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Page 2 ˜ÊV>ÃiÊޜÕÊ “ˆÃÃi`ʈ̰°° Mary Lucretia and Sarah Emily Creighton Awards The Committee on the Status of Women presented the 32nd annual Mary Lucretia and Sarah Emily Creighton Awards on February 9th at a luncheon in the Harper Center Ahmanson Ballroom. The awards are presented to three women who have contributed to the advancement of women at Creighton. Katie Del Vecchio, an Arts & Sciences senior, received the award for her dedication in mentoring other chemistry students and attracting women to research. She has worked along side Dr. Juliane Soukup, a professor of chemistry in research. “She had used techniques [in research] I haven’t used," said Dr. Soukup, in a video about Del Vecchio at the luncheon. "As a freshman, she was a mentor. Her spirit for Creighton, research and science is a selling point.” “It has been an honor and privilege to work under Dr. Soukup," Del Vecchio said. “I know her influence will continue on after I leave Creighton.” Dr. Elizabeth Elliot-Meisel, the chair of the history department, received the award for recognizing and nurturing the good in other people, Dr. Britta McEwen, an associate professor of history, said in a video shown at the luncheon. Elliot-Meisel said it is “so easy to grow in [her] department” and the “Mary Lucretia and Sarah Emily Creighton Awards are all about humility, honest discourse, and mentoring.” Dr. Tanya Winegard, the associate vice prsident for Student Life, received the award for her commitment to Creighton's Student Life department. Among other things, she is the president of the Committee on the Status of Women. “I found my calling to be there for those who don’t have a voice because they’re as worthy of the Creighton experience as anyone else,” Winegard said. “It is the women I find my inspiration from. The women of Creighton.”

Parody Twitters shut down Several student-created Twitter accounts vanished from the Internet last week. Whoever was running the accounts, many of which were associated with Creighton by their Twitter username, had begun using them to post vulgar, sexist statements. Joseph Moore, a member of the University’s Social Media Coordination Committee, who has been helping manage Creighton’s image in social media, said the university was unable to take official action through Twitter, against the accounts. This was due to the fact that they were considered “parody accounts,” which Twitter will not delete, according to their own terms of service. Moore said the Social Media Committee along with the Marketing and Public Relations department knew about the accounts. Who decided to take this action and shut the accounts down is still unknown.

THE CREIGHTONIAN

17 February 2012

“Maybe it’s just me, but I love making up names for myself.” “The Dating Scene” columnist April Payne, page 10.

º-«Ài>`Ê̅iÊ7œÀ`»Ê̜Êi˜`Ê̅iÊܜÀ`Ê  Ê ,1-" News Reporter Wednesday, the Student Empowerment Network hosted “Spread the Word to End the Word” in the Health Sciences Library, an event that raised awareness about the derogatory evolution and use of the words “retard” and “retarded.” According to the Student Empowerment Network, the purpose of the “Spread the Word to End the Word” movement is to raise awareness of the harmful effects of using the word ‘retard,’ and also to encourage ending the use of the term in daily speech. The event detailed how the “r-word” evolved from a purely medical term to a derogatory term used in common conversation within society. The term ‘mental retardation’ was originally used by healthcare professionals to describe individuals with intellectual disabilities, according to the Student Empowerment Network. It has evolved into a derogatory term often used to insult someone or something, usually implying stupidity. The use of the r-word links stupidity with people with intellectual disabilities, which of course is both demeaning and entirely inaccurate. The Student Empowerment Network offered students a variety of ways to get informed about and involved in ending the use of the word. “We wanted to bring attention to the fact that the r-word is not politically correct anymore,” Kim McClintick, a junior in the school of Pharmacy and Health Professions said. “It used to just be medical terminology, but it has been thrown out because we have better, more correct terms, today.” At the event students signed a banner pledging to stop using the “r-word” and took ribbons to tie to their bags that will raise awareness about ending the use of the word. “We want people to respond if they hear that word being used out in public in a derogatory sense, especially healthcare workers,” McClintick said. The Student Empowerment Network is a group that works year round throughout campus to advocate for those with disabilities. “We are an interdisciplinary organization, mostly comprised of graduate

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the Special Olympics. Both the ADA and the Special Olympics actively support ending the use of the r-word. According to specialolympics.org, “words matter.” Words can open doors to cultivate the understanding and respect that enable people with disabilities to lead fuller, more independent lives. Words can also create barriers or stereotypes that are not only demeaning to people with disabilities, but also rob them of their individuality. For more information, please visit http://www.r-word.org.

*  Ê>˜`Ê̅iÊ œi}iÊ i“œVÀ>ÌÃʍœˆ˜ÊvœÀViÃÊ ,// 9Ê  7 Assistant News Editor Although very few students anticipate domestic violence being an issue they will have to face, the reality is that domestic violence is an issue plaguing the nation, affecting the lives of individuals of all ages. In order to raise awareness about the seriousness of this issue, the College Democrats in combination with Peer Education at Creighton (PEAC) decided to co-host an event educating Creighton students about the signs, causes, and how to stop domestic violence. Domestic violence counselor, Sue Michalski, was invited by Creighton College Democrats to speak at this event because of her years of experience in working with domestic violence issues with various Omaha and Nebraska based groups. Arts & Sciences sophomore and Creighton College Democrats President Joseph Burgess hopes student attendees left this event with a great deal of “information on the reality of domestic violence and how they can identify and react to domestic violence in their own lives.” “Intimate partner violence can occur regardless of size, gender, or class,” Burgess

said. “Intimate partner violence occurs everywhere, even on Creighton’s campus, and it can happen to you or to someone you love.” Although students may not realize the value of attending educational events such as this, Burgess feels it is important for students to understand just how much they can gain simply by attending such events or by becoming involved in the organizations that host them. “It’s important to attend events like these and to get involved with groups like the Creighton College Democrats or PEAC in order to learn about issues relevant to Creighton, Omaha and the outside world,” Burgess said. “Being involved gives you an opportunity to change policies and affect people’s lives for the better.” Arts & Sciences sophomore and vice president of PEAC campus outreach Elizabeth Hall decided to work in combination with the Creighton College Democrats on hosting this event because she felt the information being shared at this event was in line with PEAC’s values and wanted to spread the message. “As the VP of campus outreach for PEAC, it is my job to communicate with other groups that hold the same values as ourselves and plan or co-host events with them so we can help to support organizations

on campus while sending a good message and informing Creighton students,” Hall said. Although PEAC mainly helped to promote this event on campus, the organization still played a major role in reinforcing the message against domestic violence delivered at this event by informing students of the services offered by the Creighton Violence Intervention and Prevention Center (VIP). They helped make students experiencing domestic violence more aware of their options on campus. “Domestic violence is very real and it’s a big issue,” Hall said. “Now students have the tools they need to help themselves and people they know to avoid or even get out of a situation like this.” Hall feels it is important for students to attend events such as this because “knowledge is the key” to leading a truly fulfilling life. “If you know and understand a situation and have the resources, you have so much power that someone cannot take away from you,” Hall said. “Students need to be more aware and understand that as we get older these big issues become very relative and they become very real to us. Being educated gives you the resources and ability to make a difference.”


4 Opinion

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Leggings not proper pants Attention women of Creighton: LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS. No, my keyboard was not momentarily stuck on caps lock, and no, I am not being sarcastic. There is absolutely nothing I would love more than to broadcast my disgust with this fashion atrocity on the mall during lunchtime, megaphone in hand. Since I have not yet been able to locate a megaphone rental store, I will express my grievances in a quieter manner. I don’t know if this garment abuse is occurring because women just aren’t aware of the problems that go along with wearing an extremely thin, 95 percent cotton and five percent spandex garment alone, or if someone hasn’t been brave enough to complain about it until now. But believe me, I have no problems voicing my complaints. The truth is, when you wear leggings as pants we can see everything, and I mean everything. As much as I am complaining about leggings being worn as pants, I am using this article to beg you all to please stop assaulting me with your undergarments, or worse, your lady parts. I mean, if the sun didn’t exist I guess this would be less of a problem, but unfortunately for the victims, it does. And when that beautiful sun is shining on Creighton’s campus, it is gleaming all over your barely covered lower half, thus burning holes through my retinas. As a woman, I feel as though womankind should take great pride in our gender. We should all work diligently to continue to portray ourselves as not only beautifully feminine, but smart, strong and capable individuals.

RAIN SISSEL

Columnist

“In honor of Presidents’ Day next week, who is your favorite American president?”

