bag questions: Favorite U.S. President, why? Abraham Lincoln, because he stood up for what he thought was right. Who would play you in a movie? Bill Cosby. Guilty pleasure? Ice cream. Who is your favorite Kardashian? Ha, I hate them all. Have you read “Fifty Shades of Grey?” No, I haven’t. Would you let people see what you are reading or on an e-reader? Hardcover book. Chocolate or vanilla; cats or dogs; soda or pop? Chocolate; dogs; soda. Do you believe 2pac is still alive? Oh yeah! If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Grow taller. This next question came in via Twitter: What’s one way you want to improve campus programming to interest all students? Over the past year, Nick Mascio has done a nice job getting people interested in programming. I would get more opinions on what students want to do and like to do. What do you like best about Creighton? The spirit — people here are very happy and nice. Why should Creighton students vote for you? “If you’re smart, vote for Heart.” I feel like they should vote for me because I know I will make a difference and I am able to communicate with the students.

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Make your case for president It’s not fair The 2012 Presidential Election is upon us, so who better to debate which candidate deserves your vote than Creighton University’s College Democrats and College Republicans. MINA DAVIS Vice-President of College Democrats Look beyond the man who is campaigning for his next term, and you’ll see someone with integrity and compassion. Besides being a man for the people, there are many other reasons as to why you should vote for Obama. He is a man for all of the people. It doesn’t matter if you wanted him as your candidate or that you vehemently support him. Obama still wants to listen to your needs and figure the best way to serve you. As Obama stated himself in an episode of David Letterman’s late night show, “But I can tell you this: When I won in 2008, 47 percent of the American people voted for John McCain. They didn’t vote for me. And what I said on election night was: ‘Even though you didn’t vote for me, I hear your voices, and I’m going to work as hard as I can to be your president.’” A true leader does not dismiss the needs of others whose viewpoints are different than their viewpoint. Obama works hard to ensure that our opportunities to advance are solidified. With a guarantee to continue funding for Pell Grants and keeping the interest rates on federal student loans at 3.4 percent, education is continuing to be made more affordable. Obama has also worked to crack down on predatory for-profit colleges. Education shouldn’t be out of reach and as demonstrated by his policies he doesn’t feel that taking advantage of those that want to jumpstart their future is right. He also has worked to provide a safety net for those who would be bankrupted by unforeseen circumstances with regards to their health. The Affordable Care Act has allowed for those still in school to stay under their parents insurance until the age of 26. There also provisions that disallows people to be denied by insurance companies due to pre-existing conditions. Not just that, women are no longer allowed to be charged three times the rate for insurance, simply because they are women. That alone speaks a lot for a man who believes that everyone should be on a level playing field. As for childrenin need, he has expanded their health coverage program called CHIP. Building a safety net where parents and others don’t have to worry about going bankrupt trying to obtain the best health care for their kids. Obama has also done some great work in protecting the consumers in this economy. Beginning with the revival of General Motors and working on giving incentives to companies that choose to stay in the United States, one could say that Obama is all about making sure there is stability in our economic system. Obama also does a great job in strengthening relations with other nations across the globe. Different strategies in approaching countries on crucial issues have helped to advance and protect American interests all across the globe. Notable achievements are the strengthened sanctions on Iran, eliminating Osama Bin Laden, ending the war in Iraq and beginning of troop withdrawl in Afghanistan. Another quick, yet notable achievement is his investment in renewable technologies. Obama is interested in moving the country forward, and not backwards. Now I could certainly go on and on about even more Obama’s accomplishments. The key aspect to remember as to why you should vote for this man is that he never stops working for everybody. He has the best interests of the American people at heart and is truly a man for the people.

