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The College Calendar Tuesday, March 19 Winter quarter ends Wednesday, March 20 Storm golf, Home Triangular Tournament, Beatrice Milford graduation, 6:30 p.m. Lincoln graduation, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28 Storm softball vs. Doane JV, 3 and 5 p.m. Amber Colgrove recital, Truman Center, 5 p.m. Monday, April 1 Spring quarter begins Thursday, April 4, and Friday, April 5 Storm golf, Southeast Spring Tournament, Beatrice Saturday, April 6 Storm baseball vs. Hesston College, 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7 Storm baseball vs. York College JV, 1 and 3 p.m. Monday, May 27 Memorial Day, college closed

Milford to Host National Auto Skills Competition By Anton Mavrin MILFORD – On April 25, 2013, Southeast Community College’s (SCC) Automotive Technology Program (ATP) will host Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills (SAS), a nationwide automotive technology competition for high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing careers as automotive service technicians. “The competition tests students’ automotive knowledge, workmanship and problemsolving abilities with a written test as well as a race against the clock to diagnose and properly repair intentionally ‘bugged’ vehicles,” explained Rick Morphew, one of the instructors in the ATP program at SCC. In 2011, 9,953 automotive technology students competed at Ford/AAA SAS for a

share of nearly $12 million in scholarships available through the state and national competitions. In 2012, Ford/AAA SAS national winners were students Bryce Banks and Jed Redger with instructor Cory Unruh, a team from Newton High School in Newton, Kan. An entry fee of $135 allows a full- or part-time instructor to enter a team of minimum of two students (no maximum) from a school. This is the only registration fee instructors will need to pay, regardless of how far the instructor and the team progress in the competition. Each participating instructor selects his or her best 11th or 12th grade auto technology students to take the state qualifying exam which is taken online and administered by a test proctor or adminis-

trator at the school. The 2013 Ford/AAA SAS Qualifying Exams continued through February 26 and the scores will be available soon. “The ten teams scoring highest on the state qualifying exam will move on to scheduled each year between mid-April and mid-May,” Morphew added. The winning two-person team from each state and its instructor will be provided expense-paid trips to the naAt the national competition, each member of the 50 state teams will take a written exam. Errors on the written exams will be converted into time demerits, and they will be added to the team’s time for the “hands-on” mechanical competition in both the state and national competitions.

Each vehicle in the national “hands-on” competition will be supervised by a team judge who will supply new parts upon request. When a team believes it has returned its vehicle to normal working order, the hood is closed, which will signal the timer to stop the team’s clock. The team and its judge will then take the vehicle on a short road test. The team may then return the vehicle to its work area for further diagnosis and repair or proceed to “The team with the fewest quality-of-workmanship demerits and the best combined total score of repair time and written exam scores will be declared the winner,” explained Morphew.

SCC Lincoln Campus outstanding faculty, Inside staff awards go to Gall, Johnson

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SCC Art Helps Kids in Need for Upcoming Bowl Event BEATRICE - It’s no “bowl” that the SCC Art Department is contributing to something they can be proud of – their time and artful creations will help feed over 63 Beatrice students in need. The Empty Bowl Luncheon will be held in Beatrice at Classic’s Restaurant on Wednesday, March 20, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tickets for the luncheon are $25 each, which includes a hand crafted, one-of-a-kind pottery bowl and the food Beatrice Backpack Program. Patty Kaufman, co-coordinator of the program, explained that all money goes straight to the families in need; there is no overhead, no paid positions, and all of the items for the event are donated. “The truth is that we do have children right here in our community that go hungry on a regular basis,” says Kaufman. “The most rewarding part of running this program is knowing that we are helping in a small way.” The SCC Art Department alone is supplying 50 bowls to the event. Nancy HaglerVujovic, art instructor at SCC Beatrice, creates bowls herself and helps students with the creation and glazing process. Hagler-Vujovic has been involved for all three years that SCC Beatrice has participated; the event itself is going Kaufman. now almost tripled in size. The

