UNK Today | August 2014 - page 48

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Two students venture to San Francisco in less than 30 days
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By JOSH MOODY
Hub Staff Writer
KEARNEY — Through
hard winds, dust storms, and
mechanical failures, two
students from the University of
Nebraska at Kearney rode their
bikes more than 2,000 miles
from Kearney to San Francisco.
Beginning
in Kearney,
UNK students
Neil Emeigh
and Seth
Schnakenberg
followed a
bicycle map
that they found online, navigat-
ing highways and back roads
to make it to San Francisco in
29 days
“This is how I want to live
my life. I want to get out and
be an adventurer,” Emeigh, a
junior computer science major
from Wilber, said.
Neither Emeigh or
Schnakenberg, a junior art
education major from Phillips,
was a biking enthusiasts before
the grueling trip.
“Before this trip, we had
only done 26 miles in a day,”
Emeigh said.
After departing in the first
week of May, they arrived
in San Francisco in the first
week of June. Originally, the
duo planned to make the trip
in 40 days, riding an average
of 50 miles a day. As the trip
progressed,
they realized
they could go
farther and
push them-
selves harder
than they had
thought.
“So many people could do this
physically,” Emeigh said. “Men-
tally, that was the toughest part.”
Emeigh said an average day
saw them wake up at 5:30 a.m.
and travel for 10 or more hours
on their bikes with a 60- to
70-pound equipment trailer in
tow. The two students slept in
tents on the side of the road
most nights but checked into a
hotel about once a week to rest,
recuperate and clean up from
the road.
Along the way, they encoun-
tered 40 mile-per-hour winds,
desert heat and occasional
mechanical problems with their
bikes.
“It really did make me a
better person,” Emeigh said.
“You have 10 hours to think,
and you think about things you
don’t have time to think about
in a normal day.”
Emeigh said that he began
planning the trip in October
and spent hours poring over
routes and schedules. After
arriving in San Francisco, the
duo was picked up by Emeigh’s
parents to return to Nebraska.
Emeigh said that his reason
for embarking on the trip was
simple — he needed a summer
adventure.
“I’m all about making a
memory that I can tell my chil-
dren or grandchildren some-
day,” Emeigh said.
Emeigh plans to make more
memories and has already
began thinking about what to
do on his next adventure.
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Ten years of fundraising
Alpha Phi sorority continues to raise funds to benefit women’s cardiac care
By JOSH MOODY
Hub Staff Writer
KEARNEY —Alpha Phi
sorority will celebrate 10 years
of fundraising for women’s car-
diac care when it has the next
Red Dress Poker Tournament
in early spring.
“It’s our 10th annual, so it’s
a pretty big deal,” said Taylor
Ehrhardt, a junior biology
major from Westminster, Colo.,
who serves as Alpha Phi’s
assistant director of philanthro-
py.
“We want this
year to be the big-
gest one we’ve ever
had,” said Alison
Buchli, a junior
journalism major
from Fairbury who
acts as director of
philanthropy for
Alpha Phi.
In 2014, Alpha
Phi’s poker tournament raised
more than $8,000 to benefit
women’s cardiac care. This
year, the sorority would like to
reach $10,000.
“It gets bigger every year,”
Buchli said. It is her hope that
the continued community sup-
port will help Alpha Phi reach
its goal.
Buchli said that 350 to 370
people participated in the
tournament last year. They
competed for prizes such as
Husker tickets, a wine package
and autographed sports memo-
rabilia.
“It’s just really great to see
how the community has also
taken part,” Ehrhardt said.
Prizes are donated by local
businesses and in the past
have included gaming con-
soles, vacation packages and
gift cards. Prizes are typically
awarded to top 20 finishers.
With more than 100
members, Alpha Phi uses the
power in numbers to put on
the fundraiser and donates
the money to the Alpha Phi
Foundation to benefit wom-
en’s cardiac care.
“One in every three women
are diagnosed with heart
disease — that could be your
mom, your sister,” Ehrhardt
said. “That hits close to
home.”
Alpha Phi members have
started planning for the
10th-annual Red
Dress Poker Tour-
nament, though no
date has been set.
“It’s either going
to be the end of
February or maybe
early March,”
Ehrhardt said.
In 2014, Alpha
Phi had the tourna-
ment at the Rama-
da Inn, though they have not
settled on a site for next years
tournament. According to
Buchli, the group may return
to the University of Nebras-
ka at Kearney’s Health and
Sports Center where eight of
the nine previous tournaments
were.
Buchli cited a continually
growing field of participants
as the reason for possibly
moving back to campus. With
an average of more than 300
entrants, Buchli anticipates
an even larger number for this
year. Planning early and getting
the word out sooner has helped
the event grow.
Tickets for the tournament
have been $15 at the door or
$12 for pre-registering. Buchli
said that the ticket price will
likely remain the same.
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Courtesy
FROM LEFT,
Seth Schnakenberg and Neil Emeigh reached San Francisco after riding their bikes
for a grueling 29 days. In the background is the Golden Gate Bridge, a famed San Francisco land-
mark.
“This is how
I want to live
my life. I want to get out
and be an adventurer.”
Neil Emeigh
ALPHA
PHI
MEM-
BERS
don red
dresses
for their
annual
poker tour-
nament.
The red is
symbolic
of heart
health,
which is
the cause
that funds
generated
from the
event go
to support.
STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY
members alike take part in the
annual Red Dress Poker Tournament hosted by UNK’s Alpha Phi
sorority. The next tournament — held in early Spring — will mark
the 10th anniversary of the event.
“It’s just really
great to see
how the com-
munity has also
taken part.”
Taylor Ehrhardt
Courtesy
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