From where I sit

College Republicans How many of you want a job when you graduate? We certainly hope you do, why else would you be dropping $40,000 a year at Creighton? Mitt Romney is the only candidate who can improve your odds of getting a job post-graduation. It does not take too many statistics (such as, unemployment: 7.8 percent, though this doesn’t include millions of Americans who have dropped out of the workforce) to recognize that President Barack Obama’s economy is not working. Romney has proven his ability to create growth in the private sector, public sector and public-private partnerships. In so many situations, Romney entered a financially dire situation, and left with the books in the black. How many of you graduated from a public high school? If you care about the future of education, Obama needs to go. Think about it this way: how much better would Brandeis be if people had the choice to eat somewhere else? Brandeis would either improve or close. The same logic applies to schools: if students had the opportunity to choose any school, there would be competition, and schools would be forced to improve or close. Romney has a proven track record: Massachusetts schools were the best in the nation when he left office. Even better, he reduced the budget while he was at it. Throwing money at schools will not lead to improvement, competition will. How many of you are pre-med? If you want an income sustainable enough to pay off your student loans, or any level of freedom as to whom and how you treat, you want the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) repealed. The federal government will set payment rates similar to the system used under Medicaid and Medicare. Doctors have quit treating Medicare and Medicaid patients because the payment rates are significantly lower than those paid by insurance companies; under ObamaCare, there will be no more choice. Furthermore, doctors will have few choices to refrain from executing procedures which they find morally reprehensible. How many of you will get sick anytime between now and when you die? ObamaCare will negatively affect your experience, also. Obama’s promise that you may keep your doctor and insurance plan is technically true, but the bill is designed to incentivize companies to dump their employees onto the government plans. At that point, your choices are few. How many of you have heard of Watergate? That has nothing on Benghazi-gate. Libyan ambassador Chris Stevens was brutally killed by an anti-American terrorist group. Contrary to the Administration’s original claim that an “anti-Islamic” video incited a random attack, the consulate knew of threats far before the attack took place, such as the 40-foot hole blown in the embassy’s outer wall weeks earlier. The president denied further help. There were CIA and Navy SEAL teams ready, and the only person who could have stopped them was the Commander-in-Chief himself. Further, the President then lied to … America. He has yet to acknowledge that the attack was premeditated by terrorist groups, and even let his Secretary of State fall on the sword for him. Ambassador Stevens could’ve used some bayonets and horses.

Cartoon by Tony Schilling

I got a bad registration time. I’ll be overriding no matter what.

NATALIE KILLION Guest Columnist

As a political junkie, I’ve been following the 2012 presidential election with a quasireligious fervor. Some national polls put the Republican challenger Mitt Romney slightly ahead of President Barack Obama. However, many other polls show that Obama could possibly obtain more Electoral College points than Romney, thus securing the White House for another term. This odd dilemma got me wondering about the fairness or even the validity of the institution that is the Electoral College. Is it truly fair if more people want Romney to be our next president, and Obama wins anyway because of the way the Electoral College is structured? I’d like to add a disclaimer before I proceed, to highlight my true intentions. I am writing this to examine the Electoral College, not just its impact on Romney’s campaign. Whether or not I support Romney, I still believe that this situation is wrong. I will argue that the Electoral College is fundamentally unfair, for both Democrats and Republicans. Now, to the juicy stuff. Let’s look a bit at the history of the College. According to an article by William Kimberling, deputy director of the FEC Office of Election Administration, the Electoral College is a body made up of electors whose primary function is to elect the president. Each state is assigned a number of electors based on the number of senators and Congressional representatives. For Nebraska, that number is five (two senators plus three representatives). In most states, Nebraska and Maine excluded, it’s a “winner-take-all” scenario, where the candidate who wins the popular vote in that state wins all of that state’s points. I don’t think that I am able to convey on paper how much this system bothers me, and it does so for many reasons. Firstly, the Electoral College seems to discourage voter participation in non-battleground states. In a state like Nebraska, which will almost certainly go for Romney, it really doesn’t matter if I vote or not, nor does it really matter who I vote for. Collectively, yes, it does matter, but on an individual scale, it really does not. Voter turnout doesn’t matter a great deal in solidly Republican states or solidly Democratic states. To clarify, as a Nebraska voter, if I vote for Romney, my vote will just be added to a majority that he already has in his favor. If I vote for Obama, my vote essentially won’t count because it is highly unlikely that he will win Nebraska. Secondly, the “winner-take-all” system is also highly unjust. I’m glad that I live in a state that splits votes because I think it’s a more accurate reading of what the people living in that state want, though not as much as a popular vote would. For instance, if you look at the county-by-county numbers, there are many pockets of blue in red states and vice versa. California, for instance, is nearly entirely red in the eastern part of the state, but only blue on the coast. How unfortunate for those living in these pockets to see their community vote a certain way, yet see their state swing another way! To remedy this, I think that we should abolish this unjust form of voting and let the people vote directly for their president. It seems wrong that a majority of the country could vote for Candidate A and Candidate B wins instead. Furthermore, I think that a popular vote for president will encourage voter participation, giving each vote as much swaying power as the next. No more would there be votes for president that “don’t count.” Also, a popular vote would more accurately reflect the national will, putting in office the candidate that most people would like to see there. Many other candidates are directly elected by the popular vote, such as members of the Senate and House of Representatives. If we are able to vote for these offices directly, why must we go through such an elaborate system to vote for our president? In a democracy such as ours, one that values the strength of the voice of individual people, it’s high time the Electoral College is done away with. What a presidential election would look like without it, I’m not sure, but I can certainly say that I’d like to see it.