LINCOLN - Kara Gall and Kelly Johnson received the 2011-2012 Outstanding Faculty and Staff Wekesser Awards during a ceremony Feb. 18 on Southeast Community College’s Lincoln Campus. Gall is a developmental English instructor in SCC’s Arts & Sciences Division. Johnson operates the Print Shop’s Copy Center. Gall began teaching English as a Second Language classes for SCC in January 2008. About a year later she began teaching part time in the Arts & Sciences Division. She started teaching full time in summer 2009. “I am thrilled and honored to receive this award,” Gall said. “I am proud to be a representative of the innovative projects and initiatives that are happening in the English Department and the Arts and Sciences Division. It is a group full of many instructors

who are just as deserving of this honor. We inspire each other and keep each other motivated to hone our skills and create new ways to deliver skills to our students.” Gall has a simple teaching philosophy. “Students who enroll in my classes are walking into a high-challenge, high-support environment where they will create an academic community with each other,” she said. “They claim a stake in creating assignment tools and assessments and connect that content to their communities.” Gall said the most rewarding part of her job is witnessing students develop their voices and “step into their own power.” “The majority of my dents who are under prepared for college,” Gall said. “That doesn’t mean they are blank slates. They have

typically struggled for years with English in particular and academia in general, bringing with them preconceived notions about college, themselves as learners and the academic environment. The most rewarding parts of my job have very little to do with The most rewarding parts come from the little shifts that occur when students realize they have power, not just over their own learning, but over their lives. Gall is a graduate of EustisFarnam High School. She holds a Master of Arts degree from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Other nominees for the Outstanding Faculty Award were Dan Fogell, Science instructor; Randy Goldsmith, Electronics instructor; Mike Kuebler, Professional Truck

Driver Training program chair; Patty structor; John Stephenson, Math instructor; and Susan Pallas, Business Administration instructor. Johnson has served SCC as copy center operator since October 2007. She holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Administration from SCC and is a 1993 graduate of Lincoln Northeast High School. Other nominees for the Outstanding Staff Award: John Blowers, maintenance worker; Bridget Erickson, chel Mason, student activities coordinator; and Carol Wells, Student Services Division secretary. Gall and Johnson each received $500 checks, a plaque, a balloon bouquet, and their names inscribed on a permanent plaque on the Lincoln

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photos and the story, see page 4. program provides many needy families in Beatrice with food every Friday of the school year. Kaufman described the growth of the program as going beyond the families served but also the attendance from people in and around the Beatrice community; last year there were nearly 300 guests. The program itself was Continued on page 2

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Online Education: a great opportunity, but not for everyone By Summer (Widhalm) As our society has progressed over the past few generations, getting a college education has become less of a luxury and more of a necessity. However, the traditional approach to college education—moving into a dorm, taking 15-18 credit hours each semester, working a bare minimum of hours at a job, and for all students. Our progression into a more digital world has provided opportunities for students mold. Online classes are a great resource with some benline education is that students are able to work around their schedule and do their course work when it works best for them. This is great for students who need to work full-time jobs or who have children and need to work around their kids’ schedules. Not having to live on or commute to campus can also be a big plus. It can make col-

by eliminating the room and board costs and the cost of parking. Online classes also provide opportunities for people who are ill or disabled and unable to physically attend a class. But online education presents real challenges as well. It certainly is not the best route for every student. Students in online classes

need to be organized and selfmotivated learners. Although there is some digital interaction with peers and professor, each student is fully responsible for his or her work and no one is going to ask if he or she has it done. If an assignment is forgotten, the opportunity to turn it in is gone. The digital drop box disappears and you are

out of luck. I am a very organized and motivated student, and I have still missed some steps that cause a zero to hit the grade book. In my current online class, I completed an assignment, but forgot to submit it. Opportunity gone. In an online class last semester, I wrote down a quiz date wrong and missed it all together. In that case, the professor gave the class the opportunity to take the quiz for half credit. The trick, though, is that there was no “announcement” about the re-take opportunity. I only found out about it because, as a self-motivated student looking back through the assignments, I saw that the professor had re-opened the drop box. If you struggle to stay on top of assignments when you see your professor on a regular basis and know your peers from class, online classes may not be the best option for you. To be successful in online education, you also need to be able to read and understand information with little interaction from a professor and other students. There are opportunities to ask questions,