“Ronald Reagan.”

-Stephen Graham

Arts & Sciences sophomore

“George Washington.”

-Emily Allison

Arts & Sciences sophomore

“Abraham Lincoln.”

-Deidre Richard Nursing freshman

“FDR.”

-Gray Jackson

Arts & Sciences junior

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We should all be painfully aware of the fact that abusing garments meant to be worn UNDER dresses and skirts (or traditionally worn as an extra under-layer during the cold months) is incredibly detrimental to gender equawlity and the image humanists before us have worked so hard to secure for women. Do you really want to create another excuse for men to treat you badly or revere you as the “lesser” sex? I, for one, am over the “make me a sandwich” jokes. You may not have the same ideas about fashion as I do, but please know that I am not making an argument against dressing sexy. I am all for wearing form-fitting clothing or wearing a mini dress or skirt in the correct setting (as long as you cover yourselves in the appropriate areas, please). This article is not in the least bit meant to pressure you into giving up your personal expression. This article is meant to shed light on the fact that by wearing leggings as pants, you may be portraying a less-thandesirable image. So remember, ladies, when a professor asks you to dress “business casual” for a presentation, this does NOT mean wearing only leggings and a collared shirt. And when you are going out on a Friday night, nobody is requiring you to wear leggings and a crop top in order to attract men. Actually, nobody worth spending time with is really advocating it. Here’s to being a generation of beautiful AND intelligent women! Now, feel free to set your leggings on fire.

Snail mail has sentimentality With Valentine’s Day in the recent past, and with some people having received valentines in the mail, I think it’s important to preserve that fantastic feeling of getting something in the mail. A card and candy from your mom, a handmade doodle in crayon from your kid sibling, the biweekly card from your great-aunt or a sonnet from your significant other, nothing beats opening your mailbox and seeing something inside! In this day of texting, email, Twitter, ANN DUFFY Facebook, BBM, Skype and carrier pigeons (I Columnist wish), receiving a “thinking of you” card in the mail is rare. It’s even rarer to receive a text from that random someone in your contacts that you haven’t talked to in ages. Christmas and birthday cards, wedding/baby shower invitations and magazines: these seem to be the majority of things received via the U.S. Postal Service that foster some sort of joy. Other than that, our snail mail collection is full of duds, like jury duty notices, bills and report cards. But if you really want to show you care, and you really want to show someone that you were thinking of them, and if you really wanted to brighten their day amongst the boring predictable mail, send them a letter! The biggest complaint about snail mail is that it takes too long. We need paper, envelopes, stamps, stickers, labels, etc. Why would I even bother with that when I could easily send an animated E-card? Well, as with anything else, the more time you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it – which goes both ways. You will feel a sense of accomplishment and reward when you throw that envelope into the mailbox, and the level of satisfaction felt by the receiver will be just as great. Personally, I think mail defies the economic principle of diminishing returns. Have you ever talked to someone who said they didn’t like getting thoughtful cards or funny pictures in the mail? “Please stop sending me mail that makes me smile and sometimes has money inside,”… said by no one, ever.

Technology can’t compete when it comes to the anticipation of picking up a heavy envelope that is addressed to YOU – an envelope not from a university … although it was probably more satisfying to open that acceptance letter via mail than opening it through your electronic mailbox. Heavy envelopes mean something good is inside. Pictures, gift cards and money definitely sweeten the deal. And confetti? Sparkly doodads that fall out of the envelope and instantly beautify the ground upon which you’re standing? Virtual confetti definitely can’t compete. You can even receive the gift of music via snail mail! The big fat square audio cards that are fun to leave open in the store when you leave the card aisle (What? Who does that?) arguably flipped the nature of snail mail upside down. No longer would opening an audio attachment via email be the only way to send music. You can record your own audio (perhaps the recording of a song or poem you wrote,) with the big square cards and send it, which usually ensures a nice chuckle upon receiving. Music, a fat envelope and something other than a bill in the mail: three ways to guarantee a big smile. For those who think that email and technology still trump snail mail, hear this: do you have the same satisfaction of reading through old emails as you do sifting through old cards and letters? Can you smell things through emails? Not every piece of letter smells – don’t sniff every piece of mail you receive now either – but it could if it was written in an aromatic flower shop, or a smoke laden bar in Amsterdam (don’t forget postcards – which are a category of its own snail mail). Can you see the stains of spilt coffee in a text message? Can you see the dried tear drops in that email? Can you feel the stiffness of the cardstock when receiving an E-vite? When people send you a letter, they are sending you a small piece of themselves. Nobody else has your handwriting, but everyone has the option of “Times New Roman,” or “Cambria.” That letter was a part of that person’s day, and they are sharing it with you when they send it. Let’s pick up our pens and dig out the old stationary. Send that letter.

Choose your clothing carefully Madonna is too old to be dancing like she did and wearing what she wore. There, I said it. Everyone was thinking it, I’m sure. Not only did the Cleopatraesque get-up make me want to shield my eyes, but her hip-thrusting CHRISTINA MOORE seductiveness was Columnist revolting. Okay, yes, she is a talented singer. But I feel as though her time to dress like she’s in her 20s is over, or at least should be. Unfortunately, though, she is not the only one NOT dressing her age. Perhaps that was unfair to launch into a rant about how women are dressing these days, but things are as they are. Now I am taught and believe that “judge not, lest you be judged.” In this case, judge me all you want because I admit that I judge women who dress as though they are 30 years younger than they are. If you are in your 50s and you look good

enough to be wearing tight spanky shorts and busty tops, you go Glen Coco. But seeing as though I don’t feel it’s necessary for anyone to be wearing these, I definitely don’t think it’s necessary for a woman in her 40s or 50s to wear it. I think its great how many people love the color pink. However, I struggle with the amount of middle-aged women who are so proud of their love of pink that they feel it necessary to wear the terry jumpsuit from Victoria’s Secret with the huge “LOVE PINK” logo on the back. “NOT NECESSARY” is what I would like it to say. Just a thought, but maybe that should stay a secret. Now I don’t want to make it sound like young teenage girls or women in their 20s deserve to have all of the fun. And maybe I’m just old-fashioned, (let’s face it, I am) but there are so many nice outfits that are figureflattering and age-appropriate for middle-aged women. Those nice outfits are not going to be found in the PINK store or at Forever 21. I could go into a whole other rant about the lack of quality fashion choices (affordable ones) for

college-aged women too, but we’ll save that for another time. Another disclaimer: ask anyone, I am not a fashionista. I am a master of four colors: black, white, brown and gray. Take it from my roommates, who literally disallow me from buying clothes in those colors or who tell me that I really should consider dressing nicely to class, even though I wake up far too early to want to do such a thing. But if there is one thing I do well – in my humble, fashion-lacking opinion – it is age-appropriateness. I don’t assert myself as a professional in fashion at all, and I can confidently say that I will never be a writer of fashion trends. I just find myself, this week, to be a writer of fashion sins — particularly inspired by Madonna. The Super Bowl is a time for us to sit back, eat gluttonously, drink merrily, be bombarded by million-dollar advertising and apparently learn that world peace is Madonna’s mission (???), but I would prefer next time to not be abused by her horrific dancing and creative outfits.


17 February 2012

Views from the Perch My Voice

Creighton memes akin to inside jokes EVAN HOLLAND

Columnist

Lately, Facebook news feeds all over campus have been blowing up with the latest Creighton University memes. This recent explosion of memes is true not just for Creighton, but for friends of mine at other colleges and universities all over

that are common observations or complaints among students. For example, two Creighton memes that are particularly well done are the hipster cat that “Liked Brandeis before it was renovated,” and the wolf growling that “It’s pronounced Wednes-JAY.” Both of these, as well as a number of other memes, are so true that this only further enhances their overall appeal. I’m assuming the public acknowledgment of what everyone else is thinking is what makes it funny. Memes are also appealing because they are sources of school pride. We all partake in playful banter about the sub-standard aspects of our school. In fact, we are so comfortable with our faults that we make fun of ourselves. The Creighton memes are like a series of inside jokes. Think about it this way: when you are

the country. But why? I mean, memes are not some new thing. In fact, they have been around for a while — we can thank Reddit for that. Memes are appealing, hence their popularity. It is funny to take recognizable pictures or drawings and add inside jokes

hanging out with your friends you may think something is funny but to a third party, or the person sitting in the booth behind you at Brandeis, you aren’t funny. To them you are obnoxious and laughing foolishly for no apparent reason. Memes are like inside jokes between friends, but school wide. So how long will the Creighton memes last? I am not sure this is just another fad. Memes might be around for a while for two reasons. First, inside jokes between friends, groups of friends or an entire campus never get old. Jokes between you and your high school friends or you and your roommate freshman year are still funny, am I right? Second, things always happen on campus and although we are supposedly “young adults” we are still kids at heart and, like any rambunctious child, we pounce on anything

that we can make fun of or ridicule in some way. The results are memes dripping with wit. By virtue of being around a lot of other people, like a college campus for example, new material comes up nearly every day. The beauty of memes is that anything and everything is fair game. The only threshold that must be met is whether or not other people agree with you. I guess the number of “Likes” on Facebook is the best indicator of whether or not you are right. Like any good middle school relationship, the more “Likes” you have the more official it is. I’d like to leave readers with one final thought about their criticisms and the targets of some of these memes. Can you imagine what professors and administrators would write on memes about students? Keep that in mind as you laugh hysterically at the latest Creighton meme.