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Durham Museum celebrates American soldiers JORDAN MILANA Scene Reporter “The American Soldier” is an exhibit currently at the Durham Museum that tells the story of the numerous wars throughout U.S. History and the people that fought in them. The exhibit opened at the Durham on Sept. 22 and will remain open until Jan. 6, 2013. The exhibit contains two parts. One section, titled “Worn with pride: Americans in Uniform,” is comprised of displays showing the uniforms worn in each war. There are also artifacts such as weapons, gas masks, discharge papers, a prayer book and an ID case that belonged to soldiers who died in the wars. Items of special note include the haversack of William Lewis (the only Nebraskan soldier killed in combat during the Spanish-American War), the front pages of editions of the World-Herald that were written during wartime and a section that focused on the impact women had on each of these wars. Every relic is accompanied by a story. This makes the exhibit relatable on a level that is rarely achieved by museum displays. Durham Museum employee and Vietnam War veteran, Chuck Haller, is impressed by the amount of pieces in the exhibit. “I have a few things from back then but seeing all of this in one place is really something you don’t see everyday,” Haller said. Haller was a paratrooper in active duty for seven years and flew airplanes in the United States Air Force for 30 years. “Being able to go to 87 countries was a wonderful opportunity and I’m glad that most of my time was served during peacetime,” Haller said. Other attributes of the exhibit are areas that show the progression of different military supplies and direct quotes from people who were soldiers, nurses and photographers during each of the wars. The uniforms, shoes and dog tags of military women and men have changed over time. The display shows just how much and how little some military traditions and experiences have grown and developed. The second section of the soldiers exhibit is a photography gallery. The gallery is titled “The American Soldier From the Civil War to the War in Iraq: A Photographic Tribute.” It includes very moving photographs depicting the most horrific to the most rewarding experiences that come with being a soldier. “I am drawn to the exhibit because I can relate to the young men in these photographs who are fighting the wars that older men make,” Vietnam War veteran Mike Woods said. The photography portion is very moving for many people who have gone to see it. Durham Museum volunteer Laurette Hess said that she had to visit the gallery over a series of days because it was too much to take in at once. “We had a woman leave crying one day and she told me that her children went to Iraq which was why seeing those photographs was so emotional for her,” Hess said. The Soldiers exhibit will be at the Durham Museum for almost three more months. The entrance fee is $8 and those who visit should be sure to allow adequate time to take in all the details of the exhibit.