Bored? Volunteering May Be the Answer College students are often found complaining about a lack of money and interesting activities to do that will not cost them an arm and a leg. One student may have found the answer. Katie Steffen of Ashland has been saving money for college for the past few years. “I’m proud of my high school degree...I want a college degree, too,” Steffen said. Because of her investment toward her future education, activities. Steffen said, “I don’t really have the money to blow on

silly things anymore.” But she found a way that worked for her. “I applied at a daycare to get some extra income and I ended up loving it!” Steffen explained. “I have extra money and the kids keep me on my toes.” What began as a way to earn money for the extra things in life turned into an entertaining experience. Before applying at the daycare, Steffen already had a job at the Ashland Guard Camp. She works as a dishwasher there. Steffen decided to apply at a daycare when she realized she could not afford to “spend a little here and there”

anymore. “I moved out of my mom’s and it got harder to spend money like I used to,” Steffen said. Steffen was asked for any advice to students who are trying to save money and still have fun. “Volunteer!” she replied. “You don’t have to work at a daycare to be involved.” Daycare owner Katrina Brown was asked about the requirements to become a volunteer. “Volunteers have be at least 14 years old, they have demeanor report and their background check has to come back clean,” Brown

answered. Brown continued, “Volunteers aren’t considered employees, though. They can’t ever be left alone with children without supervision from an actual employee.” Brown operates a daycare in Ashland and takes care to follow all rules and regulations. She says she always unteers. “I didn’t think I’d like spending everyday with kids,” Steffen said, “but now, I’m glad I do.” For more information on employment and volunteer requirements for Nebraska daycares, please refer to

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Continued from page 1 started as a spin-off of an event the Lincoln Food Bank holds each year along with other events held around the nation. When asked why she felt this event was important Hagler-Vujovic responded, “It is important to maintain ties with the community and contribute to its welfare.” BHS art students, Ervin

MARCH 15, 2013 VOLUME XXVII, NO. 4 Published twice quarterly by journalism and photography students at Southeast Community College

SCC Board of Governors: Robert J. Feit, Chair, Pickrell; Kathy Boellstorff, Vice Chair, Johnson; Lynn Schluckebier, Secretary, Seward; Dale Kruse, Treasurer, Lincoln; Terrence L. Kubicek, Lincoln; Steven Ottmann, Dorchester; Edward C. Price, Lincoln; Nancy A. Seim, Lincoln; Bill Beltz, Faculty Representative, Equal Opportunity/NonDiscrimination Policy - It is the policy of Southeast or Declaración de política sobre equidad/antidiscriminación - La política publica de en todos asuntos referentes a la admisión, participación, y empleo contra toda


Dixon of Cedar Creek Pottery, Patrick McKinney of Flowing Stone Pottery and Down Under Pottery (Lincoln) have crafted the other bowls for the event. Bowls are on display and can be handpicked on a Tickets for the event can be purchased in Beatrice at Pinnacle and Security First Banks or the Beatrice Chamber of Commerce.

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but no face-to-face conversations. If you are a self-motivated and organized learner, there are a lot of great opportunities to get your college education on your own schedule. Some SCC programs are offered completely online and some programs offer some classes online. The branches of the University of Nebraska also offer online classes. For students who are working toward academic transfer, online classes may allow that pursuit to move more quickly by taking classes from both institutions. I earned my BA in the traditional on-campus college experience and have now pursued my graduate program almost entirely online. I suggest a combination of in-person and online classes. Online courses allow students to get an education on their own terms, and in-person education allows students to build relationships with peers and professors. The combination is the best of both worlds. For information on SCC’s online programs, visit https:/

SCC Now Offering STOP Classes Southeast Community College is offering a new online STOP Class that will make it more convenient for drivtickets. The new online class, approved by the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles, can be scheduled at any SCC Testing Center on the Beatrice, Lincoln or Milford campuses. This effectively eliminates the wait for a class, and drivers can schedule a time when it is most convenient for them. For an additional access fee, the online STOP Class can be scheduled just about anywhere there is access to high-speed Internet and a Web cam. Taking this version of class makes it available to drivers 20 hours a day, seven days a week. “The Nebraska DMV has approved this class, which allows people to take the STOP Class at home in their pajamas,” said Rhonda Taft, director of transportation in SCC’s Continuing Education Division. Persons interested in more information are asked to contact Taft at 402-437-2710 or

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Capital Humane Society Offers More Than Adoptions People often look to the Capital Humane Society when they want to rescue pets or have to regretfully give the pets up. The CHS doesn’t only care,

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they also recommend adopting pets or suggest fostering dogs and cats until they are found a secure home. The CHS reaches out to all individuals who want a cat or dog and have many ways to well. The CHS also plants microchips within an adopted pet for tracking in case the pet gets lost or stolen. According to the CHSís brochure, the pets have an opportunity to assist and interact with patients at hospitals; to help brighten their days and boost their morale. For dog owners who are young pups (3 to 9 months old), the CHS has a class called Puppy Kindergarten which helps the puppy learn to obey.