My Voice

Pinterest increases distraction It’s midnight and I am scrambling to finish a paper. In spite of the fact that it’s due tomorrow, I don’t start working on it until I have checked my email, my Facebook and, finally, my Pinterest. As a recent convert ANNA HENSEL to Pinterest, at first I fell Columnist in love with the site, until I began to realize that Pinterest has started to ruin my already short attention span. Continually, studies warn about the effect of Internet browsing on people’s ability to focus; a 2009 study at Stanford University showed that people who continually browse for different information on the Internet don’t have as good a memory and cannot pay attention as well as people who focus on one thing at a time. I have felt this way ever since I got a

Facebook account. I can read for maybe half an hour at most before I have to check Facebook, and I had to block myself from it during finals week so that I could finally focus. In spite of the fact that I was struggling to pay attention with just one social media site, I decided to get a Pinterest account this semester. For those of you who don’t know what Pinterest is, it is basically everything a girl could want in a website. Users can post pictures of basically whatever they think is interesting, so many of the pictures involve cute pets or kids, travel destinations, clothes, food, new beauty tips, attractive men or inspirational quotes. As a person who hates complete disorganization, it’s the layout of the Pinterest website that I hate. If you go to the homepage, it consists almost entirely of all of these types of images just thrown up that users have recently posted and that have almost nothing in common except for the fact that someone somewhere thinks it’s cool. This layout adds to the ADD that I suddenly

seem to acquire when I get on the Internet. As I am browsing the Pinterest website, I can’t seem to look at just one thing at a time. I just jump from one image to the next, spending maybe a maximum of 20 seconds looking at an image. When I first got my Pinterest account, I was so excited and wanted to “repin” everything I saw that looked cool to my account. But now, when I see an image I like, I think “oh, I should come back to that.” Ten minutes later, as I am looking at something else, I completely forget what the image was that I really liked. I know that this lack of focus isn’t something new, but I definitely think that the Pinterest website promotes it more than most websites, by trying to cram as much information as possible onto one page. Rather than just focusing on one interest at a time, it encourages users to post as many things as they find interesting at the same time. Not that this is always a bad thing, but on the Internet, this information overload is unnecessary. It encourages just browsing

information, rather than looking deeply into something and actually remembering it. Although I will continue to use my Pinterest account, as I have looked at my use of it more carefully I have definitely come to the conclusion that Pinterest has caused my Internet browsing to become more focused on quantity of information rather than quality. So, I am going to try and go on Pinterest more sparingly and use it to look more for things that I am truly interested in, rather than what might catch my eye for a moment.

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6 News

THE CREIGHTONIAN

17 February 2012

African-American students seek Student stays true diversity on Creighton campus to culture BRITTANY BALDWIN News Columnist

Coming from a suburban Illinois high school where I was one of only five AfricanAmerican students in my graduating class, I thought I’d arrived at one of the most diverse universities in America when I first came to Creighton and saw dozens of students who looked just like me scattered among the masses on the ever-active mall. Eager to get involved in campus organizations, I quickly became an active member of the Creighton University AfricanAmerican Student Association. Not only did this organization help me make my first black friends, but it also provided me with several unique perspectives that when compiled allow me to take a holistic view on what it means to be an African-American student at Creighton University. For me, being an African-American Creighton student places me in a position to serve as a mentor for others, both like and unlike myself, to let them know anything is possible through hard work and perseverance. When I think about all of the brave men and women who have fought, suffered and sacrificed for me to be able to have an equal opportunity at an education from a prestigious university like Creighton, I feel the least I can do to repay their sacrifice is to be the best student I can possibly be and conduct myself in a respectable manner that allows me to serve as a role model for other AfricanAmerican youth. Although fulfilling this implicit responsibility does require me to represent myself and those associated with me in the best possible light, I am in no way required to serve as a spokesperson or representative for the entire black community. African-Americans are not a homogenous group, and therefore the experiences and actions of one African-American student does not reflect those of all African-American students. Arts & Sciences sophomore Eboni Poole said she feels this distinction is very important. “[African-Americans] are not all the same,” Poole said. “All of us have grown up in different environments, so our experiences are different. You have to know our individual stories before you can judge us or expect us to answer a question on behalf of the entire black community.” As an African-American student, I also feel it is important for me to serve as an advocate for increased diversity on campus. Although the number of African American students may seem like a lot to me, when compared to the number of white students,

MADELINE ZUKOWSKI News Reporter

Clockwise from top: LaBree Perry, Lamar Henderson, Alicia Armedee, Symone Sanders and Elizabeth Lassiter of the Creighton University African-American Association pose for a picture. Photo courtesy of Brittany Baldwin. this number is significantly less. Students like Business junior and CUASA president Symone Sanders constantly challenge fellow CUASA members not to become complacent and strive to increase diversity on campus. For Sanders, diversity is very important because she said it provides students with “a new perspective on life.” “Socioeconomic status, cultural background, gender and life experience all play an important role in diversity,” Sanders said. “If one wants to truly develop and grow to be a full person, diversity is key.” In order to increase diversity on campus, Sanders suggested Creighton consider more scholarship opportunities for low-income families and multicultural students. “Many students rely on scholarships to fund their education and every year the number of students needing assistance grows while the pool seemingly stays the same,” Sanders said. “Sewing financially into the underrepresented groups on campus via scholarships and organizational support would demonstrate to both present and future students that Creighton truly values actual diversity and not just the idea of it.” As both an African-American and a student, I also feel it is important for me to assist my fellow black students in feeling welcome and having as smooth of a transition into the Creighton family as I experienced. Because I’ve lived in suburban areas and attended predominantly white schools my entire life, I experienced very little turbulence

in my transition to Creighton. However, for other African-American students who didn’t grow up in the same environment, the Creighton atmosphere may bring about a type of culture shock. Being able to connect with other AfricanAmerican students who identified with me and where I was coming from really helped me to feel at home at Creighton, and I look forward to having the opportunity to repay this kindness to future students. Despite the generally kind and welcoming nature of Creighton students, Nursing senior Antwonette Hobbs said being able to connect with individuals from her own culture made all the difference in her transition. “[As African-American students] we are minorities,” Hobbs said. “It’s important for us to reach out to one another because new students that are not used to this environment are going to be miserable until they find a connection with other students who are like them.” While it may appear the history and responsibilities associated with being an African-American student at a prestigious university hold me at a different standard, it does not, however, set me apart from my fellow Creighton students. From the first day I arrived on campus I was welcomed into the Creighton family with loving and open arms, and I have felt nothing but respect ever since. Although I can’t ignore the fact that racial differences have an impact on the experiences of many African American students, at the end of the day the most important colors on nearly everyone’s minds are blue and white.