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McCoy is no ordinary senior AMANDA BRANDT Scene Reporter Wake up. Go to class, 21 credits worth. Design a set, costumes, visual projections, a poster and sound cues. Spend time in the scene shop, costume shop and lighting booth. Go home and coordinate with people 1,200 miles away. Plan another show. Do the payroll and other administrative tasks. Go to bed, thank your lucky stars, and do it all over again. This is a day in the life of Jake McCoy. McCoy, an Arts & Sciences senior, works for Broadway Dreams, a national non-profit organization in New York City, NY. Its mission is to bring aspiring performers closer to their dreams of professional theater or dance performance. Broadway Dreams holds master classes in various cities throughout the United States where high school and college-age students can learn from and interact with actual Broadway stars. McCoy’s envious Broadway Dreams job wasn’t acquired through luck or connections, but rather through hard work. Last year, the group came to Omaha for a session. The group needed a stage manager and asked around in the technical theatre circles in Omaha. McCoy’s name came up. Broadway Dreams hired him as its stage manager for the week. The company was so impressed with his work that they asked him to come with them to the next city. When that production was done, the director approached McCoy with the opportunity to work for Broadway Dreams full-time as a production manager and administrator. A job offer like that doesn’t get turned down. McCoy accepted the position and began working with the foundation. “It’s rare,” McCoy said. “I lucked out.” McCoy isn’t just a stage manager for Broadway Dreams. He is also a designer and full-time student who is working on his bachelor of fine arts thesis. Juggling all of these tasks is certainly a daunting job for anybody, let alone a person who has a full time job and is graduating a semester early. “It’s stressful. [Broadway Dreams,] 21 credits and a thesis,” McCoy said. “It’s all about time management … I divide my time so I know when I can sit down and work.” Through Skype meetings and weekend flights to far-flung cities, McCoy can work for a foundation based on the East Coast, with its employees dispersed all around the country. His job is twofold. “[I am] in charge of all production [and I’m the] administrator, in charge of things like registration, payroll, contracts for faculty members, bank account and budgets,” McCoy said. “I do two things: production and making sure when we do have an event that it is staffed, we have the right people … I make sure we know it will happen. It’s crazy.” McCoy, a Bachelor of Fine Arts technical theatre major, manages to stay calm among the chaos the theater world brings. His disposition is one that thrives on multitasking, problem solving and creativity. Technical theater professionals are expected to have an advanced knowledge of most of the steps in the production process. As a result, the students at Creighton must take a wide variety of classes, including acting, stagecraft, make up design, theater history, costume construction, drafting and scenic design. Unlike acting or performing, technical theater people work behind the scenes without

any of the fame or recognition those on the stage receive. It certainly wasn’t the lifestyle he had envisioned. In high school, McCoy played three different sports. He auditioned for his first play because a friend told him to. It was a “what the heck?” kind of moment. Thus began his short-lived acting career, which included the coveted role of Mercutio in Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” At the end of that year, he kept being pestered by his drama teacher to stage manage. After all, she said, he was extremely organized. McCoy decided to give it a try, and slowly yet surely began to realize his natural talent in the field. However, he wasn’t ready to base his future on those skills. When McCoy left for college, he intended on majoring in graphic design and getting a minor in theatre. After attending his first theater departmental meeting, he changed his mind. McCoy really clicked with the professors, building a wonderful rapport with them. He said he appreciates the department and its flexibility with his job. “I couldn’t have asked for a better situation here,” McCoy said. “Everybody is very understanding … the department is awesome.” McCoy’s journey into the theater world was aided by an unlikely source. His grandfather, the most influential person in his life, had been preparing him for this role in an odd way. He taught his grandson the basics of stagecraft. A police officer by profession, McCoy’s grandfather had a passion for carpentry and was a master woodworker in his spare time. McCoy would spend hours with his grandfather, making items like screen doors. This gave him an incredible leg up on his studies. “I had a pretty advanced knowledge of wood-working,” McCoy said. “I never had to learn to do the complete basics [of design,] so I could focus on learning a lot of new things.” The most important thing his grandfather taught him, and the key to his success as a theatrical designer, is how to envision something. Through carpentry and love, McCoy’s grandfather inspired him to be able to look at a piece of wood or a design and see something else. In the design world an empty room has to be transformed into a setting for a work of art. Through imagination and determination, and perhaps some natural talent, a designer takes a script and comes up with the biggest elements in a performance: the set, costumes, props, sound effects and lighting. “Tech grabbed my interest because I liked the physical art side of things: models, painting, working on lights,” McCoy said. “It is important for theater, to be able to look at an empty room and think ‘What would this look like with a set in here?’ and ‘What would that look like?’ which is really hard. By reading a script, you have to come up with the biggest element in a room, the set.” When McCoy began his journey in the department, he was one of two students studying technical theatre. That number has now risen to 11. Explaining this tremendous growth is easy when looking at a person like McCoy. “Last year, the department had a lot of success,” McCoy said. “I think it did motivate a bunch of people to say, ‘Hey, look, you can actually make money doing this,’ doing what you love.” McCoy’s sense of professionalism impresses more than audiences. He also continually surprises his peers. Mary Kate Gliedt, an Arts & Sciences senior and B.F.A. theatre major, has worked closely with