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The CHS also welcomes volunteering within their facilities. People who want to volunteer have to go to a special class in order to qualify, and they have to be over 16 years of age or supervised by an adult. Volunteers walk dogs, socialize with pets and help with the maintenance of the kennels and grooming the pets. ganization and relies mostly on the donations people are

For CHS news: KFRX 106.3-Thursday at 8:50am for Dogs Time Warner Cable Channel 13- “Critter Corner” Wednesday (6:30 p.m.), Thursday (5:30 p.m.), Saturday (4:00 p.m.), Sunday (7:30 p.m.). Journal Star-Pet of the Week (Friday) CHS Shelter Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday 1 - 4 p.m. Address: 2320 Park Boulevard Lincoln, NE 68502 Number: (402) 441-4488

willing to donate to them. Donations don’t always come in money or change; the CHS accepts many different forms of donations, such as real estate, supplies, fundraising event, and community service. Special upcoming events include a one-hour Adult Dog Training Class at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, and Tuesday, March 26. For more details, contact Randy Yager at 402-441- 4490. Another Special Event is the 2013 Tails n Grails Pet Walk and Festival on May 18 at Fallbrook Town Center at 10 a.m. Call 402-441-4487 for more details. Last year the CHS took in nearly 9,000 dogs and cats because of their no animal is turned away policy, and the CHS is rapidly running out of room to care for all the animals. Because of the generosity of Mary Jo and Dave Livingston, the CHS is building a new home for dogs and cats called the Pieloch Adoption

BEATRICE – Southeast Community College’s (SCC) Pharmacy Technician Program (PTP) is waiting on the tion Board) on the issue of transferring PTP from SCC’s Beatrice Campus to SCC’s Energy Square in downtown Lincoln. The proposal was given to PTCB in February and PTCB will vote on it on the third week of March. “In PTP, student numbers are pretty low,” says Elina Pierce, chair of SCC’s PTP. “We’ve been a low enrollment program.” The number of students enrolled in PTP has been going down steadily, and a majority of students that enrolled in PTP, both online and face to face, came from Lincoln. When asked for more reasons for the movement, Pierce had this to say: “I think a lot of this has to do with exposure. It’s exposing the program to where the majority of people are and where the interest is. It would expose the program a lot more and we’re the only accredited program in Nebraska, in this whole state. It’s important for us to be in a central location and easily accessible, and Lincoln gives us the opportunity to do so.” PTP is a relatively new profession. In order to maintain steady growth, Peirce said PTP needs more publicity and student enrollment. “According to the Job Outlook Guide, the PTP is going to be steadily increasing until, at least, through 2020,” Pierce predicts. gram allows us to do that. the PTCB. They have laid out a plan for all of these things that a technician is going to have to do in the future. So it positions the program perfectly to be able to meet that need.” Center. This building is being built at the intersection of 70th Street and Highway 2 in Lincoln on 2.75 acres of land. Construction began on June 6, 2012, and is expected to be completed this June. The new home for CHS will be spacious for pets and

PR, Photojournalism Offered for Spring Quarter By Anna Stoner Journalists carry a heavy load these days. With the constant competition of Twitter, Facebook, and any other social media website, journalists are forced to develop more skills as each year passes. In order to authenticate these skills, Southeast Community College offers an array of classes pertaining to a Journalism major. Particularly, there are two classes, Public Relations and Photojournalism, that are not offered every quarter, but will be offered for the spring quarter. Public Relations is one of those classes; a semi-quarterly course, it was offered last fall. In the Public Relations through the steps of developing a public relations plan and learn how the communication process works; at the end of the course, they combine everything they have the student to go out and select an organization they are either familiar with or would like to see develop. They then come up with a public relations plan for this particular business. Professor Jay Stalder teaches this course. “The whole course informs you on what public relations is, how you can use says Stalder, “and we tie that together with a project that allows you to tie all of those elements together into a working public relations plan that can be successful in the environment in which you choose.” The public relations plan involves building a model of what public relations is, how

to communicate with various groups of people and then implementing that plan to see the results. Photojournalism is an additional class for which students can register this approaching spring quarter. Joshua Whitney teaches the course and calls it a “specialty course.” He also says that while the pre-requisite for Photojournalism is Digital Photography, he often signs wavers for students if he feels that they have at least a “passing familiarity with digital photography.” Whitney believes in keeping pre-requisites to a minimum so that students feel invited to take these specialty or not they are interested in the area. This particular class includes multiple assignments that deal with the SCC Challenge, the student news site. The assignments include creating a photo page, taking featured photos or portrait photos, and lastly, a slide show. One past student, Talal Raza, created his slideshow revolving around the Ag Olympics. To see this example, one can easily visit, and scroll down through the blue headings of each section, until reaching the one titled, “Video.” His video is called “SCC Ag Olympics 2011.” Ultimately, the professors here at Southeast Community College desire to help students determine where they want to take their careers. “College is a place that rightly encourages students to experiment with different things…to have that opportunity to see what a person likes or doesn’t like,” says Whitney.

