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Gold torch Society is one weekend in November every year. It is a chance for a select few of college women and UNK alumni to be paired as mentors and build strong connections and relationships.
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Students stay up late to compete on the ice
Broomball is one of the most popular intramural sports offered at UNK. Played at the Viaero Event Center late at night, students stay up in order to get physical on the ice.
Broomball is a simplified version of hockey. Players use sticks with rubber ends to push around a ball (rather than a puck) into a goal on the ice. Rather than skates, students wear tennis shoes and try their best to stay on their feet on the slippery ice rink.
“My favorite thing about broomball is the aggressiveness,” said Megan Hunke, a senior biology emphasis health science and pre-med major from Holdrege. “I like that we’re all friends and can have a good time and still be competitive— but not be so competitive that it’s not fun anymore.”
Hunke is attending the University of Nebraska Medical Center for med school next year, but still manages to find time between studying to play lots of intramural sports, including mud tug, flag football, sand volleyball, indoor volleyball and broomball.
Broomball is made up of teams with five players total, four on the offense and one guarding the goal. Additional players are allowed to sit on the substitution bench and can sub in during the game.
The game starts with a face-off at the whistle blow, and the chaos ensues. Players slip and slide over the ice, sometimes bumping into each other. An accidental hit or a high-stick results in a two-minute penalty box sit and an intentional or flagrant hit will bench a player for four minutes.
“High sticking is probably the hardest not to do because it feels natural to swing the stick back and then you hear the whistle blow,” Hunke said.
There are two 10-minute halves with a two-minute half time. The team with the most points at the final buzzer wins. A tie results in a shoot-out, where each team chooses a person to shoot at a goalie-less goal, and go back and forth until one team misses.
UNK has three broomball divisions: men’s, women’s and co-ed. In co-ed, teams must have two women on the offense at all times, with males filling in the other two spots. The gender of the goalie doesn’t matter. Men’s points are worth one in co-ed, while women’s points are worth two. Hunke says she likes playing on her women’s team more than on her co-ed team because of the rhythm among teammates.
The intramural office provides required helmets to all. Also supplied by the intramural office are shin guards and elbow pads, which are not required, but strongly recommended for prevention of injury. Players often use duct tape to provide extra security on the helmets and shin guards, as the physical nature of the sport causes some serious wear and tear on the equipment.
New this year were the greatly needed shin guard and helmet replacements and additions, as old equipment had suffered the wrath of the ice and there were often not enough shin guards to cover the legs of all the players.
“It’s about time we got new equipment; I’m glad we have it. It’s nice!” said Hunke.
“We evaluate what equipment to purchase for the upcoming year based on condition, need and, of course, budget. Out of the dozens of leagues we offer, broomball requires the most equipment and is arguably one of the more dangerous intramural sports,” said Andrew Winscot, the assistant director of campus recreation. Those factors among others helped campus recreation make the decision to purchase the new equipment.
“The old equipment was getting really bad, so it’s nice to have all of this new stuff to make sure that we actually have protection and can rely on having stuff to use each time,” said Lacey Johnson, a senior majoring in psychobiology for pre-physical therapy with health science and healthcare management minors from Hastings.
“I wear long sleeves and long pants because you’re probably going to fall on the ice. I duct tape the pads to my knees to make sure that they don’t fall off,” said Johnson.
Also new this year was a required $10 fee on top of the $20 intramural semester fee to play intramurals. This fee had to be paid in person at the intramural office during office hours. Students weren’t allowed to pay the $10 at or before their games, and didn’t have an online payment option like the regular fee.
This caused some problems among players who didn’t pay close enough attention to the email sent out, and resulted in forfeited or canceled games, with some players not able to participate until their fee was paid in the office.
“To be accessible we understand we need to provide affordable and convenient programs. However, there are a handful of intramural sports that require us moving off campus to be able to offer them. We are fortunate that we have community members willing to work with us and allow us to use their facilities,” Winscot said. “An additional fee isn’t always the case when offering off campus programs, but in this particular instance we felt it was warranted. Broomball is one of our most popular sports and the last thing we would want is to deter anyone from participating.”
Students likely understood the logic behind the additional fee, as Winscot said participation numbers were not affected compared to previous years.
Although players vocalize being thankful for the new equipment, it was unclear if the additional fee was used for purchasing the shin guards and helmets.
In addition to the special safety equipment, there are special rules and regulations in place to ensure student safety on the ice.
Winscot emphasizes the importance of reading and understanding the rules. “There are rules specifically for broomball that are in place almost solely for safety purposes. No sliding and high sticking are examples,” he said.
Johnson and Hunke hope to carry their team to the championship. As members of Got That Glitter on Our Ice, they have won several years in a row.
Broomball season is nearing its end, with the regular season games already played and playoffs beginning this week.
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The UNK Office of Residence Life hosted a “Taste of Housing” event that showcased the on-campus living options available to students after their first year of college.
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Students are left anxious after finding out a stress relief workshop is cancelled.