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McCoy’s thesis “Almost, Maine” is running at Creighton’s Lied Education Center for the Arts through Sunday. McCoy on many levels, both in class and on outside projects. “McCoy brings a lot of expertise to the department, as well as a complete willingness to learn more to make his own theatrical education stronger and our department better,” Gliedt said. “Jake also brings a strong sense of professionalism and [has] utter control of everything around him.” The control he exercises in his life includes control over his fears. Being a techie is a career that does not allow for common phobias many people have. They must use heavy duty power tools, climb up scaffolding to change lights and run the show. During a performance, the director is no longer in charge. Rather, it is the dutiful stage manager who steps into the leadership role of the production and makes sure it actually happens. “Yeah, it is scary,” McCoy said with a shrug that is typical of behind-the-scenes workers. “A lot of it is the way theater works. You have to be comfortable with what you are doing because you are a person somebody goes to all the time. You have to know the answer or figure it out. I overcome the idea of the fact that I’m 21 but I have a full time job working for a New York based theatre company.” Despite the fear that some may have doing this line of work, Gleidt knows that it is no problem for McCoy. “He has absolutely everything under control,” Gleidt said. “He’s beautiful.” It may seem impossible to imitate McCoy’s “beautiful” personality and craftsmanship. However, the secret of his success is actually quite simple. “You need to trust yourself … it’s all just problem solving, and in the end, we’re just doing theater,” McCoy said. “We’re not doing brain surgery. Keep that clear mind … do not feed into the negative side of things, because nothing will get accomplished.” Upon his graduation in December, McCoy will move to New York City and continue working for Broadway Dreams. Having a job prior to graduation is almost unheard of in the theater world, especially in the current economic climate. When asked how he felt about having accomplished such a huge feat and personal goal, McCoy shrugged and answered in typical stage manager style. “I’m not a big deal,” McCoy said, “but they [Broadway Dreams] are.”

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“What is the most listened to song on your iPod right now?”

“Some Nights” by FUN.

“4 Days Straight” by Scattered Trees

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“My Blood” by Ellie Goulding Audrey Futryk Business sophomore

“Goodbye until tomorrow” by The Last Five Years Allison Dethlefs Arts & Sciences sophomore


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Matsu Sushi: Quaint and reasonable Mat su Sushi is not pretentious, it is not as trendy as some other sushi places in town but it is far more reasonable in c o mp a r i s o n . This is no Hiro or Blue, two of the more well known Omaha sushi staples. KATHLEEN AMBRE Matsu is small, Assistant Scene Editor quaint and certainly does the discount sushi concept justice. A small, family-owned Japanese restaurant located downtown in the Old Market District, this is certainly a more modest, down-to-earth place. Opened by owner Kwan Thao in 2002 with the help of his son and wife, Matsu Sushi was the first Japanese restaurant to grace the Omaha dining scene. “During that time, in downtown, they did not have any Japanese restaurants,” Thao said. “We had a space downtown, so it was a great place to open.”

Now celebrating 10 years, Matsu prides itself on experience and originality. Offering more than 150 sushi roll varieties, plenty of vegetarian options and a complimentary Miso Soup that is to die for, it seems as though Matsu Sushi serves up quantity and quality. One or two servers and one chef are to be expected on your average afternoon visit. A sushi bar allows patrons to watch the chef at work, cutting and rolling fish from Japan and Norway, and the courtyard lit with Christmas lights is perfect for outdoor dining. I recommend the tempura and teriyaki dishes for beginners and the Tachibana Maki eel, yellow-tail, avocado specialty roll for those more experienced looking for a spicy kick. I would also choose the Miso, one of two complimentary soups, over the Spicy Mushroom any day. From beginner to purist, this place is a perfect place for lunch or happy hour. Lunch is perfect for the more frugal, as you can get two rolls and soup or salad for under $11, but dinner might prove a better option if downtown hot spots are too busy. Specialty rolls come in large serving sizes and costing about $12 are perfect to share and the warm atmosphere is a nice change from more trendy alternatives. This sushi place is understated, but that is what makes it a good find.