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less noisy because of the tiles being put in the dogs’ den (as they call it) that absorb most of the sounds. The CHS plan on keeping their old location open and are happy with their new building’s progress so far.


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Sports & Activities Lady Storm Softball is Off to a 2-2 Start By Matt Hagemeier The Lady Storm softball team is off to a 2-2 start Tiffany Higgins. The team had games scheduled against Doane JV on Tuesday, March 12, and Wednesday, March 13, but were cancelled due to bad “(It’s) typical Nebraska college softball weather,” Higgins joked. SCC opened up with a home sweep of Midland JV, 12-3 and 11-6, Wednesday, March 6. Brooke Vanek was the winning pitcher in both games. “We came out strong against Midland,” Higgins explained. “(It’s) a glimmer of what we can become.” The Lady Storm were swept at Cloud County Community College, 3-1 and 5-3, Friday, Mar. 8. Vanek was the losing pitcher in both contests. Higgins said the team but were still “extremely competitive.” Through four games,

Vanek has done all the work on the mound for SCC. Higgins said she has been “clutch” at the beginning of the season for the team. (Brook) has come back from a critical injury sustained last summer,” Higgins said. “She worked really hard to get back in game shape.” Higgins said Vanek has one of the best “rise balls” she has seen and can “place it anywhere on the plate.” Higgins is well aware of the tough competition that the Storm will encounter and said, “I expect the team to play well this year, we have really been focusing on the mental aspects of the game and making what Assistant Coach Jamie Gay and I call, big girl plays.” Higgins’s advice to the girls this year is to “play the entire game; that is to play to win instead of to play not to lose.” The team hits the road, Wednesday, March 20, for a double header at Highland Community College. The team’s next home game will be during spring break, on Thursday, March 28, against Doane JV.

Storm Basketball Finds a ‘Tough’ End to Season By Matt Hagemeier The SCC Storm men’s basketball team fell to Central Community College 79-77 in the Region IX championship game, Sunday, March 3, at Columbus. “That was a tough way to end the season,” Head Coach Joel Wooton said. SCC jumped out to a 14-6 lead and led 37-32 at halftime. CCC went on a 8-0 run to start the second half and took a 40-37 lead. James Spencer poured in 21 points for the Raiders after

bench to hit four threes in the second half to keep SCC within striking distance, but the game came down to one “We had a chance to win it at the end….But we didn’t run the play that we wanted to run,” Wooton explained. “We had a pretty good matchup for a one on one situation to try to get a foul, but it just didn’t happen.” Three Storm players scored quan Thomas with 15 points. Josh Roberts and Trey Porter each added 12. The loss ends SCC’s season at 16-13.

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for the fences. At righ, for a pitch. By Matt Hagemeier The Storm baseball team spit two double headers they hosted Thursday, March 7, and Friday, March 8, at Christensen Field in Beatrice. On Thursday, the Storm edged Southwestern Community College 6-5 before falling in the second game 9-4. Northland 7-2 on Friday, and then fell to Southwestern 2-1 to cap the week. Big hitters for the Storm this season include Creighton Wilke and Mitchell Shuler. Shuler leads SCC with a.458 batting average while Wilke is batting .433, with 13 RBI’s and a home run. Southeast’s record stands at 7-6. The team will travel to Cloud County Community College for a two game series, on Wednesday, March 13.

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Horsing Around at SCC - Equine Class a Popular Choice for Livestock Management Students By KariAnn Wiles What does a horse eat? What anatomical features might one look for in a good quarter horse? Do horses actually need a dentist? SCC has an equine management class that might have all the answers you’re seeking. According to Allen Rumbaugh, SCC Instructor, the Equine Management class (AGRI 1143), held at SCC Beatrice campus, is a good class for Livestock Management majors, or those students just wanting to learn more about horses in general. The class is offered as an elective for students majoring in Livestock Management or as a stand-alone class for other students. Rumbaugh says that about 50 percent of the students enrolled in this class either own a horse or have access to one on a regular basis.

