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Extraordinarist Craig Karges tapes his eyes shut to begin his routine of reading people's minds and other mind- related tricks at
the Nebraska Union Auditorium Thursday night
Performer uses senses to stun crowd
• Extraordinary is the best way
to describe the mind-blowing
stunts pulled off by Craig Karges
Thursday night in the Nebraska
“I’m not a psychic, I’m an
entertainer,” Karges said.
But he claimed that a lot of
what he did was based on
The University Program
Council sponsored die event
Karges is an extraordinarist,
not to be confused with an illu
sionist. Illusionists usually have
big props, but Karges said he
• • “The people are the show,”
he said of his own performance.
The show began with the
reading of an audience mem
ber’s mind wherein Karges cor
“I'm not a psychic, I’m
rectly guessed a word the audi
ence member thought of. He
went on to correctly guess the
serial number on a random dol
When he stepped off stage to
concentrate on blocking over a
block of wood, the auditorium
was absolutely silent until the
block leaned backward and fell.
A student from the audience
helped Karges levitate a table to
waist-height using only their
"It was just baffling,” said
Spencer Pahlke, a UNL fresh
Karges has been doing these
extraordinary things for almost
twenty years, he said.
He was inspired by his uncle,
who also did extraordinary
things on stage. He worked with
his uncle for about a year, learn
ing the basics of entertaining.
Karges was voted the best
entertainer on the college cir
cuit for 11 consecutive years and
has appeared on national televi
sion more than 31 times, said
Carly Wendt, a UPC spokesper
The crowd seemed
impressed with the entertainer's
Ryan Wilkins, a freshman
marketing major said of the
show: "It was like a party in my
cerebellum, and everyone’s
Student makes grasshoppers research topic
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lot of time studying grasshopper
literature and attending lab
meetings to present his ideas.
“When he came to the sec
ond year of the project, he knew
what he was doing and why,"
Dietz said the experience
was a good preparation for post
“In research, things don't
always work out the way you
want them to,” Dietz said.
Last year, when preparing
for his field work, Dietz had to
work around the effects of a dry
spring, a hot summer and the
lack of equipment available
specifically for studying
I couldn t buy the type of
cages I needed, so I had to build
them?” Dietz said.
Using a wire mesh with
openings wide enough to let
spiders in, but fine enough to
keep grasshoppers from getting
out, Dietz spent the month of
June assembling grasshopper
“Spiders have more flexible
.bodies and they can fit through
much smaller spaces," Dietz
said. “Grasshoppers have a
much stiffer exoskeleton and
can't get through those spaces.”
Commenting on the chal
lenges of Dietz’s research, Joem
said he wished all undergradu
ates could do hands-on
“But it is a lot of work. A stu
dent won’t succeed unless he is
self motivated," Joem said.
Looking back on the sum
mer spent immersed in the ecol
ogy of the prairie, Dietz said he
learned a lot
Though originally excited to
work in a remote area where
vehicles weren't allowed, Dietz
said after hauling dozens of
fence posts on his back, he
began to rethink his hilltop loca
When asked if he had any
advice to give other undergrad
uates considering ecological
research, Dietz responded: “Do
research in a valley.”
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university, but his supervisors
were aware that he was doing
consulting work. Buntain said
Reinhard eventually did obtain
the necessary approvals.
■ Reinhard may have been
“rude" and "insensitive” in his
dealing with colleagues, but there
is not sufficient evidence of a pat
tern of harassing behavior which
would support his termination.
■Evidence does not support
the special committee's conclu
sions that Reinhard improperly
withheld remains that had been
repatriated to the Omaha Tribe.
■ The faculty committee was
not in a position to judge whether
Reinhard engaged in invasive
testing. Buntain said Reinhard
may have believed he had per
mission to proceed with testing
Reinhard faced investigations
in 1998 for allegations of mishan
dling American Indian remains.
University-hired attorney Robert
Grimit found no credible evi
dence to support the charges, and
an investigation by the Nebraska
State Patrol cleared Reinhard of
. Riding In said there was no
dther recourse for the com
plainants now that the special
had been overturned.
“We went through the proper
proceedings and did what was
called upon by the tribal govern
ments,” he said. "We have no
Reinhard said Buntain’s
report was another legal step
toward clearing his name.
“I think we’re done with
defense mode,” he said.
Party aims to diversify
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cation between students and
“This could bridge the gap
between ASUN and students,”
said Pacquette, a senior eco
Although student govern
ment would be dhitfWfe, that
doesn't mean that ASUN would
n’t take a stand onlssuesif it
divides students, Clerqents said.
"You can’t only address
issues that 100 percent of the stu
dents agree with because you’ll
get what you have now, which is
a student government that does
nothing,” she said.
NU Force also would estab
lish more upperclassmen schol
arships and financial aid for stu
dents, Clements said.
Many students have to work
to pay for college and this takes
away from their studies, she said.
"We’re a third-tier university
because students don’t have
time to take all they can out of
the intellectual community on
campus," Clements said.
Pacquette said that she
would work for more scholar
ships and financial aid for
minorities and international stu
NU Force also would work to
make academic resources of
non-honors students equal to
honors students' resources,
“I think that before we pour
more money into an honors
dorm, they need to upgrade our
other residence halls,” she said.
Erick Kinyungu, first presi
dential candidate, said even if
NU Force didn’t win the election,
the party still would have made
an important effort
“Someone has to take the
first step,” said Kinyungu, a jun
ior biochemistry major. “I think
that’s what NU Force is doing. ,
We’re trying to steer ASUN in the
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