It was the winter of 2008 and the first snowfall covered campus in a layer of white fluff. Nick Hoang, now an Arts & Sciences senior, emerged from his dorm and saw a group of students playing in the snow, overjoyed by the first snowfall on campus. A couple of students ran up to him, mistakenly thought he was Hawaiian, and asked “Have you ever seen snow before?” Just like any other student from Minnesota, he had seen plenty of snow in his lifetime. Why, then, did the group of students believe he had never seen snow before? Hoang is an Asian student, and the group of students thought he was from Hawaii. “A misconception on this campus specifically is that every Asian is from Hawaii,” Hoang said. “Even the Hawaiian students believe that.” Being an Asian in a Caucasian-dominated school is nothing new to Hoang. He was the only Asian in his elementary school and more Asian students attend Creighton than attended his high school, although he assumes this is true because Creighton holds a bigger population. His parents were both born in Vietnam. “I grew up as a first generation American, so I’m used to [being in the minority],” Hoang said. Although Hoang belongs to one of the minorities on campus, he does not feel like any students discriminate against him or other Asian students. “I feel that some students, for example my roommates, are open to new experiences— especially Vietnamese food,” he said. “I have a rice cooker, and I share rice and food from my culture.” However, Hoang still thinks that some students don’t understand the Asian culture as well as they should. “Some students can’t differentiate between different Asian cultures and make assumptions,” he said. Despite this, Hoang points to the Asian Students’ Association (ASA) and the Office of Mutlicultural Affairs as the organizations on campus that help him and other students celebrate their Asian culture. Hoang, the current treasurer of the ASA, has been a part of the organization for four years now, though this is the first time ever holding a position. He said the ASA encompasses all cultures of the Asian continent, including Middle Eastern cultures, and The ASA held a banquet Feb. 10 to celebrate the Lunar New Year. The goal of the ASA is to promote and support events that showcase different Asian cultures.

University Ethnic Composition for the Fall of 2011 Caucasian 74.0% Unknown 3.7% Native American 0.6% Native Hawaiian 0.3% African American 3.3%

Hispanic 4.7% Two or more races 2.6% International 2.0% Asian 8.7%

According to statistics from the Creighton University factbook. Graphic by Matt Entringer


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GSA ally preaches gay acceptance JOSIE BUNGERT News Editor Where someone comes from can affect how someone lives his or her life and who he or she becomes. More specifically, parents have large impacts on lives, and this remains true for a daughter of same sex parents. Arts & Sciences junior Shayla Covington comes from one such background, and, though it may seem to be different to those raised by traditional parents, she said there is no difference. “Being a daughter of gay parents is exactly the same as being a daughter of straight parents,” Covington said. “I am incredibly lucky to have two people who love me and who love each other.” Covington, who is extremely involved

on campus and holds positions in the Gender and Sexuality Alliance on Campus, the Eileen B. Lieben Center for Women, the Department of Residence Life and the Multicultural Advisory Council, does not think that where she comes from changes how she has been treated. “I wouldn’t say that I have ever been treated differently because of my parents’ sexual orientation, but I do get a lot of good questions,” Covington said. “I always love it when people take the time to learn about my home life, especially when they realize that it is ‘normal’.” Her family also feels this equal treatment on Creighton’s campus. “Creighton students have been very receptive to my family thus far,” Covington said. “My parents and I have always felt comfortable on Creighton’s campus — one of them even attended Creighton.”

Though she feels comfortable and so does her family, she still has concerns about actions on Creighton’s campus. “Every once in a while, I will hear students use the word ‘gay’ in a derogatory fashion and it reminds me that issues regarding gender and sexuality are still present at Creighton,” Covington said. “Though students have treated me very well, I am not sure that I could say the same for all of the GSA.” Covington, who identifies as a straight ally for the Gay Straight Alliance, hopes that others can identify as one as well. “Overall, I think that students are accepting but not everyone is an ally, and that is what we are striving for,” Covington said. For fellow students with same sex parents looking for a way to feel comfortable on campus, Covington said simply identifying as a straight ally has impacted her time on Creighton’s campus, and has given her both “direction

and purpose.” “My time as a straight ally in the GSA and in Residence Life has prompted me to pursue advocacy work on behalf of the LGBTQIA movement,” Covington said. “Creighton is centered around social justice and Jesuit values, and being here has taught me that I want to spend my life working for and with others.” Covington also advises to look at where you come from and use it to help others learn. “I would advise students with same-sex parents on Creighton’s campus to take pride in where they come from, and to educate as many people as possible,” Covington said. “Ignorance and hatred is fed by fear of the unknown. If we share our stories, we can show others that we are just like them and so are our families. Each human being has the same ability to love.”

Mormon professor feels home at Creighton MATT ENTRINGER Editor-in-Chief Every morning when Ryan Spangler sets foot on the Creighton University campus, you might think he is completely out of place. This is because the assistant professor of Spanish is a Mormon at a Jesuit University. And while it is the fourth largest individual denomination in the United States, Mormonism is also one of the most misunderstood religions as well. Spangler has faced many misconceptions and tribulations throughout his life, but he said he wouldn’t be the person he is today without them. He also said that he feels blessed to be at Creighton with its academic freedom and emphasis on values. Spangler, whose father worked for the FBI, moved around quite a bit as a child. His childhood took residence in Dallas, Chicago and southern California. While moving around can be taxing on a child, luckily for Spangler he was never alone. Aside from being the sixth of seven children, he grew up a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has a tradition of being a close-knit community. “My father is a convert to the church from when he was in college,” Spangler said. “But my mother has been a member since she was a baby.” While he was growing up, Spangler was a devout follower of Mormonism. “I would always make an effort to never do anything related to work or school on Sunday,” Spangler said. “If I didn’t finish something in time Saturday that meant I would wake up at 4 a.m. on Monday to finish it.” After spending the majority of his childhood in California, Spangler decided to stay close to home and attend junior college at Oxnard College in Oxnard, Calif. After only one year, Spangler decided to put college on hold and become a Mormon missionary. Spangler was assigned to spread the word of God in Argentina, for which he was grateful. There was a problem, however, as he had failed high school Spanish. After two months of intense language classes, Spangler got to work trying to educate and convert Argentinians to Mormonism. Currently, less than 0.85 percent of the Argentinean population is Mormon. “There was always the joke that we would make fun of the North American missionaries because they have got it so easy,” Spangler said. “Then the European missionaries would make fun of us, saying that we have it easy. Then the Asian missionaries would say none of you understands what hard is.” It was partly on this mission that he decided to teach Spanish and after his two years as a Mormon missionary were up, Spangler transferred to Brigham Young University, a Mormon university, in the winter of 1999. After completing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at BYU, Spangler received his Ph. D. from the University of Kentucky.

The Mormon Trail Center monument depicts the pioneers movement through Iowa and Nebraska to Utah. Winter Quarters was an encampment of thousands of members of the Mormon Church as they waited out the winter of 1846–47. Photo by Creightonian staff. Once his college life was finished, Spangler was faced with a difficult choice: Where to begin his teaching career? For a man who believes in a religion that is one of, if not the most misunderstood religions in the world, it would have been easier to avoid the Midwest. According to the LDS Church News Almanac, six of the 13 lowest Mormon populated states are in the Midwest. Living here would not only leave Spangler with a smaller Mormon community, but would also expose him to situations that he had not encountered living in Utah and California, which are two of the most Mormon-populated states. But while it is true that the Midwest is generally not known for its Mormon population, there is a strong tradition of Mormonism in Omaha. The Mormon Trail Center in Northern Omaha commemorates the Historic Winter Quarters where Brigham Young and his followers spent the winter of 1846. Omaha also has only one of four Mormon temples in the whole Midwest. This is something that factored into Spangler’s decision when it came time for him to chose a job. Spangler said he had four job offers but that only one stood out to him. “I liked the feeling here at Creighton,” Spangler said. “There was a feeling of community. I felt like I was part of a family

within the department, where as in other places it was all business. My family also affected my decision. Being a father of five, it was important to find a family-friendly community and the Midwest is just a great place to raise a family.” While it might seem strange for a Mormon to be teaching at a Jesuit university, it isn’t strange for Spangler. He said that when he was interviewed for the position, he was told that it didn’t matter what his religious affiliation was as long as he was open to the Jesuit mission. “I looked into the Jesuit mission, what it said,” Spangler said. “It talks a lot about searching for truth and I agree 100 percent with that. Maybe our conceptions of truth are slightly different, but the idea of searching for truth, seeking it out and teaching people to become good people is something that I felt that I could do here.” Spangler also said that when he interviewed for the position he felt like he had a lot of freedom. He didn’t have to hide who he was or what he believed in. He said that has remained true to this day. “[In] teaching Spanish we have to address the issue of religion quite often because the role of Catholicism and the role of the Church in Latin America,” Spangler said. “I feel like I have a great level of freedom in that I can discuss

these things without being apologetic.” Aside from being a devote follower of Mormonism, Spangler is also the bishop of the Spanish-speaking congregation of Mormons in the Council Bluffs/Omaha area. Dr. Craig Dallon, associate dean and professor of law at Creighton, as well as a Mormon bishop himself, said being a bishop involves a lot of hard work. “A bishop is like the pastor of a congregation in other churches,” Dallon said. “He is responsible to watch over and care for the members of the congregation. That involves visiting with the members individually, providing counsel to them and overseeing other church leaders who work directly with different groups of church members.” Between overseeing finances, confessions and providing welfare to members, Spangler sometimes puts in as much as 16hour Sundays while leading the Spanishspeaking congregation. In the struggle to keep a balance between family and church, Spangler keeps one thing in mind. “One thing that I’ve learned [in life] is that there are certain levels of priority,” Spangler said. “My No. 1 priority is always my family. I think if I always keep that in perspective, then everything else will fall into place.”