SCC maintains seven quarter horses at the Beatrice campus. The American Quarter Horse is the most popular breed in the United States today and is well known both as a race horse and for its performance in rodeos, horse shows and as a working ranch horse. Students in this class have an opportunity to learn about the proper diet, care and maintenance of quarter horses, as well as animal husbandry and anatomy of equines. The animals are primarily cared for by students, supervised by instructors, along with outside professionals who visit the campus. Equine dental services are provided by a veterinary dentist, and hoof care and horseshoeing techniques are demonstrated by a local farrier. Rumbaugh emphasized that even though half the

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students in this program own horses for leisure purposes, this course does not teach students how to actually ride them. “Students will learn that work animals, like the horses here at SCC, are managed differently than animals that are primarily for athletic

or leisure purposes” he said. Rumbaugh has taught the Equine Management class Erichsen, a fulltime instructor at SCC and former student of Rumbaugh, is the present instructor. Students considering the

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Yogurtini Puts a Twist on a Frozen Treat There’s a new frozen yogurt shop in town that is bound to become a craze no matter what the weather outside. Opened in April 2012 by husband and wife couple Roger and Beth Clark, the yogurt shop is already setting itself apart from others. They are known for their already reasonable prices but they also offer discounts such as 15% off on Sundays when customers bring in their church program. Another fun tradition that the owners have started is the chance to get a frozen treat at no cost – all the customer has to do is try and build his or her dessert to weigh whatever the posted goal is – at the time I was there, we were aiming for 13.6 ounces. The proud winners from the past can be seen smiling on the wall of fame located just inside the entrance. Yogurtini also offers incentives for their customers, such as a club where, by simply providing your phone number, you may earn credit towards $5 off your future purchase. They also offer a to-go container that can be on hand at home. Co-owner Beth explained that one of her favorite parts is that in addition to pleasing customers with the wide vathey are also helping to give back to the community. The store often hosts fundraising

for small groups such as local churches or sorority groups where all customer purchases earn a percentage donation toward their charity or goal. FOOD

generally six that are rotated seasonally to help customers continue to indulge in new, fun options. Another bonus is yogurt on the menu, almost all are fat-free and boast a meager average of 100 calories per serving. combination, the customer is overwhelmed with over 70 topping choices, including healthy options such as fruit and nuts to the candy that we all know and love to a few zany options that one wouldn’t regularly consider such as a customer favorite called boba pearls – a fruity-

The price is pleasing as well because for only $0.39 per ounce, you can build a treat to your liking – from a dollar treat for your toddler to a giant delight for yourself. For nearly the same amount of yogurt and toppings as you would get at another operation where you have no control over how your treat is made – from the ous toppings (which other stores generally charge additional for) – you pay the same to do it yourself. Grade: B+

ATMOSPHERE Located in the strip mall area just around the corner from the Dollar Tree at 48th and R streets, the new-toLincoln frozen yogurt shop features a fun, relaxed ambiance and almost makes you feel as though you are back in a retro ice cream shop. With a bright aqua color and fun music playing at just the right level over the speakers, customers immediately feel at ease as they begin The yogurt bar leads to the topping station and then is immediately followed by the weigh and pay counter. The shop itself is immaculately clean from the pristine bathrooms, and even the candy topping station is constantly being brushed for crumbs and refreshed with candy. Grade: A SERVICE Boasting the quote “Serve Yo-self” as a play off of the company name, the yogurt bar is completely self-serve, allowing the customer to choose everything to make their frozen treat exactly how they want. Customers are immediately greeted by warm, smiling faces, and one of these is likely to be one of the coowners. After customers have set down their belongings at their seat, the greeters offer taste test cups to try a few only downside is that they do try and limit the amount of