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Visit the UNK Help Desk in Otto Olsen for any technical problems you might be having.
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Alpha Phi’s fall philanthropy raises over 6K with proceeds benefitting Safe Center, women’s heart health
Mr. Nebraskatz, Tyler Nelson, flashes the audience a memo while introduced at King of Hearts. Each contestant was escorted by two Alpha Phi women while the MC’s of the night read a quick biography of the participants to kick off the event.
Mr. Sigma Phi Epsilon, Jacob Curry, added two more titles to his name at the end of the night. Curry won over the audience with his stand-up comedy act and witty Q &A responses, earning him Mr. Heart Throb and the ultimate prize: King of Hearts 2017.
Bringing out the power drill for his performance, Taylor Janicek of Phi Delta Theta shows the audience how to make a vegetable instrument. Janicek cracked jokes and threw in some puns while perfecting the art of a carrot flute. He went on to “play it” for the audience with music coming through the speakers around the theatre.
Jachob Wiedeburg represents Mr. Cross Country well with his “My Little Teapot” performance while judges tally the votes. Wiedeburg did not know he would be doing this dance for the audience, until he was called on stage for having the most money in his jar at the end of the night. Alpha Phi had many different ways to raise money from the event, including ticket admission, raffle tickets and casting votes through money jars.
Mr. Wrestling, Jeffery Bizzle, incorporates his wrestling singlet into his lip-syncing performance at the event. Bizzle started off his talent by pretending to play piano to “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton. As the song picked up, Bizzle jumped from the piano and began his lip-syncing and interpretive dancing.
Mr. Delta Tau Delta, Brent Anderson, strikes a quick pose during his ribbon dancing performance. The performance started with simple ribbon twirl, before Anderson ripped off his pants to expose his leotard ensemble. Anderson went on to win Mr. Congeniality at the end of the night.
Austin Luger of the UNK basketball team, shows some skin while singing “Ladies Love Country Boys” by Trace Atkins for the talent competition. The ladies of the audience reacted to the song, and the country boy, with loud whistles and cheers during his performance.
Mr. Pike, Logan Krejdl, takes a stance to show his biceps alongside supportive members from his fraternity. Including Kredjl, there were 11 contestants competing in the event this year.
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Members of Mortar Board exemplify pillars of excellence
The deadline is coming up for applications for Mortar Board. Students may apply to this exclusive honor society in December of their junior year.
Members are selected to lead and serve. Selection of students in Mortar Board is also based on a 3.5 GPA minimum and a requirement of being a full-time student with 88 credit hours completed before being inducted. Members are required to attend regular meetings as scheduled and any other events hosted by Mortar Board.
“Mortar board is a national senior honor society that’s on 231 campuses in our nation. We have about 30 members in our Mortar Board at UNK,” said Emma Neil, a Papillion senior secondary education social sciences major with an ESL endorsement and political science minor and current president of Mortar Board.
Mortar Board members are chosen based on three pillars of excellence: scholarship, leadership, and service.
“Mortar board is an organization of students who were chosen as some of the best students on our campus to lead in different ways, whether it be service, leadership or scholarship, to make our campus recognized for the great things that we do and to make it better,” said McKenzie Cuba, a senior business administration-management major from Silver Creek.
“One of the cool things about Mortar Board is the people that are actually involved in it. We have leaders from all across campus from all different organizations representing different parts of the entire student body,” Cuba said. “We have people in Greek life, we have people who are not Greek, we have people leading LPAC, we have people leading people in chemistry clubs, so it’s all these amazing people who have all these amazing values coming together to do amazing things for campus.”
Cuba said that the members put in 110 percent into everything they do because they care about the campus, and each other.
Mortar Board centers its events around service, which is one of their three pillars. The members have a campus clean-up day, where they commit hours to picking up trash to give back to the university. Mortar Board hosts a faculty dinner, where each member brings a professor or other faculty member that they would like to be honored. They also pick a day to read to elementary students, which Maggie McPhillips, a senior 7-12 language arts education major from Humphrey, said is to give back to the Kearney community.
“The reason I think that Mortar Board is such a cool group is I feel like they go above and beyond setting those expectations for what an organization on campus should be,” said McPhillips, “Being around these student leaders has pushed me to become more involved on campus and to be become a better student.”
Miranda Ketteler, a senior social work major from Petersburg and vice president of Mortar Board, said that her favorite part of this organization is how many students are involved in various activites around campus. “It’s really fun to see that involvement and what that brings to the table for Mortar Board,” Ketteler said.
Other members agreed with Ketteler that their favorite part of Mortar Board is the variety of different organizations that the members of Mortar Board are a part of.
Neil added that Mortar Board also includes student athletes and several members doing undergraduate research.
Besides being involved in different organizations, members agreed the students in the organization had a lot of things in common.
“Mortar Board is a prestigious organization composed of a multitude of people who are very different, but at the same time, we share similar values,” said Drew Thompson, a senior biology pre-med major from Aurora.
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