KATHLEEN AMBRE/CREIGHTONIAN ABOVE: A friendly face welcomes visitors to Matsu Sushi while showing off samples of food from the colorful menu.

Dating comedians provide advice and laughter

Part Two, Samuel’s Story

JORDAN MILANA Scene Reporter

SARA GENTZLER

Samuel’s home in Uganda houses himself and twelve family members. Samuel is responsible for providing for and supporting his family.

His life as a child soldier Children from Samuel’s village were forced to carry out the actions as dictated by the LRA rebels under threat of their own lives being taken. SARA GENTZLER Guest Reporter In the bush, the LRA rebels caned Samuel 80 times to ensure that he wouldn’t try to escape their grasp. From his village, he traveled by foot wherever the rebels required him to go, tied by the waist to a line of abducted children like him. He spent the next five years as a child soldier in the rebel army. Regardless of size, each child was forced to carry and run with heavy loads for the rebels. While with the LRA, Samuel witnessed and forcibly took part in unspeakable atrocities. Years later, he speaks haltingly of what life was like. “One time, the rebels had killed a government soldier. They knifed him so all the intestines were out. We were told if we escaped, the same thing will happen to us,” Samuel said. “Another person was forced to lay on a log. We were told to cut a part, whichever part.” Samuel finds sharing some of his traumatic experiences therapeutic, but he

must keep secrets from his community to preserve his life. “I keep these secrets to make my life and communications with these people here easy. The secrets are for life. I will never disclose it,” Samuel said. Although carefully kept, the secrets often don’t stay hidden inside Samuel. He has vivid nightmares, mostly in two forms. One form is the voice of a rebel soldier, calling to him, saying “Get up and we go! Get up and we go!” In other instances, he experiences a more physically discomforting manifestation in which “worms are crawling all over” him and he must leave his bed. In one particular instance, these nightmares became violent. “I had a table just near my bed. When the nightmares came, I woke up all of a sudden and kicked this table,” Samuel said, “I ended up breaking my leg because I was afraid they were arresting me.”

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

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Comedians David Ahdoot and Ethan Fixell performed at Creighton on Thursday. The event, which was advertised under the title “Dave and Ethan: Comedic Dating Coaches,” took place in the Skutt Student Center. The show was free for Creighton students. The duo started out as a YouTube sensation. The pair of lifelong best friends advertised for double dates on websites like Craigslist. The bachelors then went on over 200 double dates and posted videos about them on YouTube. Since they started out in 2008 they have performed around the country, including multiple college campuses, and have been guests on popular television shows such as “The Colbert Report” and “The Tonight Show.” Their show Thursday night packed the Skutt Fireplace Room with students and kept them laughing all night. Some audience members did not even meant to attend the event but just happened to end up in the right place at the right time. Students in attendance raved about the pair, saying that they were funny and refreshing. “The best part was how they knew so many specifics about Creighton and Creighton stereotypes and were able to incorporate them into their show,” Business senior Brett Coburn said. During the comedy sketch, Ahdoot and Fixell talked about their adventures (or misadventures) with double dating, experimented with pick-up lines and encouraged audience participation. The pick-up

lines were a big hit with the audience. They told some good ones and some equally bad ones, and they were all received well. The routine delivered laughs but also gave advice to college students. Fourth year Pharmacy student Shelby Shemanski, who was one of the volunteers chosen to participate in the show, said it taught her the importance of first impressions. “Over all it was a great show and I would recommend it to anyone in the future,” Shemanski said. The Creighton Students Union Program Board, who was responsible for putting on this event, will be bringing spoken word artist George Watsky to campus in early November. Program Board coordinator and Arts & Sciences junior Connor Neuville said, “I would highly encourage all students to attend the events put on by Program Board. Whether this means stopping by WAC or attending all of our late night programs, students should take advantage of the free programming that CSU Program Board offers.” If students ever have ideas for events that they would like to see brought to campus, they can tell a program board member. If they do not personally know somebody on the program board they are encouraged to stop by the Student Activities Office on the second floor of the Skutt Student Center. There they will be able to talk to the front desk receptionist about getting in contact with one of the program board members. The program board has a lot of decision-making power when it comes to choosing who comes to speak, perform or share at Creighton. Most of their events are completely free to the student population.

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