Small Business Q&A By Zach Zimmerman

an independent business Hi Zack, I have a full time job but have always wanted to own a Sports Bar. Lately I want these thoughts to turn into actions, but I am having trouble on knowing where to start. How do I get started? SK, Lincoln Most experts say to begin by sitting down and writing a business plan. A Business plan helps with turning those thoughts in your head to words on paper, which in turn business plans are that they require details about your future business which may not be completely formed. suggest do your research. How? Go talk someone who owns a Sports Bar that you respect. Create a dialogue with this person and ask questions about the formation of the business. How did it start? Why this location? How much money did it take to start? How did they get that money? Challenges? Why this food? Why this type of environment? Why this color of paint on the walls? Some of the questions may sound invasive, but you may be surprised on how much information you get just by sincerely listening. Ideally this would be a formal “sit down”, not a haphazard informal conversation that is unprofessional and not taken seriously. Take this information and start to develop a detailed business concept in writing. Zack Zimmerman is the Associate Director of the Nebraska Business Development Center in Lincoln. NBDC is a state agency intended to help start, sustain, and grow small businesses in Nebraska. If you have a question for Zack about creating, growing, or establishing a small business email him at testing, as each guest is only offered small cups. Grade: B VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY It doesn’t get much more vegetarian friendly than frozen yogurt – there isn’t one meat product in the store.

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This yogurt shop doesn’t stop there though; in an effort to please an even bigger crowd they even have veganfriendly options in a variety of gluten-sensitive customers. Grade: A+


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Spielberg’s “Lincoln” - an Honest Way to Spend an Evening By KariAnn Wiles

tion of a war-weary president

Steven Spielberg has another Academy award winning effort in “Lincoln,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis in his portrayal of one of America’s most inspiring leaders, Abraham Lincoln. Using Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” as the foundation for this masterpiece, Spielberg keeps his audience spell-bound with an all-star cast of veteran actors who in their own rights give Oscar worthy performances including Sally Field (For-

War, dually embroiled in the social and political struggle to abolish slavery. Day-Lewis embodies the reputation of the political

Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive, Men in Black), and David Straithairn (The Firm, Sneakers, A League of Their Own). Bearing a remarkable resemblance to Lincoln’s stature, Day-Lewis lends credibility to Spielberg’s interpreta-

mysterious, yet charismatic history. Lincoln is struggling with huge political and moral pressures at the time – should he end the bloody and divisive four-year civil war that has already cost over 600,000 enact the 13th Amendment to the constitution abolishing slavery, freeing millions. In the midst of the turmoil arises the man himself: personal and eloquent, quoting Shakespeare and the Bible, explaining his thought processes through the use of anecdotes and youthful memories. Moments of heartfelt emo-

tion arise as he spends tender moments with his son Tad and pleads with his elder son Robert to not join the war effort. He appears to grow old before our eyes as the stress and emotional upheaval take a heavy toil. Sally Fields as Mary Todd Lincoln emboldens the audience with her wit and terse interchanges with politicians, yet deftly portrays a longgrieving mother due to the loss of one of the Lincoln’s four sons, Willie, three years earlier. She agonizes at the prospect of losing a second son as Robert (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) joins the soldiers in battle. Thaddeus Stevens, a crusty, outspoken and fearless abolitionist is artfully played by Tommy Lee Jones, who conceals to the end his primary motivation for the freedom of slaves and elevation in social stature. Secretary of State Seward

(David Strathairn) is the president’s most trusted advisometimes at odds with the president, he skillfully demonstrates a willingness to bend the rules, manipulate

Much Ado in Lincoln this summer with Flatwater Shakespeare By Summer (Widhalm) Lincoln’s Flatwater Shakespeare Company is preparing for their third summer tour. The company will perform Shakespeare’s comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” in several Lincoln parks after the snow melts and the temperatures begin to soar. Following successful summer tours of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Twelfth Night” in 2011 and 2012, Flatwater has hired Angels Theatre Company Artistic Director Becky Key Boesen to direct “Much Ado” for their 2013 tour. Boesen has acted in a handful of Flatwater productions since the company was established in 2004. Having a rapport with friend and Artistic Director Bob Hall, Boesen said that “over time, direct something for Flatwater.” Boesen described the Shakespeare in the park tour

as a “comfortable, informal setting where friends and families can gather and celebrate some of the best plays ever written.” She added that the atmosphere of the parks provides an “inclusive and intimate setting” that really invites the audience to “come along for the ride.” The free performances provide an opportunity for new audience members to give Shakespeare a try. goers, Boesen says, “Shakespeare was not intended to be exclusive or intimidating. I want the audience to understand and enjoy their experience. It’s also a plus if they walk away thinking about love.” Flatwater Artistic Director Bob Hall said that when he has convinced people to try Shakespeare, “they end up feeling surprised that they enjoyed the experience “experiencing work that was so dense and yet so basic that