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Liam Neeson delights, shines in “The Grey” DAVE FUXA Scene Reporter John Ottway (Liam Neeson) is a security guard on an oil rig in northern Alaska. He secures the rig not against criminals, but instead against the wild and ravenous wolves of the area. As he says, the only people who venture to this “end of the world are outcasts, drifters, loners and assholes.” Once his job is done he is able to take a plane back to Anchorage. Ottway, wanting nothing to do with the lousy and annoying co-workers, drifts off into sleep. While he is asleep the plane encounters a winter storm and begins to fall out of the sky. Ottway hangs on as the plane rips apart on its descent. After blacking out Ottway awakes in a snow drift alone in the white emptiness that is the Alaskan wilderness. Wandering back to the crash site he finds smoldering and twisted metal and only five other survivors. They assimilate themselves and create a fire and soak in the reality that they are now faced with. Darkness sets in and the men are suppressed, unable to see beyond the range of the glow of their fire. They quickly encounter a deadly enemy, the wild wolves of that area. Unlike wild wolves in the lower United States, these wolves are huge, nomadic and very territorial. They have seen the plane crash as an attack on their territory. As such, they seek revenge on the survivors. The men must battle the constant threats of the

wolves and the bitter cold while attempting to walk to civilization through one of the harshest climates on the planet. “The Grey” is something unexpected at the movie theater. It does have the “Bear Grylls” adventure expedition aspect with Liam Neeson pulling together some very “MacGyver-esque” tactics but it is also a horror and suspenseful film that does not appear so to the average moviegoer. On the surface the film is not designed to feel like a horror story, underneath the epic survival story “The Grey” is so much more. The film has interesting sub-themes paired with the story of survival. Ottway is burdened with his past, as are the other main characters. They each drift back into their past lives, but are jolted back into their own bleak and depressing ones and forced to fight for their future. The characters also find themselves questioning God because of their situation, debating his existence and the reasons they are put in their situation. These themes add to the story and help to paint very deep and complex characters. Typically the horror genre is paired with a villain who usually has a knife or something deadly. Perhaps, like in “The Shining,” the villain becomes the main character through cabin fever or some other dose of insanity. “The Grey” has

nothing of the sort. The villain, instead, is Mother Nature in the form of the wild animals, the bitter cold and the terrain. Immediately following the crash, they are surrounded and attacked by these elements. The rawness of the elements understandably plays a huge part in the survival of the men and in the theme of the movie. From blizzards, to snow drifts and bone-chilling winds, the men are always faced with a blinding and bitter cold. Shockingly, most of the movie was filmed in the northern wilderness in temperatures as low as 40 degrees below zero. The actors were actually in the freezing cold delivering their dialogue, adding a degree of authenticity to the performance. In addition, the sound of the constant wind is blasted through the speakers for many parts of the movie, disorienting and chilling the audience with its howling chill. “The Grey” is an excellent film. The constant bombardment from the wolves and snow feel very real. The acting from Liam Neeson and the other main characters is phenomenal. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and felt very cold and isolated alongside the characters. Although it’s not the best movie to escape to on a below-zero winter night, “The Grey” is sure to leave the viewers thinking about it long after the final scene.

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SARA GENTZLER Assistant Scene Editor It doesn’t get much more hipster than a store that is camouflaged by some of the most hipster stores in Omaha. Within walking distance of Creighton’s campus, tucked between Film Streams (Omaha’s trademark hipster theater) and American Apparel, the Saddle Creek Shop attracts music lovers from all over the country. Naturally, I needed to check it out for myself. I snagged an interview with one of the managers and discovered a lot about the neighborhood vinyl shop. Originally solely a record label, Saddle Creek Records has signed acts such as Bright Eyes, Cursive, The Faint, The Rural Alberta Advantage and Tokyo Police Club, just to name a few. The store officially opened last June for a place artists could visit, according to Nate Welker, Saddle Creek Shop’s warehouse manager and joint manager of the shop. “The store would allow us a way for people to come in from out of town and see everything,” Welker said. “In order to make that more interesting to people, we had the idea to add the archival sort of things.” One piece in the shop, the original artwork from the cover of Bright Eyes’ album “Fevers and Mirrors,” gets an exceptional amount of attention. “The artist cut a hole in his basement wall and brought the actual dry wall here,” Welker says. While the album art is impressive, the Saddle Creek Shop is not a museum by any means. “We are a record label … I kind of look at [the shop] as another spoke of what we do. We also own a screen-printing company that screen prints pretty much all of our stuff,” Welker said. Products offered at the store include CDs from the signed artists, nearly every indie vinyl album you could want to buy and T-shirts printed by their screen-printing company. The Saddle Creek Shop also offers events regularly that provide an outlet for music buffs and fans from the area. The first of these two events is called “Record Club @ Shop.” “In the age of digital music, music is so readily available, so ubiquitous that people don’t stop and listen to music anymore,” Welker said. “What we wanted to do was create an event that set aside a chunk of time for people to come together and just listen to a record and talk to people about the record, just like old times.” Record Club @ Shop meets on Tuesdays at 7 p.m., and it’s open to any and all that are interested. Also open to the public, Songs @ Shop will feature a new artist/musical group playing an acoustic show on the first Saturday of each month. “It’s super casual, all acoustic, people bringing their guitars and playing songs. People can come in and shop or stop and watch. It gives us a reason to be open one Saturday a month,” Welker said. Normally, the Saddle Creek Shop’s hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They are only open for Saturday on the first weekend of the month, so if Saturday is your only free day make sure you look at your calendar before coming in to fratrenize with your fellow hipsters. Walking into the shop, it was easy to see the variety in genre and artists in the records. From Jay-Z and Tyler the Creator to country, folk music, electronic and dance, Saddle Creek Shop has something for every kind of hipster. The musically naïve may ask: “Why buy vinyl?” “Sound quality and collectability,” Welker said. “There can be many different versions of the same record; it’s kind of like Pokémon, you gotta catch ‘em all.”


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MOLLY MILLER Scene Reporter As graduation inches closer, most seniors are starting to figure out what they’re going to do after college. Many will be headed to further their education, several will be getting jobs and some will be spending their post-grad years helping others through volunteering. Creighton’s Center for Service and Justice hosted an event Feb. 8, to assist the latter. The event was made up of informal discussions, guest speakers who have gone through the various volunteer programs, a question and answer session and, last but not least, a tostada dinner. “This is designed to help [students] decide on what kind of volunteering to do after graduation,” Arts & Sciences senior and the event’s coordinator Sydney Stulock said. “Talking to past volunteers will hopefully help them figure out what they’re looking for in a program.” The guest speakers were mainly Creighton alumni. They spoke about their discernment process, what enticed them about post-grad volunteering and how their experiences were for them. “I was really taken by the idea of just living in another country and taking in another culture, learning another language,” Creighton alumna Jen McEvoy said. McEvoy spent two years after graduation volunteering on the eastern side of Africa. “I brought home an appreciation for people and the opportunities we have here,” McEvoy said. The guest speakers also explained why they decided to volunteer. “I really felt called to an adventure, to push my comfort zone a bit,” Creighton alumna Becky Davies explained. With so many different volunteer opportunities, students can really choose a program that is a good fit for them. They can

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Students listen to a presentation about post-graduate volunteering options. The program was sponsored by the Creighton Center for Service and Justice. Photo courtesy of Creighton Center for Service and Justice. pick where they want to volunteer, whether it be close to home or in a different country. Also, some programs allow the volunteers to live in a community together, while in others they live on their own. It is even possible to get a Masters degree in conjunction with service through some of the opportunities offered. “My favorite part about service is watching people come to a greater sense of themselves and the world around them,” Arts & Sciences senior Chris Boitano said. “People become frustrated seeing all of the problems in the world and not being able to solve them,” Boitano said. “But doing service work is a way to at least help a little bit in a little area towards the solution.”

Boitano is currently a service and justice associate in the CCSJ office. Throughout college he has led both fall and spring service trips and he would like to continue his volunteering after graduation. “I definitely want to do some sort of service, ministry or immersion trip,” Boitano said. With well over 150 volunteer programs offered, it can be difficult for students to narrow down their options. “There are so many opportunities and it can be kind of overwhelming. Call the staff of the different programs, they love answering your questions,” Creighton alumna Shelly Roder said.

Flowers and February go hand-in-hand, so it is no wonder the sisters of Gamma Phi Beta have had such a history of success with their annual “Carnations for Your Cutie” philanthropy event. The sales of the carnations have been growing every year. The first year of “Carnations for Your Cutie” was 2009. The members of Gamma Phi Beta sold 250 carnations. In 2010 they doubled their sales with 500 carnations being sold, and last year they sold over 900 flowers. This year brought them their most success yet by selling 1,048 carnations. “I really enjoyed the support that we got from the entire Creighton community,” said Gamma Phi Beta vice president of public relations and Arts & Sciences sophomore Bernie Clement. “Without everyone who came and bought a carnation, this event wouldn’t have been possible.” The sales of the carnations benefited the sorority’s local philanthropy partner, Completely KIDS. Completely KIDS, formally known as Camp Fire Omaha, is an Omaha-based non-profit that offers multiple kinds of programs and services for kids and their families. The ladies of Gamma Phi set up tables in Skutt, Kiewit and Swanson for a week to get as many sales as possible. “The sisters of Gamma Phi Beta were all so fantastic throughout the process and they helped me in any way they could to make the event run smoothly,” Clement said. Carnations were delivered to residence halls Feb. 11 and for the first time in the history of the carnation sales, carnations were also delivered to Greek chapters on Wednesday. “I would really just like to thank everyone who came wand supported Gamma Phi Beta during this event,” Clement said. “‘Carnations for your Cutie’ is one of my favorite Gamma Phi Beta events because it really helps us to interact with Creighton’s community and spread a little happiness during Valentine’s Day.”


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McCandless’ production gets rave reviews Amanda Brandt Scene Editor In the theatre world, success can be measured in many different ways. Tickets sold, audiences touched, discussions started, lessons learned by the cast and crew - these qualities are all required for a production to be deemed a true ‘success.’ Last week, Creighton University was fortunate enough to have a success occur on its campus. “Gone the Rainbow, Return the Dove,” an original play with music, was staged in the Lied Education Center for the Arts Studio Theatre. The historical and warcentered production was written and directed by Michael McCandless, a Creighton professor. The product is the culmination of over a decade of work. Michael McCandless had McCandless been subconsciously working on the show since the terror attacks of 2001. A version of the work was first staged in 2005 at Creighton Prep. So what exactly prompted him to revive and restage the show? “The primary reason was our nonchalant view of the current situations in the Middle East,” McCandless said. “One day, I was reading the newspaper, and the front page news was about Lindsey Lohan who was in another scrape with the law. On page seven, there was a small article about three marines who had died in Afghanistan. Their names weren’t even listed. This really hit me hard. These families are grieving and couldn’t care less about Lindsey Lohan, yet that is where our attention is focused.” With the production finished and completed, a flood of emotions and a reflective mood have befallen McCandless. “I personally feel relief that we did it and did it so well,” McCandless said. “There will always be a sense of incompleteness … wishing we could have had more performances and reached a bigger audience.” Despite these wishes, the play did serve one of its chief purposes – to provide a learning

experience for all involved. Brynn Martin, Arts & Sciences sophomore and member of the cast, said that this play sent a message to everyone involved. For her, the entire perception of war changed. “I had never really paid much attention to it [war] before,” Martin said. “Desert Storm was before our time and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan began when I was pretty young. This play made me think of the abstract concept of ‘war’ on an adult level, and it also forced me to examine what I believe in and what I stand for, and why I feel those things.” McCandless agreed that this experience had a powerful impact on all those who participated in the production. “It’s almost a cathartic effect because it was so emotionally charged,” McCandless said. “The cast and the crew were affected too, not just theatrically but personally. Everyone took something from it, and this makes me see it as a success.” If ticket sales were any indication, the play can most certainly be considered a success. Four of the five performances were completely sold out. McCandless said that the audiences The cast of “Gone the Rainbow, Return the Dove” during a scene portraying a university were comprised of a number of different protest of the Vietnam War. Photo courtesy Jake McCoy wit and humor to address her dire situation. types of people, including the very young, happened and what was going to happen.” Humor was both an integral element the very old, veterans and active “Strictly from the standpoint of an and unexpected surprise in “Gone the actress, I feel that humor is more difficult to military personnel. However, one did not have to have a Rainbow, Return the Dove,” as the subjects portray,” Martin said. “Dolley Madison is about military background to connect with the of conflict and violence do not automatically to be taken over by the British troops, but subject matter. The performance was a trip lend themselves to upbeat feelings. While the she still believes that old papers and artifacts through the history of combat and conflict humor and comedy did serve as comic relief for are more important than her safety. It’s in America. The audience was transported back the audience, McCandless said that it also almost like a coping mechanism for her, which I think is true to life. War is not funny, but in time to the American Revolution via letters served another purpose. “It was necessary for me to [put it in] as a humans can find light in the darkest written to and from soldiers and their families. After nearly three hours, the audience had writer,” McCandless said. “I became affected by of situations.” seen the American Civil War, WWI and these stories … I came to know these people and Now that the hours of rehearsal, the WWII, the Vietnam War and the current find out what happened to them.” details in costume, lighting, and set designs, situations in the Middle East, with many other Writing the more serious and tragic scenes the numerous rewrites and the sold-out conflicts mentioned in between. performances are finished, McCandless has proved to be difficult at times. One way McCandless pieced the different “I would be writing when I would stop with time to reflect on the journey he has been time periods and situation was with music. my fingers over the keys and hope that maybe on the past few months. McCandless smiled Selections ranged from Jay Ungar’s “Ashokan [the outcome] could change. I knew what was and sighed when talking about he feels now that Farewell” to the Andrew Sisters’ “Boogie going to happen. Besides, using humor can the production is over. Woogie Bugle Boy” to Crosby, Stills and “I am just amazed at the reaction,” also make tragedy that much more poignant.” Nash’s “Daylight Again/Find the Cost One such example can be found in a McCandless said. “I had been so immersed of Freedom.” scene set in the War of 1812. In this scene, in the play, I wasn’t expecting all of the “I spent a lot of time on the music,” first lady Dolley Madison, played by Brynn attention it received. I’m not so sure I was McCandless said. “Each song was chosen Martin, calmly composes a letter while packing prepared for it!” carefully. We identify so much of our past with up various momentos from the White House songs, and in this case it served as a sort of while the British march towards her. Despite Greek chorus, commenting on what had just the peril she faces, Dolley Madison used dry

Serving strangers a pseudonym I was sitting in my room the other night trying to decide whether I am more in love with my down comforter or my electric blanket, when I got a text message. The text was from a name I didn’t recognize immediately and I read it with some slight confusion. The text said, “Hey Miss Creightonium was going thru my phone and realized I have ur number from like a year ago. U work for the NY times or something now or still in Omaha?” APRIL PAYNE After struggling to read all Scene Columnist of the painful abbreviations, I was hit with a flash of memories. I met this individual at the Old Market Tavern last year. He’d been in town playing Creighton in some sort of club sport and we talked about how I was a journalism major and wrote for the school paper, which he kept pronouncing as “The Creightonium.” I have this conversation with a lot of people I meet. Mainly because one of the go-to questions when meeting another college student is to ask what their major is. Then it turns out that when you’re a journalism major and you tell people that, their next question is always if you write for the school paper. It wasn’t a particularly exciting conversation and I distinctly remember keeping my eyes locked on my friends the entire time, hoping that they would understand my telepathic messages pleading them to come break up my conversation. I made a poor choice that night by giving this fellow my phone number. You’ve all seen the Mad TV “Can I Have Your Number” skit (If you haven’t you should probably go watch it right now). The guy I was talking to was only slightly less persistent than Darrell. Sadly, though, this kind of thing happens to me a lot. I’ll give out my number and then it comes back to haunt me months later.