SCC’s Colgrove to perform graduation recital March 28 Amber Colgrove, a voice student at Southeast Community College, will give a solo graduation recital at 5 p.m. March 28 in the Truman Center Gymnasium on SCC’s Beatrice Campus. The recital is free and open to the public. Professional program and is scheduled to graduate in June. She is a graduate of Tri County High School. Colgrove, who lives just outside of Beatrice, has studied with Dr. Ken Hoppmann, director of music at SCC, and Karen Eisenhauer, adjunct music instructor at SCC. Colgrove will be performing songs from her two years of voice lessons at the college. The mezzo soprano, which is the middle vocal range for women and is comparable to the baritone range among men, will sing “Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind” by composer Thomas Arne and written by William Shakespeare; “O cessate di piagarmi” (O no longer seek to pain me), by Alessandro Scarlatti; three songs about singing: “How Can I Keep from Singing” by Robert Lowry, “Moon, Sing” by Jon Washburn, and “The Singer” by Michael Head.

hundred years on.” Hall said that Flatwater “operates on good acting— the willingness of a bunch of talented people to investigate how Shakespeare’s language, plot and characterization works.” “The audience is an intrinsic part of the show,” Hall added. “There has to be a joy in the doing and the watching. I think we achieve that.” Performances of “Much Ado” are free to the public. Hall said to make this possible, the company is relying on grants from the Woods Charitable Foundation and contributions from audience members. Although the project has been well-received by the community the past two years, Hall said that the Woods funding will end after this summer so they “will have to be underwritten by other sources or go back to charging admission.” “Much Ado About Nothing” will play at the Lincoln Community Foundation Gardens June 6-9 and 13-16. The show will then tour June 20-23 and 27-30 at Belmont Park, Densmore Park, Havelock Park, Henry Park, Bethany Park, First Plymouth Church, and the pond at Wyuka Cemetery. Dates for each location are to be determined. Updated information will be available

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Also on the program are “Ich Steh’ an deiner Krippen hier” (Beside Thy Cradle Here I Stand) by Johann Sebastian Bach; and a medley from the musical “Les Miserables:” “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own” and “In My Life.” The selections were composed by Claude Michel Schonberg and written by Herbert Kretzmer. The performance also will include “Fair, if You Expect Admiring” by Thomas Campion, “Singin’ the Blues” by Donna Rhodenizer and “Climbin’ Up the Mountain,” an African-American spiritual, by Patsy Ford Simms. ager at D’Andrea Realty in Beatrice.

people, and use coercion and blackmail in order to meet the president’s agenda. “Lincoln” is a valuable history lesson in both the statesman and the formulation of a democracy.

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News Smarthinking Offers Help For Many Subjects When homework is given, one of the most common problems students face is whether they are working on their assignment correctly or not. That is a time when tensions are raised, students are stressed out and the problem becomes a giant headache. It is during those times that the students need help. And one of the ways Southeast Community College provides that helps is through Smarthinking. There are many places where one can go and get help on their current assignment

like going to the library, or going through tutors, instructors or fellow students. But sometimes none of them are unavailable. That is the time when Smarthinking comes into play. An online tutoring system, the website is staffed with experienced tutors 24/7 that are ready to help. The website offers many features and gives students tutoring lessons not just on the current subjects they are taking at the moment, but on various different subjects as well. Whether you are a troubled math student, or having dif-

the SCC-Lincoln campus. It Smarthinking can help, with subjects ranging from basic algebra to cost accounting to computer information technology support. Times have changed and so have the methods of teaching. Sometimes, teachers don’t get the chance and the time to get to every student’s questions. But online tutoring methods like Smarthinking have really helped students to keep up with their studies diligently even in a fast-paced environment. Students can go ahead and get help with the site from the Learning Resource Center located in the heart of

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Horticulture Club Will Meet Soon By Karla Donohoe

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The Horticulture Club at SCC Beatrice is active for students to join, though the club has not met for over a year. With spring quarter coming up, leader Kevin Christensen says he plans on holding a meeting very soon with student members. The Horticulture Club is closely associated with the SCC Agribusiness Club. The Ag club sponsors many activities throughout the year that include many students that belong to both clubs. The Ag Club meets several times a month headed by Christensen and other leaders. Every spring the club sponsors a dinner banquet for students to kick off the end of winter and a start to planting season. The club also sponsors a welcome back dinner for students during the start to the fall quarter. Members participated in sand volleyball this summer in Beatrice and every Christmas they sponsor a food drive at the college. Students that are active members in both the Ag Club and Horticulture Club have a chance to develop their leadership skills by participating in these events. Christensen says the experience that the clubs provide help improve

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