Because stuff like this happens to me so frequently, I usually try to use different strategies to cut down on this nonsense. If you’re likely never to see someone again, and you don’t want him or her adding you on Facebook, always give a fake name. This is

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a great thing to keep in mind with spring break rapidly approaching. Maybe it’s just me, but I love making up names for myself. I even do it when it’s even really unnecessary, like when a restaurant asks for a name for my order. But I find it entertaining to make up names, and stories and see just how well I can spin a yarn. If I’m talking to a guy I’ve never seen before and probably will never see again, and I can’t make him ask if I’m serious at least once

during our conversation, I’m not telling good enough stories. You don’t have to be so extreme, though. Even just using a different name and answering all of his other questions honestly could be good enough to make sure that you’ll never hear from him again. Also, have some kind of number memorized that you can recite at the drop of a hat. This does not include your best friend’s phone number, or else some rando is going to end up texting her. Memorize a phone number where nobody on the other end will have to deal with your castoff. For whatever reason, my father had me memorize my hometown movie theater’s phone number when I was fairly young. I had that number committed to memory long before I owned a cell phone, so rattling it off without a second thought is no problem for me. I figure it’s almost a win-win because if they ever actually tried calling the number, they’d at least get to learn what three movies are playing in Beatrice, Neb. and their show times. But what if you’re on the other side of this, and meet someone you’re actually interested in and want to get their number? This is simple too. I mean, I can’t tell you how to go about getting the courage to ask for a person’s phone number, but I can tell you how to make sure you get it for real. When you ask for someone’s number and they agree to give it to you, tell them to call you off of their phone. By doing this, not only are you making sure that you have their real number, but you are also exchanging numbers at the same time. This prevents texts down the road that say things like “ummm who is this?” If someone refuses to do this, chances are they don’t really want to give you their digits anyway. This is when you should probably walk away from the conversation. Also keep in mind that just because someone did this doesn’t mean that they actually want you to text them. And just because someone asked for your number doesn’t necessarily mean that they will contact you for sure. I’ll leave it up to your close friends to tell you when you shouldn’t be handing out your phone number, but do remember to think long and hard about if you are making the right choice before you give someone the secret code that if entered telephonically will pass them through to you.


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Everything on the line going into BracketBusters the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. The win also ends the three game losing streak that has put the Jays in NCAA bubble conversations, and would provide a much needed confidence boost to a squad that was ranked 12th in the country two weeks ago, only to see themselves drop out of the top 25 for the first time since mid-November. Don’t expect the 49ers to just roll over and let the Jays win, however. They are looking for their own signature win to propel them into atlarge consideration for the NCAA tournament. At 19-6 overall with an impressive 12-0 start in Big West Conference play, the 49ers have played one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country and haven’t lost a game since a Christmas Day setback at Kansas State. Of the six non-conference losses for LBSU, four came against ranked teams (North Carolina, Kansas, Louisville and San Diego State). The 49ers also showed in the nonconference that they can hang with top programs, posting wins over ranked foes Pittsburgh and Xavier. The 49ers are led by the lethal back court duo of Casper Ware and Larry Anderson, who combine to average 32 points per game. T.J. Robinson anchors the team inside, averaging 12.3 points and a conference-leading 10.3 rebounds per game. And although the 49ers have yet to be ranked, they’re receiving votes and are just outside the USA Today/ESPN coach’s poll and the AP Top 25. A win against the Bluejays may push Long Beach State over the hump into the rankings and into the NCAA Tournament, providing extra motivation for a team that’s in need of this win just as much as Creighton is. Playing in a weaker conference, this is LBSU’s last chance to get a quality win before the NCAA Tournament. “I think our guys are very battled-tested,” Long Beach State coach Dan Monson said.

JACK HALEY Sports Reporter Contrary to what you may have heard, Saturday’s BracketBuster game is a big one for the Creighton Bluejays and may be the difference between them dancing in March and sitting on the couch at home. It was only a few weeks ago that Jays fans were grumbling when they heard Creighton’s BracketBuster matchup was going to be Long Beach State instead of the nationally ranked St. Mary’s (CA) team that they were hoping to be matched up with. St. Mary’s was matched up with previously undefeated Murray State and many Jay’s fans were questioning what meaning this game against LBSU had. Now, after three straight losses and talk of being on the NCAA Tournament bubble, Saturday’s 9:00 p.m. matchup at the Century Link Center has become a huge game that could determine the course of the rest of the season. After losses in the past week to Northern Iowa, Evansville and Wichita State, Creighton sits at 21-5 overall and 11-4 in the MVC and have all but locked up a runner up finish in the conference being down by two games with three to play. However, Saturday’s matchup with the 49ers can only help in terms of resume building for the NCAA tournament. “With as well as Long Beach has played and the schedule it has played, it’s not going to keep either team out of the tournament win or lose,” Creighton head coach Greg McDermott said. “And it can certainly enhance your opportunities for seeding and give you an opportunity to play your way into the tournament.” With a win, Creighton earns its third win of the season against an RPI top 50 team and is sitting in a good spot heading into the last week of conference play, with games against Evansville and Indiana State remaining before

Senior center Gregory Echenique shoots over the opposing Witchita State University Shocker. The Jays moved into second place in the MVC standings. Photo by Teka Bundy “This is a group that is very hungry. It’s never been to the NCAA Tournament, and the legacy of these seniors is riding on that and they’re pretty focused to get that done.” A win for Creighton on Saturday would come at just the right time and hopefully propel the Jays to an MVC Conference Tournament

title run. A loss, and Creighton has some more work to do in hopefully securing an NCAA Tournament bid. Whatever the outcome, this BracketBuster game could end up punching one team’s ticket to the big dance.

Social justice activist receives mixed student reviews Matt Bourgault Sports Columnist I thought it would be a perfect fit. Director of educating for justice Jim Keady spoke to students Sunday night in a packed Harper Center Auditorium. He was reaching out in an attempt to educate the students about Nike’s sweatshop practices in Indonesia. This sounded like something that would be right up Creighton students’ alley. It was about social justice and about a brand that was not North Face or Sperry’s. And yet, the message was faced with some resistance. Keady’s presentation showcased all of the work he has put in to bettering the working conditions for sweatshop workers in Indonesia. He even spent a month overseas living on a

$1.25 a day salary. The presentation was very compelling, with Keady seeming knowledgeable about the subject, if not a little overenthusiastic. He mentioned that Creighton was an important spot for him to spread his message because it is a Catholic campus with a $5 million Nike endorsement deal. He even included some catchy slogans in an effort to rally students around his cause. “I want you to be ready to fight,” Keady said. “Together we can win.” Some in the audience were not exactly buying what Keady was selling. During the question and answer portion of the presentation, Keady fielded a barrage of questions that were trying to find holes in his argument. Much of that came from business students who were

critical of Keady’s assault on capitalism. “He seemed pretty defensive during the question part,” Business sophomore Sean Cunningham said. “It seemed like he was attacking us for just wanting to talk about simple economics.” Many in the audience were in favor of Keady’s speech, however, including students from various service organizations. He even gave a shout out to some of the groups, including the new United Students Against Sweatshops. A spokesperson for the group thought that Keady handled his own in the debate. “I was impressed by how he answered all of the questions from the business students,” Arts & Sciences senior Jocelyn Wu said. “I didn’t expect them to be so critical.” Nor did I, Jocelyn, nor did I. Overall,

I would say that I am proud of my fellow Creighton students. At times I have been critical of the people that attend classes here. To me, their overeagerness to do service and work hard in the classroom made Creighton students seem like a heard of sheep that does whatever the administration tells them to do. I dreaded attending Keady’s event for two reasons. First, I am a sneakerhead with four pairs of Nikes. Second, I knew that my fellow students would gobble up whatever it was that Keady would put on their plate. I am glad to say that the second part did not happen. I would like to thank the people in the audience that night for actually having diverse opinions. You have restored my faith in Creighton students ever so slightly.

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MATT BOURGAULT Sports Reporter The Bluejays have officially moved to a bigger nest. The Creighton baseball team is getting ready for its first full season playing in TD Ameritrade Park Omaha after coming off both MVC regular season and tournament championships last season. The Bluejays were voted to finish second in the league in this year’s preseason coaches poll. The only team picked ahead of Creighton was Missouri State, who will host the conference tournament in May. While all eyes will be on Springfield, Mo. come tournament time, it is the ballpark in Omaha that will steal the show during the regular season. TD Ameritrade Park Omaha is quite expansive, which looks to play into Creighton’s hands. For years, the Bluejays have focused on defense and pitching. The pitching staff is so good at this point, though, that it may not matter how big the ballpark is. Junior pitcher Ty Blach has been named to the National College Baseball Writers Association preseason All-American second team and the Louisville Slugger Preseason AllAmerican third team. He is coming off of a 10-3

season with a 2.65 ERA. The bullpen is stacked too, featuring senior pitcher Kurt Spomer, who was named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year watch list. Spomer had 13 saves last year and he feels like the bullpen will be able to repeat last year’s success. “We’ve returned four of the five top bullpen guys from last year,” Spomer said. “We’ve brought in some freshmen and junior college guys that we think can make an impact.” While opposing teams may consider TD Ameritrade Park Omaha a pitchers’ paradise, not everyone will agree. In fact, head coach Ed Servais believes that his offense can exploit the gaps in the outfield. “I like that people think that this is not an offensive ballpark. They should keep thinking that way,” Servais said. “I think that it’s a doubles and triples ballpark, and that’s perfect for what we like to teach.” Two players who will looking to capitalize on the wide open spaces are junior infielder Alex Staehely and senior catcher Scott Thornburg. Staehely led the team last year with 23 doubles, while Thornburg finished with 13. As long as the pitchers can pitch to contact, and the batters can find the gaps, it looks like this year will be a very special one for the Bluejays at home. The new nest is a perfect fit.


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17 February 2012

Jays get shocked but rebound against Salukis

LEFT: Senior guard Antoine Young goes in for the lay-up during the Bluejays loss to Witchita State. MIDDLE: Junior center Gregory Echenique saves the ball before it goes out of bounds against the Shockers. RIGHT: Junior guard Grant Gibbs gets fouled on the way to the basket during last Saturday’s sellout. Photos by Teka Bundy. JACOB PADILLA Sports Reporter The Creighton men’s basketball team snapped out of its shooting slump — and its three game losing streak — in a big way by setting a conference record for field goal percentage in an 88-69 victory over the Southern Illinois University Salukis on Tuesday night. The Bluejays made 31 of their 40 field goal attempts (77.5 percent) including 12-14 (85.7 percent) from beyond the 3-point arc en route to the 19-point win. With their performance, the Jays broke a 28-year-old record in the Missouri Valley Conference for field goal percentage in a single game. Seven of the nine players that attempted at least one field goal finished above 50 percent for the game, three of whom didn’t miss a shot. Sophomore forward Doug McDermott lead the Jays with 18 points despite only playing 23 minutes after picking up two early fouls. Sophomore guard Jahenns Manigat scored 17 points and sophomore forward Ethan Wragge added 15 off the bench as each went 5-6 from deep. Junior center Gregory Echenique scored 15 points and hauled in a game-high nine rebounds, while senior point guard Antoine Young added 15 of his own and dished out eight assists, also a game-best. Three men reached double figures for the Salukis lead by forward Mamadou Seck’s 16 points. Guard T.J. Lindsay and forward Dantiel Daniels added 13 and 12 respectively. The Jays out-rebounded SIU 33-16, attempted 10 more free throws and finished with 21 team assists.

The game went back and forth throughout the first half. Creighton lead 17-15 with 10:53 when McDermott picked up his second personal foul and had to take a seat on the bench. Both teams continued to battle throughout the half and Southern Illinois even took a 25-24 lead with 5:09 left. However, Creighton closed out the half on a 15-5 run thanks to three triples, two by Wragge and one by Manigat, and six points by Young to take a nine-point lead into the break. “We had to fight through some foul trouble, and we really pleased with that run we put on late in the first half to get up nine points at halftime,” head coach Greg McDermott said. The Jays came out in the second half and pounded the ball inside, building up a 14-point lead less than four minutes in. The Salukis fought back to make the deficit nine with 13:15 remaining, but a pair of 3-pointers by junior guard Josh Jones and Wragge pushed it to 15 and CU’s lead remained in double-figures for the rest of the night. Although the Jays celebrated their most recent win, only a few days before the Jays lost the conference clincher to the Witichita State University Shockers “That’s not the way Creighton plays.” Those were the words of junior guard Grant Gibbs after the Jays suffered an 89-68 loss at the hands of Wichita State. The loss — Creighton’s third straight and fifth of the season — put the Jays two games back of the Shockers in the race for first place in the Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship with just three conference games remaining. The loss also signaled the end of Creighton’s run of being ranked in the polls, as the Jays fell

out of the top 25 in both major polls. The poor shooting that had plagued Creighton in losses to the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Evansville continued against Wichita State. Meanwhile, the Shockers seemingly hit every shot they took. “They outplayed us in just about every facet of the game,” Gibbs said. The Jays started well and jumped out to an 8-4 lead early behind four points and two assists by Gibbs. However, Wichita State responded with an 11-0 run over the next five minutes to take a seven-point lead and never looked back. The Jays kept it close for most of the half, and even cut it to just five points at 35-30 with 3:27 remaining. But Creighton could get no closer as the Shockers closed out the half on a 14-6 run and took back the momentum. Creighton cut the lead to 10 as Echenique scored the first three points of the second half, but that was as close as the Jays would get as Wichita had an answer every time Creighton tried to make up some ground. The lead grew as large as 24 before a 5-2 run by Creighton closed out the scoring. As poorly as Creighton shot in this game (40.4 percent from the field including 21.7 percent from beyond the 3-point arc), it wasn’t the offense that lost them the game according to their coach. “This afternoon our defense was atrocious,” Coach McDermott said. “It was an embarrassment.” Two players lead the way for the Shockers as forward Ben Smith and guard Joe Ragland combined to score 46 points on 17-24 shooting. “Ben [Smith] beat us in a lot of ways,” Coach McDermott said. “We didn’t have an

answer to him in the first half, and we didn’t have an answer for Ragland in the second half.” Echenique lead the Jays with 16 points on 5-6 shooting and 6-7 from the free-throw line. McDermott scored 13 points, while Young and Wragge each chipped in 11. The Jays return home on Saturday night to host Long Beach State University in a Sears BracketBusters game. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m. at CenturyLink Center Omaha and the game will be shown on ESPN2.

MVC Standings 1. Wichita State

13-2

2. Creighton

12-4

3. Missouri State

9-6

4. Illinois State

8-8

5. Northern Iowa

7-8

6. Drake

7-8

7. Evansville

7-8

8. Indiana State

7-9

9. Southern Illinois

5-11

10. Bradley

2-13

Bluejays close home schedule with pink-out MICHAEL KOTROUS Sports Reporter He may not be sporting a pair of pink shoes on the sideline when the Bluejays take on Illinois State University on Friday night, but the annual “Pink-Out” game at D.J. Sokol Arena carries special meaning for Creighton women’s basketball head coach Jim Flanery. Though Flanery and Illinois State head coach Stephanie Glance will be coaching on opposing benches, the two will be unified in a common cause for an issue that carries far more importance than the 40 minutes of the game. Glance personally knows the great impact breast cancer can have on lives. She served as interim coach for the North Carolina State women’s basketball team after head coach Kay Yow died of breast cancer in January 2009.

“I think [this game] takes on a special significance for the coaches because it is Illinois State,” Flanery said. To help raise awareness for breast cancer, the Bluejays will be wearing special pink uniforms and pink shoes when they take the floor for a 7:05 p.m. tipoff against the Redbirds. To Flanery, this game is an opportunity to build some momentum as they round out the conference schedule and prepare for the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. Creighton currently sits in fifth place in the conference standings with a 7-6 record in conference play, with a great opportunity to move up with victories this weekend. However, Illinois State boasts a powerful offensive attack that will be very difficult to beat. The Redbirds showcased their explosive offense in a 79-66 victory over the Bluejays on Jan. 27.

Redbird senior guard Katie Broadway dropped 29 points against the Bluejays in that victory. According to Flanery, slowing down Broadway will be a primary focus, but he acknowledged that the Redbirds have other players just as capable of shooting lights out. Currently, the Redbirds have four regular starters averaging over 11 points per game this season. Creighton is looking to carry over a stellar offensive performance into Friday night’s game. In last Saturday’s victory over Southern Illinois, the Bluejays scored a season-high 80 points. In addition, sophomore forward Sarah Nelson scored a combined 48 points on the weekend. Nelson set career high scoring totals against Evansville and Southern Illinois and shot 17-30 from the field in the two games. She

also picked up her eighth double-double of the season. Coach Flanery will look to get Nelson into scoring mode again on Friday night by taking advantage of her versatility and getting her the ball on the outside. “She’s more effective when we pull her away from the basket first and then bring her back to the inside,” Flanery said. “If she can hit 15 or 17-footers, she is much more effective.” The Bluejays will also need sophomore guard Carli Tritz to contribute to the offensive attack as well. Tritz is the team’s leading scorer, averaging just over 15 points per game against conference opponents.


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